On Typography, Food illustration and chestnut pie! + free printable decoration

 Lately, I have been thinking about doing some extra things for my business. I mostly want to expand the different kinds of things I make or offer. I would love it to have a big amount of products so that there is truly something for everyone.

Something that I love about autumn is the different kinds of nuts you can collect. I love going out and find myself some chestnuts.

Other things I really love are the autumn colours and baking. So I decided that I wanted to make a combination.

I love to make (and eat) chestnut pie. So that is the first recipe I have tried for now.

I tried my hand at food illustration and typography. Maybe it wasn’t the best move to try to do that in watercolours.

Chestnut pie illustrations + free printable!

Some things I have learned;

  • You don’t write straight just like that (probably)
  • My handwriting is still terrible
  • Decorative writing is hard

I think the main thing I could have done better is to first draw some lines so I could have the text straight.Handwritter typography Chestnut pie recipe

In the end I made two versions; one entirely handwritten, the other partly handwritten. Both of them are available as printables if you click the links below.

Digital Chestnut pie version

Hand written Chestnut pie

Let me know which one you like best! Personally I like the digital version better!

For the people who would like the whole recipe and some more detailed photo’s and descriptions, I also just typed the whole thing out.



  • 250 gr of chestnuts
  • 100 gr of butter
  • 100 gr sugar
  • Vanille Sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • a little salt

The first step is to wash your chestnut. Floating chestnuts are bad, so beware for those. After you have washed them, cook them for 5 a 10 minutes.

For easy peeling, peel while still hot. (Make a small cut with the tip of your knife in the top then peel away.)Chestnut pie recipe and illustration by Sofie Arts

After you have peeled the, cook the chestnuts in a pan and makes sure all of them are below the water. After 30 min take them out and let leak and dry before mashing them.

Separate the eggs and whip the butter with the egg yellows and sugar. Add a little salt in the mix. Then mix the mashed chestnuts through the batter.

Whip the egg whites separate until fluffy. Then mix the two together very carefully so the batter stays fluffy and light.

After this, you can evenly distribute the batter over a cake form. Be careful to either choose a silicone one or to completely cover the form with greaseproof paper or the iron will cause discolouration.

The cake will have to bake 45 minutes till an hour on 150 degrees Celsius.

After the cake is baked it will still be soft and easily break so it is best to not move it till cooled down. You can finish it off with powdered sugar.

I hope you enjoy this and let me know if you make it! Also, I would love to know if you have any typography tips!

Also any other product ideas are more then welcome!

4 Responses to “On Typography, Food illustration and chestnut pie! + free printable decoration

  • Hi Sofie, I’d really love have some of this chestnut cake. Chestnuts just remind me of my home in Austria and collecting them as a family. Maybe you have seen this already but you might want to have a look at https://www.canva.com/design/DAAkValF-K4/remix?minichallenge should lead you to the Canva section for Fonts. There are some great books on Typography I believe. I’d try to do a Google search and I’m sure you’ll find some really good information. Otherwise there are plenty of books but I don’t have one to recommend at the moment. Hope you are doing fine. Have you entered the pillow fight competition yet?

    • Hi Romica! Thank you for reading 🙂 I’m glad you liked it! The mini challenge looks amazing. I’ll get to it right away.
      I’m thinking of making a mini resource library for myself about typography. It is something where I was always interested in, but I’m really terrible at it.
      For the pillow fight competition, I’m working on my design/illustration right now. I think I had a really cute idea so fingers crossed it will also turn out that way. 🙂 Your designs were amazing! I promoted them on twitter so I hope that helped in some way 🙂 Hope you have a great day!

  • Thank you, that’s really kind of you 🙂 let me know when yours are online. Have you listened to the space to face podcast yet? The first episode is out and I’m really curious.

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