Monday, July 6, 2015

Meet the Naked Cake

Boo-yah, bam bam, HELLO!  It's been a while since I've shared a recipe on the blog so I whipped up a 4th of July themed cake this weekend!  I really love making and frosting cakes.  It's something I'm totally gonna miss when I'm in college living in a tiny dorm, so I'm trying to enjoy it while I can! 

This here is a naked cake!! What makes it naked is the lack of frosting on the sides.  I like cake better than the frosting so this was perfect. This is a yellow cake with vanilla frosting. The inside has sliced strawberries in it and it was SOOOOOO good.  Hey, maybe I'm biased but I've eaten like half of it.  (aye carumba)  Time to get my ass to a treadmill and turn on a baseball game while I run for an hour.  (hey theres fruit on it!) I so wanted to add blackberries on it too because I'm the blackberry princess and why the hell not?!  Well, because the ones I had were mushy.  So that's the hell why. 

Yellow sugar cookie cake - adapted from this recipe

2 sticks of room temperature salted butter. + more to grease the pans. 
2 cups of sugar 
2 1/1 cups of all purpose flour 
1 tablespoon baking powder 
1 teaspoon salt 
4 eggs at room temperature 
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 
1 cup of milk **
2 big dollops of mayo.  

Preheat over @ 350

1) Grease and flour pans.**   Line bottoms with parchment paper. (I traced and cut mine, super annoying but worth it!)

2) Combine sugar, flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.  Add in a section of butter and mix on medium.  I did it in 4 sections. (i.e 1/2 of a butter stick at a time.)  Mix for about 2-3 minutes.  Texture should resemble cornmeal. 

3) In another bowl combine milk, eggs, vanilla and mayo.  Add to flour/sugar mixture in 2 groups.  Beat till smooth. 

4) Distribute the batter between two pans.  Bake for 35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 

5) Let cake cool for 30 minutes before frosting.  Use a cooling rack to speed up the process. 

** If you're making a naked cake, make sure to grease and flour the pan really well as the sides will be visible. 

** I've heard that Sprite makes cake really moist when switched out for a liquid like milk.  I was out but I'll try it next time.  The mayo makes it moist too. (moist = yucky word but what else is there?!) 

Butter Cream frosting adapted from Sprinkles 

2 sticks of softened, salted butter. 
3 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar 
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 
pinch of salt. 

1) Combine butter, sugar and salt.  Beat till evenly mixed. 
2) Add in vanilla and beat for another 2 minutes. 

Frost your little heart away! 

Tips for frosting the cake! 

Whenever I frost a cake, I put the frosting in a frosting bag with the pipe tip I want in regards to the design of the cake.  (Theres different pipe tips like stars, roses, etc.)  I then put the frosting in the fridge for 15 -30 minutes so it's easier to frost the cake.  This makes a huge difference as it's firmer and more manageable.

Cakes out of the oven have a rounded top shape.  When I layer a cake, I trim the top to make it flat. This gives it a more even shape and makes it easier to layer.  

For this cake I just used a frosting knife to apply the frosting.  I used frosting in a bag to do the sides. 

When you put fruit on a cake, make sure to buy a fruit preserve.  They have it at the grocery store in the baking aisle.  This will help the fruit to not get mushy and wilt on the cake. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

LA Eat

Donuts are a trendy food right now.  Whether it's because they're darn photogenic or yummy is beside me.  (Both perhaps?) My favorite place to get donuts is DKs Donuts in Santa Monica. They have a billon different types of donuts and cronuts. My favorites are the frosted with oreos and the blueberry glazed cake donuts.  (I'm talking to you two in the left row towards the back.)  They're soo delicious and so fresh!  My friend and I would go get DKs before school on Fridays and sit in the car and eat them since it was only 5 minutes away from my school.  And while long gone are those days, I still love those donuts.  They sell smoothies, coffee and sandwiches and they're 24 hours, too. TO ensure that you can always indulge in your junky cravings.  OOHH! They have their own SNAPCHAT geotag!  Which translates to totally just being on top of your shit.  That gets me very excited, as I'm always on the hunt for new geotags.  They're cash only so make sure you come prepared! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A dupe!

The Rebecca Minkoff Love bag is an obvious take off of a Chanel boy bag. Between the quilting, the sizes, (both come in a small, medium and large size), the chain strap, the hardware... it's clearly blatant where inspiration was taken cue from.  The difference is the price, of course.  The Chanel boy bag starts around $3.5k for a small.. while the jumbo Rebecca Minkoff love bag is $355.  Which will maybe cover the tax on a boy bag.  Chanel bags are a huge investment and the Rebecca Minkoff is a good choice if you're not in the market to get a $4k bag...and I totally feel ya.  If you are, all power too ya.  I happen to like this one, especially with the different textures.  The jumbo is great too. If we're talking Chanel, this one is just downright dreamy. 

Shop Boy Bags here // Shop Love bag here 

Pinterest, Purseblog, Google, Kendi everyday.

Rambling about expensive stuff I want.

For the past few months I've been itching for a new bag.  Hardcore.  And between going to college in August and the Prada bag I got in March, I'm not really in the market for a new bag.  :(  I know that I'm not even gonna need a purse in college but my that doesn't stop me from wanting one and browsing around.  So now I'm just gonna ramble on about the ones I want and tell you how great they all are. 

I like this mini Balenciaga papier, especially since it has the short strap and the cross body.  I really like the color with the suede.  Though, I'd probably get it soo dirty and the color isn't in season anymore.  Divine intervention? 

UGH.  I don't love Louis because I don't love the logos plastered everywhere but I am swooning over this bag.  It's the Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis. It comes with a detachable cross body strap, aka sweetening the deal.  When you open it, it has two different sections separated by a zipper to put your stuff in.  (Think the celine trio, but only 2 sections.)  The separated sections keep everything more organized in my humble opinion.  I love it with the fuzzy puff ball.  If I had the bag, I'd have the puff ball.  This bag isn't floating around everywhere at the moment like a Chloe Drew bag.   That makes me love it even more.  I feel like it'd match with a ton too.  (ps, how good are the shoes?! I'll take those too.) 

I've been searching for a little key pouch wallet to use in college to carry my ID and keys.  I love this patent Chanel one.  Not so sure about the color but I know theres more options.  Thinking about it though, this isn't best option because it's gonna get dirty and thrown around.  It's too pretty/fragile/expensive to be used for a year and then get put aside because it got dirty. It's CHANEL!  Thats just sacrilegious. 

I bought this bag (Proenza Schouler PS1) online in December in yellow but had issues when it was shipped. It was the wrong size and the whole thing turned into a cluster.  I was extremely turned off by the whole situation so I decided to just return the bag.  I've wanted this bag since I was in 8th grade (I'm going to be a freshman in college this year) and that whole fiasco wasn't enough to deter me from the bag.  I love this bag. I always have.  I want the large in the saddle or the dark olive leather.  With a puff ball clipped on. ;)

Pictures from pinterest!