3.27.2014

whole wheat buttermilk cake with dark chocolate ganache


Feast your eyes on this sucker! No the picture isn't the greatest, but that's not what counts. It's all in the flavor, baby! I'm always in the mood for cake but I'm trying to support the hubs in his healthy eating journey. But I couldn't take it anymore, so I compromised and made a healthier (haha, right) cake.

Three ingredients I tend to bake with are whole wheat or nut flour (for obvious reasons), chia seeds (for added fiber), and browned butter (for the awesome nutty flavor). I swear if you implement these items you'll instantly elevate the flavor profile of whatever you're baking.

Now enough talking, here's the recipe:


Whole Wheat Buttermilk Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache

Makes one 9-inch cake

Ingredients:

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of organic cane sugar (or succanat)
1 tbsp chia seeds (you can omit)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
1 egg
1/2 cup *buttermilk
1/4 cup browned butter, cooled (or softened butter)
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

Dark Chocolate Ganache

3.5 oz 70% chocolate bar of your choosing ( I used chili flavored)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp of espresso

For the cake

Preheat oven to 350 fahrenheit. Grease and flour baking pan (I use a cast iron skillet). Combine flour, chia seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt in a medium sized mixing bowl, set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat together sugar and butter on medium to high speed until it becomes light and fluffy. Turn off the mixer, scrape down the sides and add the egg. Beat on low until incorporated. Scrape down once more and then stir in vanilla extract.

Combine half of the dry mixture with the egg mixture. Beat on low while adding in buttermilk. Mix until just incorporated. Stop and scrape down the mixture then add in the rest of the flour mixture. Beat on low speed until just incorporated. Make sure not to over mix.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 15-18 minutes. Once it's done baking, let it rest in pan for ten minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

For the ganache

Prepare some espresso and reserve one tablespoon. Chop chocolate bar into small pieces and put into bowl. Heat heavy cream to a boil then immediately pour over chocolate. Add in espresso and stir until nice and smooth. Put ganache into the refrigerator to cool. Once it's cooled down and thickened up a bit, spread onto cake.

There you have it folks, a nice kick-ass "healthy" cake!


*if you don't have any buttermilk on hand you can mix 1 tbsp of vinegar or lemon juice per 1 cup of milk and let it sit for about ten minutes until it curdles. Or you can sub in greek yogurt though it might make the cake a little dense...

3.21.2014

must watch: voguing it


People love to hate on Kim and Kanye and I can see why. However, life is too short to waste precious time on negative thoughts. I for one love Kim, I think she's funny, a great businesswoman, fashionable, and honestly she's entertaining! Kanye is Kanye, you love him or you hate him. You honestly just have to accept them for who they are. So, in saying all that, I really support VOGUE in their controversial (Yes, really) decision in featuring them in the mag. I absolutely love the look and feel of the dresses, hair & make-up. And I think little North is  the cutest thing ever! Enough of this now, I hope you enjoyed the video.

Oh and this is the third installment of my video series (first, second) and they've all been related to pop-culture & fashion. I'm seeing a theme here, guess that's what all my videos will be about...

3.14.2014

must have: IKEA PS 2014



Can you believe it? The IKEA PS 2014 is finally here! Well we'll have to wait a couple more weeks but that'll go by in no time! I am so excited for this new collection. There are a few more styles but these are the pieces that I'm coveting. Happy weekend to you!



credit: photos by IKEA

3.11.2014

fit of the day: fun + feminine

Fun and feminine are two F words that I rarely say together, especially when it comes to clothing. However, I am really trying to girl it up a bit... honestly I don't know how successful I'll be, seeing that I own minimal frills or color! But slowly, I've been adding pink (shocker!) and lace into my collection. What's good about those elements are that they'll blend seamlessly with my all black & grey wardrobe. So, if you're looking to spruce up your all black wardrobe, try adding some spring colors and textures!

3.07.2014

favorite pins of the week






1/ I love the simplicity of this outfit. Back in the day I would only wear t-shirt dresses, I think I need to bring that back!
2/ Thinking about dyeing my hair some fun color, this shade might be a contender!
3/ Still trying to figure this out... I have the hardest time balancing the things that I want to do with the things that I have to do...
4/ Yum-diddly-umptious! Black Current Cake, 'nuff said!
5/ I'm really into mixing rustic with sleek; the juxtaposition of those materials together make me want to cozy on up. Throw in some stone and the colors black + white and I'd say you have all the fixings for a great project!

credit: all images found via pinterest 1/2/3/4/5

3.06.2014

home tour: lilla essingen

Every now and again I surprise myself by finding that I'm attracted to things that I thought weren't my taste. However, I'm noticing that my style is evolving out of the strictly black + white. Maybe it's because I moved back to sunny California?





This is an oldie but goodie found over on Elle Decoration... This amazing apartment is located in an industrial building in Lilla Essingen, Stockholm and it belongs to Stina Samolov--project manger of ELLE-Galan and her sambo (live-in bf) Daniel.

credit: photos by Patric Johansson

3.05.2014

i diy: minimalist shampoo bottles


















































I have so many DIY projects stored away and I thought it was about time to attempt some of those bad boys! So in this first post of many, I decided to start small. I wanted to do something that wouldn't take a lot of time or effort--plus I needed a confidence boost! Insert minimalist shampoo bottles here-- or as Molly over at Almost Makes Perfect likes to call it "pretty shampoo bottles." I totally attempted this quick and easy diy, and I think you should too! Don't forget to check out the original project over on her blog.


















































Tools:
  • Cool bottles 
  • 1/4" vinyl stickers 
  • X-acto knife (makes extracting the vinyl letters from the sheet easier)
  • Tape


















































You should start by taping off a straight line, this is how you'll line up the letters so that they're level across the top. This project calls for lots of eyeballing but I guess you can use a level and a ruler if you're not good with that. I found that the hardest part was not putting the tape on straight but getting the kerning just right. I wasn't all that successful but unless you look really hard I doubt you can tell. Shhh... it's our little secret!

That's about it really. I kept the tape on the first bottle so that I could use it as a guide as to where to place it on the other bottles.



















































So what do you think? Think you'll give it a try? I didn't fill the bottles up with product because I tend to make my own. I'll be preparing some hair product in the next few weeks and will put the recipe on the blog. So stay tuned!

credit: original diy created by Almost Makes Perfect

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