Month: March 2014

Decadent Chocolate-Orange Cake & a Puppy

I have some exciting news!

First of all, we got a puppy! Meet my first child  son  dog, Cooper!

Kirby and I spent four hours at the shelter just observing him and driving the kind volunteers crazy by asking if we could see him juuuust *one* more time. Our research paid off and he’s perfect… DSC00741

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Are you ready for me to move on and tell you about this cake already? It’s incredible…

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This dessert is grain-free and gluten-free, but you can’t tell it’s as guilt-free as it is. It’s moist, chocolate-y, and the orange zest adds a subtle surprise. I will definitely be making this again. I started with this recipe and added my own Chocolate, Vanilla & Orange Frosting.

For the Cake:

7oz Dark Chocolate

4.4oz Unsalted Butter

6 Eggs, Separated

1/4 Cup Raw Sugar

1 Cup Almond Flour

Grated Rind of 1 Orange

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C /350°F and grease a round cake tin.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a small saucepan over a low heat on the stovetop then set aside to cool.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a large bowl until thick.
  4. Stir the cooled chocolate, almond flour and orange rind through the yolk mixture.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until thick, white and fluffy.
  6. Gently fold the beaten egg whites through the yolk/chocolate mixture and mix until well combined.
  7. Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake tin and place in the preheated oven.
  8. Cook for 35 to 45 minutes or until cooked through DSC00637 DSC00644

                    {The little cake menu my sister-in-law made for our wedding}

For the frosting:

7oz Dark Chocolate

2 Tbsp Raw sugar

4.4oz Unsalted Butter

1/2 Cup Full-fat Coconut Milk

1 tsp vanilla

Orange zest

Melt the chocolate, raw sugar and butter together in a small saucepan over a low heat on the stovetop. Add in coconut milk, vanilla, and orange zest and stir on low heat until warm and combined. This frosting will harden in the fridge, so I kept heating small amounts before topping the cake each time. It’s so nice to eat it warm! DSC00658

I hope you all have an amazing week! Maybe you can make this cake to brighten it up a little!

xo,

Emily

“A great many things can be resolved with kindness, even more with laughter, but there are some things that just require cake.”

And this dream

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So I brought out the oldest journal of mine I could find the other night, to find some material for a post. I was inspired by Girl’s Gone Child and her posts on Instagram of her journals when she was in high school. They are hilarious, please check them out.

Anyway, what I found was amazing and unexpected.

I had just had a conversation with Anthony the other day about how I wrote a song when I was little (he’s a composer, so I was trying to relate). It was in my I Want to Be Jewel phase, and I had guitar chords to go along with it and everything. It was about resisting the temptation of drugs. Anyway.

I opened this journal and laughed at some funny lines (“Writing is so much easier than typing. I’ve been doing my e-mail a lot”) but then came across maybe the best thing in the entire world. Another song that I wrote.  I can’t even… just read.

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I naturally texted Anthony that picture immediately.

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I seriously can remember the tune of this song like it was in the top 40 in 2001. I wish I could sing it to you guys. But you’ll just have to use your imagination.

Look out for more journal posts from Young Stephanie. She had a lot of things to say.

Love Notes

Yes, Valentine’s Day just passed. However, romance isn’t dead the rest of the year! Don’t forget to add a little spark into the day of your special someone! Sending along a love note, even in it’s simplest form, is a memorable way to remind your sweetheart how much they mean to you. From, “I love you!” to “Can’t wait till you walk through the front door tonight!”, your Boo will definitely have a smile on their face. You can tuck a little note into their lunch bag, their jacket pocket, their briefcase, or tape it to the bathroom mirror. Get creative! Their heart will flutter, and they will surely think about you the rest of the day!

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