Valentine’s Day Cake

Hi everybody!

Valentine’s Day will be here in 14 days, so I wanted to share a great recipe with you that in my opinion has everything to do with the date! It’s red, delicious and heart-shaped (if you use a heart baking sheet)! Or you can use the cupcake-version recipe! I’m writing about a….

Red Velvet Cake!!

Red Velvet Cake Red Velvet Cupcakes

I found the photos and the recipes at the Joy Of Baking website, they even have the videos, but for me the recipe was enough:

So for the cake, you will need:

2 1/2 cups (250 grams) sifted cake flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons (15 grams) regular or Dutch-processed cocoa powder

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsaltedbutter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated whitesugar

2 largeeggs

1 teaspoon purevanillaextract

1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk

2 tablespoons liquid red food coloring

1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

1 teaspoon baking soda

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 – 8 ounce (227 grams) cream cheese, room temperature

1 – 8 ounce (227 grams) tub of Mascarpone cheese, room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup (115 grams) confectioners’ (icing or powdered) sugar, sifted

1 1/2 (360 ml) cups cold heavy whipping cream (double cream) (35-40% butterfat)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Butter two – 9 inch (23 cm) round cake pans and line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a mixing bowlsifttogether the flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Set aside.

In bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape downthe sides of the bowl.Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.

In a measuring cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food coloring. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.

In a small cup combine the vinegar and baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake batter. 

Working quickly, divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans and smooth the tops with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon.Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25 -30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Place a wire rack on top of the cake pan and invert, lifting off the pan. Once the cakes have completely cooled, wrap in plastic and place the cake layers in the refrigerator for at least an hour (or overnight). (This is done to make filling and frosting the cakes easier.)

Cream Cheese Frosting:In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and mascarpone cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners sugar and beat until smooth. Using the whisk attachment, gradually add theheavy cream*(See Note)and whip until the frosting is thick enough to spread. Add more sugar or cream as needed to get the right consistency.

Assemble: With a serrated knife, cut each cake layer in half, horizontally. You will now have four cake layers. Place one of the cake layers, top of the cake facing down, onto your serving platter. Spread the cake layer with a layer of frosting.  Place another layer of cake on top of the frosting and continue to frost and stack the cake layers. Frost the top and sides of the cake. Can garnish the cake with sweetened or unsweetened coconut.

Serves 10 – 12 people.

Note: You must use a brand of heavy cream that whips very easily to stiff peaks. If you are using a brand of heavy cream that does not whip easily to stiff peaks then whip the heavy cream separately to stiff peaks and then fold it into the cream cheese mixture.

And now for the cupcakes:

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups (125 grams) sifted cakeflour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoons (10 grams) regular or Dutch-processed cocoa powder

1/4 cup (57 grams) unsaltedbutter, at room temperature

3/4 cups (150 grams) granulated whitesugar

1 largeegg

1/2 teaspoon purevanillaextract

1/2 cup (120 ml) buttermilk

1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring

1/2 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Cream Cheese Frosting:

8 ounces (227 grams) cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup (60 grams) confectioners’ (icing or powdered) sugar, sifted

2/3 cup (160 ml) cold heavy whipping cream(double cream) (35-40% butterfat)

Red Velvet Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and line 12 muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.

In a large bowlsifttogether the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Scrape downthe sides of the bowl.Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.

In a measuring cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food coloring. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.

In a small cup combine the vinegar and baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake batter. 

Working quickly, divide the batter evenly among the 12  muffin cups and smooth the tops with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon.Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 18 -23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.

Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes and them remove from pan. Let cool completely before frosting. Either spread the frosting with a knife or offset spatula, or use a large 1M Wilton open star decorating tip to pipe the frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners sugar and beat until smooth. Using the whisk attachment, gradually add theheavy cream* (See Note)and whip until the frosting is thick enough to pipe. Add more sugar or cream as needed to get the right consistency.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Note: You must use a brand of heavy cream that whips very easily to stiff peaks. If you are using a brand of heavy cream that does not whip easily to stiff peaks then whip the heavy cream separately to stiff peaks and then fold it into the cream cheese mixture.

Yummy!!! Enjoy you cake, and Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Pastels SS 2013

Spring/Summer 2013 is going to be all about pastel colors. The collections are out there, and they are so beautiful, that I cannot wait for spring to be here. Even though I am from a tropical country and this has been the first time I actually enjoyed snow, by this time of the year everyone (myself included) is already bored of their winter clothes and it feels like people don’t even enjoy the winter fashion anymore. So let’s bring Spring fashion forward and be happy and fashionable again!!

I found some amazing photos of the new collections to inspire you all, hope you love it just like I do!!

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Happy Blue Monday!!

Photos from google.co.uk

S/S 2013 Next Watch

I usually only like white watches, they’re just the only ones that usually catch my eyes. Until now.

I was checking out the new S/S 2013 collection from NEXT and saw this:

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And it’s only £18.00!!!

I’m so in love but I need your advice, cause I never bought a watch from Next! Have you ever bought a watch from them? Do you think it’s good quality or is it going to break soon? Thanks y’all!!

The ultimate party dress (in my opinion)

animal print: check

(faux) leather: check

dip (asymmetric) hem: check

I have been really fed up of animal print this whole year, but thanks to some beautiful posts by the lovely gal at mypolyvorefashions – check out this look and this look – I decided to reconsider and then yesterday this was put right in front of my very eyes (texan accent):

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And I was taken and had to go for it!! I think this is one of the most sensual dresses ever! Plus it has all the key fashion elements listed above. Plus it costs only $49.95 at Daily Look!! If you got one of this for Christmas, I envy you so much!!! Hahahaha, just kidding!! Mine will arrive soon… 😉

 

XXX

 

PS. The views here expressed are my own as this is my personal blog. My last name is not Wintour and if you do not agree with anything written on MY blog, go somewhere else!! 😛

 

The best deals on your last minute Christmas Shopping!

I love shopping online. So much, that my postman said he feels like Santa Claus!! So I decided to share some of the best deals I have found online in time for Christmas. Take advantage of them now!!

1 – Benefit Cosmetics

Get £5 OFF when you spend £60 (code SPARKLE5), and get £10 OFF when you spend £70 (code SPARKLE10) !!

But hurry up, cause today (19th) is the last day for Christmas delivery (express shipping) – Go get yours and your best mates’ beauty gift sets now!!

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2 – Juicy Couture at Cocosa

Any girls would love one of this, and no one will believe you only spent £25!!

Juicy Couture

3 – Picture your little man wearing a leatherette jacket (£20), or his own mocha moleskin jacket (£55)… At Zulily you can, for less!!

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4 – At ShopRush you can find gifts for your man and all the women in your life, from the best brands with free next day UK delivery when you spend over £60! Plus look at the discounts you can get:

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5 – Debenhams / Mac – Make a girl really happy with this beautiful gloss set, for only £25.50! Just the box is so pretty she doesn’t even need to open it before she loves it! This is sold out at MAC website now, but they still have at Debenhams with free delivery and if you order by tomorrow (20th) you’ll get it in time for Christmas!

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I gotta go now, have an appt, hope this helps your last minute shopping 😉 ♥

This is warm enough for London!!

So I was looking for inspiration on what to wear for the week and this is the best look I came across so far, hope you agree!

When I was on my 20s I wouldn’t mind freezing my bare legs in the cold, and I did that A LOT!! But now in my 30s I feel really cold 😀

But I still wanna look stylish and sexy when all covered up. Many of the looks I find don’t even seem for winter, maybe they’re for winter in Brazil, where in the really cold days it gets to 6°C, but here in London I am fareeezing!!

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What do you think?