September 24, 2014 | by cyd
If I had the option to by a fly on any wall, I think it would have to be one in Melina’s kitchen. The cakes and confections she dreams up make this sweets-loving girl just want to eat yummy things all day long. So let’s talk about this toffee bundt cake for a quick moment, shall we? B is sicker than sick this week. Some kind of nasty virus or sinus infection, I’m not quite sure. So naturally, as these things go, by this morning I’m feeling kind of under the weather myself. I took extra care making sure my coffee pour was extra dark and extra tall. And all I want is a piece of this cake to alongside. The breakfast of champions, right? Today Melina, the doll that she is, is sharing the recipe with us so we can all eat cake on the days we just need a little extra encouragement to get out of bed!
For the Cake
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 2 cups dark brown sugar
- 2 sticks butter, room temperature
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla paste (or 1 vanilla bean or vanilla extract)
- 1-1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
For the Soak and Glaze
- 1 small can mandarins
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
Preheat your oven to 350°F / 180°C and grease a heritage bundt cake pan. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Set aside. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla seeds until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients alternating with milk/buttermilk. Stir until just combined and set aside. Bake for about 1 hour or until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Once the cake is cooled down, remove it from the pan by turning it upside down. Apply some of the mandarin sirup (about half the can) onto the cake using a pastry brush. Mix the powdered sugar and the milk and glaze the cake.
For an especially seasonal flavor, Melina suggest skipping the mandarin soak entirely and opting for rum or coffee. Oh man. Doesn’t that sound so delicious? I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!
[Photos + recipe by Sugary & Buttery.]
September 23, 2014 | by cyd
Ok, friends. I get it. We’ve been talking about fall for a few weeks now, but now that fall is officially here as of today, I’m kind of in disbelief. Summer just went by so so quickly this year and after the bear of a winter we had last year, I’m just not quite ready to give up on the beautiful warm, sunny days that are the hallmark of our summers in the northeast. So what better way to embrace fall than with something really gorgeous and perfectly seasonal? Like this stunning fall centerpiece! Studded with persimmons, ranunculus, dahlias, and dusty miller all arranged in a shallow wooden bowl, it’s all kinds of lovely in my book. You can catch the DIY over at Santa Barbara Chic!
[Styling by Kelly Oshiro | Photos by Anna Costa.]
September 22, 2014 | by cyd
I’m pretty sure that every year at this time I start going on about apple season and how I’m all levels of obsessed. Here in Upstate New York, apple season is no joke. Apple farms are clogged with cars and packs of merry apple pickers toting home baskets and bags to make pies, crisps and tarts. And I’m here to tell you what, there is nothing like the smell of baking apples filling up the house on a chilly fall day. It’s enough to make a grown lady drool.
Last year I shared 10 drool-worthy apple recipes and today I’m bringing you even more apple delights! From cocktails to breakfast to truly indulgent treats, there’s something here for every palate. Click through for 10 of fall’s best apple recipes!
September 19, 2014 | by cyd
Ohhh, fall. You do such crazy things to us. You make cool color loving girls like me want to buy everything orange and gold in sight. In particular right now, this rich and bold shade of autumn orange is just doing me in. Anyone else? My favorite way to rock orange is definitely with a pop of color in my accessories. Usually a great oversized scarf or a cute pair of flats or a little clutch. But I’m also loving these candle holders for sprinkling a little autumnal color throughout your home. Or this gorgeous pillow for dressing up an arm chair or adding bit of texture to the bedroom. Is anyone else loving orange right now? Would you rock one of these pieces this season?
[Shop | 1: Throw pillow | 2: Purse | 3: Candle holders | 4: Ballet flats | 5: Laptop sleeve | 6: Eyeglasses | 7: Glass water bottle | 8: Skirt.]
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September 18, 2014 | by cyd
You already heard me wax poetic about all things coffee last week, so at the risk of being redundant I just have to say that this week I’m living for my morning cup of coffee. Fall is definitely settling in all around us at the moment. The mornings are increasingly crisp and dark, the sun noticeably sinking faster into the horizon each evening. This week’s color palette, predictably, is still drawing inspiration from these early weeks of fall. Rich morning coffee. Jars of colorful and delicious apricot jam. The blues and pinks and purples of the fall sunrises I’ve been watching each morning. Also right now I’m wearing a giant hoodie over top of a giant sweater. Also right now I’m refusing to turn on the heat until there’s absolutely no choice. Such is fall in Upstate NY!
[Photos, from top: Vintage Mixer | 365 Days of Coffee | Allure magazine.]