Hazelnut Cake with Apple Buttercream

I am so excited to announce that starting right now with this amazing cake, the super sweet Melina of Sugary & Buttery will officially be joining us once a month to share one of her amazing confections. Melina is an infinitely talented baker and food photographer, and she’s also a new mom. In short, she’s awesome. I can already promise you that if you’re not already following her blog you definitely should be, because I know she’s going to be serving up some amazing treats throughout the holiday season. (Currently these peach cupcakes with vanilla bourbon buttercream are rockin’ my world!) Today we’re kicking things off with this hazelnut cake with marzipan and apple buttercream. Consider this one perfect for all your fall festivities and the yummiest addition to your Thanksgiving feast. Also, I won’t judge if you want to eat a piece with your morning coffee. Cake + coffee = always ok.

Hazelnut Cake with Apple Buttercream from @cydconverse

Hazelnut Cake with Apple Buttercream

For the Cake

  • 1/2 cup whole hazelnuts
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil

For the Buttercream

  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 5 large egg whites
  • Pinch cream of tartar
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon natural apple extract


  • 6oz of marzipan
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped hazelnuts

Hazelnut Cake with Apple Buttercream from @cydconverse

Preheat oven to 375°. Grease 8-inch round cake pan.

Grind the hazelnuts in a food processor. In a medium bowl, sift together flour and hazelnut mixture; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the whole eggs, the yolks and the brown sugar on high speed until thick and pale yellow in color (8 mins). Remove bowl from mixer and gently and quickly fold in flour mixture. Gradually drizzle in oil, while folding. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake until a tester comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and turn cake out immediately onto a wire rack. Let cool for at least 1 hour.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar and apple juice to a boil. Boil the syrup until it reaches 240 degrees (soft-ball stage) on a candy thermometer. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on low speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar, and beat on medium high until stiff but not dry peaks form. With the mixer running, pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the egg whites. Turn the mixer on high speed and beat for about 10 mins. Add the butter, piece by piece, and the apple extract and keep beating. If it looks curdled at any point during the beating process, continue beating until smooth.

Roll out the marzipan and cut out two 8 inch rounds. Cut the cake horizontally into 3 layers. Spread buttercream on the first layer, cover with marzipan and some more buttercream. Continue accordingly with the second layer. Frost the cake and cover the sides with chopped hazelnuts.


[Photos by Sugary & Buttery for The Sweetest Occasion.]


Shop By Color: Olive Green

I mentioned it a few weeks ago concerning chartreuse green, but I seriously feel like green is about to have a major moment in fashion and design in general. Call this olive green, moss green or army green, but no matter the name it’s seemingly everywhere at the moment. I love how this typically tough, more masculine color seems to be going softer and more feminine. Like this pencil skirt. I’m digging that the rich olive green takes something perfectly classic and transforms it to feel entirely modern and cool. I actually don’t think I own anything this color, but I’m thinking that may just have to change, because I am loving this look for fall and winter!

Shop By Color: Olive Green


[Shop | 1: Belted dress | 2: Beaded necklace | 3: Pencil skirt | 4: Nail polish | 5: Face mask | 6: Bra | 7: Turntable]

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Color Palette: Paprika + Emerald

Happy November, friends! You know what’s about to happen here, right? We’re diving head first into the holiday season! As far as I’m concerned, it’s just about time to bust out my Christmas playlists and start decking the halls. Before we get all crazy with all of that, Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and this color palette is getting me excited to gather with family and friends to feast in style. Turns out, paprika, hazel, emerald and peacock just look so stunning together! I think this palette would make the loveliest backdrop for Thanksgiving. T-minus 24 days!

Color Palette: Paprika and Emerald


[Photos, from top: Marisa Holmes via Style Me Pretty | Meghan Klein for Coco + Kelley | Ryan Ray Photography.]


Five Last Minute Couple Costumes + Friday Link Love

So, real life. B and I are not typically the type who dress up for Halloween. You’re much more likely to find us wearing jeans, watching a Halloween movie and pausing it regularly to hand out candy to trick or treaters. This would explain why I’m never the blogger who gets all crazy crafting and sharing Halloween costume ideas. That said, this year we are attending a Halloween party, one where everyone dresses up. Needless to say, as is our way, we’ve kind of dragged our heels for months on this whole costume concept and now we’re up against a time crunch to come up with awesome, easy last minute costumes. Are you in the same boat? Then this post is for you! Liz over at Say Yes is, in my opinion, the queen of awesome Halloween costumes so today I’m sharing five of her amazing couple costumes, most of which you can easily pull off using things you already own with maybe a couple of additions from the thrift store or Halloween shop. Check them out and be sure to get a load of your weekly Friday Link Love. Happy Halloween, friends! Be safe and have fun! xoxo

Last Minute Couple Costumes

[James Bond + Bond Girl | Bandits | Mad Men | Punk Rockers | Moonrise Kingdom.]



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Halloween Pumpkin Pancakes

Halloween Pumpkin Pancakes

Speaking of my current pancake obsession, I would be all too happy to have someone make me up a batch of these Halloween pumpkin pancakes tomorrow morning. Or, heck! I’d be down for having them for dinner, too. I don’t care what anyone says. Pancakes shaped like Jack O’Lanterns are my kind of awesome. Drizzle them with a big dose of maple syrup, and I’m pretty sure these make for the only Halloween treat I’d ever need. Pop over to So Haute for the how-to! Trust me, friends, it’s easier than you think.


[Photo from So Haute.]