My Favourite Yellow Cake + Icing Recipe

Yellow cake is so simple, yet there are many different recipes. It seems like a baker should have a favourite classic yellow cake recipe. After years (maybe that’s an exaggeration, but not really) of trying different cake recipes this has been my favourite by far!

Recipe

It is originally from Ana Olsen. Link to the recipe here.

Ingredients

3/4 cup unsalted butter. I used salted and it turns out fine.

1 1/3 cup sugar

3 large eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cup cake and pastry flour. In this recipe, I remove 2 tbsp out of each 1 cup of flour and replace it with 2 tbsp of cornstarch. For the 1/2 cup I only replace 1 tbsp. This is an alternative to the cake and pastry flour combination.

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup buttermilk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour 2 8-inch cake pans. Parchment paper can also be used to cover the cake pans.

Beat butter and sugar on high in an electric mixer until nice and fluffy. Then add one egg in at a time beating between each addition. After the eggs, add in vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Starting with the dry ingredients, add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately into the butter and sugar mixture. Beat well between additions.

Once the batter has been well mixed, pour evenly into 2 cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Mine tend to be ready at 25.

Icing

This is by far the best icing recipe I have found. It was originally from C. Taylor on Genius Kitchen here.

Recipe

The only adjustment I usually do is to use whipping cream instead of milk. In this case, I will usually put in more cream until the frosting is very light and fluffy. This also tones down the intense sweetness a little.

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

3 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp milk. Or about 2 tbsp whipping cream, until icing looks fluffy

1 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp salt

For chocolate icing, add 1/4 cup cocoa powder.

Instructions

Beat butter on high in an electric mixer until it appears to have gone very white. The fluffier the better. I let it beat for awhile here then a lot more later on.

Add in sugar, milk, vanilla and salt. Beat even more, stopping to scrape down walls of the bowl. Continue to beat until very fluffy. If making chocolate icing, add in cocoa powder and beat some more. Frost cake once it is cool and enjoy!

What is your favourite flavour of cake?

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Simple Creamy Hummus Recipe

I hear it is SuperBowl this weekend which means good food and a healthier ( my recipe is kind of high in fat so just slightly healthier ) option is hummus. It can be eaten with veg plus it has protein and fibre to satisfy you. And making your own hummus means you get a lot more than in the package, so there’s more to eat.

 

Recipe

Ingredients

2 1/4 cup chickpeas

2 tbsp tahini

2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 table salt

1/4 garlic powder

A splash of lemon juice to taste, I add quite a bit because I like it lemony.

You can use canned chickpeas, but a good thing I found is that it’s cheaper to buy a bag of dried chickpeas and cook them up before you’re going to use them. I put them in a slow cooker filled with water overnight then in the morning they are slightly overcooked but it makes the hummus more smooth.  Also, tahini is key to making the hummus taste right, I have tried using olive oil but it alone doesn’t cut it.

 

 

 

Directions

Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until very smooth, it should almost look like frosting. Then enjoy! IMG_7358

 

 

 

 

I eat this hummus with everything and pretty much all of the time, it has to be one of my favourite foods and it’s fast and easy to make!

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Granola Recipe

I may or may not have a smoothie bowl obsession. Being the good Millenial that I am ( or am I Gen Z?? ), I try to make my food pretty and ideal for Instagram and smoothie bowls are so colourful and healthy so they have been my platform for pretty food. To add a nice crunch and extra sweetness I usually add granola. After trying granola recipes and experimenting with things to add this has been my favourite!

 

Granola

This makes quite a bit, which isn’t a problem because the granola is kind of addictive. I put it on yoghurt and smoothie and just eat it straight up.

 

2 cups rice crispy cereal

1 cup large flake oats

1/4 cup melted butter

1/2 brown sugar

2 tablespoons honey

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. I only add this occasionally, but it gives it a sort of doughnut flavour with definitely not being doughnuts.

Directions

Mix everything together in a large bowl, making sure it’s very well combined and that there aren’t large chunks of brown sugar. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Let cool before using and putting away, it hardens and turns into almost like a brittle once it’s cool, then it can be broken up and sprinkled onto smoothies.

 

 

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Yes, I did make a collage of many of my smoothie bowls. Will there be smoothie recipes in the future? YES!

 

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Pumpkin Muffins – Fall Bucket List

I promised to keep the blog updated with doing things off of the fall bucket list and now that fall is almost over ( oops! ) it’s time to post!

 

Recipe

After experimenting with pumpkin muffin recipes my favourite has been adapted from BRETTNSHARA on All Recipes. They are moist and have lots of flavour without being overly spicy.  I’ve already made them at least 3 times!

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup oat flour. ( For extra fibre! )

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice. A good recipe for pumpkin pie spice can be found here 

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

2/3 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the streusel

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup softened butter

1/4 large flake oats

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

 

Directions

Mix flour, oat flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until it’s combined in a large bowl. Add all the other muffin ingredients to the flour mixture. In a separate bowl mix together all of the streusel ingredients until it’s crumbly and combined. Pour batter into muffin tins that are either greased or have muffin cups, add streusel on top and bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick can be poked into a muffin and come out clean. Enjoy delicious muffins!

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Do you have a favourite fall baked good? And would you like to see more recipes?

 

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’40s Fever

The fashion of the 1940s and ’50s has always fascinated me with its puffy skirts and bold red lipstick. I attempted to time travel through makeup and recreate a Marilyn Monroe-esque look.

 

Quick ’40s makeup history

Makeup had become pretty mainstream and acceptable since the 1920s and had to be more practical since lots of women were working in the war effort and didn’t have time to spend doing elaborate makeup. Eyes were kept more neutral, with the lid highlighted slightly and the crease darkened a bit with beige or light brown shadows. Eyebrows were more towards natural brows after the pencil thin, kind of scary, 1930’s brows. But, they were darkened with pencil and heavily arched. Bright lip colours were encouraged to keep morale up during the war. Younger women wore bright and brilliant reds. Pinks or corals were popular natural options. The look that is now mostly associated with vintage makeup is bolder than the everyday look of the 1940s but, still follows the style from then.

 

How I did this look

I wasn’t planning on doing a post for this since I hadn’t tried to do vintage makeup before and I wasn’t sure how well it was going to turn out, so I didn’t get any pictures of the of applying the makeup. Just products will have to do for now!

 

Skin

Foundation had recently become easily available in the 40s making flawless skin popular. Powder was worn in a light shade to make the face paler than usual. The first step I did, was applying a green concealer to any red spots or pimples. Green contrasts the red colour. I used Maybelline Coverstick Concealer. Then I covered my whole face in foundation. The one I use is old and the label fell off so I’m not too sure what it is and as I’m writing this I just remembered that they say you should throw makeup away after awhile. Oops! It appears to be a Rimmel London foundation. After foundation, I used Rimmel London Hide The Blemish Concealer in 001 Ivory to cover pimples then Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer in fair under my eyes to cover dark circles. Bright blush was applied towards the ears on the cheek bones as opposed to on the apples of the cheeks like what’s common now. I used a combination of two colours from a NYX kit that I got on clearance. After blush, heavy powder is key to make sure everything is very matte. I used NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder.

 

 

Eyes and brows

I started by using a flat thin brush and lining my waterline and cover the lid with a pale shimmery shadow from a random pallet that I got as a gift once.

 

Then in the crease, I used a combination of several shadows from the above-mentioned NYX pallet to create just the right shade of brown. If you have blue or grey eyes, cool shades like grey or silver would be better for this step but since my eyes are green the brown brings the colouring out.

 

Leaving the under eye completely clear except a line of Maybelline Eyestudio in brown just 1/4 of the way to make the eye appear wider. On the top lid, I used an unidentifiable black liquid eyeliner to create a wing. Using the Maybelline eyeliner and a Rimmel London Eyebrow Pencil in black I filled in my eyebrows making sure to arch them quite a bit. For the finishing touch, I used false eyelashes instead of mascara because I am obsessed with false eyelashes!

 

Lips

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Lips were so important in the 1940s. Women were encouraged to kiss letters they were sending to soldiers, leaving lipstick prints, to keep morale up. Tutorials in magazines suggested using lipliner to overline your lips and make them look fuller. I used NYC Lipstick in 432 Red Rapture. It’s darker than fire engine red but I think this is a more flattering colour on me.

 

 

Finished look

 

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Let me know what you thought about the makeup tutorial! Should I do more? And what decade is your favourite for style?

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