Date night

Hi blog family and thanks for stopping by. I finally got around updating my blog (covers face.)  A lot has been going on around me and procrastination on my end too has led to less updates. Recently my hubby and I went on a date night after so long! It's gotten so much harder to just go out and catch a movie or grab a meal solo, LOL. Life with two little ones and a busy schedule will do that. 
I decided to get dressed up and pulled out this number I bought from a friend who sells vintage clothes and accessories. It's a chic shift dress which will look great on most bodies. Check her instagram page here. She carries a great deal of beautiful pieces, at awesome prices. I fell in love with this color block dress and it is so appropriate for fall. I paired it with one of my favorite slingback sandals and minimal accessories.  I am loving the weather here is Atlanta and I can't wait for the holidays, thanksgiving, Christmas and oh! my birthday the day after Christmas! I don't dress up for Halloween but I can't wait to dress my little ones and take them trick or treating for the first time:) 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Happy new week and thanks for stopping by my blog! I am excited to share a baking post today. I have been so busy that I have neglected one of my favorite hobbies, trying new recipes!! I finally got around baking new treats this weekend. I decided to share this recipe because it's the season for pumpkins. It's fall after all and nothing is a bigger poster child for fall than pumpkins! I have never tried baking with pumpkins so I was extra excited about baking these treats. Its fairly easy to make and not time consuming. I especially loved the smell of the finished goodies aside from its taste. It is not too sweet and more on the moist side which I love. It tastes even better by the next day and its perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.
Ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cups brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup oil (I used olive oil)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Topping: (optional)
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

*Calories in one bar when I cut it into 20 equal pieces, is 97 calories, 39 calories from fat. It is high in Vitamin A. 77 calories par bar without the chocolate chip.

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix all your dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, baking powder, baking soda & salt) together and set aside. In another bowl, using a hand mixer or spatula, mix your brown sugar and oil together. Add each egg to the mix,  pumpkin, vanilla extract and milk. When well mixed, add the dry ingredients and mix together. Fold in the chocolate chips. Line a 9 by 13 baking sheet with parchment paper and pour in your mix. Bake for 15 minutes.
Put on a wire rack to cool.

Topping
Using a hand mixer, mix the butter and  cream cheese together in a bowl. Add the confectioners sugar and vanilla extract.

Once your bars have cooled down, cut into squares and add the topping. I enjoyed it with and without the topping.

Nude and Polka dots

Hi, my apologies for going MIA on the blog recently. Things have been pretty busy around me lately but I know I need to update more often:) This past Saturday I attended my last wedding of the year and I am sharing pictures of what I wore. I finally found a pair of heeled sandals in the perfect nude for my skin tone, exciting stuff! lol. They go with everything which is the best part :) They are very comfortable for 4 inch heels shoe and I would definitely recommend them. This is my second purchase from the shoe brand Schutz and they keep impressing me. They make great quality leather shoes at  reasonable prices (you can always find them on sale too.) 

I chose a simple classic look for this wedding. I paired my shoes with an  Eliza J dress (a fantastic brand that makes dresses for petite to plus sized women)  and a pair of vintage earrings. I am excited for fall weather more like fall fashion, lol and I can't wait to start mixing my warm and summer wardrobe.

Gratitude Challenge Day 3

Three things I am grateful for

I am thankful for Christ
I am thankful that I have Jesus Christ in my life. I am happy for the peace and assurance that comes with being in Christ. Its so easy to lean on your faith when you are going through tough times but its so much better when you embrace it when things are great.  It gives me great joy knowing that there is a better place (Heaven) where there will be no pain or sorry but only praises, singing, joy and laughter. I can't wait for that day! God please help me to remember the ultimate goal in this life, which is to fulfill your purpose for my life and make heaven.(Amen)

I am thankful for freedom/Peace
I think about all the unrest around the world from what is going on in the Middle East to my home country Nigeria (Boko Ham) and it makes me sad that innocent people die daily. I am thankful that I live in a place where I don't have to live in fear. I take it for granted sometimes. I am taking sometime today to pray for all the people who find themselves in these places and I pray God keeps them safe. (Amen)

I am thankful for food
Yes food! Its amazing how I don't even think twice about it because it has never been an issue. But for so many around the world it is! Everyday as I drive out the house, I always find one or two people with a sign begging for their next meal here in America and let me not begin to address what is going on in other less privileged countries around the world. Please give whenever you can and never take having for granted. 


Gratitude Challenge Day 2

Three things I am grateful today
 
I am grateful for my business
I enjoy baking and I am thankful to God that I am able to make an income out of what I love doing. It started as a hobby when I was a teenager and I never thought would amount into anything, super thankful for that.
 
I am thankful for laughter
Laughter is the bed medicine they say and I totally agree. Having different reasons to laugh today has sure made the day a whole lot easier.
 
I am thankful for the great weather
Today the weather is just great. Not too hot, last night's rain did some good. Woke up to a cool day and I hope it remains that way. Fall is around the corner because its usually so hot here in Atlanta even in the mornings.
 One of my all time favorite bible verse. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

I am sharing a picture of baked individual mini cheese cake today (recipe here) , because baking to me is like therapy. Super relaxing:)

The Gratitude Challenge

Good morning and happy hump day! I was tagged by blogger Destiny for the gratitude challenge. Here are the rules I have to follow for the next 7 DAYS.

                                                               RULES 



-So for the next 7 DAYS you have to state 3 things that you are grateful for and also nominate 3 people on the first day you are challenged.
 -You have to take a picture of a simple pleasure you know something that makes you happy,
- Donate 5 dollars (USD) or whatever the equivalence is in your local currency within 7 days of accepting this challenge to a less privileged person or a local charity of your choice. If you decide not to this challenge then you have to donate at least 20 USD to any charity of your choice (obedience is better than sacrifice).




Day 1

I am grateful for Life. 
The fact that I woke up this morning is a blessing on its own and I am so thankful to God for this privilege.

I am grateful for my family.
I am thankful for a loving husband, wonderful kids, great parents,  the best siblings in the world, and the few friends who are family now. I know they are there for me no matter what and that is such a great feeling!

I am grateful for my health.
I am thankful to God for good health. The fact that I can get out of bed with no help and do the simple things is enough to be thankful for.

I get caught up in the ups and downs of life and sometimes I forget the most important things. Sometimes it takes something bad happening for me to take stock and remember what really matters in life. There is so much I want to do and I really do wish it will all just happen already, wouldn't that  be awesome, LOL. But I have to remember to be thankful to God in all things and learn to wait for HIS time and HIS lead. I just have to do my part working hard, eliminate procrastination (I am so bad with this), living by FAITH not FEAR, being diligent and I feel the  most important, just being thankful. I will end this post with my favorite bible verse of the week.. Psalm 130:5 "I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope."

The versatile maxi

Hi and thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope your week has been going great? I am sharing a few pictures from the outfit I wore this past Sunday. My younger sister @omogecreations made this beautiful and super affordable maxi for me. I love the print and the versatility of the dress. Its a wrap maxi that can be worn in different ways. (As shown knotted and tied to the side) I wore mine casually, pairing it with my red sandals. Check out her instagram page to contact her and for more of her awesome creations. Can't wait to share my next post on friday, just in time for Labor day weekend. 

My baby turned one

Hello, today I am sharing a few pictures from my daughter's first birthday party. I always wanted a summer baby and one of the reasons is simply to a throw an outdoor party, LOL. I was blessed with one last July, needless to say, I have been planning this party in my head for a while. I went with  "shabby chic" and "bling" for the theme. I did the planning myself and did a lot of DIY projects too. I will be sharing some of that on different posts. I couldn't have done it without Etsy, shout out to this wonderful platform for small businesses! 
It rained that morning (just my luck, lol) , so it changed my plans a bit, but everything turned out great in the end. My hubby was on the grill, whipping out yummy food for our guests and he took all the pictures too, YES he is a Super Dad :) The kids had a great time with the trackless train and the drink station was a hit with the adults. I decided to go with a simple dessert table and loved how it turned out. The cake I baked for the event  was a 4-layer chocolate and vanilla cake with butter cream frosting. There is nothing I enjoy more than planning and executing parties for my loved ones. She was a great spot and wasn't fussy or cried at her birthday party. I hope she looks back at these pictures one day when she much older and appreciate them:)

Lady in red

I can't believe we are approaching the end of the month of August already, where did the month go! Before we know it, summer will be officially over :( It has been quite a busy summer for me socially and for my business. Thankful to God for His blessings. Today I am sharing pictures from an event I attended last weekend. A good friend of mine turned thirty and to mark the milestone she hosted a formal dinner. The dress code for the night was black tie so I had to find a long dress suitable for the night. 
 I settled on this red peplum number because of its simple style, beautiful neckline and the color. I always go for comfort when it comes to my outfits and this was no exception. I decided on accessorizing with a brooch and round statement earrings. I also played with a new lipstick/liner color and I haven't quite decided if its going to be a keeper. I still have a few events lined up for the summer and I can't wait to share those pictures too. Hope you had a fun weekend? 

Maxi Love

Hi and thanks for stopping by. Its been a a while since my last post mainly because a lot has been going on around me. My little girl turned one a month ago (party planning craze) and summer is usually so busy with my baking business, hence my blog took a back sit. I planned a birthday party for my daughter's birthday and I will be sharing a few pictures from the event on my next post. I wore this gorgeous maxi for her birthday party. Maxis have always been my go to outfit choice every season of the year. There is nothing such as owning too many of them, LOL. I am especially in love with this particular one because of its beautiful print and intricate details from the bell sleeves (hello sixties!) to the buttons and belt. I literally twirled a few times in this number, I felt that great in it :)

Summer days

Happy friday y'all! One of my favorite thing about summer is the countless number of options when it comes to what to wear. This summer when I am not attending a major event, I feel more comfortable throwing together looks from my basics. T-shirts, tank tops, short, simple skirts, etc. Its just that kinda summer for me. I paired my recently purchased skirt with one of my favorite basics, a green scoop neck top. The spaghetti top is made of shape wear material, so gives a nice figure.
The skirt has a sexy slit to it, which I am digging. It takes me back to my teenage years and reminds me of one of my favorite skirts from back then. Simple jewelry and black sandals brings this look together for me for a simple casual look on a summer day. What is your style like this summer?

Millionaire's shortbread cookies

Happy new month to you all and thanks for stopping by my blog. Today I am sharing a rich shortbread recipe that is sure to satisfy that craving for a rich yummy treat. This shortbread reminds me of the popular chocolate Twix. I am a huge Twix fan, so it was only natural to want to try this recipe out. This shortbread recipe is so easy to make and yummy just by itself, so if you don't care for the chocolate and caramel, try this  by itself.

Ingredients for the shortbread:
2 1/4 cups plain flour
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 unsalted butter softened

Caramel Filling:
7 tbsp unsalted butter diced
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 400g cans of condensed milk

Topping:
3 1/2 oz semisweet chocolate
3 1/2 oz milk chocolate
2 oz white chocolate

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and line a jelly roll pan. Put the flour and caster sugar in a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Work with your hands until the mixture form a dough. Put the dough into the prepared tin and press it out with the back of a spoon to cover the base. Smooth it evenly into the tin. Prick all over with a fork and bake for about 20 minutes, or until firm to the touch and very light brown. Leave in the tin to cool. 
To make the filling, put the butter, brown sugar and condensed milk into a pan and heat gently, whisking, until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce the hear and simmer gently, stirring constantly, for about 5-10 minutes, or until it has thickened and has turned a caramel color. Take care that the mixture does not burn on the base of the pan. Remove from the heat. Pour the caramel over the cookie base, spread even;y, then leave until cold. 
To make the topping, melt each type of chocolate separately in heatproof bowls set over a pan of hot water. Another option is to use the microwave but you have to watch closely, timing at 15 second intervals. Spoon lines of plain and milk chocolate over the set caramel. Add small spoonfuls of white chocolate. Use a skewer to form a marbled effect on the topping.

Little Black Dress

Hi and hope you had a great start to the week? I am sharing a few pictures of a dress my younger sister made for me. She is a fashion designer and makes an array of gorgeous outfits. I am so proud of her and love that she is chasing her dream! Check her out on instagram @omogecreations for more of her beautiful work and how you can get yours. 

There is something about a simple black dress that is timeless. I own a few of them and they are in constant rotation. A little black dress is one of the few items I feel is essential to any female closet. I love the style of this  dress for a lot of reasons. It looks great on different body types, the fabric is wrinkle free and the gathering/ruching on the waist helps create a beautiful figure and is also helps hide love handles:) Win, win I say!

I added a little bit of flare with the large brooch which speaks more to my personal style. I decided to keep everything else simple, so I paired it with my favorite black pumps, pearl earrings and my classic vintage chanel bag. Ruby woo by MAC is my all time favorite lipstick and my go to item for that instant glam. Do you love LBDs? What is your go to item for that instant glam?

Street Festival Chic

Two weeks ago I attended the Festival of Chariots (Taste of India) that took place in Atlanta. It's a three day event that is held yearly. My husband found out about it and we figured it would be something fun and cultural to take the kids too. We missed the day of the parade but I will try catching that next year. We had a great time at the festival especially my son:) There was lots of food, drinks to sample and activities for the kids and adults too. I plan of attending more of the local events in my city this year.
I decided that I wanted to wear something bright and colorful so I settled on this dress I bought a few years ago. I am definitely following my rule this year of shopping more from my closet. I love that one can dress this outfit up or down. I decided on the latter since I was attending a daytime event with the kids. I paired it with my favorite new crossbody bag and old flat sandals to complete my look.

Coconut Lime Cake

I am a big fan of coconut and anything coconut! Bounty and Mound chocolate are two of my favorite and I'll take coconut rice over fried rice any day! It was only natural for me to try a cake recipe that involved coconut. What I loved about the most about this cake was its lightness and fluffiness.  The lime infusion also gave it a slight tanginess which balanced well with the sweetness of the coconut. The recipe's frosting was a little too sweet for my taste but I know now to make changes when I try this again. Do you like coconut as much as I do?

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
21/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
grated rind of 2 limes
4 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 cup dry unsweetened coconut

For the frosting:
11/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
2 egg whites
4 tbsp cold water
1 tbsp liquid glucose
2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line two 8 inch round pans with parchment paper. Sift together the flour and baking powder into a bowl. In another large bowl, beat the butter until soft. Add the sugar and lime rind, then beat until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding 1 tsp of the flour mixture with each addition to stop the batter from curdling. Beat the mixture well between each addition. Using a wooden spoon, fold in the flour mixture in small batches alternating with the lime juice. When the batter is smooth, stir in two-thirds of the coconut. Divide the batter between the tins and spread it evenly to the sides. Bake for 30-35 or until insert comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then turn out to cool on a wire rack. Remove the lining paper. Leave to go cold.

Spread the remaining coconut in another cake tin. Bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Watch carefully so that the coconut does not get too dark. Allow to cool in the tin. To make the frosting, put the sugar in a large heatproof bowl, and add the cream of tartar, egg whites, water and glucose. Stir to mix. Set the bowl over a pan of boiling water. Beat with an electric whisk at high speed for 7 minutes or until thick and stiff peaks form. Remove from the heat. Add the vanilla extract and continue beating for 3 minutes or until the frosting has cooled slightly. Put a cake on a serving plate. Spread a layer of frosting on top. Set the second cake on top. Swirl the rest of the frosting all over the cake. Sprinkle with the toasted coconut and leave to set.

Old items revisited

Its a brand new month! Can't believe how far into 2014 we are in already! Thankful to God for His countless blessings and protection. Time to revisit my 2014 goals. One of the things I love about  the month of June is the countless amount of end of season sales from different merchants. This is the time of the year when I like to pick up a few items to add to my wardrobe. I usually wait for second cut sales from the high-end merchants (because I am cheap like that, lol ) Better savings too!

 Last week for one of the weddings I attended, I decided to shop my closet. I settled on this Alice and Olivia dress that I bought a few years ago. I wore it once and it has just been sitting collecting dust in my closet :( (Note to self, shop my closet more often) I paired my dress with a pair of lace pumps which I think should be a staple in any closet. Its sexy and classy all at the same time and available at a wide range of price points too. I added a pop of color with my red purse. What do you think of the look?

Wedding guest look

This past weekend was packed with quite a few events for me. Between the kids and other obligations I ended up just attending two weddings, which was plenty for a weekend, lol. I had a great time at both weddings. One of the things I look forward to at weddings, is the wedding cake, more like eating of the wedding cake though. I wasn't disappointed either:) I had such a great time  too on the dance floor and it was great catching up with friends I hadn't seen in years. 

I decided to wear a long dress to one of the weddings to try something new. I don't own a lot of long formal dresses, but when I tried on this high low number, I fell in love with it! Here are a few shots taken by my hubby before we headed to the wedding. Some of the perks of having a professional photographer for a spouse , YAY!

Savannah, Georgia, Casual day look

This past weekend I went to one of my favorite small city, Savannah, Georgia, with my family. There is so much to love about Savannah, from the food, shopping, history, etc. It just embodies everything I love for a relaxed mini vacation.  We decided to do a city tour on this trip and I was shocked to find out how much history is in Savannah. From the first house in the United States to have indoor plumbing to the birth place of the Girls Scout and much more!
 
On one of our days there, this was what I wore. I am loving my gap distressed jeans these days. They are very comfortable and you can't beat gap's price point for quality jeans(got mine at a discount too).  I have been a huge fan of Gap jeans for a few years now. They have improved so much over the years with the cut and style of their jeans too. I paired my outfit with my Schutz Eirininn sandals. This is my first purchase from the brand and I wasn't disappointed. I found  this cute number for such a great deal(50% off) too. I have a fun weekend planned with two weddings I plan on attending and I can't wait for Memorial day barbecuing on Monday! What do you have planned for the weekend?

 
 Blouse: Forever 21
Jeans: Gap
Accessories: J Crew
Shoes: Schutz

Battenberg cake

Hi and hope you are having a great Wednesday so far? Today I share with you a light sponge cake recipe known as Battenberg. It also gets its name from the arrangement of a pink and a yellow cake. I have always wanted to tried baking with Marzipan(Almond paste) so this recipe was perfect. The marzipan covers the outside of the cake. Its a fairly easy recipe and the assembling is what takes the most time. 

Ingredients
3/4 cup butter softened
1 cup sugar
3 extra large eggs lightly beaten
11/2 cups self-rising flour sifted
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp red coloring
1/2 tsp rose water or vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1lb marzipan (Found at world cost market or any specialty baking store)
6 tbsp apricot jam
2 tbsp sugar

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a jelly roll pan. Lightly grease the base and line it with baking parchment.
Cut a strip of cardboard to fit the inside of the tin. Cover with foil, lightly grease and wedge in place. In a large bowl, beat the butter with the sugar until creamy. Add the eggs and beat well. Lightly folding the flour and salt. 
Put half the mixture in a  clean bowl and mix in the red food coloring and rose or vanilla extract until evenly tinted. Turn into one side of the tin. Mix the almond extract into the remaining batter and turn into the empty side of the tin. Smooth into the corners.
Bake for 20 minutes until risen and firm to the touch. Leave to stand for 5 minutes. Slide the blade of a knife between the cake, tin and foil strip, and turn out on to a wire rack lined with silicone paper. Remove the lining paper. Leave to go cold. 
Trim the cake and cut each slab in half lengthways so there are four equal pieces. 
In a pan, bring the jam and sugar slowly to the boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 30-60 seconds. Remove from the heat. 
To assemble the cake, brush the top of each plain cake strip with the syrup and press a pink strip on top. Brush one side of each cake stack with syrup and press them together to make a checkerboard pattern. Roll out the marzipan to an 11 inch square. Brush the cake top with syrup, and place the cake syrup-side down 1/2 inch from one edge of the marzipan. Brush the rest of the cake with syrup. Wrap the marzipan over and around the cake, smoothing it firmly with your hand, Press firmly to seal. Trim away any excess marzipan.








Quest for a great diaper bag

Diaper bags are one of those necessary evils , LOL There are a lot of variety out there at every price point imanginable.  I have always had a love hate relationship with them. With my first child I just bought one which I liked and stuck with for the first year. It was very functional but not that fashionable ( it had the typical wild print of most diaper bags.) This time around with my second child I l waited a longer time before I purchased one. I actually went without one for over six months. I used organizers for months and would just switch them as I changed purses but it left me with the only option of always carrying a big bag. I love my mini crossbody bags, so this created another problem and lets face it I want her stuff separate from mine.

I realized quickly that the best option for me would be a fashionable, light,  functional and fairly priced diaper bag that I could use and that my hubby wouldn't mind carrying either.  I wanted something I could carry by itself and would still make a fashion statement. I found a few options and finally settled for the Armani Junior Nylon Diaper bag in Navy blue. It met all my criteria and I haven't been happier!. It is so light, wipeable, perfect size( not too big, not too small) holds a lot of stuff (for the hoarders) comes with everything most diaper bags come with and super chic (clean lines and no fuss). Love the messenger style too!  I do wish it was priced lower though. I purchased mine on sale. It comes in a variety of beautiful colors too.



A cheaper option similar in shape but a bigger size priced at $120 but also can be found on sale fairly often from sites like gilt.com for $50. I love the Maclaren brand in general so is a durable very option too. It comes in a variety of colors also.
                 
                       http://www.albeebaby.com/maclaren-messenger-bag-black.html?gdftrk=gdfV21377_a_7c623_a_7c12148_a_7cAOX34043&gclid=CITm4IaHrb4CFcpQ7AodCD4A_A

Mom's the word

One of my fondest memories of my mom growing up was of her rolling out dough on her long blue table which she used for baking. I still remember the sweet scent of her freshly made doughnuts especially. Its funny how many years later, I bake for a living, LOL. Yesterday I didn't bake up any treats after all it was mothers day(day of rest) but I did get all dressed up and asked hubby to take a few pictures of me. The weather was perfect, a far cry from the last few days which was awesome! I have owned this shift linen dress which I purchased from Ladyee boutique for over three years now and I still love it! Its an easy dress, elegant yet a sexy number and perfect day or night. I paired it with my new favorite neutral pumps, its going to be my summer staple. What is your go to item these days?

Chocolate brandy-snap gateau

Hi and thanks for stopping by my blog. New today is the recipe from a cake I made a few weeks ago. I am a big chocolate lover, the dark kind mostly. There is just something about the bitter sweet taste of dark chocolate that I just can't get enough of :). Here is a divine recipe that everyone would enjoy, even the chocolate cake snobs. This recipe is flourless which made me more interested in trying the recipe out. Its a little time consuming to make but well worth it. Its a super rich chocolate cake, almost as rich as a cheese cake.
Ingredients:
8oz semi sweet chocolate
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup molasses
6 eggs separated
1 tsp vanilla extract
11/4 cup ground hazelnut
4 tbsp. fresh white breadcrumbs
finely grated rind of 1 large orange
icing sugar for dusting
For the chocolate ganache
1 cup heavy cream
8oz semisweet chocolate
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, grease and line two 8 inch cake tins. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Stir occasionally. Remove from the heat to cool slightly. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks and vanilla extract. Add the melted chocolate and mix thoroughly. Put the egg whites into a clean grease-free bowl and whisk until they form soft peaks. Fold a tablespoon of the whites into the chocolate mixture to slacken it, then fold in the rest in batches with the ground hazelnuts, breadcrumbs and orange rind. Divide the cake batter btw the prepared tins and smooth the top level. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until well risen and firm. Let it cool on wire rack.
To make the chocolate ganache, heat the cream and chocolate together in a pan over low heat, stirring frequently until the chocolate has melted. Pour into a bowl. Leave to cool, then stir until the mixture begins to hold its shape. Sandwich the cake layers together with half the chocolate ganache, transfer to a plate and spread the remaining ganache on top.

Raspberry Almond cake

Hi and happy hump day! One of my all time favorite nuts are Almonds! I love snacking on roasted ones, they are great brain food on the go. Almonds lower blood sugar, regulate the heart among a host of other benefits. Growing up in Nigeria where Almond trees are everywhere, I enjoyed plucking the almond fruit and eating it till I got to the seed, the best part! Today I bring to you an easy recipe (I know I always say easy, but this is) Raspberry and almond tea bread or cake. Adapted from The Perfect Afternoon tea book. Raspberries are in season  and they are so easy to bake with too.
The whole prep time is about 40 minutes. This cake will be perfect for brunch or break fast with your favorite cup of tea.
Ingredients:
11/2 cups self raising flour
7 tbsp butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup ground almonds (process or blend almond flakes)
2 eggs beaten
2 tbsp. milk
1 cup fresh raspberries
2 tbsp toasted flaked almonds
 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Grease and line a 1lb loaf tin with parchment paper
Sift the flour in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub in until mixture resemble fine bread crumbs.
Stir in the sugar and ground almonds then gradually mix in eggs and milk and beat until smooth.
Fold in the raspberries, being careful not to crush them.
Spoon into the prepared tin and sprinkle over the flaked almonds.
Bake for 55 minutes or until pick inserted comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn on wire rack to go cold. Remove from tin.
See very easy:) and also very pretty right out of the tin with no needed decoration.
 
 
 
 
 

All about prints

Thank God its Friday! Thanks for stopping by my blog, hope your week has been wonderful? I am continuing my blogging promise with a fashion post today. I have always loved print dresses and this new number from Ladyee boutique is the business! The multicolored brush strokes on the dress isn't only beautiful but also forgiving (hits the right places.) I love that it is also long sleeved, so I can wear this year round. Next up, I am going to wear it as a top paired with a flared skirt.
Styled with my favorite neutral pumps and jewelry made by my sister. (Check her work on instagram @gemshavenbyolub)  This weekend I will be baking cakes and other treats, attending a bridal shower and hopefully get some relax time, what will you be doing?





Necklace and Earrings: Gems Haven
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Clutch: Kooba
Lipstick: Mac Flat out fabulous

Cakes and Updates

Hi!!! I know its been forever and I don't have a good enough reason for abandoning my blog. Fear not, lol I return to regularly blogging from today:) Its no April fool's day joke, promise! Speaking of April, I am so excited for the beautiful spring weather, it was almost 80 degrees here in Atlanta yesterday.

I am kicking off with a recipe for a cake I baked last month. Its such a simple, fool proof recipe and a sure winner at your next event. The best part, is that you don't have to be a baking pro to pull off showcasing such a beautiful cake to your family and friends. I got this recipe from the recipe book "The Perfect Afternoon Tea Recipe Book" and only made minor changes to the original recipe. The mix of raspberries, custard on a sponge cake iced with a light cream topping is heavenly! Its such a yummy treat and perfect for a hot summer day or a spring day too :) 

Ingredients:
For the cake:
1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
3 tablespoon milk
11/2 cups all purpose flour
11/2 tablespoon corn starch
11/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Fresh raspberries to decorate

For the custard filling:
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon corn starch
11/2 cups milk

For the cream topping: Makes such a great whipped cream!
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup of confectioners sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the raspberry filling:
2 cups of raspberry
sugar to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Lightly grease and flour 3, 8 inch cake pans and attach a parchment paper on the prepared pan. 
Using a mixer hand or standing mixer,  cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time. Stir in the milk and vanilla extract until blended. In a separate bowl, sift all the dry ingredients flour and corn starch. Beat the flour mixture to your egg mixture. Put the egg whites in a dry bowl and whisk until they form still peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake mixture. Divide the batter evenly between the tins and bake for 12 minutes or until a stick comes out clean. Cool down on a rack for 10 minutes on a wire rack.

To make the custard, whisk together the eggs and sugar in a pan. Whisk in the corn starch and the milk. Cook over low heat, stirring for about 6 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the stove and leave to cool.

To make the topping, beat the cream in a bowl until soft peaks form. Stir in the icing sugar and vanilla extract and beat until stiff. 

To make the raspberry filling, crush(do not use a processor) the raspberries in a bowl and add a little sugar to taste.

To assemble the cake, place one layer on a serving place and spread with the raspberry filling. Place a second cake layer over the first and spread with the cooled custard. Top with the final layer. Spread whipped cream over the sides and top of the cake.

Chill the cake until ready to serve and decorate with raspberries. Total bake time and assemble time is about 1 to 1.5 hours. You can even make this in parts. Bake the cake one day ahead, seal in plastic wrap or Ziploc at room temperature. Also you can make the custard and raspberry fillings ahead. Only the whipped cream has to be made on the day of assemble. Please leave a comment if you have any questions about the recipe. Here are a few pictures. 

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