Thursday, October 27, 2011

German Chocolate Cake

I haven't done a food post in ages! I miss them but recently I haven't had the urge to bake, let alone take photos of it all. Since I was 'forced' to bake for my godfather's birthday, why not at least take a photo of what ended up to be a beautiful cake. Well, forced sounds horrible, I was happy to make the cake but it was however, under deadline... eek! 

To be honest, I'm not the hugest fan of German chocolate cake. I love chocolate cake. I love chocolate cream cheese frosting. I love coconut and I love pecans. But the combination of all of those things together just does not do it for me for some reason.

So when I tell you I didn't like this cake, please don't be discouraged or swayed away from trying this recipe! I made it for my dear Godfather's birthday and he loves German chocolate cake. That being said, he said this was one of the best ones he's ever had. I can't tell you if he was saying that to be sweet to me  or if it was true, but since he's a pretty honest man, I think it's probably true - whew! Let me just say though, the cake alone was fabulously moist and the frosting was deliciously smooth and tangy.

German Chocolate Cake
Yields: 24 cupcakes
Original recipe here.

For the chocolate cake:
1 box Devil's food cake
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup sour cream

For the German chocolate frosting:
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla 
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut

For the chocolate buttercream:
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsn. milk or cream, if needed

Preheat the oven to 350 F and line two muffin tins with liners, set aside. In a large bowl, combine the oil, eggs and vanilla. Sift about 1/3 of the cake mix and mix until combined. Add the buttermilk and stir until combined. Add another 1/3 of the cake mix, stir to combine. Add the sour cream, then the remaining cake mix and stir until combined. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 18 - 22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
To make the frosting, over medium heat in a saucepan, constantly stir the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks and butter until thickened (basically until it boils, about 15 minutes). Stir in the vanilla, pecans and coconut. Let cool. To make the chocolate buttercream, beat the cream cheese and butter for 4 minutes, add the cocoa, powdered sugar and vanilla. Let beat for 3 minutes. If it is too thick, add some milk. If it is too thin, add some more powdered sugar. Pipe the chocolate buttercream along the edges of the cooled cupcakes to create a barrier, then add a small scoop of cooled German chocolate frosting into the center. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Video(s) of the Week

You might know Duck Sauce from their 'Barbara Streisand' fame, but I think this new video is ridiculously hilarious and deserves equal amount of fame! A-trak (half of the Duck Sauce group) said that the 'Big Bad Wolf' could refer to anything really so why not go all out and turn them into crotchfaces? Amazing concept to say the least. 

Deadmau5's shows are more than just a concert, they're a whole production! Witnessing it first hand was a whole body experience. Seeing how much effort goes into producing an his concerts is totally awesome.

I loveeee this song, as previously stated here, and the video is so, so perfect. It's completely emotional and reminds me a lot of Skins, a show I was addicted to for a while...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Layer Cake Bakery {Irvine}

I'm always on the prowl for a good French macaron. I've successfully made them myself probably three out of ten times, so buying them is definitely a better option for me haha! I'd love to perfect my technique sometime in the future but realistically, if I want a French macaron, I'm best off buying them.

I decided to visit Layer Cake Bakery in Irvine because I'd heard from multiple people about how great their macarons are. I was happy to finally hear that I could get a macaron in Orange County rather than having to travel miles to Los Angeles for my favorite 'Lette macarons. 

Above is a canelé, which I've been trying to try for years. I wanted to make them myself a while ago after coming across them online - they sounded delicious, chewy and custardy... how could I not want to eat them? I couldn't make them because I didn't have the proper pans, so I pushed them out of my radar but the instant I saw them in this bakery, I was so happy!

The canelé was awesome - exactly as I imagined. So crispy and crunchy on the outside and fabulously chewy on the inside.

Now on to the main event: the macarons! These were pretty darn good and I've come across many macarons in my day. They were the perfect crispy-chewy texture and the fillings were smooth and sweet. Being that I'm picky, the fillings though weren't my favorite because I'm not the biggest fan of buttercream fillings in French macarons. I much prefer ganache but don't get me wrong, these were still amazing!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Manicure Mondays: The Accent Nail

Sometimes I like to keep my manicures simple but on the other hand, have this urge to glitterize everything. The accent nail is the answer to this problem. Sometimes a full 10 fingers of glitter is too much for everyday life and something I like to save for things like... Vegas! But... one glitter nail? Oooooh so pretty!

{what i used}

CND stickey anchoring base coat
Essie tart deco (for the main color)
ORLY luxe (for the accent nail)
Milani jewel fx specialty nail laquer in gold (for the accent nail)
Seche Vite dry fast topcoat

Thursday, October 6, 2011


I'm a fan of all types of music (with the exception of pure screaming), so I'm definitely a big fan of this. Can't wait to hear the musical mash-up.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


IT IS THAT TIME (aka new music time)!

oregon bike trails cayucas
pure summery, folky goodness.

this song is already hot as shit, but a-trak remixing it takes it to a whole new level!

neon indian . polish girl
awesome synth bleeps that make me want to break out my disco dance moves. pure electronic bliss.

the bloody beetroots . rombo ft. congorock
when you combine the bloody beetroots and congorock, you can bet that you'll get a badass, hard-hitting tune. this is it.

alesso always knows how to make a feel good song - this is no different!

love this chill-out song. perfect for the start of fall when i like to start listening to my "gloomy day" weather music.

reminds me a lot like dan black, whom i adore. so naturally, i adore jhameel too.

pretty lights . hot like sauce
pretty lights has been KILLING IT. i want to see him live so badly... like NOW, please!

dada life . happy violence
dada life is simply one of my favorites. their music is pure ridiculousness in a good way. seeing them live puts them on another level too - their energy is insane. i mean come on... champagne + bananas? how can you beat that combo?

afrojack, steve aoki . no beef ft. miss palmer
i love this song. pure house madness. the end. 

the generationals . when they fight, they fight
pure, unadulterated goodness. makes me want to put on a circle skirt and sashay a bit!

dillon francis, cory enemy . who the fuck are you
dubstep goodness on crack! people like to rag on dubstep a lot, but just accept it and enjoy the weird, repetitive, choppy existence that it is!

delorean . simple graces
listen to the first five seconds and you'll be hooked instantly. i promise you.

bag raiders . snake charmer
bag raiders is the shit! that is all.

aphex twin . windowlicker
oldie but a goodie.

dirty south . walking alone
cannot wait for this to be released! my horrible ripped version has been on loop nonetheless.

the honey trees . moon river
moon river is a henri mancini classic. i love this ethereal cover.

zedd . the anthem
i love zedd. i think he is one of the best live shows i've seen yet - every song he threw on made me want to dance ridiculously!

always love for avicii. after hearing him play this remix at nocturnal, i knew i had to get my hands on it!

always love for robyn, too! her music always pulls me in some way.

rihanna (produced by calvin harris) . we found love
i ADORE this song!! house is invading the entire music scene like BOOM, so you'd better get used to it! 

florence + the machine . shake it out {the weeknd remix}
the weeknd is the shit. they're huge right now and with this remix of florence, i'm sure they'll get bigger and bigger with time.

* all links are to where songs can be downloaded or listened to