Gingerbread Cake with Lemony Whipped Cream Frosting

  • 27th November 2013

This holiday season why not try an adult version of the traditional gingerbread cookie—a super moist spice cake with a dash of fresh ginger and lemon?  The secret is, actually, the kids will love it too!!

 

 

Gingerbread Cake Bon Appetit

Gingerbread Cake. Photo Courtesy of: Bon Appetit

 

 

This recipe was created and perfected in the Bon Appetit test kitchen and came to us by way of the namesake magazine.

 

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2′ pieces
  • 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup mild-flavored (light) molasses
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend
  • 2 teaspoons grated peeled ginger
  • 1 cup chilled heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup store-bought lemon curd
  • Finely grated lemon zest

 

Lemon zest for the icing

Lemon zest for the icing

Gingerbread cake cooling

Gingerbread cake cooling

 

 

Preparation

 

Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°.  Coat pan with nonstick spray. Line bottom with parchment paper; spray paper. Whisk flour and next 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Place butter in a large bowl. Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over; whisk until melted. Whisk in sugar and next 3 ingredients. Add dry ingredients; whisk to blend. Transfer to prepared pan.
  • Bake until a tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack and let cool. Remove parchment.

Topping

  • Beat cream and sugar in a medium bowl until firm peaks form. Fold in curd, leaving swirls. Spread over cake. Garnish with zest.

 

 

 

Gingerbread cake up close

Gingerbread cake up close

 

 

 

Super delicious and ready to eat!

Super delicious and ready to eat!

 

 

 

 

Pop Art Abounds—Part Un

  • 25th November 2013

As 2014 spring resort wear sashayed down the runway one thing was abundantly clear, pop art took center stage.

 

 

Pop Art Print Prada 2014 Spring Resort

Pop Art Print Prada 2014 Spring Resort—Photo Courtesy of: Gap Press

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of: InStyle UK

Photo Courtesy of: InStyle UK

 

 

At Prada it came in all forms of bright, but  the ‘Aloha Spirit‘ was a main theme with hibiscus and palms gracing everything from silk bomber jackets to furs, handbags to jewels.

 

 

A silk Prada shirt looks scrumptious paired with Chloé shorts and a Céline cuff.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

A silk Prada shirt looks scrumptious paired with Chloé shorts and a Céline cuff. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

 

Prada Dress with Cartier Earrings.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

Prada Dress with Cartier Earrings. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

 

 

Prada Hibiscus Print Blue Handbag Resort 2014 Spring Collection

Handbags should be available in most boutiques soon for holiday shopping.

 

 

Prada Black & Red Hibiscus Print Purse Resort Spring 2014 Collection

 

 

 

 

Prada Spring 2014 Resort Handbag

Prada Spring 2014 Resort Handbag

 

 

 

Prada Spring 2014 Resort Hand Bag

Photo Courtesy of: Cosmopolitan HK

 

 

 

One of our favorite handbags illustrated by Jeanne Deallante:

 

 

 

Prada Hawaiian Lady Pop Art Purse Resort Spring 2014 Collection

Hawaiian Lady Pop Art Purse, Prada. Photo Courtesy of: Gap Press

 

 

 

 

Prada Saffiano Sac en Cuir

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of:  Vogue Paris

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

 

 

Prada Make-up Face Printed Saffiano Tote, saks.com, $3950.00

 

Hawaiian Iconography Even Graces Tech Accoutrements:

 

Prada Holiday Collection Hawaiian Inspired iPad and iPhone Cases

Photo Courtesy of: bagaholicboy.com

 

 

Prada Holiday Collection Hawaiian Inspired iPad and iPhone Cases

Photo Courtesy of: Bagaholicboy.com

 

 

 

Prada Airplane Key Ring in Blue Spring Resort 2014

Photo Courtesy of: Cosmopolitan HK

 

 

Bright Blue Hibiscus Earrings are Showstoppers:

 

 

Bright Blue Hibiscus Earrings Prada Resort Collection Spring 2014

 

 

 

The Tropical Leaf Motif:

 

Prada Tropical Leaf Motif Coat Spring 2014 Resort Collection

The look from Prada Spring 2014 Resort

Past Inspiration

Past Inspiration?  Possibly? Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Russia

 

 

 

Stay tuned for Part Deux featuring artistic looks from Diane von Furstenberg, Dior, Stella McCartney….

 

Chocolate Sparkle Cookies Shine for the Holidays

  • 23rd November 2013

This flourless cookie is prepared with ground almonds, rich dark chocolate and butter, making it more like a truffle.  The recipe originated in Vancouver with Haas a fourth-generation pastry chef from Germany’s Black Forest region.  It is one of the most popular holiday cookies in the bakery.

 

 

Chocolate Sparkle Cookies

Chocolate Sparkle Cookies, decadent and divine

 

 

 

“The cookie is just so soft and rich inside,” says Haas speaking of its appeal.

 

 

 

The chocolate sparkle cookies ready to bake.

The chocolate sparkle cookies ready to bake.

 

 

 

The recipe appeared in the LA Times in 2002 and was immediately seized upon by renowned LA epicure Shirley Cha.  As soon as you taste Cha’s baking or cooking in general you instantly trust that Cha can recognize a good recipe when she sees one.  She handed us the recipe and we have been baking these cookies at holiday time for years!  Every season, like the author of the article Jennifer Lowe says, people beg and beg for the recipe.  Well, here it is….courtesy of Shirley Cha, the LA Times, Ms. Lowe and the German pastry chef, Haas.

 

 

Chocolate Sparkle Cookies:

 

Makes about 36 cookies (we found it made about 20-24)

Note:  Use chocolate that is 70% cocoa.  (We used Ghiradelli semi sweet chocolate combined with Organic Green & Black 85% dark)

 

*The dough for these cookies needs to be chilled overnight

 

 

Ingredients:

• 1/2 lb semi sweet chocolate

• 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature

• 2 eggs

• 1/3 cup sugar, plus more for rolling

• 3/4 cup ground almonds (if you don’t want to grind them yourselves, you can purchase ground almonds at Trader Joes ready to go!)

• Powdered sugar for garnish

 

 

Ground Almonds

Ground Almonds

 

 

 

 

1.) Melt the chocolate in the top of a double-broiler set over, but not touching simmering water.  Remove from the heat.  Cut the butter into a few pieces and mix into the chocolate until melted.

 

 

 

Melted chocolate with butter pieces

 

 

 

2.) Beat the eggs with an electric mixer gradually adding the sugar until ribbons form.  Fold in the chocolate-butter mixture.  Gently add the ground almonds.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.

 

3.) Heat the oven to 325 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

 

 

Chocolate mixture with ground almonds

 

 

 

4.) Use a cookie scoop (or 1 tbsp measuring spoon) to form the dough into 1-inch balls.  Roll the balls in granulated sugar, place on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart and immediately place in the oven.

 

 

Baked cookies

 

 

 

5.) Bake until the center of the cookie is no longer wet, 9 to 12 minutes.  When slightly cool, lightly dust the cookie with powdered sugar.

 

 

 

 

Delicious!

Delicious!

 

 

 

Cricket Calling

  • 21st November 2013
Chanel 2014 Cruise Collection featuring Cricket Sweaters and Shin Guards.

Chanel 2014 Cruise Collection featuring Cricket Sweaters and Shin Guards.

 

The ‘gentleman’s game’ is brought to life with high style courtesy of Chanel’s 2014 Cruise Collection.  It’s definitely not politically correct but the term ‘colonial cool,’ which has been thrown around with this collection has never been more apropos.

 

 

Chanel Cricket Jumper Spring Summer 2014

Chanel Cricket Jumper Spring Summer 2014. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

Chanel 2014 Cruise Collection featuring Cricket Sweaters
Chanel 2014 Cruise Collection featuring Cricket Sweaters

 

If you are reticent to don the Chanel shin guards, you have to admit the classic ‘cricket jumper’ has never looked better!  

 

 

Pippa Middleton wearing a cricket jumper in Vogue Australia

Pippa Middleton wearing a cricket jumper in Vogue Australia

 

 

 

Pair it non-chalantly with your favorite leather bomber a la Kate Moss below:

 

 

 

Kate Moss, Photo Courtesy of: The Look UK

Kate Moss, Photo Courtesy of: The Look UK

 

Our favorites of the bunch:

 

 

Boden Cricket Sweater

Boden Cricket Sweater

 

 

Cricket Sweater, bodenusa.com, $98.00

 

 

Rag & Bone Sweater.  Photo Courtesy of:  British Vogue

Rag & Bone Sweater. Photo Courtesy of: British Vogue

 

 

 

 

Rag & Bone Talia Chunky Knit V-Neck Sweater
Rag & Bone Talia Chunky Knit V-Neck Sweater

Rag & Bone Talia Chunky Knit V-Neck Sweater

 

 

 

 

Rage & Bone Talia Chunky Knit V-Neck Sweater, neimanmarcus.com, $395.00

 

 

TommyHilfigerTandy V-Neck Sweater
TommyHilfiger Tandy V-Neck Sweater

 

 

 

Tommy Hilfiger Tandy V-Neck Sweater

 

 

Tommy Hilfiger Tandy  V-Neck Sweater, houseoffraser.co,uk, £ 125.00

 

 

 

Semon Cashmere Cricket Jumper

 

 

Semon Cashmere Cricket Jumper, wolfandbadger.com, £387.00

 

Ralph Lauren V-Neck Cricket Sweater
Ralph Lauren Cricket Vest

 

 

 

 

Ralph Lauren V-Neck Cricket Sweater, bloomingdales.com, $99.50

Ralph Lauren Cricket Vest, harrods.com, £80.00

 

 

 

ProSport Supima Tennis/Cricket V-Neck Sweater

 

 

ProSport Supima Tennis/Cricket V-Neck Sweater, brooksbrothers.com, $54.00

 

 

 

Joseph Ecru Wool-Cotton V-Neck Pullover

 

 

 

 

Joseph Ecru Wool-Cotton V-Neck Pullover, stylebop.com, $310.00

 

V Neck Cricket Sweater Tommy Hilfiger

 

 

 

V Neck Cricket Sweater, usa.tommy.com, $99.99

 

 

Back Stage at Chanel Cruise Collection 2014

Back Stage at Chanel Cruise Collection 2014

 

 

 

Band of Outsiders Deep V Tennis Sweater in Yellow and Black

Band of Outsiders Black & Yellow Deep V Cricket Jumper. Photo Courtesy of: Gap Press

Sport Max Deep V Tennis Jumper in Navy and White

Sport Max Deep V Cricket Jumper in Navy & White. Photo Courtesy of: Gap Press

 

Pair Your Cricket Jumper with Dramatic Eyes:

 

 

Chanel Cruise Collection 2014

Chanel Cruise Collection 2014

 

 

Chanel Cruise Collection 2014 Photo Courtesy of Vogue.com UK

Chanel Cruise Collection 2014 Photo Courtesy of Vogue.com UK

 

 

Cricket Inspired Collages from Vogue Australia:

 

 

Cricket Inspired Collage

Cricket Inspired Collage

 

 

 

What to wear when Cricket Calls!

What to wear when Cricket Calls!

 

 

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Mini Pleats Make a Big Statement for Spring

  • 18th November 2013

Moving on from school uniforms and traditional tartans, pleating gets a whole new look this spring with shimmery metallics and gossamer chiffon being the fabric of choice for this favorite.

 

Pleats on the 2014 runway at Proenza Schouler

Pleats on the 2014 runway at Proenza Schouler. Photo Courtesy of: Gap Press

Alberta Ferretti 2014 Spring Runway

Alberta Ferretti 2014 Spring Runway

 

 

 

Proenza Schouler in Vogue Hong Kong

Proenza Schouler in Vogue Hong Kong

 

 

 

 

More pleats abound at Gucci 2014

More pleats abound at Gucci 2014

 

 

How to make the above miniscule pleats work for you:

 

Pleated Silk Top Vanessa Bruno
Rchas Pleated Silk-Twill Blouse

 

 

Pleated Silk Top, Vanessa Bruno, mytheresa.com, € 352.00

Silk-Twill Blouse, Rochas, net-a-porter.com, $1150.00

 

 

Philosophy by Natalie Ratabesi Pleated Blouse

Philosophy by Natalie Ratabesi Pleated Plunge Blouse. Photo courtesy of: GapPress

 

 

The Dress & Jumpsuit:

 

Kyoto-Pleated-Crepe-Dress-Alice-by-Temperley
Alice + Olivia Sheer Pleated Chiffon Jumpsuit

 

 

 

 

Kyoto Pleated Crepe Dress Alice by Temperley, net-a-porter.com, $495.00

Alice + Olivia Sheer Pleated Chiffon Jumpsuit, neimanmarcus.com, $495.00 (Available on Pre-Order)

 

 

Rubied Dusk Dress Anthropologie
Rubied Dusk Dress Anthropologie

 

 

Rubied Dusk Dress, anthropologie.com, $298.00

 

Marc Jacobs Bicolor Pleated Tie Dress

 

Marc Jacobs Bicolor Pleated Tie Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $1800 (Available on Pre-Order)

 

 

 

JCrew Collection Pleated Crepe Shirtdress
JCrew Collection Pleated Crepe Shirtdress

 

 

 

JCrew Collection Pleated Crepe Shirtdress, net-a-porter.com, $198.00

 

 

 

Ivory Tiered Pleated Dress with Zardosi Work

Ivory Tiered Pleated Dress with Zardosi Work

 

 

 

Pleated skirts are mostly high-wasted and ‘midi’

 

Vincenzo Runway Pleated Skirts 2014
Vincenzo Runway Pleated Skirts 2014

Vincenzo Runway Pleated Skirts 2014. Photos courtesy of: Gap Press

 

 

Pleated Midi Skirt
Forever 21 Chic Accordion Pleated Maxi Skirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pleated Midi Skirt, zara.com, $79.90

Forever 21 Chic Accordion Pleated Maxi Skirt, forverer21.com, $23.00

 

Christopher Kane Black & White Pleated Midi Skirt
Christopher Kane Black & White Pleated Midi Skirt

 

 

Christopher Kane Black & White Pleated Midi Skirt, montaignemarket.com, 570,00 €

 

 

Anthropologie Patula Maxi Skirt

Anthropologie Patula Maxi Skirt

 

 

Anthropologie Patula Maxi Skirt, anthropologie.com, $128.00

 

 

A ‘Last Look’ at how Ferragamo let pleated panels peek out from more traditional kilts:

 

Salvatore Ferragamo 2014 pleated skirts on the runway
Salvatore Ferragamo 2014 pleated skirts on the runway

 

Victoria Beckham Does the Peek-Boo-Pleats As Well:

 

Victoria Beckham Peek-a-Boo Pleats

Victoria Beckham Peek-a-Boo Pleats. Photo Courtesy of: Gap Press

Victoria Beckham Oxblood Dress with White Pleats

 

 

Shimmery Metallic Pleated Dress in Vogue Hong KongShimmery Metallic Pleated Dress in Vogue Hong Kong

Shimmery Metallic Pleated Dress in Vogue Hong Kong

 

 

 

Pleated long tuxedo coat in Vogue Hong Kong is right on trend.

Pleated long tuxedo coat in Vogue Hong Kong is right on trend.

 

 

 

Pleated with peek-a-boo cut outs in Vogue Hong Kong

Pleated with peek-a-boo cut outs in Vogue Hong Kong

 

 

 

Pleated chiffon coupled with metallic shimmer in Vogue Hong Kong

Pleated chiffon coupled with metallic shimmer in Vogue Hong Kong