12.17.14

GIVEAWAY / THIS IS GROUND

this is ground is a leather good company in los angeles that makes really great organizers for all of your tech gear. they’re giving away a $250 gift card to their shop!

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12.16.14

GIVEAWAY / HYGGE & WEST

today we’re giving away a $250 store credit to hygge & west! you can choose from any of their pretty wallpaper collections to make a big change to your space. they even have removable wallpaper tiles for those who want a more temporary fix. i really like the ones from rifle paper company!

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12.15.14

GIFT GUIDE / THE COOLEST HOSTESS

I’ve concocted another gift guide for you guys. I must admit these are not your typical hostess gifts but the picks are kinda cool, don’t you think? Why not surprise your host with something unusual and colorful this year! –stephanie

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shop these items: 1. mel kadel tea towel from poketo, 2. circle pillow from leif, 3. tea spoons from poketo, 4. 25 amazing projects for you home by beci orpin, 5. pink lady vase from baba souk, 6. rose presse soda from terrain, 7. wooden ornament from nasty gal, 8. silver paper bag from madewell, 9. striped eye mask from zara home.
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12.15.14

GIVEAWAY / HERBIVORE BOTANICALS

herbivore botanicals is a 100% natural skin care and beauty company and they’re giving away a $250 gift card to their shop! hurry, because today is the last day to get holiday delivery for US orders! their products would make such a wonderful gift, wouldn’t they?

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they have really great packaging too. i love displaying mine on my vanity.

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12.11.14

PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE CAKE

“The holidays are the perfect time to make desserts that are a little more decadent than usual. You add a little more booze to everything, most things end up coated in chocolate, and the most dessert-oriented nouns that be crammed into a sweet’s title, the better. This cake follows along with that idea, and incorporates melted chocolate and Dutch-processed cocoa in the batter. The buttercream, however, is a striking white and combines sweet and salty with a salted peppermint flavoring. The result is a cake that satisfies everyone’s sweet tooth and tastes entirely of the season.” – Eva

Peppermint Chocolate Cake with Salted Peppermint Buttercream
By Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking

Chocolate Peppermint Cake
• 2 cups sugar
• 2 cups flour
• 2/3 cup dutch process cocoa
• 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 6 ounces dark chocolate
• 2/3 cup vegetable oil
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
• 4 eggs, at room temperature
• 1/2 cup water
• 1/4 cup whole milk

Salted Peppermint Buttercream
• 1 cup butter, softened
• 3 cups powdered sugar
• 3 tablespoons heavy cream
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and lightly flour 3 (8-inch) cake pans and set aside.

• In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well-blended. Set aside.

• In the top of a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in the oil, vanilla, and peppermint. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition. Gradually add the flour mixture, alternating between adding the flour mixture and the water. Add the milk and stir until a batter has formed.

• Evenly distribute the batter between the three cake pans and place in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into one of the pans comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing the cake from the
pan and allowing the layers to cool on a wire rack.

• While the cake is baking and cooling, you can prepare the buttercream. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together all ingredients until a smooth, whipped buttercream forms.

• Once the cakes have cooled, lightly frost each layer and then the entire cake.  Serve immediately.

(recipe + photos by Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking for designlovefest– want more food posts? go here!)

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