Birthday Cake From My Tiny Paris Kitchen

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Hello, I’m Christina. I’m a Canadian baking in Paris.

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There is nothing so perfectly nostalgic as a four layered, buttercream frosted, sprinkle crusted birthday cake. The smell of it baking practically brings the past back to life! Getting that perfect recipe, where the taste effortlessly matches your fondest memories can be a daunting quest. Fear not! For we have found the perfect three-layer birthday cake that will be the star of any party.

This cake is so easy and is the perfect consistency for cutting those tricky layers. Frosted with traditional smooth buttercream icing that melts in your mouth, there is no turning back once you dig in. It has everything you could want: creamy frosting, rich layers, and sprinkles (because who doesn’t love sprinkle right?) So what are we waiting for, let’s get started!

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Since this is birthday cake, throw out all notions of making it any kind of healthy. Birthday cake is supposed to be filled with butter, sugar, and all that unhealthy goodness that make it oh so delectable! To get rolling you will need:

3 Cups of Flour

1 ½ Tsp Baking Powder

¾ Tsp Salt ¾ Cup Butter

1 ½ Cups Sugar

4 Large Eggs

3 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1 ¼ Cup Whole Milk

I know, I know 4 EGGS! 1 ½ CUP SUGAR! Am I insane?! Trust me, this cake is well worth the added waist line!

To get started, mix your flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. I know this may seem pointless, but it works out for the best. Having your flour ready to go when it comes to mixing it into the recipe makes the recipe go smoother and avoids any measure issues later on. And it gives you that pro baker feeling, and who doesn’t like feeling like a pro in the kitchen?

Preheat your oven to 350 and place a small cup (I use an espresso cup) of water in the bottom of the oven. This will help keep the cake moist and prevent over drying while baking. Plus, it creates a nice golden crisp outer layer that is perfect for frosting!

In a large bowl cream your butter and sugar. Take your :me and be sure that everything really comes together. Once creamed add the eggs one at a time, beating them in on low speed. Add in the vanilla and beat for 1 minute on low.

Next get your milk and flour mixture ready. Alternating between the flour and the milk add a ¼ of a cup at a :me to the mixture until all the ingredients are combined. Set aside for five minutes.

Take your baking tin (a 24 cm round works perfectly to create three- four layers depending on desired layer size) and lightly grease it. Once greased flour the bottom and edges (drop about a tablespoon of flour into the tin and tilt it in a circular motion until all the edges are covered with a light layer of flour). This prevents sticking and helps keep a nice crust on the cake.

Now spoon half of the batter into the cake, smoothing out the top and gently tapping the tin on the counter to ensure nice even baking.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes, remove, inhale the nostalgia, cool and repeat with remaining batter.

Once cool slice each cake into layers. Begin to assemble cake. Start by adding a 1/4 inch thick layer of frosting on the top of each layer. Starting from the middle of each layer to about a half an inch from the edge in a circular mo:on. This will prevent spilling or oozing filling, making it easier to get a nice smooth outer frosting.

Assemble the layers and set it in the freezer for five minutes to avoid any slipping, sliding , or general difficulties when frosting!

 

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I am a sucker for frosting. As a kid my sister and I used to sneak into the fridge to steal a spoonful of my mothers leftover frosting whenever possible! The perfect frosting can add the ultimate finishing touch to any number of delectable desserts!

This traditional buttercream is transformed with a touch of homemade whipped cream, to create that perfect smooth buttery taste with a soft and light finish.

Ingredients:

6 cups of powdered sugar
1 cup cup of butter
1 tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup of whipping cream
1 tsp sugar

In medium sized bowl whip butter on medium until creamy. Reduce speed to low and begin adding 1 cup of sugar at a time. Add vanilla. When all is combined set aside. It will be stiff (too stiff for piping)*

In a small bowl combine whipping cream and sugar and whip on medium speed until cream doubles and peaks are formed.

Take your fresh whipped cream and fold into buttercream 1/2 cup at a time until you reach desired consistency.

To frost the cake start with the sides and work your way around. Layer a crumb coat and smooth out the edges. Once done ad the remaining frosting to the the sides as an outer coat and the top, creating a thicker layer of icing and providing the perfect pillow for sprinkles. Add sprinkles as desired and, Voila! A perfect rich, creamy, and delectable traditional birthday cake that is sure to steal the show!

Diamond buck wild.

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This summer, I’ve been hanging out in the woods with a group of photographers from the South end of Calgary. Initially, when contemplating “actually doing this”, the goal was to live off as little as possible and make as much art as our fingers could bleed out, feeding almost solely on the company and driven Earth hunger of one another. With the exception of a few glances backward on the drive out – a promise to Calgary, my recent home – some sort of awkward parent – the nights and road ahead have beamed with a dry crackle and flame, silvery incandescence in the place of city lights.

Ha, actually I didn’t do any of that. That was a bit romantic though, hey?

“This summer, I found myself in the woods”.

“I was lost, but nature, our mother, birthed a bridge between body and self”.

(This is where I’d cue the Eddie Vedder and insert a passage from Into the Wild)

 

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No, alas these images are not the child of an introspective walk in the woods.

However, for those of us who might be missing or craving some of those times, there was something a little bit transportive about going out on the lake, in this look, with a group of photographer friends from the South end of Calgary.

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For the record, I think this kimono has been my favourite piece of poem to the body, this summer.

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Photography by Matt Lowden.

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a lace vest // part 1: styled with a maxi dress

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Hello!  It’s Kelsey here with another gem from out Oregon Coast trip.  (In case you missed them, here are the first two posts from this series: Anchors Aweigh and White Lace at Haystack Rock(insert link).

I’d like to introduce my beautiful friend Clara!  She accompanied my sister and I on our road trip this May, and has the most adventurous spirit and killer style.  She’s also a wedding photographer, and you can see her work at Clara Cecilia Photography’s website.

Clara loves lace as much as I do, and chose to style this stunning fringed lace vest.  She layered it over a soft and romantic floral maxi dress, which added gorgeous texture to her outfit.  The details on this vest are so beautiful, and it’s versatility is amazing.

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I’ll be styling this vest in a completely different way, so keep your eyes peeled for the next post!

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A Simple Dress For “The Jungle”

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greendress_gold_jewellerySometimes all you need on your vacay is a little gold to bring out your golden skin and keep you relaxed.  If you finally get a chance to escape your everyday life you don’t want to fuss around with extra layers and accessories.

We recommend packing light, but you need at least one jaw dropping dress, this one has is lined, so no need to pack a slip.  We love the fun golden details on this bright green dress.

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Photo credit to Gina’s Portraits.

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Escape Winter?

I guess we complain about winter a little these days, it’s hard to enjoy anything outside when there is a wind chill warning and a huge seat sale on WestJet.  In just a few short hours you can be on a beach, (you have to bring an extra suitcase just for your parka, you will need it when you get out of the airport) a few days in the sun can make you face the rest of winter with a smile.  We found the perfect winter night in L.A. on the Santa Monica Pier.

DSCF8138 copyA little walk on the beach is soo much sweeter when you know your friends are home shoveling their driveway.  DSCF8146 copyIt’s the perfect night for our favourite maxi dress and a thin kimono.

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