Eat more Cake

I am that girl in the office who makes all the birthday cakes. I always try and make something a little different and am always on the lookout for new cakes! I just came across this one and I cannot wait to make it! [I may not be able to wait until the next birthday though!]

{I want to take that bite right thru the screen!!}
via Camille Styles

DEVIL’S FOOD BAVARIAN TORTE

For the cake: (or use 1 package (18 ¼ oz) devil’s food cake mix)

9 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1½ cups cake flour (not self-rising)
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
½ cup strong coffee (or water)
½ cup whole or low-fat milk

For the filling:

8 oz mascarpone cheese, softened
2/3 c packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
2 c whipping cream, whipped
2 tbsp grated semisweet chocolate

Adjust the oven rack to the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 9-inch cake pans and line the bottoms with circles of parchment paper. To make the cake layers, sift together the cocoa powder, cake flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a bowl. In the bowl of a standing electric mixer, or by hand, beat together the butter and sugar about 5 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated. (If using a standing electric mixer, stop the mixer as necessary to scrape down the sides to be sure everything is getting mixed in.) Mix together the coffee and milk. Stir half of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, the add the coffee and milk. Finally stir in the other half of the dry ingredients. Divide the batter into the two prepared cake pans and bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

{If using a mix, prepare according to instructions using two 9″ cake pans.}

To assemble the cake: In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and salt until fluffy. Fold in cream. Split each cake into 2 layers, place one on serving plate. Spread w/ ¼ of cream mixture. Sprinkle w/ ¼ of chocolate. Repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours.

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JUST BY READING THE INGREDIENTS + DIRECTIONS, I CAN TELL THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE OF MY FAVORITE RECIPES!! OWWW! OWWW!

ALSO, I AM A FAN OF THE SETTING SHE USED TO SHOWCASE…..
WHITE PLATE + GOLD FLATWARE + STRIPE NAPKIN = PERFECTION!

FlatwareNapkinsPlates
{I’ve been meaning to get my hands on some gold flatware!}

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Lately…

WOW! I can’t believe how long it has been since I have blogged. Work has picked up a bit, which is a good thing, but takes away from my creative juices. I have been just running back and forth between Austin and Houston and spending more precious time with my dear friends and family. Time has just gotten away from me. Also, I have been lacking inspiration a bit due to my stress levels being higher than normal lately. So here are just a few random insights into my past few weeks of running around.

texas renaissance festival. one of my favorite things.

my awesome kitty, Indy [Indiana Jones], hanging out at my parents’ house.

baking my co-worker’s german chocolate birthday cake. think I need to get a REAL mixer already.

racing for the cure in downtown Austin w/ courtney + laurel. yeah, I’m short.

as I head out the door to work. too lazy to get out of bed to say bye.

a REAL buck hanging out in front of a friend’s house. apparently it’s a common occurrence. unreal.

my new favorite drink. obsessed.

a Sunday brunch downtown. loved this! outlet shopping afterwards was tough after all the awesome food + tasty mimosas. good thing we are badasses!

occupy Austin. so tired of this. go away already!

storm rollin’ in on my way back to Houston.

homemade pizza by courtney + myself before the VS fashion show. our six year tradition.

now time for a nap.

HAPPY FRIDAY Y’ALL!

Halloween Cake

I just have to make this cake! Chocolate on chocolate topped with chocolate covered donut holes! Just perfect for Halloween! The creator of this cake named this a “fake it till you can really make it cake” and would have topped it cake balls rather than donut holes and have the cake be a little larger so that it looks proportionate to said balls. I can see the cake being a bit larger but I LOVE the donut holes!! (A nice break from all the cake balls.) Can’t wait to try it out!



BY WAY OF i am baker

Spooky Bakeware

Halloween is my favorite time of the year. (I have more boxes of Halloween decorations than Thanksgiving and Christmas combined.) I can’t wait until I live in a house where I can actually through a proper Halloween soirée. I want to have those annual parties that everyone just can’t wait for! Sometimes when I am redesigning my house (which I do often) I design around a great room specifically designed for my Halloween extravaganzas. This includes secret bookcases, moving eye portraits, gigantic chandeliers, monolithic staircases, creepy butlers, fog machines built into the flooring… the list goes on and on. Actually now that I think about it, it would look damn near close to the house used in the movie, Casper. Man, that would be perfection. (I will have to write another post about this!)

Anyway, I love Halloween. I love to bake too. So much in fact I would open a high end bakery if I had the means. (It could still happen one of these days…) So when it comes time for a holiday, ANY holiday, I bake and bake. Living alone in Austin does not really add much fun to the baking since I don’t have a ton of people to share my goods with. My co-workers can only eat so much! But it does not hold me back too much and besides I drive back home to Houston enough to share with all my family and friends! Here are some of my favorites this year for the day to day Halloween baking. (My party treats would be at another level and be theme appropriate.) I have different variations of these from previous years but I love adding to my bakeware! It’s a good time!

Halloween Cookie Non-Stick Pan | $15

Halloween Cupcake Papers | $4 – $5

Halloween Cupcake Stencils | $12

Halloween Mini Pancake Molds | $20

Eerie Entrance Halloween Gingerbread House | $16.50

Imperia {FOOD}

I am always down to try out new restaurants and am always on the look out for exciting + fun new places. I have decided to try and take more advantage of living in Austin and get out there and really experience it since there are so many places to try! (I get lazy sometimes..) I usually drag my friend Courtney with me whenever I go and it is always a good time! I want to track our restaurant hopping (as best I can) and figure the best place would be right here. We have been to many other places prior to today’s subject and I hope to file those trips later on. But for now, may I present IMPERIA.

A few nights ago we ventured downtown for some sushi. As we crossed the street from our $7 parking spot to the restaurant, we could not help but wish we lived in the modern/industrial apartments the next block over. Awesome bars, restaurants + unique retail shops flanked each side of the street and it was almost as if I had just pushed the ‘refresh’ button on my entire day. (It had clearly been TOO long since I had been downtown!)

We were semi-greeted by a semi-snobby hostess who told us it would be a 45 minute wait because we did NOT have reservations. (It was a bit like the scene in ‘Date Night’ where Steve Carell and Tina Fey try to get a table at Claw. HA!) So, we stood off to the side in the non-existent waiting area. As we were finally being seated, our waitress informs us there is a “super long wait” for the sushi bar because they were so busy. While our appetizer came in a flash, our drinks took their time finding their way to our table. We each ordered a roll which took about 30-45 minutes for them to get out to us. We had good convo and drinks, so no biggie. It was worth the wait though as it was very scrumptious! We wanted to try one more roll which took a little longer but it was SO good! At this point it had been 3 hours and we were both ready to get outta there.

The atmosphere was nice and I enjoyed the interior detailing. The lighting was a little dark but I like dark. There was louder music over in the bar area but I could carry on a normal conversation in our dining area. It reminded us both of some of the sushi places we went to in New York. We liked it!All in all it was a good meal and I will probably be back.. with a reservation though!

OUR PICKS

DRINKS
GINGER MOJITO / 10
BACARDI RUM, HOUSEMADE GINGER SYRUP, FRESH LIME + MINT

ASIAN PEAR MARTINI / 9
GREY GOOSE LA POIRE, MELON LIQUEUR, AND SWEET + SOUR

STARTER
FIRECRACKER SHRIMP / 9
WITH SWEET LIME CHILI

ROLLS
RED DEVIL · aka oni / 13
SPICY MARINATED TUNA ROLLED WITH BLACK SUSHI RICE
AND ROASTED RED BELL PEPPERS. TOPPED WITH SPICY MAYO
AND WHITE ANGEL SAUCE.

HAMACHI-POTLE / 13
SNOWCRAB, TEMPURA ASPARAGUS, AVOCADO TOPPED WITH YELLOWTAIL.
WITH CHIPOTLE MAYO.

THE LEADING ROLE / 15
UNAGI, CRAWFISH, AVOCADO AND CREAM CHEESE, SERVED CRISPY.
WITH SPICY TERIYAKI SAUCE.

IMPERIA | AUSTIN