Rainbow Citrus Cloud Cake

IMG_6486.JPGAn alternate title for this cake recipe would be “Lazy Rainbow Cake” because it’s literally the easiest rainbow cake of all time. You don’t need multiple cake pans or anything fussy. All you need is one bundt cake pan. Lucky for me I picked up one from an estate sale a few weeks ago still in its original box from the 70’s!  I made the actual cake from scratch using the recipe below but if you wanna be even lazier (it’s okay, everyone is accepted here, lazy and all!) you can just buy a box cake recipe and skip below for the real instructions.

  • food coloring bottles of each color you want to use (i only used red, green and blue)
  • 2 cups all- purpose flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1½ stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp orange oil or extract
  • ¾ cup room temperature whole milk
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a separate bowl whisk flour, baking powder &salt.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar for 5 minutes.
  4. Add vanilla and orange extracts.
  5. In another bowl whisk egg whites and milk until combined.
  6. Slowly add the flour mixture to the sugar/butter bowl wit the mixer on low speed until everything is all in one bowl.
  7. Make sure to scrape sides and get everything mixed together
  8. Divide the cake batter into 3 bowls.
  9. Drop in food coloring drops until you get the desired color. I prefer to add slowly because I was looking for a pastel color scheme
  10. Butter bottom of cake pan thoroughly
  11. Now for the tough part! Deciding which color you want to go where, ha. Pour the first bowl of batter in the cake pan clockwise from the top (this will help you keep it consistent when you add the other colors after).  Try to do it as evenly as possible so it covers the entire bottom of the pan.
  12. Then repeat with the remaining two colors.
  13. Bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour.
  14. Let it cool for at least 20 minutes before flipping the bundt pan upside down to get the cake out.
  15. Then you can frost with whatever kind of frosting you’d like! I chose a marshmallow vanilla I found at the store because it was intriguing and I was feeling too lazy (there’s that word again!) to make my own from scratch.
  16. Obviously cover with sprinkles.
  17. Cut and enjoy!

Holiday Party with Big Bud Press plus pop-up at Friend Mart!

And suddenly it’s mid-December! Not quite sure how that happened so fast, and also not sure if I desperately want 2016 to be over or if I never want it to end? Regardless, here we are, and I wouldn’t want to send off 2016 without saying thanks to everyone who has been so supportive of me and my business. Lacey and I decided what better way to celebrate our customers than to throw a party for them, right? This party will actually have it all: free drinks & snacks, shopping from Whurl, Big Bud Press, Robin Eisenberg, First Ladies Vintage, Not My Circus Vintage, and more! Oh, and did I mention it will take place inside Lacey’s rainbow-muraled headquarters? Hope to see you all there!

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I’m also SO excited to be part of a pop-up on Saturday at Friend Mart with some really amazing artists and designers like Tuesday Bassen, Twerkstorian, Lillipore, Carly Jean Andrews and way more! I’ll be bringing tons of vintage denim dresses, jackets, and patches so you can create your own masterpiece OR you could could have Ben from World Famous Original chainstitch your fave nickname to the breast-pocket of your new dress. The world is your oyster, my friends!

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Hope to see you guys this weekend and thanks for making this year so amazing for Whurl!

Holiday Cocktail Recipes

image1 (6).JPGI’m so excited for this Friday’s Holiday party we’re throwing with Big Bud Press and I’ve kicked into high gear with prep! One of my tasks, as challenging as it may seem *sarcasm*, was creating fun cocktail recipes using the spirits provided by Heritage Distilling. They provided us with Ginger Vodka and Bourbon and my goal was to make two cocktails that tasted both refreshing and wintery.

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Bourbon Lemon Cinna-cider

1 part bourbon

2 parts apple cider

2 lemon slices

cinnamon stick for flavor and garnish

 

Ginger Vodka Cranberry Spritzer

1 part ginger vodka

2 parts cranberry cocktail

a splash of lemon lime soda

cranberries for garnish

 

 

Georgia Hardstark’s Closet Sale! Shop Now on Whurl!

I love hosting closet sales on Whurl because even if I already am friends with the person, I learn so much more about them by digging through their clothes. We had been talking about doing this for awhile, so when I met up with Georgia for lunch and she showed up with two giant bags full of impeccably pressed and folded dresses I knew looking through was going to be so fun! She cares as much about clothes she’s ready to get rid of as she does the ones she’s keeping in her closet: a true vintage lover! Read below to find out more about Georgia and check out the sale on Whurl now by searching for user @hardstark on the app or under the hashtag #georgiasclosetsale

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photo by Mandee Johnson

What’s a typical day in the life of Georgia?
If I don’t have a morning meeting or appointment, I’ll sleep in a bit which is my favorite indulgence. But the moment I’m up, my whole day is emails and appointments and social media and researching serial killers and running errands. I’m the kind of person that only feels productive when I’ve got a million things to do.
As an A+ podcaster, what are your fave podcasts to listen to?
Oh gosh there’s so many. I’m currently obsessed with the food-centric Smart Mouth, the short stories of The Memory Palace, and every night I fall asleep listening to Sleep With Me Podcast, which is better than Ambien for my insomnia.
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I love that you’re donating 20% of proceeds to NOW! Why is NOW important to you?
It was so difficult to pick an organization to donate to because there are so many worthy ones out there. I like that NOW doesn’t focus on just one group or cause, but fights for a diversity of women’s rights over a myriad of issues such as domestic violence and ending racism.
What’s your favorite gift you got for Hannukah?
When I was a weirdo teen, my mom got me a Rocky Horror Picture show calendar for Hanukkah. It was one of the coolest things I’d ever owned and showed me that she supported my originality. I’m a terrible gift giver which makes it even harder that my husband is effortlessly great at it.
What’s your fave vintage clothing era to shop for and why?
I’m a fan of anything between 1940s and 1980s, but I’m incredibly picky about what I’ll wear, and the cut of the 1960s seems to compliment my figure best. My style is somewhere between a grandma and Janet from Three’s Company. But more than anything I love stuff that others would find “tacky.” It makes me so happy when I find a dress that makes me laugh out loud by its whimsy and originality. You can’t find anything modern that makes you feel that way.
Name a fun fact most people don’t know about you.
Ummm…oh! I hate to be barefoot. I can’t even walk around my own house without slippers. It just feels so unsanitary.
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Check out the sale on Whurl if you haven’t yet!