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18.9.14

Gluten Free Chocolate Layered Chocolate Cream Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Layered Cake with Chocolate Cream


We're headed into DC today for another business trip. I'm excited a bit more than usual because I get to do a bit of thrift store shopping. I'm not a huge thrift store shopper (though I did find this watch once), mainly because I can never seem to find anything for a deal. I hate running into used clothes that are marked just a few dollars less than brand new clothing - or pieces that look like they've been worn over a decade priced at $20. Drives me crazy. But I'm really trying to give it a chance because I know that many people have huge success stories from thrifting. And so here I am, planning out my day. 


Gluten Free Chocolate Layered Cake with Chocolate Cream


Moving on to sweeter things...


Gluten Free Chocolate Layered Cake with Chocolate Cream


This chocolate cake is a favorite in our house. I had never made it gluten free before, though, and so I decided it would be a great idea to try. Unlike some past failures, this turned out to be a huge success. Every bite was delicious. I took it over to my gluten-eating family and they couldn't believe how good it was. Always a good sign coming from people that never eat gluten free stuff. 


Gluten Free Chocolate Layered Cake with Chocolate Cream


It's very chocolatey but not ultra sweet so best enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee!


Gluten Free Chocolate Layered Cake with Chocolate Cream 


GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE LAYERED CHOCOLATE CREAM CAKE

INGREDIENTS
Cake
6 large eggs, separated
1/3 c + 3 T sugar
1/3 c almond flour
1/4 c + 1 T flaxseed mixed with 1/2 c water
4 oz good quality bittersweet chocolate, grated

Chocolate Layer
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate
2 T water

Cream
2 c whipping cream
1/2 c unsweetened cocoa
1/2 c sugar

3/4 c slivered almonds

DIRECTIONS
Cake
Beat egg yolks with sugar in a large bowl until yolks are double in size and are thick and deep yellow.  Add in almond flour and flaxseed/water mixture and stir well. Fold in grated chocolate. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold whites into cake batter. Pour into a well-greased 9" springform pan and smooth out top. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Remove from oven once toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes and then release springform pan edges and allow cake to cool completely. 

Chocolate Layer
Melt 2 oz chocolate with water over a double broiler on the stove. Set aside. 

Cream
In a large bowl, beat whipping cream, cocoa and sugar until stiff peaks form. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. 

Assembly
Once cake has completely cooled, cut cake in half horizontally to create two "flatter" cakes. Place bottom layer on a cake pan and spread with about half of cream. Place top layer over cream. Spread top layer with chocolate layer. Then spread remaining cream over top chocolate layer and around the sides. Smooth. Use hands to pat slivered almonds all the way around the side of the cake. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. 


*Highly adapted from  Illustrated Book of Desserts: Better Housekeeping


Gluten Free Chocolate Layered Cake with Chocolate Cream

17.9.14

Back to Basics

Denim Jacket Frill Hem Skirt and a Graphic Tee


This morning I was suddenly struck with the thought that I had missed my blog's birthday. Who does that? Me. Just like I forgot my own birthday several years ago. However, a look through my previous posts revealed that it's still two days away. Phew.


Denim Jacket Frill Hem Skirt and a Graphic Tee
Denim Jacket Frill Hem Skirt and a Graphic Tee


Sometimes I like to get dressed up and decked out in fancy dresses and heels but more often than not, I find myself reaching for comfortable pieces that I can wear in any setting - more realistic options for what I do and where I travel. I have been searching for a skirt like this one (which you already saw  here) for months now and I was thrilled when I found it in the Mango section at jcp. Believe it or not, I have a hard time finding skirts and dresses that are the right length for my frame. Usually they're too bulky and long but this skirt hits at just the right length. And as an added bonus, it's made of a scuba-type material.


Denim Jacket Frill Hem Skirt and a Graphic Tee Denim Jacket Frill Hem Skirt and a Graphic Tee


And since you know that PA doesn't have any plant life that remotely resembles palm trees, you know that these were taken in Myrtle Beach :) 

Have a wonderful day and thanks for reading!


Denim Jacket Frill Hem Skirt and a Graphic Tee Denim Jacket Frill Hem Skirt and a Graphic Tee

Top: Asos // Jacket: Forever 21 // Skirt: Mango // Shoes: Elliott Lucca //
Bag: B. Makowsky, old // Sunnies: Elizabeth and James