GRAIN-FREE CARROT CAKE

It's Easter Week! We will be celebrating one of our favorite holidays with decoration and recipe ideas. Here's a delicious cake without all the post-junk food guilt!

I took one of my favorite grain-free recipes and put a holiday twist on it. I love this cake because it's the only carrot cake I've ever had that doesn't make me feel sick after eating it. I adapted the recipe from Elana's Pantry, but I have changed several components. I also use real cream cheese in the frosting. Elana has a great coconut-based frosting, should you want a dairy-free option. 

Cake Ingredients:

3 Cups Blanched Almond Flour

1 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

5 Large Eggs

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3/4 Cup Maple Syrup

1/2 Cup Warmed Coconut Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or a combination of both)

3 Cups Carrots, Grated

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice.

In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, maple syrup, vanilla extract and oil. Add Carrots. Stir wet ingredients into dry and mix until completely combined.

Place batter into two well greased round 9" cake pans.

Bake for 35 minutes. Do not over bake! Allow to cool. 

Frosting Ingredients:

3- 8 oz. Bars of Cream Cheese (at room temp)

3/4 Cup Maple Syrup

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

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Topping:

1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut

*For Easter, I've also added some chocolate caramel eggs from Whole Foods.

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Serves 8-10

Combine cream cheese, maple syrup and vanilla in a bowl and mix on high for 1 - 2 minutes until thoroughly combined and creamy. Do not frost the cake until it is completely cool.

When you are ready to frost the cake, take a pastry bag with a 1/2" open tip and fill it with 1/2 of the frosting. If you don't have a pastry bag, create your own by taking a large Ziplock bag and cut 1/2" off of a side corner.

Place the first half of the cake top-side down on your cake plate.

Frost the first layer, by starting in the middle and work your way out in a continual circle. It's fine if it doesn't look perfect! Just make sure it is all covered out to the edge.

Place the second layer of cake on top of the frosting top-side up. 

Fill your pastry bag with the remaining frosting and repeat. Now gently smooth the frosting with a spatula. 

Sprinkle coconut shreds evenly on top.

Decorate with candy eggs to add an Easter touch.

I also added this adorable Meri Meri Easter cake topper to make it extra festive. xx

LAST MINUTE VALENTINE'S DIY CAKE TOPPER

It's officially Valentine's weekend! If you didn't have tons of time to prep, here's a super cute DIY cake (or any dessert or food!) topper you can make in 10 minutes!

What you'll need:

A few sheets of paper in any shade you'd like. (I used a dark and light hot pink) 

Heart Puncher (Mine is 2 3/8' from Michael's)

Bamboo Skewers (You can find these at most markets). 

I made 14 skewers (8 of the dark pink and 6 of the lighter). To make 14 skewers, cut 28 hearts.

Place a conservative amount of glue going down the center of one heart and on each side about 1/4" out. Place a bamboo skewer on the center glue and out another strip of glue on the skewer. Add another heart to sandwich the skewer and gently press together.

Lay flat for few minutes to allow the glue to dry.

Starting in the front of the cake, add the heart skewers at various heights (you will most likely need to trim the bottoms, depending on the height of your cake. Gradually increase the height of the skewers as you work your way back. Cute!!!

Happy Valentine's Day! xoxoxo!!!!

4TH OF JULY PARTY DECOR

Baby, you're a firework! So lets look at some fun 4th of July party decor.

Meri Meri cake topper by Pippa & Co.

Patriotic headband from Shop Bracket

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Papier-mache cake toppers by Martha Stewart.  

Patriotic crepe paper streamers on Style Me Pretty via Brit + Co. Photography by Virgil Bunao. Wedding design by RiverOaks.

4th of July treat cones from Oh Happy Day.

Have a happy 4th!

FAVORITE CINCO DE MAYO PARTY IDEAS

We're feeling the need for some festive fiesta inspiration! Here are some of our favorite Cinco de Mayo party ideas. 

Sip: How amazing does this grapefruit-jalapeño margarita from Camille Styles look?

Style: This dreamy table from Beijos Events.

Sweets: Cassandra Stearns of Borrowed Blu chose Lula Cocina churros for her son's 1st birthday party, via 100 Layer Cakelet.  

Flowers: ombre centerpiece via Rue Daily.

Sit: Witty Rentals and Bloom Babes are killing us with possibly the greatest chair ever.

DIY: Cinco de Mayo Cake Topper DIY from Oh Happy Day.

Festive: Kristina Meltzer of 100 Layer Cakelet tapped Ay Mujer on Etsy to make those beautiful, custom papel picado flags. 

Treats: say muchas gracias with favors like these fringed boxes from Bows and Arrows.