Go USA!

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There are a lot of things about being a woman that can seem unfair at times. We have to produce the offspring, suffer through the physical and emotional pain of a menstrual cycle, and we have to bare the burden of carrying around an unnecessary amount of emotions at ALL times. (I am not even going to get started on the unequal pay). So yes, being a woman can be rough. But what I have learned over the past few weeks is that being a woman athlete is even tougher. 

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Last week I was in a sports bar in Boston. I need you to pat attention to the operative word in that last statement: "sports." This means the whole bar is dedicated to SPORTS and the activity of watching them. There must have been at least thirty TV's in this place playing every sporting event imaginable; however, as the US Women's National Team was about to play their second game of the Women's World Cup... yup, you guessed it...It was nowhere to be found! 

USA Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

 I kindly walked up to the bartender to see what was up: "Are you guys going to be playing the soccer game?" He looked at me and said "What game?" I said "The United States of America is about to play in a World Cup game. Do you think we could put it on?"

USA Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

No one cares about women's sports. I remember being in plenty of bars all of last summer watching the Men's World Cup. It was on in every bar on every TV, even if the US team wasn't playing. And this guy didn't even know there was a Women's World Cup happening...

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I have been an athlete my whole life - so I know the struggle of women's sports. But these woman go out there and give their heart and soul to the sport they love - and I think it is amazing. So I try to support in any way I can. Unfortunately I can not actually be in Canada cheering them on, so I came up with the next best alternative - a cake.  This week's cake is dedicated to the US Women's Soccer Team. They are playing China in the quarter finals this afternoon and I wish them all the luck in the world! Long story short...GO USA! 

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Birthday Cake Macarons

On Sunday I did two things. 1. I thanked my father for being my father and 2. I welcomed the first day of summer with open arms. This is sort of a new thing for me, since I have spent the last few years dreading summer. Summers on the East Coast are pretty rough, and if you have never experienced one, I highly suggest you continue to avoid them. 

Birthday Cake Macarons | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

The humidity alone is unbearable. The minute you walk out your door you start sweating. There is no way to avoid it. So forget about doing your hair, or wearing nice clothes - humidity always wins. But summer's in CA seem to be much more bearable. Sure it is hot, but there is a lot less unnecessary sweating here. I don't know about you, but I am perfectly happy living a life with less unnecessary sweating. 

Birthday Cake Macarons | Sprinkles for Breakfast

Summer, for me, also means celebration. I come form a family with a lot of summer birthdays, so naturally that means a summer filled with lots and lots of birthday cake (really great for the bikini bod). 

That's where this recipe comes in. I know that there are people out there that don't like cake, and while I have a hard time understanding that concept, I generally try to respect people's food choices. These are a great alternative as a celebratory dessert if your birthday girl or boy isn't so into cake. They are fun, festive, and FULL OF SPRINKLES! 

Birthday Cake Macarons | Sprinkles for Breakfast

 

Birthday Cake Macarons 

Macaron Shells 

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 
  • 1 cup + 2 tbs almond flour 
  • 3 eggs whites 
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • Food coloring 
  • Sprinkles 

Birthday Cake Filling 

  • 1/2 cup salted butter 
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp milk 
  • 3/4 tsp imitation vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sprinkles 

Directions 

for the shells: 

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
  2. Prepare a pipping bag with a round tip with about a  1/4" opening (wilton tips #9, #10 and #11 should work) and a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  3. In a medium bowl, sift almond flour and powdered sugar together. Set aside. 
  4. In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat egg whites on high speed until they form soft peaks. 
  5. Lower the mixer's speed to medium and add sugar. 
  6. Put mixer back on the highest speed and beat until they form stiff peaks. 
  7. With the mixer still on high speed, add food coloring a few drops at a time until you get desired color. 
  8. Take bowl off of mixer and add almond flour/sugar mixture. 
  9. Using a rubber spatula, aggressively fold in dry ingredients until the batter starts to loosen and becomes a little runny. To test if the batter is ready, lift a small amount of batter from the bowl and drop it back into the batter. If it does nothing, keep mixing. If it slowly melts back into the batter after 20-30 seconds, it is ready. 
  10. Put batter (about 1/3 of the mixture) into prepared pipping bag and cover the rest of the batter with saran wrap.  
  11. Pipe 1 1/2" circles on prepared baking sheet and firmly tap the bottom of the tray so the batter flattens out. Sprinkle sprinkles on top of each macaron. 
  12. Repeat with remaining batter.
  13. Let them rest for 30-45 minutes until they form a skin. 
  14. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until they are set. 
  15. Let cool before peeling them off parchment paper. 

*Makes 20-25 macarons

for the birthday cake filling: 

  1. In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, cream butter until it is soft and smooth. 
  2. Add powdered sugar, milk, and imitation vanilla and mix until light and fluffy. 
  3. Stir in sprinkles. 

Assembly 

 1. Peel macaron shells off parchment paper and match according to size. 

Birthday Cake Macarons | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

2. Fill a piping bag with a round tip (wilton tip #6 or #7 should work) with filling and pipe a small dollop on one half of a pair of cookies. 

Birthday Cake Macarons | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

3. Sandwich the cookie pair together and eat!

Birthday Cake Macarons | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

Red Lip Classic

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Another Friday and another cake inspired by Taylor Swift lyrics. This is my third Swift inspired cake, and it also happens to come from the third track on her album, Style.

You got that James Dean daydream look in your eye
And I got that red lip classic thing that you like
And when we go crashing down, we come back every time
'Cause we never go out of style
We never go out of style

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This is a great song. I could sit here and try to describe it to you (if for some reason you don't have the internet or radio and have never heard it), but I think Lorde sums in up pretty well in this tweet. 

I mean...does it get much better than that? I can't think of a better compliment than having your song make someone chair-dance so hard. I myself have chair-danced to this song in a car driving down PCH. Unfortunately, one time I got totally busted by a bus of teenagers while doing said chair-dancing. And because it was PCH...it was bumper to bumper traffic. So I was trapped. My face was bright red and I just had to sit there. 

 
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And even though that was horribly embarrassing...it taught me a valuable lesson. Never look into other people's cars while rocking out in your car. If you don't know they are staring at you...it's kind of like they are not even staring at you. Out of sight out of mind, right? Or something like that. I realize it may not be the most logical - but it has worked wonders for me. 

 
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So there you have it. I hope everyone has a great weekend and hopefully it will be filled with lots and lots of chair-dancing. 

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Potato Doughnuts in Maine

Maine Doughnuts
 

Last week the National Doughnt Tour got a little crazy. Lauren and I drove for SEVEN hours to get from New York City to Portland, Maine...for doughnuts. In retrospect, it probably wasn't the best plan of action, but in the end it was worth it. I'm not going to lie to you though, when we got to hour four I was seriously reconsidering our endeavor. I am not someone who can sit still for very long without being unconscious. If I am sleeping - it is fine. I can do the six hour plane ride from CA to NYC in my sleep...because I am literally sleeping. I have the gift of being able to sleep almost anywhere. I know some people don't think this a particularly impressive skill - but I often put it at the top of my list when I talk about my best qualities. And the car is no different...I can sleep there too. Even though Lauren told me it was ok if I went to sleep, I just didn't feel right about it. So, I stayed awake for the entire seven hours. It was rough. But we made it. 

Once we arrived in Portland, we got right to business. Holy Donuts differentiates itself from the competition by using a "magic" ingredient. They put potatoes in their doughnuts. Something about the addition of this extra starch makes the doughnuts chewy and tender in all the right ways. They are delicious. Check out our recommendations and all the pictures over at the official National Doughnut Tour website

And while you are at it...you should check out or store over at skreened. We made T-shirts because we thought everyone should know the only way to live life is "Doughnuts Over Everything". 

 
 

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast

This weekend I learned that people are really uncomfortable when it comes to dancing in public. I was at a wedding, and it took most people a lot of time, and a lot more alcohol before they made their way to the dance floor. It's not that they don't like the music, or that they don't know how to dance...they are just afraid of what everyone else in the room will think once they start dancing. But what they don't seem to understand is that no one really cares. Nine out of ten people are bad at dancing. So no one expects you to dance like you were trained at Juilliard or like you were the little girl in the Missy Elliot videos in the early 2000's. So why are people so afraid? Dancing is so much fun! And it is really the best way to improve your mood. People need to stop being so concerned about what other people think and do what Lady Gaga told us to do - Just Dance. Gonna be ok. So next time you are in a bad mood, turn on some music (preferably very loudly) and just dance your heart out. 

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast

And if for some reason dancing doesn't work...this cake definitely will. This cake is awesome. An amazing banana cake filled with chocolate chips and covered in a decedent chocolate frosting. It doesn't get much richer than this. This cake is dense, and weighs about 10 pounds - but it is totally worth it. 

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast
 

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (2- 3 bananas)
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 tsp baking soda
  • 5 tbs buttermilk
  • 2/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Frosting 

  • 5 1/4 oz. dark chocolate 
  • 1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons hot water  

* frosting modified from  Linda Lomelino's Nut and Nougat Fantasy Cake 

Directions

for the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease three 6" (or two 9") cake pans with cooking spray. 
  2.  In a medium bowl, mix together flour, salt and baking soda and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment,  cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time and then add vanilla extract.
  5. In a separate small bowl, mash 1 cup of bananas. Once bananas are mashed, add them to the sugar mixture and mix until just combined.
  6. On low speed alternatively add flour mixture and buttermilk until just combined (starting and ending with flour mixture). Do not over mix!
  7. Lightly fold in chocolate chips. 
  8. Evenly divide batter between greased pans and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center of the cake clean.
  9. Let pans cool on top of a cooling rack. 

for the frosting: 

  1. In a double boiler or microwave, melt chocolate. Set aside to cool. 
  2. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter until light and fluffy. 
  3. Add confectioners' sugar and cocoa powder and beat until smooth. 
  4. Add in melted chocolate and vanilla and beat until smooth. 
  5. Add in hot water 1 tablespoon at a time, and beat for a couple of minutes until the frosting is smooth and shiny. 

Assembly 

  1. Once the cakes are cool, take them out of the pans, and place one layer onto a cake plate.
  2. Using an offset spatula, spread a layer of frosting on the cake. 
  3. Turn the second layer upside down (so the bottom is face up) and gently place it on top of the first layer. Spread another layer of frosting on top of the cake. 
  4. Add the third layer (so the bottom is face up) on top. 
  5. Use the remaining frosting to frost the rest of the cake. Start with a generous amount on the top and work your way to the sides. 
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Cake | Sprinkles for Breakfast