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Nutella Cake

Dec 8, 2016

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With holiday parties and get togethers in full swing, I thought it'd be the perfect time to share a delicious cake recipe. My mom is cute and always likes to bake a homemade cake for my birthday, and asked me what I was craving this year. We had just gotten back from our Spain trip where I had been eating a lot of nutella-filled or smothered things, so I thought some kind of nutella cake would be amazing. My mom found this recipe for nutella buttercream frosting and we paired it with a white cake. The finishing touch was nutella spread on thick in between the white cake layers. You guys. This cake was freaking divine. Definitely the best cake I've ever baked. Enjoy!

For the white cake:

Ingredients 
2 1/4 cups calm flour (9 ounces), plus more for dusting the pans
1 cup whole milk
6 large egg whites (3/4 cup), at room temperature
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon table salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Directions 
Set oven rack in middle position and preheat to 350 degrees. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. Pour milk, egg whites, and extracts into bowl and mix with fork until blended. Mix cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of electric mixer at slow speed. Add butter; continue beating at slow speed until mixture resembles moist crumbs, with no powdery streaks remaining. Add all but 1/2 cup of milk mixture to crumbs and beat at medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup of milk mixture and beat 30 seconds more. Stop mixer and scrape sides of bowl. Return mixer to medium and beat for 20 more seconds. Divide batter evenly between two prepared cake pans; using rubber spatula, spread batter to pan walls and smooth tops. Bake until thin skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 23 to 25 minutes. Let cakes rest in pans for 3 minutes. Loosen from sides of pans with a knife, if necessary, and place cakes onto cooling racks. Let cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. 

For the Nutella buttercream frosting:

Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup Nutella or other chocolate-hazelnut spread (+ save some of the rest of the Nutella in your jar for the middle cake filling)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch kosher salt (up to 1/ 4 teaspoon, to taste)
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Directions
1. In a mixer, beat together the butter and powdered sugar on low until well-blended. Add the Nutella and increase the speed to medium. Beat for two minutes.
2. Add vanilla extract and salt and whip for a 30 seconds.
3. Add whipping cream and beat for one minute, until the frosting lightens slightly.

Finishing touches
Place a large piece of wax paper on cake stand or plate you want to serve your cake on (You will remove the wax paper from the plate/stand after you're done frosting the cake, but this way your plate/stand will stay clean. A little trick my mama taught me!). Place the first layer of white cake on the wax paper. Spread regular Nutella over the top of the first white cake layer (this will be your middle Nutella filling). Place the second white cake on top. Frost the entire cake sides and top with Nutella buttercream frosting. Gently pull the wax paper out from underneath your cake. Enjoy!

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In the Trenches

Dec 5, 2016

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Slate & Willow Trench Coat // Zara Top // Paige Denim Jeans (c/o Zappos) // Steve Madden Boots 

Back on that daily grind today. Here's a fall look I wore while running errands a couple weeks ago. A light trench coat looks sharp and is easy to throw on and go, and over-the-knee boots add a chicness factor to any look. Have a great week!

November, Instagrammed

Dec 1, 2016

I'm finding it hard to believe that it's December and 2016 is about to come to a close! With the election and a bit of travel for work and for Thanksgiving, last month was a bit of a blur. But now I'm looking forward to enjoying the holiday season! Captions read clockwise, starting in the top left. Follow along on Instagram, @wtfab.

 Sweet surprise at work.
Finally tried Tartine's Manufactory and it was everything I thought it would be—delicious, hipster, slightly overpriced but not to the point where you're mad about it.
 Was so excited to cast my vote on November 8th.
The day after the election was a rough one. I walked by this mural and found its words to be very relevant that day.
Went up to Seattle for an event at our office and felt lifted up by conversations with other strong women I work with, as well as an attendee's bright little girl who told me she didn't appreciate the sexist remarks Trump has made. She was nine.
Balloon art in the Mission that made my day.
 Seattle views.
Serious Pie in Seattle is seriously delicious.
 Fun rides with friends at WinterFest.
Homemade pies for Thanksgiving.
Wall of Empathy in San Francisco.
 In-N-Out is always a good idea.
Jane on Fillmore has the best avocado toast.

WinterFest

Nov 30, 2016

WinterFest Great America
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WinterFest Great America
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WinterFest Great America
 Mango Sweater // Strom Jeans (c/o Convert Boutique) // Forever21 Scarf and Boots // Coach Purse

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We rounded out our Thanksgiving holiday weekend with a trip to California Great America's WinterFest Sunday evening with friends. I hadn't been to Great America in over a decade—Omied took me there on one of our first dates—and we had such a fun night! I shot these outfit photos in the afternoon while it was still light out (it gets dark so early these days!), before we drove down to Santa Clara for a festive evening. It's been getting a little chilly in the evenings, so I opted for a big cozy sweater, boots, and I made sure to pack mittens and a holiday scarf for Great America.

WinterFest was the perfect way to bid adieu to Turkey Day and get us all in the holiday spirit! The park was magically transformed into a winder wonderland, with over 7 million LED lights lighting up Santa's Workshop, an ice skating rink, and holiday shows. We watched the tree lighting ceremony, listened to Christmas carolers, drank hot chocolate, and rode a few of the thriller rides like Gold Striker and Flight Deck in between all of the merriment. If you love indulging in a sweet treat at theme parks like I do, and you love the holidays, you'll be happy to know that at WinterFest, eggnog funnel cakes are totally a thing, as are peppermint churros. 

WinterFest would be so fun as a family outing with kiddos, but even as adults (who are still big kids at heart ;)), we had a great time. Pro tip: You might be able to ride Flight Deck over and over again with very little wait time, if you're into that sort of thing. A lot of the park-goers are with little ones, so crazy drops and upside down thrills probably aren't on their list of things to do that night. But it was definitely on ours! 

Single day tickets are available for just $24.99 and admission to WinterFest is included with a 2016 or 2017 Gold or Platinum Pass. 

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