Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Chocolate Black Bean Cake

I know what you're thinking......Black Bean Cake!?? That sounds disgusting.....
But I kid you not, it tastes nothing like Black Beans! Just thick chocolately goodness. I came across this recipe when I was watching some cooking channels on youtube and I was so interested in trying this one. So I searched for it in Pinterest and found the recipe. There is NO Flour and Only 1 tsp of Sugar so it's definitely a great alternative recipe to Cake if those ingredients are some you like to try to keep clear of. The icing I use however is full of sugar haha. But you can put whatever icing you like on it. I just really love this kind. Get ready to have your minds blown! (See full list of ingredients at the bottom of the post)

Ok so here we go!

Preheat the oven to 325 F


In a Blender you will combine:
 Two 15 oz cans of Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
6 Eggs
2 TBSP of Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp of Salt
1 Tsp of Sugar or Stevia

Blend on high until smooth (few minutes)


Combine dry ingredients into separate bowl:
3/4 Cup of Cocoa Powder
2 Tsp of Baking Powder
1 Tsp of Baking Soda


Grab another bowl:
Beat 12 TBSP (1 1/2 sticks) of Butter
and
1 Cup of Honey
Beat until smooth and fluffy

Add the remaining 4 eggs one at a time
30 seconds between each addition


Pour the Bean mixture in with the Honey mixture.
Beat until fully combined.
Now add the dry ingredients and Beat until combined.


Take 2 cake pans and grease them with Butter (or coconut oil). Be generous.
I used Pam once to grease it, but it definitely did not come out
of the pan as smoothly as with the butter.
Cut two circles of Parchment Paper and put them on the bottom of the pans also.
Butter on top of that as well.
I swear I've never had cake come out of a pan so easily!

::Optional::
You can sprinkle cocoa powder onto the pan


Pour Mixture into pans let it cook for 40-45 Minutes on 325 F
or until toothpick comes out clean.


Now it's time for the Icing!
Like I said you can make whatever icing you want, I just think
this kind compliments the cake really well!

1 Cup of Butter. Beat until smooth.
3-4 cups of Powdered Sugar. Adding one at a time.
3 TBSP of Milk or Heavy Cream
1 TBSP of Vanilla Extract
1/4 Tsp of Salt
Mis until smooth.
1/2 Cup of Cocoa Powder. Mix until incorporated.
DONE!

When the Cakes are done, leave them in the Pan for 10 minutes.
Carefully take them out of the Pan and put them on a cooling rack.
Be sure to let them completely cool before putting on the icing.
If it's still warm the icing will just melt away.



Voila!!!
A Delicious, Chocolate, Thick, CAKE!
I may try some Garnish or toppings next time.
Im thinking maybe Mint, Crushed Almonds, Skors Bits, or Strawberries!



Chocolate Black Bean Cake

CAKE:
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
  • Two 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • teaspoon sugar or pure stevia extract
  • 10 large eggs
  • teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • cup honey


FROSTING:
  • sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • to 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • to 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
  • tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

You can find the Original Recipe HERE

Friday, May 1, 2015

An Island Getaway

We had the most amazing time in Hawaii!! And Im finally getting around to blogging about it haha. We went with a group of 15 people. Thats right, 15! We searched for weeks trying to find a place, and when we finally did, it turned out they double booked us so we lost our place! It was a 2 weeks before leaving and we weren't finding anything. But as luck would have it, we found this sweet Ranch House just South East of Laie (North Shore). It was very big and did a decent job of fitting everyone. Some were sleeping on couches, others beds, others slept on cushions made into a bed. I feel like we used our resources quite well and no one seemed to mind. Phewf! We had a really good group. But next time I think we will keep it much smaller haha.

A huge bummer was that ALL my cute swimsuits that I ordered came DURING our vacation. Seriously??? SERIOUSLY!???? Just a few days and I would have been swimming in cuteness!! Oh well. At least it's summer so I can wear them soon!

It was so good to be back to our second home. It felt so comfortable and familiar. The weather was perfect! April is at the end of rainy season so we were worried it would be rainy. But we were lucky! The water was so refreshing. Its the prefect temperature for a hot day. We saw a ton of turtles and saw the occasional whale in the distance just playing. Ocean animals are so cool!

We hiked to waterfalls, drank from pineapples and coconuts, cliff jumped (which I never do!), boogy boarded, body surfed, and so so so much more. I actually don't think I just laid on the beach once. There was just so much to do! Relaxing is for night time! I went parasailing for the first time and it was so cool!! The view from up there is something else. So relaxing and peaceful. I could spend hours in the harness.

This trip we had a theme. "Face Your Fears". For me personally, jumping off stuff is very terrifying. I've never jumped off the BIG rock at Waimea, but I did jump off a cliff that was higher than I've ever jumped before! I felt so good! Like I was slowy but surely accomplishing something that I've been afraid of for so long. It will probably take me a few more years to go higher than what I did, but Im still proud of myself.

Funny (but scary) story about one of the boys that came. His 'face your fear' was that he swam pretty far into the open ocean. It was very dark blue. Can't see much beneath or around you. It scared him that you couldn't see anything. 'There could be sharks around me and I wouldn't even know it!'. Funny thing is, is the Maikal DID see a shark under everyone when we swam out there. He didn't tell anyone because he thought it would scare them. Which Im totally glad he did. Everyone would have freaked and never went in the water again! But ya....super scary!

We can't wait to plan another trip and have more memories to look back on. Travelling is one of my favourite things in life. Especially when I can experience it with my Love. He makes things way more fun!


One of my favourite things do with our trips is make video's!! This one was so fun to put together. BUT, apparently you can't watch it on phones......not quite sure why. I must have accidentally edited it that way when I was making it. Which super sucks because majority of people only use their phone's nowadays. But, If you are really wanting to see our trip, just find a computer and it should work!

Also, be sure to watch it in HD to get the best quality!




I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Knock Off's

You know what is one of my absolute favourite things when it comes to clothes???

Knock Offs

Yes you read it right.
I spend a lot of time on Pinterest, reading fashion blogs, looking at magazines, etc. Just looking for inspiration and getting ideas for when I go shopping. And you know what I hate the most about looking at these things......that I know in the back of my mind that I will never be able to afford any of it. Nothing. A simple designer bag is thousands of dollars.

I'm poor. And even if I wasn't, I seriously don't think I could ever spend thousands of dollars on a simple handbag, shoes, dresses, etc. I have anxiety about spending $30 for a top! I found this pretty freaking awesome website called Aliexpress. It's a China based website where everything is wicked cheap. There is a ton of Brand Name things (obviously I know they are not real) But they look EXACTLY the same to me. I've boughten a few things and I've been super impressed with the quality!!

So, this past Fall/Winter season, I've seen these boots everywhere!! They are a little short on me. Probably because they are knock offs haha. But I still love them! They are the Knock Off's of Stuart Weitzman knee high boots. They are super comfortable and I love the look of a super high boot! An original Stuart Weitzman Boot is close to $900..........ya no. no way. I'd rather spend $80 on my knock offs thank you very much.



Boots :: Aliexpress

Dress :: Joe Fresh, Sold Out (Similar)