Posts Tagged ‘pink’

06/15/15

Semi-Homemade Strawberries and Cream Cake Recipe

Sometimes, you want to bake a cake, but don’t have time or energy to make one completely from scratch. It happens. In fact, I probably find myself in that situation more often than not.

And for those times, there’s this semi-homemade strawberries and cream cake recipe. It involves a standard from-the-box cake mix and a handful of other ingredients that will make that grocery store mix taste like an amazing homemade treat. You game?

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own strawberries and cream cake…

Semi-Homemade Strawberries and Cream Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

- 1 box store-bought strawberry cake mix
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups freeze dried strawberries
- 3 eggs
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 1/2 cups vanilla-flavored creamer
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- baking spray

You’ll also need:

bundt pan (you can buy the one we used right here on Amazon)// mixing bowls // whisk // rubber spatula // cooling rack

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the inside of the bundt pan with baking spray (like Pam for Baking).

2. Whisk together the cake mix, flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add the freeze dried strawberries and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, and oil together. Then add the creamer and vanilla and whisk to combine. Now add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Gently fold everything together with a rubber spatula.

4. Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes (when an inserted skewer is removed cleanly). Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool for about 20 minutes. Be careful with the pan, since it will still be hot. Invert the pan to remove the cake and let it cool on the rack.

Top with a dusting of powdered sugar and serve with fruit and whipped cream.

Recipe // Semi-Homemade Strawberries and Cream Cake

Recipe // Semi-Homemade Strawberries and Cream Cake

Recipe by Linda Jednaszewski
Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Like the grid runner in these photos? Make your own in under an hour with this DIY tutorial.

Think you’ll give this cake a try? I would love to hear what you think of this me-homemade approach to baking.

05/18/15

Recipe // Ombre Grapefruit Tangerine Popsicles

After making those watercolor popsicles last month, I’ve been thinking about creating a (semi) similar kind of painterly looking popsicle recipe that doesn’t involve the added step of food coloring. So I played around with some different techniques (shared a sneak peek here) and eventually landed on these ombre grapefruit tangerine pops.

The technique that ended up working the best is actually really easy. Yay! Love it when that happens. So I turned it into a quick tutorial, in case you want to make your own. Here’s what you’ll need…

Ombre Grapefruit Tangerine Popsicles

Ingredients:

- Tangerine Italian Soda
- Grapefruit Italian Soda (Whole Foods has a good selection)

*You can also use fruit juices instead, if you prefer.

You’ll Also Need:

- Popsicle Sticks
- Popsicle Mold (mine is from Amazon)

Instructions:

To get an ombre look, use the two Italian sodas (or juices if you prefer) that are in the same(ish) color family. Then pour one of the Italian sodas into the popsicle molds at the desired height. I poured most of mine to the halfway point.

Put the mold in the freezer for about 90 minutes. Then, remove the mold from the freezer and let it sit out for several minutes. The goal is to get it a little bit melty again…mostly frozen, but with some of the liquid melted toward the top.

Once that happens, add the second favor of juice, Italian soda, etc on top. Add popsicle sticks and put the molds back in the freezer until full frozen (about 4 hours).

Remove and enjoy. To loosen the popsicles from the mold when they’re ready to eat, run warm water over the underside of the tray for 20-30 seconds. 

Recipe // Ombre Grapefruit Tangerine Popsicles

Ombre Grapefruit Tangerine Popsicles

Recipe, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

What other flavors do you think would work for these ombre popsicles? I’d love to hear your favorite fruit combinations.

04/29/15

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

Inkblots are on my radar right now, in a big way, and I had a pretty large stack of fabric napkins laying around from last month’s workshop. So, I made these easy inkblot napkins…and they took all of 5 minutes to complete (not including drying time).

They’re great for everyday entertaining, but I was also thinking they would make a nice hostess gift or a Mother’s Day gift if your mom loves entertaining (or has a thing for napkins). You could try the technique on other textiles as well, depending on what you’re looking for…tea towels, blankets, pillows, etc.

Are you convinced yet? You totally need a set of these right? Right! Here’s how to make your own inkblot napkins in about 5 minutes…

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

Materials:

fabric paint (I used SoSoft fabric paint)
solid color fabric napkins (mine are from West Elm)
paint brush (optional)

How To:

1. Squirt paint onto a fabric napkin at random. You can do long lines, dots, etc. If you concentrate the paint toward the center, you’ll get a more solid shape, like the example tutorial. But if you’re looking for more organic allover patterns, I would recommend staying away from the center for the most part with the paint.

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

2. Then fold the napkin in half and push down / smooth out. I found that after doing the first napkin, it’s actually better to unfold the entire napkin and then fold it over from there. I seemed to get more intersting patterns that way (which you can see in the second photo below).

3. Open up the folded napkin to reveal your inkblot design. If necessary, you can remove excess paint with a paint brush. Or just push the paint around so that it’s more even throughout.

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

4. Wait for the paint to dry and you’re good to go. Pretty simple right?

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

P.S. I think that you can safely assume that I have a little bit of a DIY napkin problem now that I have an entire drawer (a pretty large drawer at that) dedicated to ‘em. BUT I can’t help it. More DIY napkin ideas.