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Win a share of my birthday cake…and see the recipe for the ultimate Rainbow Cake!

|By Elana| Free Stuff!, Home, To Eat

I decided to bake for my husbands birthday a few weeks ago. And when I bake, the cats, dogs and even my husband hides. I wanted to make a Rainbow Cake that I saw in the CelebrityBakeStars section of GoodHousekeeping mag.  What most recipes don’t tell you is…How not to stuff it up. So I will make sure yours is a success. Also, if you are new at this…set 4 hours aside. it’s a fantastic conversation starter, and a Look-what-I-can-do-MOM recipe! Also, It’s my birthday on the 15th of August ( just saying…:) and you have a fabulous chance to win a cake from our friends who create them professionally! My cake: photo2cake recipe     Ingredients (For the cake) 

  • 450 g unsalted butter ( Don’t melt it in the microwave like I did. Keep it room temperature)
  • 450 g caster sugar
  • 450 g self-raising flour
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 tps vanilla essence
  • Food colouring in pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple ( use strong colouring- – the gel ones – but only use a drop or two, otherwise the colours go funny..)

For the icing … Now,  In Magazine-land they used 450 g of icing sugar. I am clearly not good at mixing it and I had to make 3 batches. So….buy enough before icing the cake!

  • 230 g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 450 g icing sugar ….( remember what I said)

 METHOD

Preheat oven to 180°C. Spray three 20cm round cake tins with cooking spray for two batches. If you use two cake tins, you’ll need to bake in three batches.

2. Cream the butter and caster sugar together until pale and fluffy.

3. Lightly beat the eggs. Pour slowly into the butter and caster sugar mixture. Add 1tbsp sifted flour to prevent the mixture from curdling.

4. Use a metal spoon to fold in the rest of the flour. The mixture should drop off the spoon easily when it’s ready. Add 1 tbsp water if too thick. ( I added too much water…it still worked, but do as the recipe says)

5. Divide into 6 bowls. Add colouring to one bowl until you get the desired shade.

6. Pour the batter into a pan. Cook for 12 minutes or until askewer comes out clean. Repeat with all the colours.

7. Remove cakes from the oven and cool on wire racks.

8. To make the icing, beat butter and icing sugar together until pale, then add milk and beat until combined.

9. Place purple layer on a plate, spread with icing. Place blue layer on top and spread with icing. Repeat with the remaining colours. 1

0. Ice the outside of the cake. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until set. ( I left mine outside, It still set, but it’s winter :)

Pintrest messed it up for most of us. Our cakes will never look like this…but you can try:

014e848945a2d28366a5af8a527d5b6d74aa7e5511-2-396x396 So…..Since it’s my Birthday Month I want to give you the chance to win a stunning cake made by The Fabulous Baker Girls. It’s a 20cm vanilla sponge cake covered with their delicious vanilla butter icing and fondant. The best part though is that they have made this cake into a pair of one of my favourite shoes(see pic of last years cake below). If your birthday is in August,send me an email at info@Elanaafrika.com with the subject heading cake  before the 21st of August and you stand a chance of winning a similar cake to the one below!

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I want you to feel inspired and loved, It’s Women’s day !!!

|By Elana| Home

To all the women that inspire me, Thank you.  I have a message for this day, a poem that I love.

And to you who make me laugh, I have a special message from our pet dog Bella, who lives with all of us at Expresso on SABC3.

 

A woman of valour, who can find? Her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and nothing shall he lack. She renders him good and not evil all the days of her life. She opens her hand to the needy, and extends her hand to the poor. She is robed in strength and dignity, and cheerfully faces whatever may come. She opens her mouth with wisdom. Her tongue is guided by kindness. She tends to the affairs of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness. Her children come forward and bless her. Her husband too, and he praises her. Many women have done superbly, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a God-fearing woman is much to be praised. Place before her the fruit of her hands. Wherever people gather, her deeds speak her praise.

 

Happy Women’s Day.

xx

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Want skin like me? It’s a Visible Difference, and you can have it too.

|By Elana| Free Stuff!, Home

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I think the biggest misconception that most people have when it comes to skincare is that a product will have the same benefits for everyone. The reality is that the first step towards properly looking after your skin is to actually know what skin type you are. The kind of products that I use, might not work for you. Similarly, two people with oily skin might react differently to the same product. So the first and essential thing to do is to visit a professional and get your skin analyzed Elizabeth Arden Beauty Consultants are all qualified to do this.  Skin types are usually categorized into three groups: Dry, Combination and Oily.

Dry 

Dry Skin is often characterized by feelings of tightness due to lack of emollients or oil. It may be rough and scaly in places. It is usually the result of low sebum production, or it may be that the skin has temporarily dried out as a result of sunburn, extremes of climate, detergents or air conditioning. Deeply nourishing or hydrating masks and moisturizers can be used to rebalance the skin and help to prevent against further moisture loss.

Oily

Oily Skin is a result of excess sebum production. It’s characterized by a shiny appearance, especially on the ‘T-zone’ – the forehead, nose and chin. The epidermis tends to thicken and the pores dilate, giving the skin a slightly rough and irregular texture. Purifying your face in the morning and at night with products designed for oily skin is the single most effective way to manage oily skin. Even oily skin needs to be moisturized to look its best. Think of it this way: moisture is about water, not oil. When you wash your face, regardless of what skin type you have, you’re removing the oil that holds moisture in your skin.

Combination

Combination Skin has two forms: oily/normal and dry/normal. In oily/normal combination skin, the center panel (T-zone) is oily while the rest of the face is comfortable. In the dry/normal combination skin, the center panel may be normal with dry patches on the cheeks. You need to treat both zones in combination skin – moisturizing the dry patches and controlling the sebum in the oily parts.

One of you will stand a chance to win a Visible Difference hamper from Elizabeth Arden customized to your skin type. You can begin your journey to naturally radiant and healthy skin! Send us a mail to info@Elanaafrika.com with the subject heading Visible Difference before the 15th of August. Terms and conditions apply.   

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Say what? Last weeks No 1 …is a surprise. Ian Bredenkamp has the story!

|By Elana| Home, Music

This week Weird Al Yankovic became the first artist in 50 years to top the Billboard charts with a comedy album. That’s no easy feat. He entered the charts at number 1, bumping Rihanna, Beyonce and all the rest of them out the way. Entitled “Mandatory Fun”, Yankovic went against convention by releasing 8 music videos for 8 songs, 8 days in a row. Utter madness if you were running a record company on the 1980s. But in the new world with new rules, it did the trick and made Yankovic the talk of the town.

Yankovic has been recording parody songs since the 1980s and had lampooned everyone from Nirvana to Madonna. My first weird Al experience was with his classic song “Fat”, a take on the Michael Jackson hit Bad. I was 10 years old, impressionable, and became a fan for life.

The songs off the new album include “First World Problems”, “World Crimes” and “Foil” – an ode to aluminum foil/tin foil based on the music of “Royals” by Lorde”. There aren’t many people who write compelling lyrics on foil, I assure you.

So if you’re looking for a good laugh go and check out Weird Al’s YouTube channel. Or even better, buy the music :)

@IanBredenkamp

 

Director : IBMEDIA

Director : IBMEDIA

 

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