Let's Eat Cake!



My love of Jennifer Paganelli is certainly no secret. Her new book is in our High Summer issue. To celebrate the close of summer we are hosting a super simple giveaway for Happy Home! The book has even been autographed by Jennifer. 

Jennifer is a fabric designer who is known for her fun and vibrant fabrics. In Happy Home Jennifer brings together a collection of patterns and projects that will surely create a happy home!

To enter simply leave a comment below answering the following question.

Who is your favorite fashion icon?


Giveaway ends Friday at noon.



I love a pretty cake, but I am horrible at making them. I can make bunts and bars all day long. I, for the life of me, can not ice a cake, or get a layer cake to be pretty. The last one I baked was such a disaster it ended up being thrown at a wall. 

Recently though I decided I was going to create the perfect cake. One that was pretty, easy, and delicious. I knew I wanted one to match Jennifer's book — pretty! So I sat down and created a basic white cake recipe, but it needed to be more than just white. So the idea of food coloring came to mind... but that isn't very FOLK. So I decided on a berry, simply to give it color. The light flavor it adds is just a plus. I had my cake flour ready, I had my berries, my mixer, my recipe, and I began. The cake turned out to be gorgeous. The recipe is below. The cake, like any layer cake, does take time and patience,but is totally worth it. 

You can use any berry you'd like, just depends on the color you'd like.


RECIPE:

4 cups cake flour
2 sticks butter (sliced into table spoons)
9 egg whites
2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 handful of berries
1 1/2 cups milk

Cream butter, sugar, and berries. In a large bowl sift together remaining dry ingredients. In a medium bowl combine wet ingredients. Slowly add equal parts dry and wet mixtures to your creamed mixture.

Bake in 3 well greased 9" rounds for 25-30 min in a 350 degree oven. Allow to fully cool. Trim layers to create stackable cakes. Use the icing recipe below to complete the perfect cake recipe.

ICING:
1 cup Crisco
2 pounds powdered sugar
1/2 - 1 cup milk
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract

Cream all ingredients until fluffy and smooth.

ENJOY! -Ben 

Comments

  1. Jennifer is a sweetheart! I had the honor of meeting her last year at an event and she is truly a sweet, real person & so very talented. The first fashion icon I think of is Coco Channel. I love her story, and style. Thanks :)

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  2. I honestly don't have a favorite fashion icon, but I adore my daughters fashion sense and the way she puts things together. She is an icon in my book : )
    Kathy

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  3. I love Kate Middleton and I hope she will become a fashion icon of today in a simple but fashionable way. I just got back from camping with my kids and husband and we just picked blackberries.....so this recipe is perfect timing to make this afternoon! What a wonderful...Happy Home blog post! Thank you.

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  4. I would have to say that Katharine Hepburn was my fashion idol...... She looked great in everything.... I always wished I was taller so that I would look great in Slacks!

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  5. Torn between Jackie Kennedy and Grace Kelly.

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  6. Jackie Kennedy was pretty special! Although my favorite fashion icon would have to be my daughter Jennifer. She is fearless and always looks beautiful!

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  7. One of my favorite fashion icons is Talitha Getty. Her hippie style was amazing!

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  8. Favorite fashion icon, hmmm. All I can think of are the ones, like my daughter, who instinctively know how to put it all together and make it work.

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  9. Favorite fashion icon, hmmm. All I can think of are the ones, like my daughter, who instinctively know how to put it all together and make it work.

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  10. I would have to say Jackie Kennedy.

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  11. I would have to say Princess Diana. Always simple but daring.

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  12. There are so many - I don't really have favorite - but I guess Audrey Hepburn. She was beautiful on the inside as well as on the outside- like so many others mentioned here.

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  13. I love everything Diane Keaton wears!

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  14. I suppose Audrey Hepburn can sound like "duh". But I liked the casual feel of her look. Fussy but not. I can't wear things I'm uncomfortable in. I love that relaxed, classic pulled together look.

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  15. I suppose Audrey Hepburn can sound like "duh". But I liked the casual feel of her look. Fussy but not. I can't wear things I'm uncomfortable in. I love that relaxed, classic pulled together look.

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  16. I am a big fan of Katherine Hepburn but fell in love with Amy Adams: in the Muppet Movie of all things :0

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  17. Tim Gunn is my favorite fashion icon. I'm looking forward to his new book "Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet," after it is released this month.

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  18. My favorite fashion icon is my teenage daughter! Why you ask? I will
    tell you why. She loves to wear new trends, but she also is a trendsetter
    by wearing what she loves and what makes her feel good. She loves yard sales, and
    has a blast finding something unique--just like her.

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  19. DVF for sure! She is so inspiring in how she really understands what makes a women feel beautiful.

    I also am obsessed with Lauren Conrad. Her feminine, yet classic style is attainable and stunning!

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  20. My modern fashion icon is Marion Cotillard - she wears the most amazing outfits. :)

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  21. I'd have to say Kate Middleton.

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  22. I would have to say Princess Diana !

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  23. This is hard! I like a classic yet relaxed style. I've always admired Lauren Hutton. I think Kate Middleton will be one as well. She has great taste.

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  24. Well I have never been one for fashion but I love almost everything Kate Middleton wears. But my daughter (4 years old) has so much fashion sense and at 3 years old refused to buy any clothes without trying them on first! She is definitley a fashion icon to watch out for in the future lol.

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  25. I'ge always loved Audrey Hepburn. She had a great fashion sense and an even greater sense of self worth!

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  26. my favorite fashion icon is actually Grace Kelly. she was beautiful, worn clothes that emphasized her beauty, but were still feminine and classic!

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  28. i love audrey hepburn! thanks for the chance to win this great book!
    anslee cook

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  29. I <3 Jennifer. I <3 her fabrics. I LOVE Girl's World. Favorite fashion icon - Jackie O. Seconded closely by Queen Latifa (sp?). Did I mention that Im also a lover of blackberries and home made cake?! =) Thank you for the giveaway AND the recipe!!

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  30. Kate Middleton, always classy and well put together :)

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  31. I realize it may be inflammatory to say this now, but I love Michelle Obama as a fashion icon. I have to say I'm a Republican, but I love that Michelle wore the creations of American designers from the start, and her style is so very "now." She is interested but not obsessed with fashion. She is everything to love and admire as a First Lady of the US. She makes casual clothes look sparkling, and the gowns she has worn are stunning and new.

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  32. Jackie Kennedy. Absolutely timeless

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