Monday, July 20, 2015

Munchly Chocolate Cake

Munchly Chocolate Cake
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon backing soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 or 1 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 cup boiling water or 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee.
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat to 350 F.
  2. Prepare two 9 inch pans, spray with baking spray or spread butter or crisco on pans.  Lightly flour.
  3. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl.
  4. Mixer on low speed, blend wet ingredients.
  5. Slowly add dry into wet bowl.
  6. Beat on high for 1 minute, to add air to the batter right before putting in the pans and then straight into the oven.
  7. Evenly distribute batter into pans.
  8. Place in center of oven or second from bottom rack.
  9. Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick come out of center clean.
  10. Remove, let cool completely IN pan.
  11. Use small slender spatula to loosen cake around edges if needed, remove from pans and enjoy!


Munchly Chocolate Bundt Cake (last 5 ingredients are different)
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon backing soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  •  or 1 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup boiling water or 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee.
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • Chocolate instant pudding
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips or add your desired amount.
Instructions (9. baking time different.
  1. Preheat to 350 F.
  2. Prepare bundt pan, spray with baking spray or spread butter or crisco on pan.  Lightly flour.
  3. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl.
  4. Mixer on low speed, blend wet ingredients.
  5. Slowly add dry into wet bowl.
  6. Beat on high for 1 minute, to add air to the batter right before putting in the pan and then straight into the oven.
  7. Evenly distribute batter into pans.
  8. Place in center of oven or second from bottom rack.
  9. Bake 40-50 minutes or until toothpick come out of center clean.
  10. Remove, let cool completely IN pan.
  11. Use small slender spatula to loosen cake around edges if needed, remove from pan and enjoy!



Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetend cocoa powder
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon expresso powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks) butter.
  • 4-5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup milk or buttermilk

Instructions
  1. Sift dry ingredients
  2. Beat butter on high until fluffy
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients still beating on high.
  4. lastly add remaining wet ingredients.
  5. Taste, add additional sugar for sweetness or thicker frosting.

Chocolate Drizzle
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk or buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
Instructions
  1. mix or stir until smooth and runny.
  2. taste, add more warm water or milk if needed more drizzly, add more powdered sugar if needed less runny.
  3. Drizzle warm over either cake or drizzle cooled over frosting.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

DIY Natural Cheap Face Powder & Foundation

So what is the best way to save money, be healthier and still look great when it comes to foundations and powders?
Well, these are just my suggestions, but ones I've been testing for over three years, and I still recommend them!


For starters here is Bare Essentials Mineral Veil's ingredients.


It is basically cornstarch (witch Balance the oiliness of your face) with Parabens (class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic) and Iron oxides for a bit of color (a group of compounds made up of iron and oxygen linked together by chemical bonds) so we have chemicals, chemicals and cornstarch.









See where I'm going with this?  Refilling a old powder container or buy a fancy empty one to fill up with some natural and super cheap DIY stuff!



1. Get your base.
Start off with Cornstarch or arrowroot powder (1 tsp. for dark skin – 1 Tbs. for light skin)

Natural Ingredients you can use are:
Cornstarch
Arrowroot flour/starch

Baby Powder
Banana Powder
Cacao powder
Ground cinnamon
Ground nutmeg
Ground ginger
Left over powder foundation



2. Add color if desired.
Slowly add in one or a combination of the Banana Powder, Cocoa powder, Cacao powder, Ground cinnamon, Ground nutmeg, Ground ginger or left over powder foundation until you reach your desired tone.  
Play around until it fits your skin tone. The amount you use of each ingredient will greatly depend on your skin complexion. Skip step 2. if you have a medium to light skin and want a translucent powder.
Want to put it in a old pressed powder compact?  You can do that click here Turn Loose Powder Into Pressed Powder

3. Powder turned Foundation Cream.
Use powder from steps 1. and 2. then add three DROPS of ONE of the  liquids start listed below. Mix and then add three more drops of the same or a different liquid listed below.  Keep adding and mixing until dissuader consistency is reached.
Natural Ingredients you can use are:
Coconut oil - get liquid
Jojoba oil
Almond oil
Vitamin E
Lavender Essential oil
Left over liquid foundation

Put into a old or newly purchased compact if your consistancy is thick and creamy or use a old or new bottle if you make it more on the liquid side.
I like mine on the thicker creamy side, I just blend out really well for light coverage and can still use it for extra coverage on bad areas.

So you can use your DIY liquid or cream foundation, then set it with your DIY translucent or color face powder!
It takes me well over a year to get through one little compact I use makeup so sparingly, and this dose not go bad with in that time at all.


Another quick tip, milk of magnesia is a oil and sweat stopping primer that is way cheaper then even drug store primers!


How to Find Your Undertone
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