Saturday, 25 April 2015

Double Chocolate Fudge Cake (Gluten-Free, Paleo)


I have a confession to make: I don't like chocolate cake.

There, I said it. I know, I know, it's not normal. But ever since I was a little girl, I would much rather dig into a huge slab of Victoria Sponge, or my mum's homemade lemon meringue cake. Perhaps a coffee and walnut cake, or even a carrot, topped with a fluffy cream cheese frosting.

In fact, you could give me anything but chocolate cake.

However, my friends, family and boyfriend all love chocolate more than anything else on this planet. So I decided to make a gooey, ultra-rich, decadent Double Chocolate Fudge Cake in honour of them. Of course, I made it as healthy as possible, using gluten-free and Paleo ingredients and, to my surprise, I loved it.

Really, really loved it...


Paleo Double Chocolate Fudge Cake

It was everything you could possibly want in a cake and more, and tasted incredible when eaten warm with ice cream. And who could ever guess that a cake this inviting, this delicious, could be so good for you?

 

What are your favourite cakes? Let me know so I can recreate your favourites in a healthy way!

Sam x

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE



Ingredients:
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup Creative Nature cacao
1 tbsp Coconom coconut sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1/2 cup sweet potato puree
1 egg
5 tbsp honey
2 tbsp peanut butter (I used Buff Bakes Choc Chip)
1 tbsp Lucy Bee coconut oil
1 tsp espresso (enhances the chocolate flavour)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

For the frosting:
2 tbsp Sukrin icing sugar
3/4 tbsp Creative Nature cacao
1-2 tbsp almond milk

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 180C and grease and line a loaf tin. Stir together the dry ingredients - the cacao, almonds, coconut sugar and the bicarb.

2) In a separate bowl, gently melt together the honey, peanut butter and coconut oil. Whisk in the sweet potato, egg, espresso and vanilla. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, then fold in half the chocolate chips. Pour into the loaf tin, then sprinkle over the remaining chocolate chips.

3) Bake for around 40 minutes, then remove from the oven. Start making your frosting by mixing together the icing sugar with the cacao. Slowly stir in the almond milk, one tsp at a time, until you have a slightly thickened glaze. Drizzle over the warm loaf cake and serve (I like this one warm, but it works well cool too!)

Friday, 24 April 2015

What's NEW On The High Street? Check Our Fashion Edit


The high street is awash with festival fashion and lots of gorgeous summer dresses right now. We have enjoyed our weekly search of the top picks new-in at the shops, it was difficult not to treat ourselves too.

With the glorious sunshine we have had you may have treated yourselves already; if the prediction of a three month heatwave is true (fingers crossed!) then we will be needing plenty more to wear!

This week's top fashion picks has got lots of fantastic buys, you will want to buy all of it. We certainly do!

Enjoy xxx

TOPSHOP


topshop denim dress, denim pinafore dress, denim button down dress,
MOTO button front dress, £40
light denim dress
MOTO cut-out denim dress, £35
topshop white wrap dress, white wrap belt dress,
Judo wrap dress by Boutique, £85
cream long waistcoat, sleeveless cream jacket,
Premium belted jacket, £68
ikat print skirt, patterned mini skirt, topshop printed mini skirt,
Tile jacquard popper front skirt, £36
embroidered shorts topshop,
High-waisted embroidered shorts, £38
floral shirt tfnc
Etty blouse by TFNC, £30
grey denim shirt ladies,
Batwing cotton shirt by Boutique, £45
sister jane black lace dress
Lace lined dress by Sister Jane, £65
faux leather fringed jacket,
Fringed biker jacket by Glamorous, £40
black white print shirt, tfnc patterned blouse,
Etty button up blouse by TFNC £30
glamorous black white skater dress,
Printed skater dress by Glamorous, £30
yellow cropped jacket, bright yellow cropped blazer,
Cropped jacket, £49
white lace bardot style dress, white lace off shoulder dress,
Lace Bardot dress, £46
seventies style dress topshop, yellow flower off shoulder dress, yellow flower dress,
Floral print Bardot dress, £55
orange off shoulder dress
Embroidered Bardot dress, £50
glamorous black white flower dress, black white flower summer dress,
Fit and flare dress by Glamorous, £32
light blue sister jane top, pale blue blouse with white collar,
Oyster blouse by Sister Jane, £54
cape dress, oh my love cape dress, pink cape dress,
Crepe cape dress by Oh My Love, £42
jovonna black embroidered dress, black silk embroidered dress,
Adel embroidery silk dress by Jovonna, £69
white lace sundress, glamorous white sundress,
Lace trim sundress by Glamorous, £48
band of gypsies lace shorts, band of gypsies cream shorts,
Lace panel shorts by Band of Gypsies, £32
topshop grey duster coat, topshop grey jacket, topshop long grey jacket,
Storm flap duster, £45

ASOS


parka cape coat,
Parka cape, £65
pink jumpsuit, vero mode pink jumpsuit,
Vero Moda jumpsuit, £25
vila cream top, cream cami top, crochet cami top,
Vila crochet detailed cami, £18
river island belted jumpsuit, khaki belted jumpsuit,
Utility bandeau jumpsuit, £55
yellow belted dress
Vero Moda gathered waist detail dress, £40
sister jane silver skirt, silver skirt, glitter silver skirt,
Sister Jane glitter a-line skirt, £48
sister jane metallic dress, sister jane silver dress,
Sister Jane metallic rainbow dancer dress, £65
rat boa black crochet dress, rat boa black maxi dress,
Rat & Boa maxi lace crochet dress, £65
supertrash black fringe dress, black fringed midi dress,
Supertrash top in lace and velvet with fringing £60
super trash black kimono, black lace fringed kimono,
Supertrash fringed kimono in velvet, £90
free people pink dress, free people summer dress,
Free People slip dress in floral print, £78
abercrombie fitch boyfriend shirt, abercrombie fitch stripe ladies shirt, striped boyfriend shirt,
Abercrombie & Fitch striped boyfriend shirt, £44
coral stretch midi dress, coral bodycon midi dress, coral midi dress,
Midi dress with crepe drape, £28
green silk midi dress, green cross back dress,
Open cross back midi dress (also in other colour), £38
one shoulder jumpsuit
One shoulder jumpsuit, £45
gypsy black dress, off shoulder paisley dress,
Gypsy midi dress in paisley scarf print, £45
french connection printed trousers,
French Connection trouser in mosaic print, £70
free people embroidered cream dress
Free People victorian dress in floral embroidery, £148
striped maxi shirt dress, maxi shirt dress,
Shirt stripe maxi dress, £55
oysho white beach dress, oysho white sun dress,
Oysho lace trim beach dress, £39.99
chi chi white off shoulder dress, chi chi prom dress, white dress with blue edge,
Chi Chi London full midi prom dress with floral print, £50
soma crochet dress, soma london cream dress, cream crochet midi dress,
Soma London layered crochet dress, £150
black wrap jumpsuit, black culotte jumpsuit,
Jumpsuit with tuxedo wrap £45
dr denim black dunagrees
Dr Denim dungarees, £65
warehouse white cape jumpsuit, cape jumpsuit,
Cropped jumpsuit with cape back, £70
beige mac with belt
Mac with top stitch detail, £70
tahari silver dress, tahari necklace dress,
Tahari jacquard pencil dress with embellished necklace, £160
tahari coral dress, tahari dress gold belt,
Tahari prom dress in floral jacquard with belt, £145
khaki mac, khaki zip coat,
Mac with biker detail in skater fit, £65
blue lace flats, blue lace tie flats,
Lana lace up ballet flats, £25
gold lace up flats, new look gold flats,
New Look leather gladiator tie up flat sandals, £22.99

RIVER ISLAND


black culottes, smart black culottes, river island culottes,
Black smart culotte shorts, £35
river island white crochet dress,
White crochet lace t-shirt dress, £48
black zip jumper
Black long sleeve zip side top, £32
white sunglasses river island
White rubber chunky frame sunglasses, £10
white shirt dress river island
White midi shirt dress, £48

OASIS


oasis blue v neck dress
Tropez trimmed midi dress, £50

MANGO


mango white tassel dress
Flowy fringed dress, £39.99
grey fringed t shirt, mango fringed top,
Fringed t-shirt, £17.99
mango grey jumpsuit, linen jumpsuit,
Long linen-blend jumpsuit, £34.99
white peasant top, mango peasant top,
Lace textured blouse, £39.99

WAREHOUSE


warehouse black drape top, warehouse black wrap top,
Drape wrap front tunic, £34
warehouse white gypsy dress
White fringed gypsy dress, £35
warehouse green crochet dress, green crochet dress, warehouse green fringed dress,
Crochet fringed dress, £70

ZARA


zara gladiator sandal
Leather roman sandal, £29.99
zara white crochet dress
Crochet cape sleeve dress, £59.99
zara blue printed jumpsuit
Printed jumpsuit, £39.99
zara grey ripped jeans, zara distressed jeans,
Distressed jeans, £39.99
yellow zara jacket, yellow zara coat,
Long overshirt, £59.99
zara denim jacket,
Denim jacket, £29.99

H&M


white gold hm top, white top with gold necklace
Embellished necklace top (other colours), £29.99
hm white blue top
Sleeveless cotton blouse, £12.99
blue white leaf print shirt dress,
Long shirt dress, £24.99
hm black mesh dress
Fine knit dress, £19.99
hm white blue maxi dress
Long patterned dress, £14.99
cream gold neck top
Fine knit jumper, £24.99




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