Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Outfits are for Outings: Sept. 17th

Saturday was my little brother's birthday party. 
He is turning 9 years old next week, but we celebrated a bit early.

 Any excuse to put on your party dress and eat cake, right? 

In case you are wondering, there  are sixteen years between us!
I'm turning 25 this November.

Sweater: Cable and Gauge

Tights: Betsey Johnson (2-Pack)
Boots: Banana Republic, Thrifted
(Buffalo Exchange--Brooklyn, NY)

By the way, do yourself a favor and make this
Apple Spice Cake from Martha Stewart.
My cousin found this recipe the morning of the party.
Just by going to google.
And. It. Was. There.are.no.words.

Apple Spice Cake


  • 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 to 4 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (3 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped assorted nuts, such as pecans and walnuts (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Nonstick cooking spray with flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Working over a large sheet of parchment paper, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; gather sifted ingredients into center of sheet; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine vegetable oil, sugar, and eggs; mix on high speed until lemon yellow.
  4. Fold reserved parchment in half lengthwise; with mixer on medium speed, gradually shake in dry ingredients until just incorporated.
  5. Add apples and, if desired, nuts, to batter; mix to combine. Add vanilla, mixing until incorporated.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 75 to 90 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, and cool slightly on a wire rack.

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