6/07/2020

Fanta cake

Fanta cake
It has such a name because for the jelly topping we have to use Fanta orange juice.

For the sponge I used 4 eggs, 8 tablespoons of caster sugar, 5 tablespoons of all purpose flour, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 100 ml sun-flower oil (this is about 3 tbs), 1 tea-spoon of baking powder, essence of rum.

For the cream cheese use: 500 g cottage cheese (not salty), 7 tablespoons of powdered sugar, 200g of unsalted butter, vanilla.

For the Fanta jelly you need: 70 g of vanilla pudding powder, 6 tablespoons of caster sugar, 1000 ml of Fanta, and optionally, for a stronger flavour, some orange zest. You may use natural orange juice instead of Fanta, but then, the name of this cake would be different :)

Method of preparation :

Firstly, preheat the oven at about 180 Celsius degrees and the prepare the baking pan you need, a square, round or rectangular one, lined with baking paper (I used a round baking pan with detachable walls of  28 cm diameter. Any pan you may use, it needs to have detachable walls for the orange jelly). Mix the eggs well at high speed, then add sugar and go on with mixing until the composition looks creamy. Then add one by one the other ingredients mixing at low speed the oil, baking powder, rum essence, cocoa powder and finally the flour.

When everything is well mixed put the composition in the formerly prepared tray and leave it in the oven for about 40 minutes. It is ready when you insert a toothpick in it and it comes out dry. When the sponge is ready get it out from the oven and from the baking pan, paying attention not to tear it, and let it aside, in the same pan, to cool down.

The cream preparation: mix the butter with the powdered sugar and vanilla sugar (or essence) until everything becomes a fluffy cream then add the cottage cheese (or any cheese you like, you can also use mascarpone and I'm sure it would be much better that way). Mix at medium speed until the cheese is well incorporated in the cream then leave it in the fridge or in a cool place.

The jelly: put the vanilla pudding powder in a kettle and mix it with about 100 ml of Fanta. The remaining 900 ml, together with the sugar goes to a pot on the cooker, at medium heat until the juice starts to boil and the sugar dissolves completely. Then pour the pudding powder from the kettle over the boiling Fanta syrup and stirr continuously until the jelly thickenes. Then set aside to cool down.

 Then set the cake: spread the cream form the fridge on the sponge and level it. The pour the Fanta jelly and level it well. Leave the cake in the fridge or in a cool plave for at least 5 hours, but better overnight. When you serve, cut the cake into smaller portions. It is fluffy and tasty, and if you are asking me, it is one of the best cakes I have ever eaten.

If you want to see how to do it, I recommend you a video on youtube. It is not my channel and the recipe is a little bit different, but you have English subs, so you can better understand how the Fanta cake must be prepared.

Enjoy!











3/09/2019

Why I like blue jeans

Why I like blue jeans
A long lasting piece of clothing in your wardrobe should be the blue jeans. First of all, I don't know if you noticed, jeans fit any woman, and transforms an unhappy backside, into some appetizing curves, perfectly fits any kind of body and brings advantages to any type of figure. In addition, jeans can be worn on any occasion, on a trip, in the mountains, in the countryside, at home, at work, at the market, at a party. Yes, guess what, jeans are a very versatile piece of clothing and suitable for absolutely any occasion you want and I think you know that. Or don't you? :)

Maybe I'm not going to wear them on a wedding celebration or some other kind of fancy party, but at a cocktail party why not wear a pair of elastic jeans with sequins or rhinestones? Or simply a pair of very elegantly tailored jeans? Not to mention that jeans can be worn by anyone, at any age. I like both your kid going to school every year and the grey-haired businessman who's tired of everyday office outfits.

Once upon a time, more than a hundred years ago, jeans were meant for those who worked on the plantations and there were only jeans in that blue color, specific to them. Not any other piece of clothing did have that color. By the way, did you know that that shade was discovered by chance? Indigo blue was a hard color to stabilize and at one point, the one who colored the jeans, happened to no longer have a color stabilizer and left the paint like that. It was immediately noticed that the jeans from the dock painted without stabilizer faded with each wash and even by wearing, but with time it became an appreciated feature of these trousers, and sometimes it was even a clue that the jeans were "original" and not fake. Anyway, some decades ago there were factories in theEastern Europe that produced jeans-like trousers. They were much like blue jeans, but were not blue jeans.

When the people saw that jeans are very long lasting, the demand increased and they quickly became an indispensable piece of clothing in any man's wardrobe. If I kept all the pairs of jeans, skirts, dresses and shirts I wore over time, I wouldn't have enough of a closet to store them. And because we keep talking about jeans, I would like to wear an elegant pair of jeans at the next party. Oh well, I've never been an old-fashioned woman and I'm not going to be now.

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2/23/2019

Fashion styles - the mermaid evening gown

Fashion styles - the mermaid evening gown

As every woman I always want to look very good, though especially on a some occasions. One of the most fashionable forms of dresses today is the mermaid dress. Here I must say my body is not at all fit for a mermaid dress, still I would like to tell a few things about it, because it is one of the most beautiful dress shapes, and because many brides want such a wedding gown for their party. The problem is, as I have already suggested: do all women have the right body for this dress to fit perfectly?

Unfortunately, it is one of the most difficult dresses to wear. First of all, this shape is suitable only for women who have an hourglass silhouette, because the mermaid dress is draped over the body and only from below the knee it becomes flared. The proportionality between the thighs, waist and hips is essential for this type of dress to attract, to fit perfectly, to give the impression of a mermaid to the woman who wears it.

The woman with the hourglass silhouette has rather rounded shapes of the breast, hips and body, generally speaking. She has breasts, protruding hips and thighs, though she has a thin waist, located exactly halfway between the maximum width areas of the chest and hips. Exactly looking like an hourglass. This figure is, unfortunately, quite rare, most women can be placed within two body shapes: with higher body weight in the lower half of the body - pear-shaped figure, or with too large breasts and shoulders too wide relatively to the hips - apple-type figure. The mermaid dress, however, fits well with the pear silhouette, but if the woman is filiform, with a poorly contoured waist, small breasts and teenage hips, the mermaid dress will be a disaster for her. Moreover, overweight women should avoid this type of dress, which severely highlights the roundness of the body, and is definitely not desirable if we have more extra pounds.

Today this shape of the body is no longer fashionable, the canons suggesting that the weak woman is desired, with a youthful look, without pillows but with her ribs and collarbone relatively well highlighted under the skin. That's why the examples I found to illustrate the hourglass silhouette refer to two celebrities from other times, namely Mae West and Raquel Welch, American actresses from the '30s and' 60s, respectively.

And if you really want such a dress, but you don't know if it suits you, then try it. And if it doesn't catch you, even if you fall in love with the mermaid dress, you may be aware that another style is suitable for your body. Next time, the princess dress

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