Eating In // Orange- Walnut Flourless Spice Cake

This cake is spicy, sweet, and well worth the effort. Citrus is in season so you may as well take advantage of it. Bake it today and surprise someone. Happy baking!

  • 2 cups walnut flour 
  • 2 cups sugar + 1/2 cup (for oranges) 
  • 7 eggs 
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3 oranges 
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp honey 
For the glaze: 
  • 1 cup confectioner sugar
  • 3 tbsp or so heavy cream 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Start with the oranges,  cut them into pieces and toss them into a medium saucepan. Add 1/2 cup of sugar and a 1/2 cup of water and simmer, covered for 30 minutes. When the oranges are done, blitz them in a food processor until they are a rough paste; set aside. 
2. Using the food processor again, add 2 cups of walnuts and grind them until they are a fine meal. Don't grind them for too long or you'll end up with walnut butter :) 
3. Set the walnut flour in a small bowl and whisk it with the cinnamon and baking powder. 
4. Now, again, using the food processor, beat together the eggs, sugar, honey, butter, and vanilla until a nice cake batter is made. Gently and slowly add the walnut flour mixture. 
5. Pour the batter into two floured and buttered 9" cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes until set and golden. Whisk together the confectioner sugar and cream for a nice glaze to pour over the top. 

Recipe & Styling by: Megan Forbes
Photos & Styling by: Christina Hussey

DIY // Spoon Butter

I prefer to use wooden butcher blocks and spoons in my kitchen. As a result of continuous use, they get dried out. This can be easily solved with spoon butter. It's a mix of pharmaceutical grade mineral oil and beeswax. The mineral oil moisturizes the wood and the beeswax puts a slightly waterproof protective layer on it (until you wash it again). Treat wooden tools and cutting boards once a week for best results.

  • 1 oz beeswax (can be found at health food stores and Amazon)
  • 3 oz pharmaceutical grade mineral oil (you can find at Target, Walgreens, etc...)
  • 1 jar for storage
  1. If your beeswax is in a small block, cut it into small pieces before melting.
  2. Using a double boil method (heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water), melt the beeswax throughout.
  3. Add the mineral oil to the bowl - the beeswax will seize up so keep it over the heat until melted again.
  4. Pour the mixture in a jar. Allow to cool before use. The final product will have a butter-like consistency.

Recipe: Megan Forbes
Photos: Christina Hussey

DIY // Bronzing Oil

At this point, everyone is well aware that winter is here. Also at this point, my skin has reached the highest level of pastiness. Gone are the days of a warm summer glow and gently sun-kissed skin. If you feel like me, and just want a little color to get you through the winter, I have found the solution. It is very easy to make and I have seen similar products going for $40-which is definitely not what I spent on this. It is a simple mix of oils and brown/bronze pigment. If your skin doesn't respond well to oil, I'm certain the same method can be used with lotion. I prefer my skin moisturizers to be as pure as possible so I opted for almond oil and vitamin E which is supposedly so good for your skin. We're pretty flexible around here so feel free to experiment.

1/2 cup pure organic almond oil
1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
1 tsp brown pigment ( I used bareMinerals in Cashmere)
1/2 tsp gold pigment ( I used MAC in Gold Mode)

Simply mix all of the ingredients together. Add a little dab on your cheeks or apply to your arms and chest. A little bit goes a long way. I would let it soak in before putting clothes on, etc...

Recipe: Megan Forbes
Photos: Christina Hussey
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