Huckleberry’s Blueberry Cornmeal Cake

Huckleberry's Blueberry Cornmeal Cake I Adorned With Love

Los Angeles has no shortage of delicious restaurants, but if there’s one place I frequent more than any other, it’s Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe. My mom loves it just as much as I do, and she regularly finds excuses to “visit me” so we can catch up over their savory breakfast dishes, flavorful sandwiches, and incredible pastries (seriously, some of the best ever). Fortunately, Huckleberry owner Zoe Nathan recently compiled all of her secrets into a cookbook, and I pre-ordered a copy for each of us so that we could recreate some of Zoe’s magic at home (I figured this should hold us over between visits). We got together last week to bake their signature Blueberry Cornmeal Cake, one of our personal favorites. I wasn’t sure it was possible to capture the flavors quite like Zoe does, but it was just as delicious as the original. Each bite delivers a perfect harmony of flavors, and the cornmeal base balances the sweetness you might find in traditional cake mix, so it’s the perfect complement to your morning coffee.

Ingredients

3/4 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature
3/4 cup + 3 tbsp sugar, plus 1 tbsp for topping
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 eggs
4 1/2 tbsp canola oil
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup + 2 tbsp whole plain yogurt
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp ricotta
1 cup fresh blueberries (*Add 1-1/3 cups if you prefer more blueberries)

Instructions

1. Position a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line and grease a 10-in/25-cm round cake pan.
2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, 3/4 cup + 3 tbsp sugar, and salt on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Incorporate the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl well.
3. With the mixer on low speed, pour in the canola oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Pause mixing and add the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, yogurt, and ricotta. Mix cautiously, just until incorporated. Don’t overmix!
4. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan, top with blueberries, and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tbsp sugar. Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Do not overbake! Allow to cool for about 15 minutes in the pan.
5. Place a flat plate on top of the cake and pan. Carefully invert the cake onto the plate by flipping both upside down. Then lift the pan off the cake. Gently pull the parchment from every nook and cranny of the cake, being careful not to break the cake. Rest your serving plate on the bottom of the cake and turn the cake right-side up onto the plate.

*This cake is best served the day it’s made but keeps, tightly wrapped, at room temperature, for up to 2 days.

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Easy Like Sunday Morning

Casual Weekend Wear I Adorned With Love

Sweater: H&M, Tank: Bella Luxx, Jacket: Similar here, Jeans: Wellbinder, Shoes: Keds, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Bracelet: Madewell

This past weekend was unusually busy. I spent all day Saturday attending Create + Cultivate, a conference filled with an inspiring line up of speakers, ranging from fashion bloggers like Aimee Song, to Instagram celebrities like The Fat Jew (who by the way, is even funnier than his Instagram leads on, if that’s possible). It was incredibly energizing to hear the success stories of so many young entrepreneurs, but by the time the 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. event wrapped up, I was exhausted and couldn’t wait to get home, take off my heels and crawl into bed. I rarely wear heels for that length of time, so by the next morning, I couldn’t contemplate anything but sneakers. I pulled out my Keds and some stretchy denim for brunch on Sunday, and added a few relaxed layers on top. The light wash gives these jeans a casual feel that looks great with a loose sweater, so they’ve become a great option when I just want something with comfort and ease. Although I ordered them in my usual size, I love the idea sizing up for more of a “boyfriend” fit, too.

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One Of Those Dresses

Column Tank Dress by Bella Luxx I Adorned With Love

Dress: Bella Luxx c/o, Jacket: Sheinside c/o, Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden, Bracelet: Gorjana c/o, Lipstick: Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop in “Burgundy Berry,” Nail Polish: Essie in “Velvet Voyeur”

Finding floor length dresses that don’t scream “Jessica McClintock meets high school prom” can be a challenge, so when I find one that I like, I’m ecstatic. Bella Luxx recently came to the rescue with this gorgeous maxi dress. It’s even more elegant in person, and has already solved a number of my upcoming wardrobe dilemmas surrounding wedding season. I’ve been playing around with other ways to style it so I can maximize its wear; this time drawing inspiration from the python print by combining it with a leather jacket and mules for an edgier look. I’ve also been dressing it down with sandals for more casual occasions, like brunch and running errands. The styling options are endless, and because it’s timelessly elegant, I know it’s one of those dresses that can be worn for years to come.

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Coffee Gift Box

Coffee Gift Box I Adorned With Love

It’s been a while since my last DIY project, so I thought I’d cover something I recently put together that could serve as inspiration for a variety of occasions. I was excited to attend a bridal shower for my boyfriend’s sister over the weekend. One of the things she and her fiancé had registered for was a drip pot coffee maker. Even though receiving gifts from a registry is obviously welcomed, the gifting process has always seemed impersonal to me. The surprise element is essentially non-existent, so I wanted to add some additional items that felt a little more thoughtful and unexpected. I used a reusable wooden crate as the foundation, and centered the rest of the items around the drip pot to keep with the theme, including things like fresh biscotti and coffee beans from a nearby coffee shop, and monogrammed mugs for the bride and groom to be. Assembling the box was such a fun and easy process and could work for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to house warming gifts. Here’s what I used to make it:

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Spring Wish List

It’s the first week of March, and with daylight savings ahead this weekend, spring is officially around the corner. From beach days to al fresco dining, I can’t wait for longer days filled with endless opportunities to soak up the sun. Naturally, I’m dreaming of a wardrobe to go along, so I’ve turned to my favorite resource to gather some inspiration: Pinterest. I keep my fashion boards organized by season, so my Spring and Summer boards have been receiving extra attention lately. Fortunately one of my favorite retailers, ShopBop, is having one of their biggest sales of the year from now through March 7th, so I can put some of my inspiration into play without breaking the bank. Here are a few of the things on my Pinterest wish list (a couple of which are actually available on ShopBop):

Button Down Flannel  

Rails Button Down Flannel

When you think flannel, you might think fall, but flannels are a perfect transitional piece for spring. They can be thrown over dresses and shirts for an extra layer, and look great tied around your waist over a pair of denim shorts. I’ve mentioned my love for Rails flannels before, so I plan on adding some new patterns to my collection, including this one pictured above.

 

Distressed Denim Shorts

One Teaspoon Denim Shorts

Denim shorts are a must for spring and summer. I’ve owned a variety of styles throughout the years, but I’m especially partial to the distressed look lately. I love how relaxed and effortless they feel - exactly what warmer days are all about. One Teaspoon (pictured above) makes the best in my opinion.

 

Beach Cover Ups

Beach Cover Up

I’m admittedly lazy when it comes to what to wear over a bathing suit, but these adorable cover ups are motivating me to change that. And let’s be honest, they’re just plain easier than most alternatives.

 

Soft Leather Jacket

Leather Jacket With A Maxi Dress

Everyone knows leather jackets are a winter staple, but they’re just as appropriate in the spring. While I love a classic moto jacket, I tend to veer towards the softer, draped styles since they’re lighter in weight and can easily be thrown over a maxi or mini dress. I have one in black that I wear constantly, and I’m eager to add a lighter color that will complement the warmer seasons.

 

Romper

Black Romper

It doesn’t get easier than a romper, which is how I justify adding another to my ever-growing collection. There’s virtually no styling required because they always look simply chic on their own.

 

*If you plan on taking advantage of ShopBop’s sale, make sure to use code BIGEVENT15 at checkout!

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Coated Jeans And Cozy Sweaters

Black coated skinny jeans with a cozy sweater I Adorned With Love

Sweater: Urban Outfitters, Tee: Madewell, Jeans: DSTLD c/o, Boots: Steve Madden, Purse: JustFab, Bracelet: Madewell, Earrings: Madewell

I wasn’t kidding in last week’s post when I said I picked this shirt up in multiple colors. It’s the first thing I grab on the weekends lately, because it can be layered under almost anything, making it wearable no matter what the weather may bring. The temperature took a plunge this weekend, coupled with the most rain we’ve seen all year, so I layered this cozy sweater on top and brought out a new pair of coated denim jeans to embrace the chilly air. These are my first pair of coated denim (also known as “waxed denim”) and I’m thrilled to add them to my jean collection. They are a perfect balance between leather leggings and standard black skinny jeans, so they’re a great option if you’re looking for a little bit of edge while still playing it safe. Most of the coated denim I had tried in the past had an awkward fit, so I was convinced the material wasn’t flattering, but this pair by DSTLD proved me wrong. They’ve got just enough stretch to make them not only flattering, but so comfortable, too.

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Venice Canals

Amuse Society Sia Dress I Adorned With Love

Dress: Amuse Society (wearing this top underneath), Sandals: Seychelles, Bracelets: Gorjana & Madewell

Living in Los Angeles isn’t something I take for granted, but there are times that I forget just how close I am to some of the most beautiful neighborhoods. There is one in particular, known as the Venice Canals, that I always seem to overlook; not because it’s unworthy of being noticed, but because it’s peacefully tucked away from the heart of Venice Beach. It was modeled after Venice, Italy, and is lined with charming houses and bridges that connect each walkway. Because my boyfriend hadn’t been since he was little, we took a stroll through the neighborhood, stopping to admire the gorgeous gardens, quaint houses, and colorful boats. I had been at night for their annual boat parade, but catching it at sunset this time made it all the more magical. Amuse Society Sia Dress I Adorned With LoveAmuse Society Sia Dress I Adorned With LoveAmuse Society Sia Dress I Adorned With LoveVenice Canals, Los AngelesAmuse Society Sia Dress I Adorned With LoveAmuse Society Sia Dress I Adorned With Love

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Closet Contentment

Destroyed Denim I Adorned With Love

Tee: Madewell, Jeans: Rag & Bone, Boots: Steve Madden, Purse: Old Navy (similar here, here here), Belt: Madewell, Bracelet: Madewell

I occasionally go through periods where I feel I’m lacking certain pieces in my wardrobe. Usually it’s items that are trending in magazines or blogs, but recently it’s been more classic pieces for me; destroyed denim, a black belt, some substantial leather ankle boots, a basic v-neck tee. These are items that I know I’d wear often, but until now, I had yet to find my ideal version of each. I browsed countless retailers and finally found these pieces, and I’m so happy with each. I even went back to buy this tee in three different colors, I love it so much. It may not last long, but I finally feel content with everything in my closet. Investing in classic pieces always seems to leave me feeling that way.

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Black & White Stripes

Striped Tee I Adorned With Love

Tee: Brandy Melville, Jacket: Zara (similar here and here), Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here), Purse: Old Navy (similar here & here), Bracelets: Madewell, Sunglasses: CRAP Eyewear

On those days where I’m struggling to put an outfit together, there are a few looks I tend to default to. They usually consist of something easy, like a romper or dress if the weather permits. But lately if I have to wear jeans, it’s going to be these. They’re the most comfortable pair of denims I’ve ever owned, so I have no guilt about wearing them as often as I do. And they go with everything, so finding a matching top is effortless. I opted for the ultimate classic look last weekend with a jean jacket, striped tee and some slip-on sneakers since I knew I’d be doing a lot of walking. My boyfriend and I spent the day in East LA, which I’ll pretend was filled with cultural and educational exploration, but our primary motive was to try these. Making our way across town was a bit stressful, but I can’t think of a better payoff after trekking through LA traffic. Can you?

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Bundled In The Rain

Cozy turtleneck sweater I Adorned With Love

Turtleneck: Bella Luxx (also available here), Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, Boots: Steve Madden, Purse: JustFab

I used to be strongly opposed to turtlenecks. I couldn’t shake the notion that they were dorky, and the high neckline made me feel claustrophobic. Fast forward ten years, though, and I’ve got a whole new attitude. The loose, slouchy fit of this one keeps it far from being dorky or claustrophobic, and it could not be softer. After a long dry spell, LA finally got some rain this past weekend, so I pulled this cozy outfit together for a walk to a nearby coffee shop.

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