Banana Layer Cake with Caramel Cream and Pecan

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What is a girl to do when winter throws a curve ball upon one's birthday? Well, one bakes your own d@mn cake. 

Last month Nemo, arrived right on time for my birthday (who's number shall not be named....). Rather than my usual carrot cake from Rosie's Bakery, I decided to whip my own up. The picture of this banana layer cake drew me in like a siren song on the Bon Appetit pinterest page (original recipe here).  I altered the frosting recipe heavily! Note, not letting your caramel cool enough before mixing in whip cream = recipe for disaster, take my word on this one. I hate when I get impatient and just don't follow the directions to a 'T'.

So when my cream separated and I had a goopy mess, I stopped mid pour with the banana caramel, salvaged what I could and turned to my fail safe cream cheese frosting. Daring though it was, I made a blizzard trip to the supermarket for some cream cheese. My advice, don't try to save calories by getting the low fat stuff. Mine, as you can tell from the photos, clumped up a bit and created a bumpy final coat for the frosting. I filtered my powdered sugar, cross my heart! 

I also substituted a maple liqueur for the rum, making sure to boil off the alcohol before pouring over the cake and keep baby friendly. All in all, the cake was just delicious. Like, epic delicious. So good, I am asking the chef at the site of my baby shower to recreate a version for my guests. I can also safely thank this cake for about 5 of the pregnancy pounds of I gained. And I wouldn't trade a delicious calorie. This is a cross between banana bread, caramel, and the most fabulous cake you have ever had. Make it.



Ibride: Keeping the Nursery Decor Cool


Ibride Bambi Console

Ibride Nimbus Cloud Shelf


Ibride Ostrich Lamp Console


Ibride Sultan Dog Stool


Ibride Junior Polar Bear Shelf


Ibride Angry Zhao Tray


Ibride El Querido Tray


Ibride Martial Tray



Seriously, how insane are these Ibride shelves and consoles? I am kind of a little over the faux antler baby decor, this however, is a fresh take on the animaux.

They work perfectly with Ibride's insanely cool tray series as well. I have a few in my kitchen, but I am suddenly itching for an addition to the nursery space as well. Mr. Mp ChouChou thinks they are supremely creepy. I think they are supremely cool. The question is, will they interest a wee tot, or scare them to bits? Probably best to stick with the shelving and a Lou Lou ghost chair or two....



Modern Love

Above: J Brand Mama J jeans, YSL boots (waaaay old, similar here), Forever 21 T-shirt, Jerome Dreyfuss tote, Reiss jacket (similar in black), Erickson Beamon (?) necklace x J Crew


Sorry another indoor shot while we brave what will hopefully be our last storm of the year this week~

I wore this ensemble out and about, on that fleeting spring like day we had last week, to the Veronica Beard trunk show at Viola Lovely. It was a gorgeous afternoon for a drive and well worth the trip up to the Wenham shop. The full fall collection from Veronica Beard was on view and ready for order. I personally gravitated towards some of the spring items, but failed to come away with any investment pieces. Surprise, surprise they also carry Nonoo, another fave of mine from this past Spring season.

Don't think I left Viola Lovely empty handed however, I did snag a KILLER pair of boots by Vic Matie (also available on ShopBop, though not in the style I picked up). Vac Matie is an Italian shoe maker, nary on my radar before the outing, but someone I'll definitely have my eye out for in the future. These boots are clearly made for walking, and that is my intention with them while in Paris next month. I picked up this cute tote from the Gap today to go along with the gold moto chic booties (friends and family extended one more day through today!). Now if I could just track down these Thierry Lasry sunnies, my Paris shopping, er packing list, would be off to near perfect completion.

Have a fabulous week!


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