Friday, December 2, 2011

Pink & Gold Holiday Party Inspiration + Mini Chocolate-Coconut Pink Cakes

IMG_0470.PNG hosting holiday parties!! Everybody is always so festive and you can go bananas on the glitter and details for the soiree! Pink and gold decor has been on my mind lately... now Martha makes it looks as always chic and fabulous!... and how about those mini pink coconut cakes, out of this world!!

Are you hosting any holiday party this year?

Here is the recipe for the mini chocolate cakes:


* makes 20

- For the Cake

* Vegetable oil cooking spray
* 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
* 1/2 cup almond flour
* 1 1/2 cup sugar
* 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
* 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
* 3/4 tsp baking powder
* Coarse Salt
* 1/3 cup vegetable oil
* 3/4 cup sour cream
* 3/4 cup warm water
* 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Generously coat two 6-compartment non-stick sphere=shaped silicone molds ( you can also do it in muffin tins) with cooking spray, and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet.
2. Sift flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and 3/4 tsp slat into a bowl of a mixer. Beat in oil, sour cream, warm water, egg, and egg yolk with mixer on low speed. Continue to beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
3. working in batches, divide batter among molds (3 tbsp each). bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until toothpick inserted into center of each comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
4. Let cakes cool in molds set on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife around edges of each cake to remove from molds. Let cakes cool completely on rack.

-For Almond Syrup


* 1/4 cup water
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1/2 tsp pure almond extract

1. Heat water and sugar in small saucepan over high heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Stir in almond extract.
2. Brush cakes with warm almond syrup. Let stand for 15 minutes.

-For the Frosting

* 3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp sugar
* 1/3 cup water
* 1 tbsp light corn syrup
* 3 large egg whites, room temperature
* 1/2 tsp pure almond extract
* Gel paste food coloring in red or pink
* 2 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

1. Bring 3/4 cup sugar, the water, and corn syrup to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until a candy thermometer reaches 230*.
2. Meanwhile, whisk egg whites to soft peaks with a mixer on medium-high speed. Whisk in remaining tablespoon sugar.
3. Once syrup reaches 230*, immediately pour it down sides of bowl in a slow, steady stream with the mixer on medium-low speed. Raise speed to medium-high. Beat until cooled and stiff, but not dry, peaks forms, about 5 minutes. Add almond extract and 1 drop food coloring. Continue to beat for 1 minute.
4. Frost cakes using a small offset spatula, then coat each with coconut.

...and voila, you have fabulous pink chocolate-coconut mini cakes!

{Images and recipe scanned and edited by myself from Martha Stewart Living December 2011}


Anna - Canoe Design said...

Love the combination of the blush pink and classy!
That cake recipe looks going to have to try that one for sure! And the finished product looks like a little bit of heaven...YUMM!!!

Darla said...

So gorgeous!! I can't wait to have a pink Christmas!

Macy said...

So fierce. I love that gold wire necklace!

Zoe @ The Chic Classmate said...

stunning photos!!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Must have pink tree!!!!!!

Charlotta Ward said...

How gorgeous!
I too adore the Holiday season with all the parties and fun.
The colour theme and sparkle here today is fabulous. Would love to step into these images!

x Charlotta
Space for Inspiration

Veronica of Best of Palm Beach Consignment said...

Oh I love the look of the two colors. At first when I read the header I was not too sure. Very cute.

LadyLiza said...

I bet you could get that color without icky food dyes. Try beets! You only need the tiniest amount of liquid, I bet it wouldnt even change the taste!
Love the recipe!

la petite fashionista said...

i love this combo for the holidays! i think its fun to step outside of the traditional/expected red/green/gold!

Ambyr said...

I love the pink and gold look. I wouldn't have thought of it myself, but it looks so romantic and festive.


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