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Birthday Cake

RG-6091 Around here, we're big fans of all the original birthday traditions. It seems like we're supposed to care less and less about birthdays as we get older, but we're not on board with that. Presents? Yes. Beautiful gift wrap? Obviously. Balloons, flowers, decorations? Check, check, and check. And the best part of all, the ultimate reason to celebrate any occasion: the cake.

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Showing up to a birthday party, or even just a friend's doorstep, with a homemade birthday cake in hand is one of the best birthday surprises we can think of. It's thoughtful and sweet, and chances are you'll be sticking around long enough to sneak a slice yourself! Cupcakes are great and ice cream is always a good idea, but there's nothing quite like a beautiful slice of cake. This week, we're craving the classic Birthday Cake from the Theo Chocolate cookbook - now all we need is a friend with an April birthday!

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Theo Chocolate Birthday Cake:

Makes one 9-inch layer cake

  • 3 cups (13&1/2 ounces) cake flour
  • 1&3/4 cups (12&1/4 ounces) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1&3/4 cups (3&1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 eggs

For the frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons very hot water
  • 3 tablespoons (2/3 ounce) cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups (13&1/2 ounces confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 9 ounces Theo 70 percent dark chocolate, melted and cooled (but still liquid)
  1. To make the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour 2 (9-inch) baking pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Set the pans aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda on low speed to blend the ingredients, about 15 seconds. Add the butter, buttermilk, and vanilla, and mix on low speed until the wet and dry ingredients combine, about 30 seconds. Scrape the bowl and paddle, and mix on medium-high speed for 1 full minute. Scrape the bowl, add the egg yolks, and mix on medium-high speed for 30 seconds to blend and aerate the batter. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing on medium-high speed for 30 seconds between additions. Finally, mix the batter on medium-high speed for one minute. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans, and bake until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean, about 35 minutes.
  3. Cool the cakes in the pans on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cakes from the pans, peel off the parchment paper, and let them cool completely before making the frosting.
  4. To make the frosting, in a small bowl, whisk together the water and cocoa powder until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  5. Clean the stand mixer bowl, then cream the butter on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the confectioners' sugar and beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Scrape the bowl, add the vanilla, salt and cocoa powder paste, and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium-high and whip the frosting until soft and creamy, about another minute. Make sure the melted chocolate is still liquid, but no longer warm to the touch. Add it and whip on medium-high speed until thick and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Use right away.
Los Angeles Holiday Premiere

Messhall Ghost Media-3874 This weekend we were thrilled to kick off the holiday season with our annual Holiday Premiere event at our LA location! Is there any better way to start the season than a night of holiday shopping, cocktails, delicious treats, and music?

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Now that our store has been transformed into a winter wonderland, we couldn't wait to share it with you! With the help of our amazing vendors and friends, we enjoyed a wonderful evening of holiday cheer.

The beautiful Kara Elise mixed up some gorgeous cocktails with ingredients by Health-Ade Kombucha, Kimo Sabe Mezcal, and Farmbox. Our favorite was the "Autumn Donkey," a mix of Pink Lady Apple kombucha, rosemary, cinnamon, and mezcal - a combination that created a perfectly "adult" apple cider for a chilly Fall evening.

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We were also lucky to have our friend Anne Sage, author of Sage Living: Decorate for the Life You Want, join us to sign copies of her beautiful book. If you haven't picked up a copy for yourself yet, it just might make for the perfect early Christmas present to yours truly!

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Of course, the best part of an event are the treats! With delicious food from our neighbors Stir Market and decadent desserts from Sweet & Divine by Emmaline, it was hard to choose a favorite. If you are looking for catering for a holiday party, we highly recommend these two!

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A huge thank you to everyone who came and celebrated the season with us, and to all of our amazing vendors! We couldn't imagine starting the holidays any other way.

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Photo: Jessica Castro

Photo: Jessica Castro

Photo: Jessica Castro

Photo: Jessica Castro

Photo: Jessica Castro

Photo: Jessica Castro

Photo: Jessica Castro

Thanks again to all of our vendors and sponsors who made this event amazing!

FARMBOX LA | SWEET + DIVINE BY EMMALINE | GYPSY EATS | ENVI LOUISE’S HATS | NANCY YUAN JEWELRY | SPECIALTY DRY GOODS MARVY LIFE | HULMA JEWELRY | JOICO | GOOD BITES DARLING MAGAZINE | HEALTH-ADE KOMBUCHA | PROYO |  STIR MARKET | ICELANDIC GLACIAL WATER |BABYGANICS | CODED PR AG STANDARD ALMONDS | I HEART KEENWAH | BONNE O | KIMO SABE MEZCAL & more!

Designing a Harvest Table
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The harvest season has always been a source of great inspiration for us. With fall products going out in stores over the next couple of weeks we are eagerly awaiting the season and hopefully a climate change! To kick off the season we are sharing a few fall tabletop ideas with you.IMG_6636IMG_6635 IMG_6632-1IMG_6633Our newly remodeled pantry area and stunning new products such as our aged turkish cutting boards, glassware and graphic serving bowls adorned the event perfectly! With gourmet appetizers from our friends at The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, cocktails and a homemade cake we had all the right ingredients for a dinner party!  We decorated the center of the table with a faux succulent garland that we made entirely out of pieces found in our stores. Creating your own is simple just ask any of our sales reps to help you put one together. We topped off the centerpiece with our pillar mission candles and tea lights in some of our favorite small containers.IMG_6638

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Designing your own harvest table is fun and it’s easier than you’d think! So join us and be inspired!IMG_6634

 

L.A. Holiday Premier
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Holiday PremierBeautiful holidays greens, glittering ornaments, and picturesque winter landscapes…the holidays have arrived at our Los Angeles store!

Of course that means we had to throw a party to celebrate! Our L.A. Holiday Premiere was a hit complete with gourmet appetizers featuring our favorite pantry product lines. Guests enjoyed first pick of our gorgeous seasonal décor and gift items while mingling and having a treat or two from our cake plates and dessert trays.

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Congrats to our visual team and interns for creating such stunning seasonal displays. You constantly amaze us with your creativity!!

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Holiday Premier6 Holiday Premier12Creative director Angela Hicks and owner Greg Salmeri were on hand at the Holiday Premiere to greet guests and toast the occasion!

We invite you to come visit one of our three store locations to see the beautiful store transformations for yourself. From all of us at Rolling Greens, we wish you a warm and bright holiday season!! Cheers!