GeneralGet Your Nom On: Cake in a Mug

I love cake.
 
Sprinkle cake, vanilla cake, lemon cake, chocolate cake, strawberry cake, butter cake, red velvet cake . . . deep breath . . . banana cake, poppyseed cake, rum cake, cheesecake, crumble cake, almond cake, layer cake, and well, pretty much any cake I can get my hands on.
 
I love cake so much that waiting the hour it takes to make it is just painful…or so I thought. That’s what I thought until I discovered the 
 
CAKE IN A MUG
 
 
And it takes no more than five minutes. Yeah, you heard me. Five minutes. All that deliciousness you see up there . . . you can make it and be eating it on the couch in the time it cakes for the commercials to be over. I’m pretty sure this stops just short of magic in my book.
 
Now, there are about a billion recipes for mug cake floating around the internet, and I’ve tried several at home in attempts to create the perfect one. While many were delicious and all were eaten, this recipe by Laine of It’s Just Laine has found its way into my mug and my mouth forever:
 
 
What You Need 

1 box angel food cake mix
1 box cake mix
2 boxes instant pudding mix  

What You Do 

1) Mix cake mixes and pudding together in a bowl until well blended. (Store unused mix in an airtight container…it’s a lot, so you’ll have dessert on standby for a while!)
2) Add 3 tbsp. mix to a cup and 2-3 tbsp. of desired liquid.  Mix well. 
3) Microwave for 1 minute and let cool. 
4) Top with whipped cream, ice cream, fruit, caramel, chocolate syrup . . .use your imagination!

The great thing about this recipe is that you can really play around with ingredients to create whatever kind of cake you like and add any toppings you want. If you’re feeling really domestic, you can even make a different flavor for all your friends or your family!
 
Tip for the lazy like me:  If your cake cravings are sometimes so intense that ripping open the plastic on the mix seems like an eternity, try this:  mix all the dry ingredients in a large Ziplock and store in your freezer. Whenever you feel the urge, simply pull out your favorite mug, add water, milk, coffee, etc., and cook! Ta-da!
 
P.S. Here are two more great recipes for cake in a mug:
 
(Pics courtesy of Babble, iVillage, Kirbie Cravings, and The Hidden Pantry.) 

ContestsName the Dress Contest #93!

The contest has ended. Be sure to enter again next week!

Winning Dress Name: Dotty or Nice

Winner: Jennifer

FashionStreet Style: Style X at SXSW

 
 
While in Austin, at Style X, I saw some rad street style that I had to photograph and post, just for you! These ladies (and a few gents) mixed prints, added just the right amount of studs and rocked cut-offs in perfect Austin spring style! These are my favorites and I hope you enjoy their awesome style as much as I did! Take a look below and make sure to tell me who your favorite was.
 
 
 
Anyday is the perfect day for denim cutoffs, especially when paired with dark tights.
 
 
A pop of color is perfect for this Spring. I especially love this neon lace dress on the left!
 
 
Denim vest and florals, denim-on-denim with nude shoes, perfection!
 
 Super sick studs, fringe, ripped tights and sequins for edgy looks. Love both of these outfits.
 
 
Hats, boots, and denim, oh my!
 
 
These guys have their own rad style. Shades, polished shoes and a touch of accessories.
 
 
Vintage inspired and edgy. Love the highwaisted shorts, body-con skirt and printed jumper.
 
 
 
Timeless black-on-black and layered jewelry.
 
 
 
Pretty prints and pops of color.
 
 
Wild animal prints leggings and print-mixing layers make these outfits fun and different.
 
 
Hope to see you and snap your street style at next years Style X!

 

ArtFashion Illustration by Niki Pilkington

 
Do you ever feel like this?
 
 
You obviously love fashion, right? Well why not amplify the goodness by gawking at these gorgeous illustrations by artist, Niki Pilkington. I’ve been gawking at them for weeks now and I’m loving the neon accents, girly prints (balloons, hurray!) and the adorable fashion. This UK-based artist touts clients including MTV, Sir Paul McCartney, and NYLON, and I’m ready to be next in line for one of her prints!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Attention Readers! Do you draw or illustrate? We would love to see your work and possibly feature it on our blog! Email sienna@lulus.com with images or a link to your work!

CelebrityIt Girl: Jennifer Lawrence



Sign: Leo

Status: Academy Award Nominated actress, superhero/villain, and star of The Hunger Games.

Serious Chops: She is the second youngest actress to ever be nominated for a Leading Actress Oscar (from her breakout role in last year’s Winter’s Bone). Did you see it? The girl earned it.

Love Triangles: Now she’s stuck between Gale vs Peeta, but who remembers Beast vs Magneto?

Feeling Blue:Donned some serious body paint to play Mystique in last year’s X-Men: First Class.

Currently: Hitting the promotion circuit hard for The Hunger Games, out tomorrow!!!








(Images courtesy of jennifer-lawrence.org)