I’m not really a Winter person.Well I’m not sure if anyone is!Sure I love the leap into New Year, making exciting plans about the months ahead, dreaming about new destinations to visit and goals I would like to achieve. But the fact that the nature is still dormant and the nights come way too early,and are way too long,makes me want to curl up under the quilt and wake up in the Spring!
March makes me happier. It makes me excited. Everyday I’m on the outlook for the first blossoms, and although I know it will take some time until I’ll sit down in the garden,swinging my bare feet and warming my face in the sun, I can feel that Spring is finally in the air!
But I decided to learn to be patient(no,it’s not easy!!!) and to accept the world the way it is(not easy either),not to hate this the least likeable season, indulge myself in the cosiness and try to find a way to fight the winter blues.
I was fed up with early evenings and long nights so…..I lit the candles around the house and cooked special dinners to celebrate this time we could spend together.
I couldn’t stand the cold weather and gloomy days so I baked, I experimented more in the kitchen and I added chocolate to almost everything. Well, chocolate always helps! I missed the light that would allow me to take pictures all day long, and somehow I lost the inspiration, so I redecorated the studio to breath new life into it, and into me.
Oh,how it helped! Sometimes, the simplest things, like changing the colour of the wall, works it’s magic and injects inspiration you’ve been looking for and suddenly you can’t help but spend all day with a camera in your hand.
Huge thank you to the Pixers team to help me choose the perfect design of this Pixerstick that turned my boring studio into a beautiful creative space and made me believe that redecorating can be easy, hassle and mess free.It’s far the most favourite wall in my house!What’s even better,I can always peel it off and stick it on another wall in the house!(Yes it’s a sticker!How cool is that!)
So now LET’S EAT THE CAKE!
For the base:
- 300g self raising flour(preferably self rising fine sponge flour)
- 350ml natural yoghurt(room temperature)
- 100g cane caster sugar
- 2 eggs(room temperature)
- 125g butter,melted and cooled
- 6 tablespoons cacao powder
- 60g sugar
- 250ml mascarpone
- 2 TBSP cocao powder
- 40g dark chocolate, chopped