It feels great to get back to sharing some recipes on the website! It’s been almost one year since we moved into our new home and the kitchen has been on standby for just about 6 months. It was pretty basic, there wasn’t even a counter… but now we have a beautiful one (thanks to the French Vikings)! By the way, would you like to get a quick tour of my home?
Anyways, that’s kind of been my excuse for not cooking… plus, my other half is like Mr. Kitchen Macgyver. With only some rice, three vegetables, a bouillon cube, and some spices, he becomes Alain Ducasse (oh yeah), so I haven’t really even wanted to make any efforts. I’m making a lot of excuses today, aren’t I?
The new Bee My Baby collection is the perfect chance to get back into the kitchen… plus we came up with a new stylish cake inspired by our latest mimosa motif! This sponge cake is inspired by light and fluffy angel food cake, iced with butter cream to even out the lightness of the cake! You may also make a lighter frosting with cream cheese for a zero-guilt (or almost) desert… here’s the recipe!
To make the Angel Cake you’ll need:
100 g of four
50 g of Maizena
130 g of sugar
1 packet of vanilla flavored sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Sift flour, baking powder and cornstarch. Add the finely grated lemon zest. Now separate the egg whites from the yolks. Whip the yolks and half of the sugar until they fade color-wise and double in size! Then whip the egg whites until peaks form with a pinch of salt and slowly add in the rest of the sugar, as well as the vanilla flavored sugar. Continue beating the batter: it should become shiny and stick up on the whisk. Now, add in the egg yolks carefully and delicately fold in the flour! Pour the batter into a buttered bundt pan, then cook for 40 minutes. Take the cake out of the oven and let cool in it’s pan until setting it on a rack.
The lemon curd:
– 4 medium sized lemons
– 150 g of sugar
– 3 eggs
– 1 tbs of Maïzena
Wash the lemons and finely grate the peel to ’zest’ two of them. Add zest to a pan with juice from the lemons (that you have already taken the seeds out of). Pour in sugar and cornstarch, stir and cook on low heat, stirring from time to time. Beat the eggs in another bowl and add lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch and zest to the eggs, mixing it all well together. Pour the mix into the pan and cook on high heat, continually stirring with a whisk. The mix should start to thicken. When it becomes thoroughly mixed and pasty, the lemon curd is ready. Let cool and keep in the fridge while preparing the frosting.
200g high quality butter
400g powdered sugar
60ml f milk
2 tbsp vanilla extract
Set out the butter to soften to room temperature. Sift the powdered sugar into a bowl and mix the milk and vanilla extract in a different bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add half of the powdered sugar and beat for 2 minutes. Add the milk/vanilla mix, continue mixing together and add the rest of the sugar. Beat the mix for another 10 minutes, slowing the mixer down to minimum speed one minute before the end.
To frost the angel food cake, cut it in half length wise and spread the lemon curd on top. This will give a lovely lemony flavor! Then, frost the cake with the buttercream or cream cheese using a spatula: I found this great tutorial on Oh Happy Day. Lastly, decorate with mint leaves and little sugar beads! Ta-Da and enjoy!
See you tomorrow for a new chapter on nice people! Can’t wait to share it with you…
As you may already know, the new Wear Lemonade collection is out! It’s inspired by sunny days, mimosas and bees (of course)! I couldn’t miss out on this opportunity to create a paper bee to decorate your wall or desk… And the lovely Julie came up with a great idea: it can also go on a baby mobile. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, you can also give it as a gift, saying “bee my valentine”… Anyways, you get the idea, this bee is super useful! I’ve wanted to make bugs out of paper for a while now, after seeing Zim and Zou’s and Assembli’s amazing kits. This collection is just the perfect chance to make some! Don’t worry, it’s pretty easy to put together, and I promise that after this, making things out of paper will be simple for you. I’ll let you get to it, hugs and kisses!
I suggest printing the pattern out on thick, white paper for the black parts and to cut them out without tracing them on another piece of paper.
Thick, colored paper (we used some from Clairefontaine),
Scotch glue, in the green tube
A small ruler
An exacto knife
A pair of scissors.
Print and cut all the patterns out of colored paper, being careful of the number written on each part.
Using an exacto knife and ruler, trace all the folding lines with the back of the blade (the fold lines are indicated on the patterns).
Now fold all your lines! Glue the D and E cut-outs together. The E part has a hole so that you can hang your bee to a wall by sliding the nail head through it. If you don’t plan on hanging it on a wall, you can cut the D part nine times instead.
Put glue on the first two tabs and glue them to the following section. Wait a few minutes for them to dry and glue the next tabs together to hold the two sections together!
Keep doing this and the bee’s body should start to take shape. Don’t forget to assemble the E part with the rest of the body. The hole on this part will help you hang your bee on a nail in a wall. To finish off the bee’s body, glue the A and G cutouts to the edges.
Let’s move on to the F part! Follow the same pattern as the bee’s body. I suggest putting four sections of one part together and four sections of another together, then slide them together and glue. Don’t forget to close off the shape by gluing the C part!
Let’s finish it off with the bee’s head (H). Once that’s done, most of the work is done! Glue the tabs to each other and the head will start to take shape, finish off with the B cutout to close off the volume.
Bravo! Pat yourself on the back and take a snack break!
Using the cutouts of the bee’s stripes, trace folding lines if you haven’t already. Fold and make sure that the folds line up with the bee’s shape! All you have left to do is glue them to the body! I suggest gluing the ends of the stripes next to the side that has a hole. You won’t see this side as much, so don’t worry if the stripes don’t line up exactly!
Now fold the two circles that serve as the bee’s eyes and glue them on top of it’s head.
Glue the body, abdomen and head together!
Fold the heart in half, which’ll go on the bee’s abdomen and will hold the wings in place.
Glue together the large wings on the the little ones, lining them up on the red mark indicated on the pattern.
Now attach your wings to the heart, angling them however you like.
Finish it off by gluing the heart to the abdomen and ta-da! Now you just have to find a place for your new friend!
Tomorrow is February 14th and our newest collection will be out, inspired not by love but by friendship with a capital F.
Each collection is inspired by many things: Justine, Alexandra’s flowing hair, Maria’s tenderness, my dear sister, Charlotte’s derriere, the gap between Marilou’s teeth, my Aunt’s words, Aurélie’s blond locks, Laure’s obsession with the seventies, Maeva’s passion, my mother’s love for leopard print, Maya’s perseverance, Mai’s colors, Anne’s willpower, Fanny’s joie de vivre, Lily’s chic sense of humor, my niece’s innocents and Julie’s perfect red lips.
All these women inspire my day to day life, whether they like it or not. They are my inspirations, they influence my drawings, the stories I tell.
I started to think about this collection when my best friend, Justine, moved to Italy. She is my sunshine, strong and fearless! I think of her as my sister. We didn’t grow up together, but there are so many things that she knows about me and only she knows. When I met her for the first time, 8 years ago, it was like love at first sight. She was so bubbly, lovely, and funny. After just a few minutes, we were frustrated by the same things, casting mischievous glances at each other… Boom, then it happened, the people around us ceased to exist. She inspired me to take on the world, and same as with my husband, she’s one of the people that encourages me and inspires me simply by existing. All the times that I didn’t listen to her and did what I wanted, I regretted it. Justine knows a lot about some things that I don’t.
You might say that she looks like Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Portman or Keira Knightley, but in the end, she just looks like herself, like all these other unforgettable women. I think that in the end, when designing a collection, a great goal to have is to leave nobody indifferent! Designing this collection inspired by her, with bees from her childhood and mimosa from mine, colors from dreamy Italy and lovely retro designs. And as always, the cuts are flattering for all shapes and sizes to celebrate our differences.
When I show my sketches to Laure, who adds the finishing touches, I always wait for her to say, “this is so Fanny or Maria”, or “this piece is going to be your favorite”, or even “I want this in every color!”.
That’s how we work! Then Maria gets involved and points us in the right direction; which fabric is best, which color would look great. She reminds us why our collection is good, the fact that we make less and less compromises, that we’re trying to use more bold colors and forgotten styles, to invent patterns that I hope are original. Everyone in the Studio adds their two cents, fighting for their ideas. It’s like a dance, a passionate conversation, that I think is actually a lot of fun because in the end, that’s what it’s all about. Everyone’s passion for our work and jobs.
This doesn’t just belong to me, it belongs to all these ladies. Even if I play the role of a conductor, nothing makes me prouder than to see my team get excited about getting the new collection, just as much or more than me. Everything has a new meaning!
I think that today, we’re not only making fashion available, but the possibility to make it. Make with a capital M. If we ever have the time, desire, motivation, we too can make this lovely skirt in every color you can imagine. I realized not too long ago that it’s not just about clothes, it’s a promise. The promise that one day we’ll get to it, or at least try, that we’ll start sewing or start our own thing, that we’ll leave everything to live in a different country, to pave our own way with or without someone by your side…
Feeling that one’s never really be alone, despite the distance or passing time, you’ll always be “your bee’s baby”…
Photos by Laurence Revol <3, make up by Laurence Maestrello. Thank you to the entire Lemonade Studio for making this possible and to all these lovely Lemonade Lovers for posing for us on a rainy Saturday!