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AQUARIUS BIRTHDAY POST & RECIPE: CHOCOLATE BUCKWHEAT CREPE CAKE W/ PEANUT BUTTER CREME & POMEGRANATES

AQUARIUS BIRTHDAY POST & RECIPE: CHOCOLATE BUCKWHEAT CREPE CAKE W/ PEANUT BUTTER CREME & POMEGRANATES

Chocolate Buckwheat Crepe Cake w/ Peanut Butter creme & pomegranates for Aquarius #foodbmars #gluten-free lactose-free
Chocolate Buckwheat Crepe Cake w/ Peanut Butter creme & pomegranates for Aquarius #foodbmars #gluten-free lactose-free

Aquarius

January 20 - February 18

FIXED AIR SIGN

RULING PLANET: URANUS

COLOR: SKY BLUE

KEYWORDS: Original, Independent, Progressive

The zodiac's trend-setters, Aquarians are unique and are ones to watch. Their intellectual mentality coupled with their independent spirit is the cause. They are often studiers of human nature, with a weak spot for humanitarian activities. While sometimes seeming detached, this is so Aquarians don't get too caught up in the nitty gritty and can rise above emotional ties, leaving them free to think and tap into a keen intuition. They are friendly, helpful, and are able to adapt to a group fairly quickly.

Aquarians need to be free, even rebellious at times. They are always one step ahead and usually will not like to take direction from others unless its from someone who they respect. Even then, it should be more of a democracy than a dictatorship, they are always happy to listen and collaborate. With Uranus as their ruling planet, Aquarians are described as having an electric ora, they can be very inventive and intelligent. 


Shopping for Aquarius? Consider a spa pedicure with all the trimmings, since their body part happens to be ankles and calves. Donating to their favorite charity would also appeal to their humanitarian side and would be a lovely token of your respect for that. Or since they are likely a trend-setter, give them a gift card to their favorite store, and they'll take it from there! 


Happy Birthday, Aquarius! Surrounded by blue hues, serene soft music, and plenty of intelligent chatter, Aquarius should be in the center of it all for their birthday season. Sweets should be special, not your average birthday cake if you want to impress. 

Dress the Aquarius table with a gorgeous bouquet, filled with uniquely shaped flowers such as lilies or their signature flower, orchids. The bouquet featured here is from The Bouqs. They have breath-taking arrangements available to order online, the flowers are fresh and grown on sustainable and eco-friendly farms; some in volcanic soil which gives them such a bold color. Check out this bouquet here, called: An Elegant Twist.

Well, we are officially in the age of Aquarius! (I had to.)...  And so, I was inspired to create a unique cake, a crepe cake to be exact. I didn't stop there though, I knew the flavor combinations had to stand out. I channeled my inner Aquarius (for reals, my moon happens to be in Aquarius! Hayyy!) and got inventive... Chocolate Buckwheat crepes layered with dairy-free peanut butter creme, sprinkled with sweet/tart pomegranates. It's even better than I hoped. 

An Elegant Twist from The Bouqs

An Elegant Twist from The Bouqs

How will you be inspired by Aquarius this season? Embrace your uniquenessdo something nice for a stranger, and be more independent! And obviously, MAKE THIS CAKE! (And if it's done right, you can probably check off all three of those things off with the cake! hehe)

Good Reads:

Aquarius Horoscope by Dark Star Astrology

8 Visionary Tips for The New Moon in Aquarius by The Astro Twins


Chocolate Buckwheat Crepe Cake w/ Peanut Butter creme & pomegranates for Aquarius #foodbmars #gluten-free lactose-free
Chocolate Buckwheat Crepe Cake w/ Peanut Butter creme & pomegranates for Aquarius #foodbmars #gluten-free lactose-free
Chocolate Buckwheat Crepe Cake w/ Peanut Butter creme & pomegranates for Aquarius #foodbmars #gluten-free lactose-free
Chocolate Buckwheat Crepe Cake w/ Peanut Butter creme & pomegranates for Aquarius #foodbmars #gluten-free lactose-free

INGREDIENTS

Gluten-free| Lactose-free

Crepes (Makes 12-15):

  • 1 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used soy)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2+ cup water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • vegetable oil for the pan (a spray is most helpful)

Peanut Butter Creme:

  • Coconut cream from 1 can full-fat coconut milk (You MUST refrigerate the can overnight in order to get the cream) / (I use and recommend this brand, please note not all coconut milk cans work for this!)
  • 3 tbsp organic creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Toppings:

  • Pomegranate seeds (I used half or approx. 2 cups)
  • 2 oz. dark chocolate, melted
  • sprinkle of cocoa powder

Directions

Please note before starting, building a crepe cake takes time and patience. Both the crepes and the creme can be made ahead and stored in your refrigerator is you need (up to 2-3 days)! Also, you will need Parchment paper!

  1. Start with the crepes. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together and set aside. Then, mix the wet ingredients together, pour the wet into the dry and combine well. Let batter sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Check to make sure it is fairly thin in order to spread out over your pan, add water as needed to make sure it's thin enough.
  2. Cut square sized parchment paper pieces (make approx. 15 squares) and set aside next to a plate you can place the crepes on. You will need to layer the paper in between each crepe as you take it off the stove.
  3. Spray a flat non-stick pan with vegetable oil (cast iron works well or a proper crepe pan like this one). Heat the pan over medium-high. 
  4. Grab a measuring cup or anything with a spout, and pour batter into it. Use the cup with a spout to pour the batter onto your pan for the easiest method. As you pour the batter onto the pan, do it in a circle motion (inwards - out), about 1/3 to 1/2 cup and immediately pick up your pan and swirl the batter around until it's spread out as thin as you can easily get it. Once bubbles form and you can slide a spatula underneath the crepe, flip it and cook for approx. 30-45 seconds and set on parchment paper. Continue doing this, layering each crepe in between a square of parchment paper. Try your best to keep the sizes of the crepes uniform, but don't kill yourself, you can always trim later if needed!
  5. Allow crepes to cool near a window or you can even keep it in the fridge. If your pomegranate seeds are not cleaned and ready yet, this would be a perfect time to get that done as your crepes cool a bit.
  6. Once crepes are at room temp., start on the peanut butter creme. Spoon out the coconut cream from the coconut milk can, add it to a mixing bowl. You can save the excess coconut water and liquid for a smoothie, do not let it into this mixture.
  7. You can either manually whisk the coconut cream or use a hand/stand mixer - whisk the cream for approx. 45 seconds. Next, add the peanut butter and maple syrup and keep mixing for approx. 30 more seconds until it's blended well.
  8. Time to build the cake! Get your serving plate ready, you will not be able to easily move the cake again, so you should build it directly on the serving plate. Spread out your crepes and try to sort the sizes out, you'll want to start off with the larger ones on the bottom of the cake (use your Jenga skills). Before piling the crepes, I recommend you spread the creme in a thin layer on each crepe before adding it to the pile (you don't want to spread on top of the pile or you'll squish the layers below). Continue this way until you reach the last one, you can omit adding creme to the top - or feel free to use it as a topping if you'd like.
  9. Add the toppings! Line the perimeter of your plate with lots of pomegranate seeds, add melted dark chocolate over top and sprinkle with some cocoa powder for added drama. You are all set!

Chocolate Buckwheat Crepe Cake w/ Peanut Butter creme & pomegranates for Aquarius #foodbmars #gluten-free lactose-free
Chocolate Buckwheat Crepe Cake w/ Peanut Butter creme & pomegranates for Aquarius #foodbmars #gluten-free lactose-free
Chocolate Buckwheat Crepe Cake w/ Peanut Butter creme & pomegranates for Aquarius #foodbmars #gluten-free lactose-free
Chocolate Buckwheat Crepe Cake w/ Peanut Butter creme & pomegranates for Aquarius #foodbmars #gluten-free lactose-free
Chocolate Buckwheat Crepe Cake w/ Peanut Butter creme & pomegranates for Aquarius #foodbmars #gluten-free lactose-free
Chocolate Buckwheat Crepe Cake w/ Peanut Butter creme & pomegranates for Aquarius #foodbmars #gluten-free lactose-free
Chocolate Buckwheat Crepe Cake w/ Peanut Butter creme & pomegranates for Aquarius #foodbmars #gluten-free lactose-free
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