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  • Friday, August 31, 2012
    Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling and Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting
     
     
    I'd been trying to find a natural way to make a great bright purple frosting shade for months now, and after scouring the internet and reading blog after blog, I found it. Freeze dried blueberries. You just puree them into a powder, add them to whatever white frosting you've made, and voila! Instant intense violet. I haven't tried it yet with a cake batter, only with frosting, but my goodness did it come out looking lovely. The recipe is below to share with you all; it tastes as good as it looks, I promise!
     
     
    Ingredients:
     

    Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

    2 Eggs
    1 and 1/2 Cups Flour
    1 and 1/4 Cups Sugar
    1/2 Cup (1 stick) Butter, softened
    1/3 Cup Lemon Juice, plus 1 Tablespoon
    3 Tablespoons Grated Lemon Zest
    1/3 Cup Sour Cream
    2 Tablespoons Milk
    1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds
    1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
    1/2 Teaspoon Salt
    1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
    1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
    12 Cupcake Liners
     

    Lemon Curd

    1 Egg
    1 Egg Yolk
    1/4 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
    3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
    1 Tablespoon Butter, melted
    1 and 1/2 Teaspoons Grated Lemon Zest

     

    Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting

    (1) 1.2 Ounces Package Freeze-Dried Blueberries (I got mine at Whole Foods, it's 1.2 ounces in weight, not in volume)
    1 Cup Powdered Sugar
    1/2 Cup Cream Cheese
    1/2 Cup Butter, softened
    1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds (for decoration)

     

    Instructions:

     

    1. Begin by making the cupcakes. Place the cupcake liners in the cupcake pan and set it aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and mix together all of the dry ingredients in a small bowl, except the poppy seeds. Set it aside.

     

    2. In another small bowl, mix together the sour cream, milk, vanilla extract, and lemon juice, and set that bowl aside as well. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar, then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between additions. Add the grated lemon zest and then alternate between adding the flour mixture and the lemon juice mixture until they're all completely combined. Stir in the poppy seeds.

     

    3. Evenly distribute the batter between the cupcake liners. Place the cupcake pan in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcakes comes out clean.

     

    4. While the cupcakes are baking, you can prepare the lemon curd. Whisk together the sugar, egg, egg yolk, butter, lemon juice, and lemon zest in the top of a double boiler until combined, (make sure the top of the double boiler isn't actually touching the boiling water, it should hover just above it). Allow the lemon curd to cook for fifteen minutes, stirring every 3 minutes or so, until it thickens. Then remove it from the heat, scoop the lemon curd into a separate bowl, and set it aside to cool.

     

    5. Once the cupcakes are finished, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool to room temperature.

     

    6. While they're cooling, you can prepare the frosting. Empty the freeze-dried blueberries into a blender or some kind of bladed mixing device (I used my Magic Bullet) and blend until a fine powder forms. Set them aside. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the cream cheese and the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and the powdered blueberries and mix until smooth. Set aside.

     

    7. Once the cupcakes and lemon curd have cooled, scoop 1 teaspoon out of the tops of each of the cupcakes and fill the holes with 1 teaspoon of the lemon curd.

     

    8. Then, fit a frosting bag with a 9 mm star tip and fill the bag with the frosting. Starting about 1 cm away from the edge of the cupcake, pump out the frosting and continue in a spiral until you reach the center, where you should stop pumping the frosting and pull up and away. Repeat until you have frosted all of the cupcakes. Sprinkle a pinch of poppy seeds over each cupcake and serve.

     

    These delicious cupcakes came from the kitchen of Eva Kosmas, from Adventures in Cooking.

     


  • Thursday, August 30, 2012

    If you’re looking for a beautiful transitional jacket, our Sinead Orchid Coat is the perfect choice! It’s light enough for summer breezes and it’s a staple piece for fall layering.  This watercolor printed coat is even in one of our favorite colors for the season--berry!  View the coat here and add it to your collection of outerwear for the fall season.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, August 30, 2012

    In honor of our recent obsession with all things berry, we decided we not only wanted to wear berry colors, but cook with this delicious fruits too.  One our of our favorite cooking blogs, How Sweet It Is, created three delicious recipes that used berries in unique ways - not in pies and tarts.  Which berry recipe looks the best to you? 

    Summer Pizza with Chicken, Blackberries, Peaches and Mozzarella
    Get the original recipe here.

    Strawberry Mango Basil Salsa
    Get the original recipe here.

    Hot Blueberry Cheddar with Toasty Bread
    Get the original recipe here.

    Shop our collection of berry colored items and browse more recipes from How Sweet It Is.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    From the mismatched vintage plates, to the hand carved wood signs and fresh flowers, everything in this wedding is truly beautiful and unique to this couple.  We love the bride's vintage-inspired wedding dress and the groom's casual and classic style.  This wedding took place at a fishing resort in Michigan and it looks like the guests had a great time!  See more of this lovely wedding on their photographer's site, Live It Out Photography

     

    Photography credit: Amber, from Live It Out

     

    See more of Amber's photography on our blog here.

     

    xo,

    Ruche

     

    Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!


  • Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    We are going to be at the Fizz and Frills event in Pasadena, CA next Sunday!  If you live close and are planning a upcoming wedding (or helping your girlfriend with her planning), this event is one you won't want to miss!  Come shop for your dress, try some sweet treats and meet Mai and Mara!  We hope to see you there. ♥

     

     

    xo,

    Ruche


  • Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    We couldn't agree more.  Your other half should be one that you can laugh and be your silly self with. ♥

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    We are starting to get really excited about the fall season here at Ruche.  In a few short weeks, we will be launching our fall lookbook and then we will be immersed in tall boots, warm coats and classic plaids.  For this upcoming season, we have been seeing a lot of berry colors popping up in clothes and accessories.  This versatile color has a wide range of hues from sweet pinks to deep burgundy.  This beautiful berry color has quickly become one of our favorite fall colors and we can't wait to incorporate it into our outfits!  ♥

     

    Which berry colors are you excited to wear for fall?

     

    xo,

    Ruche


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  • Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    Lately, our favorite style bloggers have been sporting cute dresses and skirts to beat the summer heat. We also love the berry hues they have been incorporating into their outfits that add a lovely warm pop of color!

    Kim from Eat.Sleep.Wear. looks so chic in our layered pink dress and her floral cardigan. The flowy layers look great on her and we love how the bright color stands out against the city skyline!

     

    Mara always looks radiant in her feminine and sophisticated outfits!  We love how she paired our mint purse with her lace skirt and causal top in her first look, and bright colors in her second outfit!  She always has the perfect Ruchette style.

     

    We adore the sweet and casual look that Rebecca of The Clothes Horse put together with our plaid shirt dress. Her whole ensemble is perfect for an afternoon stroll on a deserted country road.

     

    Maggie of Lifesize Paperdoll looks darling in her bright yellow outfits! We love how she tucked our strawberry red floral top into a high-waisted skirt and belted our yellow peter pan collar dress. You can find a similar dress style here

     

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Monday, August 27, 2012

    view Mai's maternity-friendly outfit: chiffon dress, pendant necklace, chain bracelet, plum wedges

    Dresses with lower elastic waistbands are getting a bit too uncomfortable now. A little trick I learned while trying to fit into some of those dresses was to move the elastic waist band higher up to your empire waist band and tuck the excess fabric underneath. It might not work for all dresses, but you should definitely give it a try. That is what I did for this dress.  Of course, that will make your dress a bit shorter so you might have to wear a pretty slip underneath like this one.

    We spent this weekend preparing the nursery for painting. We've decided on one gray wall and mint horizontal stripes along the rest of the walls. We started taping off the walls and are currently testing some paint samples. 

    There are so many things to do! Not only do I have to work on our home nursery, I also need to start working on my "office/nursery" in our Fullerton office too! The palette we're going to use for our home nursery is here.

    So excited to share our progress with you!  

    xo,
    Mai

    See Mai's maternity-friendly clothing picks and previous maternity posts! ♥


  • Monday, August 27, 2012

    Here are a few snapshots from our trip to the MAGIC tradeshow in Las Vegas last week! While we were hard at work looking for the perfect spring and summer items for Ruche, we also made sure to have a little fun along the way :)

     

    Mai and Mara ready for a long day of shopping!

    We ran into Kendi from Kendi Everyday!

    Our CEO Josh can't wait for his little girl to arrive ♥

    Lace, florals, and stripes ♥

     

    For more behind-the-scenes photos from MAGIC, follow us on Instagram @shopruche

     

    xo,

    Ruche


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