Skirt Triks: Healthy Chocolate Cake & Icing

Bear with me here, people … Don’t judge this cake by its ingredients until you taste it!

I was put in charge of dessert for a family party but knew that we were going to be celebrating my cousin’s birthday, too. While I opted for a chocolate-on-chocolate cake from Sweet Mandy B’s, I also made a special cake for my vegetable-loving cousin. The gluten-free family members really enjoyed the cake too! These recipes are from The Spunky Coconut, Healthy Indulgences and Love and Lemons.

Black Bean Chocolate Cake
1 Can Black Beans
6 Eggs
1 TBS Vanilla Extract
½ TSP Salt
6 TBSP Cacao Powder
5 TBSP Coconut Oil
2 TBSP Honey (plus more to taste)
2 TBSP Coconut Flour
2 TSP Baking Powder
Mix all ingredients together. Coat a 9-inch spring form pan with coconut oil and pour ingredients in. Cook at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until bounces back.

Chocolate Avocado Icing
2 Very Ripe Avocados
¼ Cup Chopped Baking Chocolate (around 65% cacao)
¼ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
½ Cup Agave
1 TSP Vanilla
½ Cup Almond Milk
Pinch of Salt

Melt the baking chocolate in the microwave (careful to not burn it!). Let it cool slightly. In a food processor mix all ingredients together. Taste and adjust. Let chill in the fridge for at least 15 or so minutes.
Put cake on cake stand or plate. Frost entire cake with Chocolate Avocado Icing. I topped my cake with coconut shavings and strawberries for decoration! Grab a fork and enjoy!


We’ve got all of our fingers on the pulse here at Skirt, so each week we’re rounding up a few of the news stories we can’t stop chatting about.

Is this going to be the most coveted beauty collab of 2018?
“Australian beauty brand ModelCo has revealed its latest high profile collaboration, with couture king Karl Lagerfeld. The Karl Lagerfeld + ModelCo line will channel the theme of ‘illuminated beauty,’ with smart, multi-purpose colour cosmetics.”

Sign us up for this trend of airlines employing puppy therapy for stressed-out travelers:
“About 50 airports across the United States have a special set of furry volunteers who help keep passengers calm on stressful travel days.”

Shout-out to Bath & Body Works for giving us all sorts of ‘90s nostalgia:
“The #FlashbackFragrance campaign was a major hit, so we’re not too surprised to find out that it’s happening again. This time, B&BW is bringing back a real winner: Cucumber Melon.”

Thanks to Rihanna, we’re ready to bypass summer and head straight to fall:
@FentyBeauty new generation of beauty … coming this fall.

Brittany’s Summer Wish List

I know I’m not the only one excited that summer is on the horizon. To celebrate, I’m adding these key items to my never-ending summer wish list.

Holly and Tanager The Professional
I am constantly on the go during the summer! Having a backpack that fits my needs for the office, gym sessions and weekend trips would be a lifesaver.

Schwinn Allston 1
It’s hard to believe that I have lived in Chicago for over seven years and have never owned a bike! I am thinking it’s time to finally cross this off my list. Biking from place to place is way more efficient than battling public transit for short distances!

Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35
I am a Huge fan of all Glossier products! When I heard that they came out with a sunscreen that instantly absorbs into the skin with no greasy residue and zero white cast, I instantly knew that I needed it.

Chloe Carlina Sunglasses
Is it even a summer wish list if a pair of sunnies isn’t included? This year I am dying over these retro frames with gradient lenses.


Memorial Day

Memorial Day is about more than barbecues, patriotic cocktails, and evening fireworks. We’d like to say “thank you” to the brave men & women who have fought (and continue to fight) for our freedoms.

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