Have a Cake Because There Is a Reason

Posted in Balanced Lifestyle | April 15, 2012 |

April 15th is known in the US as Tax Day which sends shivers down everyone’s backs every year (this year it’s April 17th of course).

Those who are planning to watch Titanic 3D or are just huge history fans might know that April 15th is the day the Titanic actually slipped under the water forever.

For Orthodox Christians (the religion I grew up in) April 15th this year is Easter Sunday.

My grandmother knows and loves this date because it’s the birthday of her favorite Russian singer (okay, maybe there is one more reason why she loves this date :-))

April 15th is my Birthday. Yaaay! And I am going to celebrate it! This year I am turning 27 and I am not afraid to say it. Mostly, because I am still young enough not to have to hide my real age… Secondly, because I really don’t feel like 27 yet (more like 24)… And, finally, I just love to celebrate my birthday – it brings out the inner child in me at least for this one day.

So, if you would like to have a cake today – I think it would be a great idea! I even want to share my favorite recipe with you. It’s the most delicious moist and heavenly luscious dark chocolate cake you have ever tried. And, what’s even more important, it’s easy to make (I am a horrible baker so if I can make it – anyone else can make it too.)

But before we get to the sweet stuff I thought I’d give you something else to enjoy.

For three days only (that’s how long I’ll be celebrating my birthday this year) you can buy my ecourse Reclaim Your Life at a discounted price. Actually you will decide what the course is worth to you. The minimum price of the course is $22 (it’s a 40% discount from the original price) and you can go up from there. Think of it as a mutually beneficial gift: you are getting an awesome product that will help you rebalance your life.

I also prepared a special bonus for everyone who buys the ecourse April 15th through April 17th – the Bonus Life Balance Workbook. It contains 4 additional exercises (never mentioned before) that will help you discover your personal road towards life balance and create action steps that will get you to your destination.

How to get the Reclaim Your Life course at “pay-what-you-can” price

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You can still purchase the Reclaim Your Life course – click here and read how awesome it is.

4 Reasons why Reclaim Your Life is worth your attention:

  1. The Reclaim Your Life course has already helped dozens of people build a stress-free balanced lifestyle while actually enjoying their life.
  2. “I can’t believe you charge so little for the course. It has helped me transform my life, it’s worth way more than $37.95!”
  3. This course has been selling well for the past 6 months and if you were looking for a perfect time to buy it then now might be just the right time.
  4. Some of the comments of the Reclaim Your Life participants before they started the course
    “I am constantly behind on everything; I can never catch up with my life!”
    “I am running like a hamster on a hamster wheel 24/7. Can you help me?”
    “I have no idea how to find time for all my projects without sacrificing important parts of my life.”
    “I know what needs to be done (sometimes) but I keep procrastinating and can’t find motivation to make the right changes in my life.”

    Comments after they completed the course:
    “I finally have time to breathe and enjoy my life. It’s wonderful!”
    “Thank you so much for showing me how to balance my life with ease. Now I finally feel in control of my life.”
    “Thanks to your exercises I finally found time for my family – the most important people in my life – and found time for myself.”
    “Now I know how to beat procrastination before it starts taking over my life.”

Now let’s get to the sweet stuff. Yuuumm!!!

Best Ever Extra Dark Chocolate Cake

2 cups white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup butter
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup fat-free buttermilk (or kefir)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup butter
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/3 cup milk
4 oz unsweetened chocolate baking bar (you can skip it but it really makes the frosting stand out for the ultimate dark chocolate experience)
3 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Grease two round 8 inch cake pans (or use parchment paper). Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C.)
  2. Combine 2 cups white sugar and 2 cups flour together; set aside.
  3. In a saucepan combine ½ cup butter, oil, water and coca. Bring mixture to a boil, remove from heat and add to try ingredients.
  4. In a different bowl dissolve baking soda in buttermilk, add beaten eggs, salt and vanilla.
  5. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture; stir well.
  6. Pour batter into two 8” round cake pans. Bake at 375 F or 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


  1. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave on high for 1 minute (add more time if needed.)
  2. In a big mixing bowl beat butter until fluffy.
  3. Gradually add sugar, cacao, milk and vanilla extract.
  4. Finally add melted chocolate and mix until well combined.
  5. Let the cake cool a little bit before taking it out of the pan. If the cake starts falling part –don’t worry. Just press it together and use frosting to “glue” it together. The cake will taste only better.
  6. First frost the bottom layer. If you want, you can sprinkle crushed pecans, walnuts or chocolate chips before you put the second layer. Then frost the second layer and decorate it to your liking (I usually use shaved dark chocolate for decoration.)
  7. The cake is ready! Enjoy!
  8. Tip: Is the whole cake too much for you and your family? Cut it into serving-size pieces, put it on the baking tray and set it in the freezer. Once the frozen had hardened wrap each piece into serene wrap and aluminum foil and keep it in the freezer until you crave a decadent desert. Once frozen, it tastes just like chocolate ice-cream cake – delicious!

And of course you can leave a comment just to wish me Happy Birthday. It would most certainly make my day :-)

Keep it balanced!

Smart Thoughts (35)

  1. Pam says:

    Happy Birthday. Best wishes for a great day and wonderful year.

  2. Francine-Elisa says:

    Wish you a very happy birthday. You are still young enough to celebrate and I hope you will get 4 times your age ! Really mean it. Enjoy YOUR day.
    Francine-Elisa (Tienen-Belgium)

  3. Kate says:

    Hi Anastasiya

    My favourite chocolate cake recipe, that I make every year on my birthday, is here:

    It is a flourless chocolate orange cake – it takes ages to bake, but I love it. Normally I don’t bake so this is a special treat :)

    Thank you for your generous birthday offer.
    I was wondering if the 6 bonus offers that are described with the course are also included with this offer?

    Thank you :)

    • Anastasiya says:

      Hi Kate,
      Thanks for sharing your favorite recipe! I will definitely try next time that I am craving something sweet and yummy :-)
      It took me ages to reply to you because I was taking a little media vacation as part of my birthday present. In case you are still interested, the six bonuses are also included in the Birthday edition. If you haven’t purchased the course but are still interested please contact me personally and we’ll figure something out.
      Thanks again for the recipe! It looks delicious!

  4. Zaz says:

    С Днём Рождения! This is my first comment – I love your blog! Wishing you all the best on this day! I am American but my boyfriend is Russian so yesterday I made Kulich and we had it blessed at the church so we will be following your advice and having cake today 😉

    Happy celebrating!!

  5. Happy Birthday my Diva Sister! Many Blessings to you!

    And the Reclaim Your Life course is awesome, everyone should get it now!

  6. Tenusha says:

    Hello Anastasyia!
    Thanks for all you do and for all you share:) I’m sure this chocolate cake will brighten up everyone’s day.. I wish you a Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    I wish you always stay close to your dreams and your ideal life through balance.. Let me remind you on your special Day just how GREAT you are:)

    My inner balance is achieved mostly by writing, and I’ve learnt all about this inner balance thing, thanks to you..I’ve recently created my blog where I write..It’s a bit like my personal space:) Plus I write a bit everywhere (facebook and other social sites) just to keep feeling good..

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY once again, cheers and God bless!:) Enjoy loads!


    • Anastasiya says:

      Tenusha, thanks for your greeting! I am happy that you managed to unlock your personal balance through writing and (partly) through my blog. Knowing that my writing and my thoughts help people find their life balance is the best birthday present for me.

  7. Vidya Sury says:

    Happy Birhday, Anastasiya! April 15 is very special to me, too as it is my Mother’s birthday.

    Lovely post. And that dark chocolate cake looks super-yummy!

    Wishing you a very healthy and happy life!

    Love, Vidya

  8. Glynis Jolly says:

    Can’t afford to buy your book but still . . .


  9. Aaron says:

    Happy Birthday! Im getting this course for me and my girlfriend to try!

  10. Victoria says:

    Big birthday wishes from ‘Down Under’. May the year ahead be all you wish for and more. You have given me such inspiration; I love receiving Balance In Me. Thank you xx

  11. Betsy says:

    Hello Anastasiya,

    Can’t afford your course right now but I wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday !
    I really enjoy your blog and I feel that it helps to keep me in the mind set to always try for balance.
    Today is my birthday too; I am a year shy of being twice as old as you !!! But I think it’s awesome that someone as young as yourself recognizes the need for a balanced life. That will be very important for you 27 years from now. I can tell you that from experience & wisdom in my “old age”.
    Again, hope you have had a wonderful birthday. My day was spent with dear friends & I am blessed to have them.
    Take care, Betsy

    • Anastasiya says:

      Happy belated Birthday, Betsy!
      Thanks for your greetings and for your warm words about the blog. I hope your birthday was as awesome as mine :-)

  12. Jackie says:

    Happy Happy Birthday, Anastasyia!
    Hope you enjoyed a day as special as YOU are!
    We are so blessed to know you!
    Love to you 4! Jackie

  13. Tammy says:

    Happy birthday Anastasiya!
    It’s almost over, but I hope you had a wonderful day. Love your picture! The cake sounds delicious; I will have to try it soon! God bless you.

  14. Ira Tjiang says:

    Dear Anastasyi Goer

    ” Happy birthday ” wish you all the best

    Ira (Singapore)

  15. Maria says:

    Happy Birthday Anastasia & thank you for sharing your birthday with us .

  16. Annelize says:

    Hi A, I hope that your life is abundantly blessed and that you and your family will share the richness of life together this year.

  17. vinod david says:


  18. Tina says:

    Happy Birthday,,may GOD BLESS YOU!

  19. George says:

    Happy birthday Anastasiya, You are beautiful lady inside and out. Wishing you all the best today and always !

  20. qheikh786 says:

    Hi Anastasia ,

    Happy birth day to You. Enjoy your this day at your highest and best in balanced way . Re-energize and re-connect your inner and outer world in balance way. Once again I wish you happy birth day with great affection.

  21. Inese says:

    Wishing you everything your hear desires!!!

  22. Michelle says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Wishing you many blessings and joy!

  23. Jacquelyn says:

    Happy birthday!

  24. Christine says:

    Hi Anastasia and Happy Birthday!! Belated I guess. My life is way too complicated and stressful and I’m buying your course to see if it will do what others are claiming.


  25. Jan says:

    You share a birthday with my boss! Happy belated birthday!

  26. Steve says:

    Happy Birthday, Anastasia. My birthday is coming up soon this month too, so it’s a double celebration. Thank you for the many Life Balance tips. Your cake recipe looks awesome! :0

  27. Jamie says:

    I don’t think you have any idea how much I need this right now. My life is spinning out of control. I can’t seem to budget anything. My kids are all sick, I am sick. My husband travels 4 days a week, we just got transferred to Utah so I have to a)sell this house b)find a new house and get all this done in 5 weeks. I feel completely defeated. So thank you. I definitely need this course right now.

    Happy Birthday, I hope you had a very good day and celebrated with lots of chocolate cake!!

    • Anastasiya says:

      Thanks Jamie!
      It does look like you have a lot on your plate right now. Send me an email and I’ll see how I can help you find a little bit of peace and serenity in this busy period of your life.

  28. Chesca says:

    Happy Birthday!

  29. yummy cake and Happy belated Anastaysia
    my birthday was April 14th :)
    hope you had a good one!!!
    been great working with you this past year or so. look forward to more collaborations and thanks again for working on this wonderful blog!
    Noch Noch

  30. Anastasiya says:

    Thanks everyone who wishes me Happy Birthday! It was the best Birthday ever because I got so many greeting from you, from my friends (real and virtual) on Facebook and just from my old friends.
    It was real pleasure for me to read all your comments and know that BalanceInMe helps you find balance in the most difficult times of your life. It was the reason why I created this blog (over 4 years ago) and why I put so much work and passion into it.
    Having a wonderful and friendly community here, on BalanceInMe, is the best present for me.
    Thank you, friends!