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Monday, January 21, 2013

Nivea Stress Protect Cake Challenge




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Bit of a strange one yes, but bear with me! The folks at NIVEA asked me to test out their brand new deodorant out by.. wait for it.. baking a cake. Not just any old fruit or fairy cake though, ohh no. A 'white chocolate, lemon and macadamia Genoise layer cake'. Say whaaat?! Sounds complex and rightly so. But why bake a cake?!

Basically, when you sweat from exercise or heat, it's a completely different type of perspiration than from when you get all hot and bothered from stress. It apparently smells a lot worse than the former and also has a quicker onset too. Gross. New NIVEA Stress Protect has been proven to minimise stressy sweat by as much as 85% and also has added avocado oil to moisturise your underarms whilst tacking and sweat. Super! A most difficult recipe was concocted by Holly Bell (of The Great British Bake Off fame) and my work was definitely cut out today.

Here's the finished result before I even relive the nightmare of talk about the process..




There were four stages to this recipe; a sponge cake, mousse, lemon syrup and finally a praline crumb. Luckily my boyfriend coincidentally had a day off so was present to assist (and mock..) for the duration. A great deal of whisking was involved which was lovingly palmed off to him, although I still have dead arms from my poor efforts. The recipe said white chocolate so I don't know if the fact I used cooking chocolate altered the outcome - slightly nightmarish beginning included the first batch of chocolate melting as expected, only then to carry on and cook itself into some kind of cakey paste?! Bizarre. I did have another lot after this though, so all was not lost and I started again. It seemed to take ages to get the cream and egg whites to look like they were supposed to, but much to my surprise the cake looked pretty delicious when it was time to take it out of the oven! Both the syrup and crumb were easy peasy to make, and everyone who's tried a slice (just my dad then) has enjoyed it so I'm very relieved indeed.

As for the deodorant, I'm still smelling as fresh as a daisy since my shower this morning. Even after all the panicking and dilly-dallying around in a boiling hot kitchen all afternoon! What do you think of my cake? Initially I thought it was an absolute abomination, but in retrospect I don't think it was that much of a failure! Or perhaps it just looks like a dream compared to the mountain of washing up I have ahead of me..

NIVEA Stress Protect is available now for: 250ml spray £3.29 - 150ml spray £2.29 - sticks £2.49 - roll-on £2.03 (RRP).

24 comment(s):

  1. Going to give it a try! (Baking the cake as well!) and the applicator(?, You know what I mean) looks so cool X

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  2. interesting concept, i've never really thought about stress giving off a different kind perspiration! I might have to pop along to Boots to give this deo a go, as i'm all for playing around with a few different deodorants! Love your cake though, it looked so cute (and yummy), however I won't be dabbling my hand in baking a cake with my terrible cooking expertise! xxx

    www.irdbeauty.com

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  3. Aha what a quirky was to try out a deodorant! Your cake looks lovely, hope you enjoyed it!
    xo
    accioabigail.blogspot.com

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  4. i'm a very stressy person so i may give this a go hahaha x

    http://vividiorquue.blogspot.com

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  5. Stress could be my middle name so if this keeps me nice and fresh I will defiantly purchase some this weekend :)

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  6. This sounds ideal, I get so stressed in new situations! Thanks for sharing :)
    The cake looks good by the way, bet it tastes great too! x

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  7. this is so a brilliant different way to review a product love it!

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  8. I'm a big fan of Nivea roll-on deodorants! My skin is super sensitive and it's pretty much the only deodorant I can wear without getting a gross rash :) Your cake looks delicious x

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  9. This has made me want cake so bad, it looks so good, well done!

    http://hickeyhickey.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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  10. Haha random comment but I have that exact Peter Rabbit plate from when I was little. Never seen anyone else with it. Nice cake! xo

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  11. I absolutely love the concept of this product and the incredibly clever PR team who came up with the challenge! :)
    xx

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  12. This looks delicious! I'm sure you'd make good old Mary Berry proud!

    Now, onto the important thing : Do you need my address to send some cake over?

    -Elodie x

    http://www.elle-yeah.com

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  13. I do a lot of baking and cooking in the kitchen and I almost always find myself in the shower before I can even bring myself to clean the dishes! I will almost definitely be giving this a go!

    The cake looks delicious!

    Claire xo
    http://whitedaisyisland.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. sounds interesting, weird concept to go with the cake but it does look good! haha x

    http://thebeautyvisual.blogspot.com

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  15. The cake is so yummy! Interesting post :) xx

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  16. Haha what a great way to test a deodorant! The cake doesn't look half bad considering how tricky it must have been to make, and I bet it tastes delicious which is all that matters at the end of the day!

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  17. Such an original concept! I'm glad it also comes in a spray as I'm not too fond of roll-ons. The cake looks so delicious. Also love the slight changes to your blog I have noticed!

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  18. The cake looks lovely! I actually find baking more therapeutic than stressful (usually) so I'd probably test it another way but it sounds great xoxo

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  19. I love the thought of this challenge! This cake is so pretty, looks so yummy

    http://alittlebitunique.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  20. This deodorant sounds amazing, and such a good idea. I love Nivea for thinking outside the box.. they're fab! Your cake looks amazing, it's hugeeeee! I love that it's also a heart shape <3
    Gem xx | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  21. Nivea is a product i have never thought about using for deodrant. Looks really good.
    Cake looks really yummy too!!


    Pippxx
    pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk/

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  22. Such a creative way to test out a deodorant! Haha, and baking is not as easy as Nigella makes it look, all that whisking and stirring; wheww! Your cake looks amazing.

    Love Joyce

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  23. ahh amazing - i have anxiety so this is right up my street! x

    http://rachelkellis.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. I've used the NIVEA "invisible black & white" (not sure if it's available in the UK) for ages and ages and I'm obsessed with it. I'm never going back to any other deodorant!

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