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Baking Teacup Cakes: Let’s have Tea!

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You may have spotted these little teacup cake cases in my Wilko Haul a little while back (complete with saucers). Well, I finally got round to making some little vanilla cupcakes to fill them up for a tasty treat. Hope you like them!

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A Wee Wilko Haul! (And a moan)

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For those of you don’t know, Wilkinson in a low end, affordable department store we have in the UK. That means that it sells toiletries and cleaners but also does D.I.Y, pets and some really lovely home and kitchen items. It’s known for being cheap and cheerful and to be honest I probably wouldn’t even think to shop there had to not worked there for three years. Anyway, they’ve revamped their whole make up section so I went in to take a look and picked up a few bits and pieces I thought I’d share with you all.

A WEE WILKO HAUL…
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A spot of easy baking: Cornflake Cakes and Victoria Sponge!

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Hello all! Just wanted to share a spot of simple baking with you all today for puddings you can make easily and in a rush…

NOMMING…
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Dude, It’s my Birthday! April 2014 Favourites & Review

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Since it’s my birthday, huzzah! I thought I’d queue up today’s post since (hopefully) I’m out doing something fun and exciting… So here is my April review and some of my favourite things I’ve experienced this month.

OH APRIL WHAT HAVE YOU DONE…
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A spot of Easter baking: Gingerbread Iced Easter Cookies!

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Hello all! It’s good friday, so I’ve done a spot of Easter baking ready for our Sunday family get together. Here are my results. These are perfect nibbles for any spring do so I hope you like them!

NOMMING AT EASTER…
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March 2014 in Review

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I want to share with you my March favourites and my experiences of the month. I’m going to be honest, this month started a little bit rough… but things have definitely been looking up from about midway through. I met the boyfriend’s parents for the first time on his birthday, which was a wonderful day and I performed in two separate productions which I’m really proud of. In all it’s been a month to remember.

MARCH TIME & THINGS ARE LOOKING UP.

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BAKING!

This has been one of my absolute favourite things to do this month. I’ve made a batch of cupcakes for my friend Emily’s Birthday, a cat cake for my boyfriend and a coffee cake for my mummy for mothers day. It’s just something that I’ve really gotten into recently and it’s a nice way to use my spare time instead of just watching youtube or various television programmes!

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FIZZY WATER!

I haven’t been able to get enough of this stuff this month. Usually I drink a lot of Evian and I’ll occasionally have some fresh orange juice in the morning, but I’d been getting a bit bored so when I popped into ASDA’s I bought myself some of these flavoured fizzy waters. (They’re a bargain at 4 for £1.50). And they’re so yummy! My favourite is the peach flavour but to be quite honest I really enjoyed them all. A welcome treat!

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PLAYS!

I’ve been in two plays this month and I’m super proud of them both. In fact we still have three more performances of Richard III to do on April 2nd, 3rd and 4th at Leicester Cathedral and I’m still very excited about it all! I’m playing the Duchess of York, Richard’s Mother and it’s a really brilliant production that we’re all so proud of. It’s a sad time, but I’m really glad that it’ll be my last production of the term.

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FINDING HAPPINESS!

This is going to sound really stupid, but for me March has been about finding myself all over again. After a rubbish February it took me some time to feel good about how things were progressing in my life and I became considerably withdrawn and out of sorts. I hope I’ve moved passed that now and I really feel as though I have. In truth it’s all thanks to Ashley. He told me to make a list of all the things I was grateful for and at first I shrugged it off like it was a stupid idea but when I reached a place when I thought things couldn’t get any worse I did it and I remember how amazing my life really is. I’d like to hold on to that feeling for as long as I possibly can and I’m really pleased with how the latter half of this month has helped me do that.

Looking forward to April now.

xx

SOURCES AND RELEVANT LINKS

My March Flipagram || My Goals Post || 365 Picture Challenge

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Making a Kitty Cat Birthday Cake

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So it’s my boyfriend’s birthday today and he absolutely loves cats, so what kind of cake was I to make for his birthday? A cat one of of course! I followed a recipe from a very old book, so I’ll post that below as well a a simplified version of the items I used.

I LOVE MY KITTY CAT…

Simplified for experienced bakers:

  • I made two standard Victoria Sponge cakes, in a 1 pint pudding basin and a 2 pint pudding basin
  • I shaped the smaller cake into a sphere so it could be the head
  • I stuck the two cakes together with buttercream icing
  • I used this buttercream icing with orange food dye to cover the cake
  • I used sponge fingers  to make the paws and the tail, covering them in icing also
  • The ears are made out of hollowed out ice cream cones
  • The nose, collar and mouth are assorted pick ‘n’ mix sweets
  • I cut the eyes out of regular icing, which also formed the writing
  • And finally added the spaghetti whiskers for good measure

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Official recipe as per my cook book:

You will need (cake):1 pint pudding basin, 2 pint pudding basin 250g butter, 250g caster sugar, 4 eggs, 250g self-raising flour and 2 tablespoons of hot water, 3 sponge fingers, 2 ice cream cones, few liquorice sweets, 1 piece red liquorice ribbon, few short pieces of spaghetti

You will need (butter icing): 250g butter, 500g sifted icing sugar, 4 tablespoons milk, colourant

  1. Line and grease the pudding basins
  2. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees/Gas mark 4
  3. Cream the fat and the sugar together until light and fluffy
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a tablespoon of flour with the third egg
  5. Fold in the remaining flour with a metal spoon, then the hot water
  6. Two-thirds fill each basin with the mixture
  7. Bake in the preheated oven an hour for the small cake and an hour and twenty minutes for the large
  8. While cooking, make the butter icing (recipe below)
  9. Turn onto a wire rack to cool
  10. Trim the small cake into a ball for the head
  11. Place the large cake on a cake board and fix the small one on top with a little butter icing
  12. Position a sponge finger at the side for a tail
  13. Cut a slice off the other sponge fingers, place them either side of the chest, as legs and paws
  14. Cut the tips off the ice cream cones and place on either side of the head for ears
  15. Cover the kitten with icing
  16. Shape the sweets for the eyes and nose, press into position
  17. Tie the liquorice round the neck in a bow and position the spaghetti as whiskers

Butter Icing:

  1. Beat the butter with half the icing sugar until smooth
  2. Add remaining icing sugar with the milk and flavouring/colourant
  3. Beat until creamy

Hope this helped and that you enjoyed my kitty cat cake! xxxxx

SOURCES AND RELEVANT LINKS

All the Bakeware || More cat cakes || One of my favourite baking blogs

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Baking Valentines Day Cupcakes!

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Before we go ahead please bear in my that this was my first ever solo baking venture! All things considered, I’m rather pleased with how it all turned out and I received very positive feedback from everyone who was lucky enough to try my yummy cakes! Inspired by my very good friend Sarah who makes the best cakes of anyone I know!

AHOY VALENTINES DAY CUPCAKES…

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I used a BBC Food recipe which is linked below, but the basic ingredients for the cupcakes are:  110g of softened butter, 110g of caster sugar, 2 free range eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 110g of self raising flour and 2 tablespoon of milk.

And to make the buttercream icing you will need: 140g of softened butter, 280g of icing sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.

To make it a little bit different I used cute little heart shaped cake cases from Wilkinson and instead of colouring my icing I used vanilla extract to make it even yummier. I also bought little chocolate hearts to place on the top!

As a side note, I just love love love the baby pink little weighing scales I bought (also from Wilkinson). They were £8, reduced from £12 and while they might not be as accurate as their electronic equivalent they are so much more adorable!

I also learnt through this venture that investing in an electronic whisk/mixer would be very beneficial. My weedy arm muscles did not appreciate my endeavours and nor did my hands when they were covered in blisters from my wooden spoon. Oops!

Nevertheless I was happy happy with the results…

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Had some extra mixture so made a couple of normal ones too, also forgot to take a picture of them iced and then there was only one left, oh dear! Got carried away wanting to eat them all up!

That’s all! Had a wonderful Valentines Day and hope everyone else did too! xxx

SOURCES AND RELEVANT LINKS

BBC Food Recipe || Wilkinson Baking Section || Sarahlouuu makes the best cakes

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