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Halloween cupcakes!.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

I don't usually celebrate Halloween as such. Although, I love to bake. I thought these cupcakes would make a lovely addition too a spread or party and they're easy enough for anyone too make!.

The Recipe for the sponge was from "Tanya Bakes" and it's the "Raspberry cupcakes" recipe and method. I've just adjusted the recipe to suit these cakes. This makes 12 cakes.

For the sponge you're going too need;

50g butter,
180g caster sugar,
1 egg,
Tanya suggests a splash of vanilla extract. However, I find that a bit strong so i just went for 1/2 a tsp,
160g plain flour,
1 tsp baking powder,
160ml full fat milk.

Firstly you want too pre-heat your oven too 180C/350F/GM4 and line your muffin tray with cupcake cases, I used some green spotty  ones from a packet i got from Tesco for around £1.

Secondly, You'll want to cream together your butter and sugar. I used stork with butter for the cakes as it's already softened and it's a lot easier. Mix in your egg and vanilla extract and simply fold in your flour and baking powder, slowly add your milk until you have a smooth batter.

Thirdly you need too spoon the mixture evenly in too your cases and if your super messy like me clear up any of the mixture of your tray. Then bake those for 20 minutes until golden.

For your Icing, you will need;
250g of butter,
500g icing sugar,
1/4 vanilla extract.

I did find this makes more than enough so unless you're likely too use it all up, perhaps just do 100g of each less?. You just want too cream these together well and add in your vanilla extract.

Remember to leave your cakes to cool before piping, otherwise your icing will melt. When they're cool you'll want too pipe on your icing, I then used some flavoured Co-op icing pens too draw on cobwebs, blood drips, spiders and cute little pumpkins.

Hope you have a Fun Halloween. If you do make these, let me know how you get on!.

A little make up top up

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Now that it's autumn, which is my favourite time of year. Who doesn't love autumnal colours and cooler weather?. Anyway, I decided a little make up top up was in order. However, I couldn't go too over the top like I usually would because I'm now in my own home and I have bills and loads of grown up responsibilities that I just won't bore you with. Also I work seasonally so I'm trying too be somewhat sensible with money.

Rimmel's wake me up foundation in 100 ivory

I've used this a couple of times and I really like the way it makes my skin feel and look. The shade is a little orangey for me but when it's blended you can hardly tell so it's not a big issue. This is a dewy foundation so you'd have too use a powder if you prefer a more matte look. However,  I'm really digging the dewy skin look recently. The coverage I'd say is medium, which is good for an everyday look in my opinion. it's very breathable and I'm loving the way my skin looks with it on.

Rimmel's Kate limited edition lipstick in retro red 

I  can not cope with this packaging. It's rose gold and just so me!. I fell in love with the colour instantly. There's currently a 2 for £10 on Rimmel in boots if you're looking too stock up and you want to get your hands on that. I've used Kate lipsticks before and I love the formula of them, I don't need too touch them up much and they smell amazing. I need that nude shade I saw earlier....

Rimmel's Wake me up mascara 

Okay there's a thing going on with Rimmel here and products that make me look like less of a zombie. I've used this mascara before and I loved the wand and the way it applies, I'd agree it make sure me look a lot more awake. I like the fact it doesn't go too clumpy and it lasts a while, is definitely buy this again for sure.

    Seventeen's make your mark eyeliner 

I buy these so often I swear, I lose them all the time and I can never find them (there's most likely a stash in my make up storage). I like the formula of these and the fact that they're very black rather than a dull shade like some eyeliners can be. The nib is very precise and the pen itself is very easy too use.  They're very affordable which is lucky for me considering  I'll most likely continue too lose and buy these for a while.

Have you ever tried any of these products?, what did you think?.

Homemade ice cream shakes.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

In my home town there was a tiny shop that sold milkshakes made with chocolate bars and ice cream 'candy shakes' if you will. The shop was called Shake. However, since I moved away a year or so on the shops closed and I had no where too get my perfect shakes. So, I decided to make my own. Whilst I was at it I decided too make some milk and white chocolate cookies from Tanya Burr's recipe, Tanya Burr.

The Ice cream shakes are super easy too make, anyone could do it!. You just need a cup of ice cream, 1/2 a cup of milk, a chocolate bar of your choice (I went for flake) and a blender. Typically serves one.
1/2 cup of milk, 1 cup of ice cream, 1 bar of chocolate, blender.

For the cookies, the recipe came from Tanya Burr's new book 'Tanya bakes' pictured behind. They didn't come out as glorious as Tanya's photos of course and I did make the biggest mess, but they do taste amazing!.
Recipe from 'Tanya Bakes'.

Simply place the milk and ice cream into the blender and blend together, I used a hand blender and a jug for this, I broke the flake into three parts and popped that into the blender. You'll want to blend this for around a minute until everything is combined nicely.
1 Cup ice cream, 1/2 Cup of milk, 1 flake.

Thanks too my boyfriend for blending so I could take these photos!.

Served with a milk and white chocolate cookie.

If you manage too try this recipe let me know how it went in the comments!.
Thanks for reading.

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