Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Late Summer Snapshots

Some photos I took last week on a gorgeous late summer day :)

Hope you're all having a great week!

Monday, 10 September 2012

How to bake... Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

These cupcakes are so delicious and cute. Perfect for when you're craving a sugar hit! Here's how to make them...

  • 110 g/ 4 oz butter/margarine, softened
  • 110 g/ 4 oz caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 110 g/ 4 oz self raising flour
  • 1 - 2 tbsp milk
      For the buttercream icing
  • 140 g/ 5 oz butter, softened
  • 280 g/ 10 oz icing sugar
  • 1 - 2 tbsp milk
(Hundreds & Thousands are optional!)

1) Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4 and line a 12 - hole muffin/cupcake tin with paper cases. 

2) Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until fluffy and light. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.

3) Using a metal spoon, fold in the flour, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are about half full. You may have some mixture left over, in which case you can cook two batches of cakes. :)

4) Bake in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

5) To make the buttercream icing, beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and continue to beat until smooth.

6) Add the remaining icing sugar with one tablespoon of milk, adding more if needed, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

7) Spread the buttercream onto the cupcakes (I like the be generous with it!) and if you want to add a bit of fun and colour, sprinkle on Hundreds & Thousands! :) 

Enjoy your yummy cupcakes! Let me know how you got on if you make them :)

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Wishlist #2

Some things that I would very much like to have...

1 - Asos Chelsea Boots, 2 - Zara bag, 3 - New Look jeans, 4 - New Look shoes, 5 - H&M top, 6 - Paperchase Pass Case

Another thing I would very much like to have is a job, I want one so badly! Then maybe I could afford these lovely things! Oh well, the job hunt continues...

1) I keep on fantasising about owning a pair of these Chelsea boots ,I think they would be fab for sixth form and the colder months. I also love how they are so simple to slip on and off :)

2) After buying 4 big notebooks for school, I beginning to worry that my satchel won't be big enough for some school days. This Zara bag would accommodate everything nicely. I love the smartness of it too. 

3) New Look is really impressing me at the moment! Every time I go in, several lovely things catch my eye. These burgundy jeans would be especially great for Autumn and are very similar to the Topshop Leigh Jeans, but at a much cheaper price :D They also have a gorgeous green version. 

4) I like the look of these slipper/loafer shoes because the front tab part comes quite high up the foot, which is good for me as I have ridiculously thin feet and finding flats that fit properly is a nightmare! 

5) I'm beginning to stress about not having enough tops for sixth form... which is a pretty good reason for me to buy this ombre/colour block top! I don't have anything like it and I think it would be perfect for days when I don't feel like thinking about my outfit too much. 

6) And finally, I think this pass case from Paperchase is absolutely adorable! I have a bus pass, and the case is literally falling apart (I am getting good at thinking of reasons to buy things!), and this case is just so pretty! ;) 

What's on your wishlist?