Warning. This may put you in a seriously summery mood and in the desperate need of picnics and Wimbledon... Or that's how I'm feeling any way! This was the first punnet of strawberries I have bought this year and oh my goodness they tasted so good. So what better thing to do than whip up a cake and crown it with my favourite summer fruit.
I don't know if you caught my recent Eggselent Easter Cake post, but I'm using the same basic sponge and icing recipe.
300g Self Raising Flour
Extras: Strawberries and chocolate
200g Icing Sugar
Firstly, put the butter in the mixer and whizz away until light and creamy. Then add the sugar and again let it mix for a minute or so to get light and fluffy. Next add the eggs one by one mixing mixing all the time to stop the mixture from curdling.
I then add the self raising flour. Make sure not to over mix once the flour is in as this will make the sponge a lot less light and fluffy... which is what we are trying to avoid! I then add a splash of milk and a little bit of vanilla essence.
Then separate in to 2 tins and bake in the oven at 180 degrees celcius for between 20 - 30 minutes... I swear no cake is the same! If you think it looks done at 20 mins, stick a sharp knife in to the middle to see if it comes out completely clean. If there is even a tiny bit of raw mixture on it... leave it in the oven and try again in 5 minutes.
Once the cakes are out of the oven, leave to cool completely. I use this time to start with the decoration! Firstly the icing. Put the butter in the mixer and then slowly add the icing sugar. I say SLOWLY because if it all goes in at once your whole kitchen will be covered in icing sugar... and we really need it in the bowl! Once well combined and looking light and creamy, and the vanilla essence and your done.
Now... time to dip strawberries in chocolate!
I left the chocolate coated strawberries on a flat plate to cool for a few hours before carefully lifting them off with the help of a knife. Then place them around the top of the cake like a beautiful strawberry crown! I also used strawberry jam for the centre along with some of the butter cream I made earlier.
Time to serve and enjoy!
I'm a huge lover of all things stripey! I went through my clothes the other day and realised that 8 striped tops is probably enough to keep me going for now. Especially when they are all white and navy!
This is my most recent striped purchase! It's from Zara and I am totally in love with it. It's a lovely material.. the only thing is you kind of need to put the jumper on before you do your make up. It's one very snug neck line!
Paired with my stripes, I'm wearing my Whistles leather jacket which I'm starting to think is featuring a little to much in all my blog and Instagram posts! Also, black wide fit trousers from Lily & Carter which is a brilliant one stop shop for quality basics!
For a fair few months now, my home has been a massive project which I have absolutely loved completing (or nearly completed anyway) Finally we are almost there. After years of wanting a house to fit shutters too, we finally have shutters! I have painted almost every surface possible in either white or grey adding the odd colourful accessory to brighten things up a little! Well, here is a sneak peak in to my home where the majority of stuff if very affordable and most likely from IKEA of Homesense!
Our living room was the first room we completed. When we moved in we had no TV or Internet for 3 weeks, and with the mobile phone signal being completely non existent we got a whole lot of painting done pretty quickly. This room was transformed from magnolia to grey in days, with our new Marks and Spencer sofas arriving just in time to make this room look like home.
Our coffee table came with us from the old place, and this grey rug I found in Homesense (which soon became my favourite shop in the world). Also from Homesense in this room, my silver coat hook. I think this is one of the first things I bought when we had made an offer on this house. You know that pile you have for when you finally have a home... this was first! You may have spotted the grey blanket on the sofa with the lime green stripe running through it... this too was from Homesense and to my delight it made it on to the Daily Mail!! I bought it for £19.99 and John Lewis (I'm a HUGE fan of John Lewis by the way!) were selling it for £95! I know, so savvy of me.
A rather large feature in this room which I haven't yet mentioned is my lovely cow oil painting. When I saw this hanging in the shop window I fell in love with it! I think I have a thing for cows... as you will see more through out my post (and I haven't even featured them all!) I bought the painting from a little shop in Tunbridge Wells called Fi Chi.
Now... on to the dining room!
I'm a lover of all things Scandi and this is by far my most Scandi style inspired room. Everything that was wooden in here soon got painting white and decorated with something grey... what ever that may be! Featuring a rather large log pile which my husband is absolutely not allowed to touch or use the logs for burning (absurd idea) these are decoration only! Didn't realise I was quite so protective over them until I starting writing this!
Along side my lovely logs... my mantle piece has three light grey Ikea candle sticks, two mini house candles (I'm not sure where these came from as were a Christmas present, and actually I don't plan to burn them. Far to pretty) along with a couple of Ikea frames. In one, a 'Hello You' post card from Paperchase which I just thought was lovely because I love typography prints and even better when it's on a white and grey swirly background. At only 60p It's a very easy way to create some inexpensive art work. On the other side, an Image of the hubby with his rugby team after a very memorable win!
You can also spot my clock on the wall, although only a little bit in each picture. This was from Marks and Spencer.
Now... on to the kitchen!
Again, another room where I've have managed to paint almost everything. The walls were white, but they had a new coat just to freshen things up. The cupboards were a creamy yellow colour which looked lovely but it just didn't fit in with the Scandinavian theme I was going for! So... Off I went to B&Q and found some grey cupboard paint and got to work with my mini rollers straight away. I thought this was going to be a mammoth task and well it wasn't easy peasy, but it was so much better than I expected. Anyway, painting the cupboards turned in to the most rewarding job of the whole house. I am SO pleased with them!
The grey definitely makes our lovely white Gorenje fridge stand out a lot more! Here you will have spotted a couple more cows lurking around too. A gorgeous tea set I was given a couple of years ago in preparation for 'the house we will finally have' and I feel like the pale blue colour is just perfect in our new kitchen. Along with a couple of Sophie Allport oven gloves and tea towels... I LOVE our kitchen. Which is lucky because as everyone says, it's the heart of the home!
That's where my sneak peak stops! I hope you like what we have done to our humble abode. Now most the work is done, I'm so looking forward to sitting back and enjoying it... Until we tackle the garden!
Where I go, my leather jacket comes with me… and for almost any occasion! I bought it last summer from Whistles when I went in store for a browse… and to my delight this little baby was half price meaning there was absolutely no way I was walking out without it! It was worth every single penny and with the amount of use it has had, its cost per wear will be totally justifiable!
Paired with my leather jacket I’m wearing a shirt dress from French Connection which I have only worn as an actual dress before so It’s nice to be making it more versatile. Also, my Topshop Joni jean and my R&B boots which barely leave my feet since I got them at Christmas!
My sunglasses are a new purchase from Asos which were an absolute bargain at £12 (see all links below) and all topped off with a skinny black belt, also Asos. A pretty basic outfit but perfect transitional pieces where you don’t want to be in a chunky knit and it isn’t yet appropriate to be in a summer dress. I am waiting for that moment very impatiently!
I know I keep going on about the weather... but it is so changeable at the moment which is so annoying! Yesterday there was ice on my wind screen when I left for work and by midday it was 17 degrees (no complaints there!) So, I've gathered some of my favourite spring looks which work for the chilly mornings and warmer afternoons... and you can see a whole lot more on my Pinterest.
Featuring a whole lot of denim along with muted tones. Some of these may be a tiny bit optimistic... but hopefully by the end of the months bare legs will be acceptable! Fingers crossed!