My little sister recently turn a whopping 16 (she is still 6 in my head) !! I was tasked with the making a birthday cake for her tropical themed birthday party. Before I got married I was Emily Fleming... and as a Fleming, my sisters and I are obsessed with all things flamingos... just because we are flemingos!
So, with a theme like tropical I had the perfect excuse to decorate a cake in flamingos which will most likely never happen again!
I've got to say, I'm pretty damn proud of it!! So want to know how to make it? Well keeeeep on reading...
I always use my standard cake mix which you will have seen featured in my latest cake post Strawberries And Cream This time though, everything is in higher quantities as I am making my first ever two tiered cake! I don't have different sized tins at the moment so this recipe is for 4 standard tins (I then cut two layers in to smaller circles for the top tier)
600g Self Raising Flour
600g Icing Sugar
Firstly (the boring bit) set the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Now for the cake... 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 4 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.
Once the cakes have cooled, I cut two of them in to smaller circles for the top tier. It's annoying that I don't have 2 mini tins here as its a shame to waste! Although, the cut offs are perfect for taste testing!
Now you are all set to decorate as you wish to your hearts content!
I have one very happy sister! And by the way shes a blogger too (Race.With.Grace)... although you'll find a lot less cakes, and a lot more fitness!
Below with my sisters: Me, Grace & Sophie
Desert tones paired with a crisp white top... that's my kind of summer wear. This skirt was a treasure found in the Whistles sale, which is one sale I find impossible to resist. The thing is with Whistles, every item is so versatile. Somehow, almost everything is suitable for both summer and winter... making it all a very easy purchase. No excuses needed!
Pairing my new suede with a pretty simple white bloused of course my all time favourite tortoise shell sunglasses to pick up on those camel shades.
For winter I plan to wear this skirt with a black polo neck and my Russell & Bromley chelsea boots... but thats way ahead, I mustn't wish the summer away!
Shop the look:
Top - ASOS
Skirt - WHISTLES
Shoes - ASOS (similar here)
Sunglasses - RALPH LAUREN
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There is something unbeatable about wearing blue and white in the summer. It always looks especially good when you are a little sun kissed and you have a beach as a back drop... but today, I'm just as in love with it in the UK.
The weather this day made me feel especially summery, I actually feel like the British summer is here for good... I know I'm going to regret saying that!! For now though, it is beautiful!!
Shop the look:
Top - ZARA
Jeans - TOPSHOP
Shoes - RUSSELL & BROMLEY
Watch - ABBOTT LYON
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I've been after a floral bomber for SO long. It's tricky though, finding one that is just perfect. There are also so many around at the moment and I really wanted one that I haven't seen on anyone else in. It seemed this was the one!
The base colour is navy which I think is kind of what sold it to me. I love the coral shades in the floral pattern, such a pretty spring looking jacket... which is needed because as I type this, it is absolutely chucking it down outside. What is going on with this weather!
I'm really looking forward to wearing this with a little white summer dress. I think they would work perfectly together.
I am also yet to mention my brand new espadrilles from Russell And Bromley, which I am SO in love with. I was thinking about them for a good month before I actually went to buy them, and now I have them... they are not coming off!
So pleased I have finally found the floral bomber of my dreams!
Shop The Look:
Jacket - ZARA
Jeans - TOPSHOP
Tshirt - ASOS
Shoes - RUSSELL AND BROMLEY
Pendant Necklace - HOUSE THIRTEEN
Watch - ABBOTT LYON
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Are you mad about bags? Well... I am very excited to announce that this weekend I have teamed up with SOPHIE FLEMING to offer a give away of one of their gorgeous Regent bags!
You have probably seen some of the SOPHIE FLEMING bags popping up all over my blog and Instagram but my favourite so far has to be the nude Regent which is why I'm so pleased to have the chance to give one to one of my lucky readers!