... Make a cake! I was given the task of baking a cake for the Christening of my gorgeous niece Darcey. With the Kitchen Aid finally unpacked and in our new home, I at last had the chance to use it for the first time. Too exciting! I used the whisk attachment which I think did absolute wonders for my cake as I have never had such a light, fluffy and risen cake before. It was huge!
For my cake I needed:
- 400g Butter (I use cake stork)
- 400g Caster Sugar
- Lemon Flavouring
- 6 eggs (I only had 4 and it worked just fine)
- 400g Self Raising Flour
- Splash of Milk
- Betty Crocker Lemon Icing (I know, so bad I cheated!!)
- 1 Lemon for decoration
So first of all, I whizzed up the butter to soften it and then gradually added the sugar until it turned to a light and creamy mix. Next up I added the eggs one by one so the mix doesn't curdle. Sometimes I use lemon juice straight from the lemon but this time I went for the easy option and used about 3 tea spoons of lemon flavouring. After whisking well, or letting the mixer do the hard work... slowly add the flour while the mixer is on a low speed. You don't want to over mix once the flour is in other wise your cake will loose the fluffiness and go a little heavy. No one wants that. Once the flour is all combined, I add a splash of milk, I don't know how much (sorry, not helpful) but I add enough to make the mix noticeably runnier than before. Then, divide the mix in to two buttered round cake tins and bake in the oven for 45 mins at 180'C Checking it every so often as I swear no cake is ever the same!
Once the cakes are out the oven and have completely cooled, then you can gently release them from the tins and decorate. As mentioned above I cheated and opted for Betty Crocker Lemon Icing. I haven't used it before but when I saw it on the shelf or £1.25 I thought it must be worth a try (and I highly recommend!) I added the icing to the middle of the cake and also on top, then topping with grated lemon around the edge for decoration... But I think a really nice addition would be some lemon curd in the middle too. Why didn't I think of that before!
The cake went down very well and I couldn't have been more pleased with my first kitchen aid bake! Many many more cakes to come!
Hooray for pay day! Although... Being the last pay day before Christmas I'm guessing most peoples funds will be spent on presents for friends an family at this very expensive time of year. I've gone for a more gift inspired wish list this month, all things being just as lovely but hopefully some great gift ideas for you. Even if it's for you own Christmas list! Just click on the images to get to the product page.
All lovely things to give or receive while not breaking the bank... And the Christmas count down stands at 4 weeks today!
I do love a little fur number. From coats to scarves, I think a faux fur item can look really expensive if you choose well, which these photos below show perfectly. I love the range of colours but my favourite inspo pic below has to be the cow print clutch, I LOVE it!
This fur coat I'm talking about, I guess you could call vintage... It was my coat when I was 6 years old from GAP kids which I have never been able to part with, and I'm so pleased I never did! Yes, it's a little short in the sleeves but that really is it. I like to think one day I will have a daughter who can wear it too... and maybe it will be just a little more appropriate for a child!
I even have a little comparison snap for you all. Who wore is better... 6 year old me or 23 year old me?! Don't answer that...
There is so much faux fur to choose from on the high street these days and lots of the items are fun and colourful too. These few pieces are my favourites, I'm dying to get the ASOS navy bomber jacket!
Chunky knits are too hard to resist since this sudden drop in temperature last week. These three snugglers arrived on Friday and each one is under £20... not bad eh?
I found these knitted beauties on Zara which as you know is one of my favourite shops. You get such good quality and design for such a reasonable price.
I think my favourite is the chunky roll neck jumper and I can't have enough stripes in my wardrobe! The other 2 are more basic but get so much use. They do something very similar to this each year, usually the buttons change a little but they are always £19.99 and come in the colours black, light grey, dark grey there's often a camel and a navy to. Definitely handy staples to have in your wardrobe. I especially like these because they are more fitted so get great use when wearing jeans and don't want to look too slouchy but also being a thinner fitted knit they tuck very neatly in to skirts.
1. ZARA - Striped Chunky Roll Neck
2. ZARA - Basic Fitted Knit Charcoal
3. ZARA - Basic Fitted Knit Khaki
Super versatile and lovely and warm! If you fancy them, just click on the links or the product images above!
Since the new house has been in the pipe line, I haven't been able to resist buying a good book (now we have the space to put them). I feel like I always have an excuse: 'This is a perfect coffee table book' and 'This will look great on the shelf' which I know is a silly reason to buy a book ... I'm not even sure they've all be read!
Homesense is my all time favourite shop, I love all the unique things you can find in there but they also have the most wonderful books and note pads which I have bought a few too many of. The books are always sold for a lot less that rrp too.
On my latest trip to Homesense I couldn't resist picking up just a couple more, and again... the perfect coffee table book! I bought Alexa Chung 'IT' which I have wanted for a long time but have just never got round to buying it, and for £9.99 rather than the rrp of £16.99 why not! I also picked up a very chunky and sleek looking 'THE FASHION BOOK' which I again I have wanted for a long time. I'm not to sure what the rrp for this book is but I got it for £7.99 which seemed like a bargain ... It would be criminal to have left it!
On to note pads which I seem to be equally as obsessed with and really need to just avoid these aisles because otherwise I wont leave empty handed. It's not good. But any way, I just really love a note pad and these really do get good use! Besides, they are decoration for the living room along with the books so it's all ok.
I think we are going to be needed some more book shelves at this rate, and now to end with a little book styling inspo because books aren't just for reading...
See, book styling is a thing!