Friday, 16 March 2018

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes | Recipe

It's been SO long since I've baked and I miss it soooo much. It's the perfect thing to do on your day off or weekend and I'm always looking for new recipes or changing old ones to create something new.
Today I used an old favourite of mine, my Funfetti Cupcakes recipe (from 2015... !!)and turned them into Ice Cream sundae ones.
For the cupcake itself I used my the same as my funfetti recipe but just added a whole lot more sprinkles and some more vanilla essence, however for the decoration I definitely made some changes! I've left the ingredients and method with the new changes down below for you to use...

For the Cupcakes
125g Caster Sugar
125g Self Raising Flour
2 Large Free Range Eggs
125g Unsalted Butter
1/4 teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda
1 1/2 tablespoons of milk
3/4 (or a whole if you're feeling brave !!) teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Brightly Coloured Sprinkles

For the Icing
500g Icing Sugar (sifted)
250g Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
Vanilla Extract (however much you like)
Pink Gel Food Colouring
Ice Cream Wafers cut to little rectangles
Brightly Coloured Sprinkles
Piping Bag & Nozzle
To Make the Cupcakes
Pre heat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
Cream together the butter and sugar until its smooth and creamy.
Add all the dry ingredients (Flour & Bicarbonate of Soda) and mix until smooth.
Then add your eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly and then mix your sprinkles in.
Line your muffin tray with cupcake cases and one by one put the cake batter into the cases, filling them about halfway.
Put them in the oven for about 20 minutes. To know they're cooked, insert a toothpick into the middle of one and if it comes out clean, they're done.
Leave to cool.

To Make the Icing
Mix the butter on its own for at least 5 minutes so it goes very soft and pale. Then add in the icing sugar a little bit at a time and mix until its creamy and soft. (It takes a while so just give it time!) Add some milk if you think its needed. 
To make the icing pink just add a tiny drop of colouring and mix it all together until you get the colour you want. (Obviously the more colouring you add, the pinker it'll be!)
Once you've got the colour you want, mix in the sprinkles (you can never have to many!!)
When you cakes are cool enough, put the icing in the piping bag and get piping.  I used the Wilton 1M tip on these cupcakes. I then put in the cut up wafers so they look more like Ice Creams!


Saturday, 3 March 2018

50 Things I Learnt When Going Through My Teens

I've had the idea to do this post since I first started this blog I think. Over the last year or so I've created a list on my phone that I add to if I think of a new point for it, and ~finally~ now I'm no longer a teen thanks to turning 20 in January (whaaaaaat) the time has come for me to write it !! And no, this isn't in any order, it's literally one big brain dump of absolutely everything I've learnt over the last 7ish years...

1. You're not going to like everyone you meet and not everyone will like you either
2. Yes periods suck, but no you don't have to struggle with them
3. What feels like the biggest problem in the world, really isn't
4. Be careful who you call your 'friend'
5. True friends build you up not break you down
6. It's okay to do what the hell you want with your life
7. No you don't have to go to uni
8. Or college for that matter
9. It gets SO much better
10. Stick up for yourself a little bit more
11. School really does end at some point, it may not seem like it, but it really does
12. You may not want to, but you will have days where you miss it
13. Don't put to much pressure on yourself, it doesn't do any good
14. GCSE results really don't mean everything !!
15. There is always someone going through the exact same thing as you even if it doesn't feel like it
16. Don't squash yourself down to please someone else, if you're smart/clever/correct OWN IT
17. Take things at your own pace, don't rush to keep up everyone else
18. It's okay to not know what you want from life when you're only 16
19. Even if it seems like everyone around you at school knows what they're doing, there's a high chance they probably don't
20. Take care of your skin when you're 13, you will love yourself for it when you're 18
21. Hormones make everything confusing, just remember to take a minute to clear your head
22. Always have spare pads or tampons on you because even if you don't need them, a girl around you will
23. Your first night 'out out' will go wrong but thats okay
24. A beer coat only lasts so long, wear a pair of bloody tights girl
25. Your first kiss will go wrong but thats okay too
26. Don't force yourself to do something you aren't comfortable with
27. Girls who you meet in the loo's on a night out are some of the best people ever
28. It's okay to know you've had enough to drink
29. It's okay to admit you prefer a night in than a night out
30. But it's okay to love a night out
31. Always make sure you've got a lift home
32. Make sure you have people in your life you can lean on
33. Without even realising it, you are growing up
34. You wear what the hell you wanna wear and eat what the hell you wanna eat
35. It's okay to be whatever shape or size you are, love and own it
36. Just because everyone seems to doesn't mean you have to
37. Hash browns and ketchup is the best hangover food ever
38. Grief comes in all shapes and sizes
39. It'll also knock you back a few steps when you least expect it
40. Time is the best healer
41. As is a warm bubble bath, bag of crisps and a Fanta lemon
42. Gilmore Girls and Gossip Girl will teach you a hell of a lot about yourself and I still don't really know why
43. Social Media never shows the whole story
44. Whoever you call family, they are the most important people in your life
45. There will be times where you are wrong
46. Be the bigger person, admit it and say sorry
47. You will have moments when you look back at people you went to school with and realise you've moved on
48. Starting this blog is the best thing I've ever done
49. It's hard to make new friends when you're older, but you'll find it's those ones that stick

Friday, 26 January 2018

Lush Valentines Day Collection

I am an absolute sucker for any new releases that Lush have (Christmas being my absolute faaaave.) But after Christmas, their Valentines products is definitely the second best. I mean the return on Unicorn Horn alone is worth it !?!?

I wanted to do a post all about their range this year as there are some lovely new releases as well as the return of some old favourites.
One of my new favourites is definitely Love Boat. It's a bath bomb thats packed with the scent of oranges and lemons and it's sooo nice. It's packed full of glitter and it's even got tiny heart shaped confetti in it!! What more could you want... ??
The next bath bomb is the classic Titsy Totsy. Now floral rose scents aren't normally my favourite but this is an exception. The rose buds that float to the top of the water make it something special and the smell reminds me of sherbet !!
Rose Bombshell is a product I've always had a love hate relationship with. This year I love it, but last year I wasn't so keen and I have no idea why !! The colour it leaves your water is so lovely, a dusty pink with shots of hot pink running through it and the scent is not too overpowering. I just know I'd rather use Love Boat over this one I think.
Now onto bubble bars. For me my absolute favourite will always be Unicorn Horn. Why they don't make this part of their main collection I have no idea because I would buy one of these everyday if I could!! I just loooove it and I'm pretty sure everyone else does too. It makes so many bubbles, leaves your water a lovely pastel shade and it leaves your skin so smooth. It's also really calming to use after stressful day at work as it's packed with lavender (its still not to overpowering as a smell though!)
Whole Lotta Love is quite small for the price but honestly you need the tiniest bit for bath full of bubbles. It contains shear butter which makes the bubbles really moisturising leaving your skin feeling pretty fab.
Heart of Enlightened Exception is another new release this year and it's also got a floral scent. However it's different to anything else in the collection, it's scent is uplifting and and is meant to help brighten your mood. It also softens your skin as its packed with cocoa butter and it leaves your water a bright zesty orange. It's lovely!!
I don't normally pick up soaps from Lush as I'm more of a Lush shower gel fan but when I saw Tunnel Of Love had lime in I had to give it a try and I'm so glad I did. It's so citrusy and smooth, it's an absolute dream to be honest!!

Friday, 12 January 2018

2018 Goals

Prints from Printiki*
I feel like I constanstly say that I'm not one to set myself any goals or targets but the more I think about it, I really really am !! I don't set myself anything to big or unreachable, just simple things. So, here are my 2018 goals !!

Collect Memories
Now like everyone else I'm always snapping photos on my phone of my day but recently I've realised that unless you actually share them anywhere they just sit in your camera roll forever. So I had some prints done online of my favourite moments of 2017 and I loooove them. I will definitely be continuing to do this for 2018.

Buy a Car
One of my main goals for 2017 was to pass my driving test and now that I've achieved that (!!), this year I want to buy myself a car which means that I have to start saving, something that I'm not the best at so lets hope for the best!

Grow my social media & Blog
I know this is quite a generic one and this sounds so silly to say, but in the first couple of weeks of this year so far my blog and social media has grown so much already !! It's crazy, I've realised how much hard work it takes but I really want to try this year.

Become braver with outfit posts
Something I tell myself every year since I've had this blog is that I want to do proper outfit posts, but I am the most nervous person when it comes to photos. This year, I really want to try and hopefully become a little bit more confident !!

*The prints were gifted to me in exchange for a feature.
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