18.7.16

Giant Jaffa Cake Recipe

I wouldn't say I have a sweet tooth, I'd say I have sweet teeth! I just can't resist anything involving cake or chocolate, and if the two are combined then it won't last longer than 2 seconds around me. This is probably why I have such a weakness for Jaffa Cakes. I can literally eat a triple pack of Jaffa Cakes in one sitting without even realising!!


I was recently sharing a pack with my colleagues (when I say sharing, I really mean slyly trying to eat as many as possible without looking greedy!) and whilst we were munching our way through them I mentioned I had seen a giant Jaffa cake on facebook. Knowing I'm a fan of baking they made me promise that I would recreate the giant Jaffa cake and bring it in to work, so last weekend that is what I did. It's incredibly easy to make and doesn't require too many ingredients so if you're a Jaffa cake fan I would definitely recommend give this a go!

Ingredients

2 x 135g packets of Hartley's orange jelly
100g unsalted butter at room temperature
100g caster sugar
2 eggs
100g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
200g dark chocolate

Method

1. Start by making the jelly. Line a frying pan with cling film. Separate the both blocks of jelly into cubes and place them in a jug. Add half a pint (285 ml) of boiling water and stir until dissolved, then add half a pint (285 ml) of cold water, stir, and pour into your cling film covered frying pan. Pop the pan into the fridge to set.

2. Now for the cake. Pre-heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 and grease one 20cm. Using an electric mixer beat the sugar and butter together until pale and fluffy. Then add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix well until combined. Finally, gently fold in the flour. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and spread out evenly with a spatula. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the cake is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

3. Once the jelly has set, and the cake has cooled, it's time to assemble your cake. You should just be able to flip the jelly out onto the top of the cake and then peel away the cling film. If your jelly is too big you can simply trim the edges using a knife, it doesn't matter too much how neat it is as it will be covered with chocolate.

4. Time to melt some chocolate! You can either do this using a microwave (20 seconds at a time and stir) or in a pan over a very low heat. Once it's melted, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly. Then simply pour it over your cake and spread it evenly with a palette knife. Don't forget the signature Jaffa cake criss-cross pattern! Pop it into the fridge for 20 minutes to set and then enjoy!!


7.7.16

5 Ways to Revive Your Blogging Mojo


Every so often, I find myself staring blankly at my screen with zero motivation to write. The words just won't come, my ideas have all dried up and, quite frankly, I'd rather be cosied up on the sofa watching a film. It happens to us all, blogging is a demanding and time-consuming hobby and, combined with all the other stresses of every day life, it's only normal to lose your blogging mojo every now and again. Usually, a day or two later normal service resumes, but what do you do when it's more than just a blip?

4.7.16

10 Beauty Hacks That Are Actually Useful

Beauty hacks are something that seem to be everywhere on the interwebs at the moment however, some of the ones I've seen are completely baffling, like why the hell would I use PVA glue to remove blackheads!? Surely anyone in their right mind can tell that's not going to be particularly great on your skin!? And don't even get me started on making mascara from Oreo's...for the love of god, why!? Pretty sure it's much easier (and cheaper!) to just nip into Boots, no? So, to help you gals out, I have put together a list of 10 beauty hacks that actually work and are useful.

10 Ways to Rediscover your Garden This Summer

As a child, I pretty much lived in my garden and I absolutely loved it. My sisters and I would spend countless hours outside from the minute we woke up, right until sunset, only venturing inside for food. However, as I've gotten older I've realised that I, and the majority of adults I know, seem to spend less time outside, or when we do, it'll be in a beer garden or local park. It's such a shame because so many back gardens are going to waste. In a bid to inspire you I've come up with 10 ways to rediscover your garden this summer.

Picnic



29.6.16

June Favourites

Can someone please explain to me where the last 6 months have gone!? I swear it was Christmas last week yet here we are, at the end of June, halfway through the year! It'll be Christmas again before we know it, eek!


I don't have many favourites this month, I think because I had a holiday which was hand luggage only (never again!!), I was limited to what I could take so stuck to the bare essentials.

26.6.16

Get Ready With Me | Wedding Guest

One of my favourite things about attending a special event like a wedding is the getting ready part. I love to really take my time starting with a long shower and pampering session before spending a couple of hours on my hair and make-up. A couple of weeks ago I attended my cousins wedding so I thought I would talk you through my getting ready process for the day. 

Make-Up


22.6.16

The Hummingbird Bakery Carrot Cake Recipe


I'm going to put it out there and say carrot cake is the best kind of cake you can get. A bold statement I know, but you just can't fault it. The moist sponge cake is comforting and satisfying without being too sweet or rich, the perfect accompaniment to a cuppa! It's always been my favourite kind of cake, despite being a devout chocoholic. I remember constantly begging my mum to bake it when I was younger and then i'd guzzle it down, straight from the oven, before she'd even had a chance to ice it. Surprisingly, despite my love of baking, I'd never actually attempted baking my own homemade carrot cake before (not counting Betty Crockers cake mix!) so when deciding what to bake for my friend Kerry's belated 30th birthday, I thought it would give it a go.