Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Somewhere Over The Rainbow.. Cake!!

This is my favourite cake to make and eat, i really don't need to explain why, it does all the talking for itself.


To start, weigh your eggs. Crack them into a bowl and weigh them, giving you a measurement to use for the rest of your recipe. I used 7 eggs, which weighed 360g.

7 eggs (approx 360g)
360g self raising flour
360g Stork
360g caster sugar
2tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
6 Sugarflair gel food colours -red, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple
(orange can be made from yellow and red, purple can be made from red and blue)

600g icing sugar
300g butter
½ tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4

Using an electric hand whisk or mixer, cream together the Stork and sugar until pale and fluffy and add a splash of vanilla.

Sift the flour with the baking powder into a bowl.

Add the eggs in 3 lots to the mixer, alternate adding the eggs with 4tbsps of flour.

On a very low speed, add the rest of the flour and mix slowly until incorporated.

Divide the mixture equally between 6 bowls and colour each mixture using the gel colours. 

Spoon into prepared sandwich tins and level the top. If you only have 2 tins, bake in 3 lots.

Bake for 10 minutes, skewer test the cake to make sure it is completely cooked.

Gently turn out on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Make up a large batch of butter icing by mixing the butter on a high speed until pale and fluffy, then cream in the icing sugar and add vanilla to taste.

Level each cake layer with a knife, making sure they're all flat and a similar height.

Layer up your cake, starting with the purple layer and cover the top with a layer of butter cream, followed by the blue, green, yellow, orange and then the red layer for the top, all sandwiched with a layer of butter cream.

Using a pallet knife, apply a crumb coat by covering the whole cake in a thin layer of butter cream and refrigerate for 30 mins. This will stop any crumbs from showing through the final covering.

Once set, cover the cake with the rest of the butter cream and decorate.



 What do you think?


Tuesday, 5 March 2013

New Boots

Friday night was a sad night..picture the scene:
I got home after a busy day, schlomped back on my bed so glad to be home, forced myself to sit up to take my boots off..reached for the zip and OUCH! 
The poxy zip had broken and a pokey outy metal bit cut my thumb!

(Cue sad music)
I've had my beloved boots for 2 years, I remember the day when I saw them in the Schuh sale, the last pair on the shelf..in my size! YESS! They looked so smart new, and once I’d worn them in a little, they looked and felt great. I've worn them to death..literally. So now they face the big shoe box in the sky. 
On a more serious note, because shoe shopping is serious business..I needed new boots. I totted off to the shops today and feeling very downhearted, I nearly came away with no boots :( 

I was all ready to give up and go home, I cut through New Look shoe department just incase a magic pair of boots had appeared in the 30 mins I’d not been in there. And there they were! Boots I hadn’t seen! There was only one pair in a size 3..I’m a 6 so I knew I wasn't going to fit in them. I asked a girl working there if they had any more and she showed me over to the teen section. 

Being a curvy girl, I grew out of the teen section aged 14 so it's not an area I’m familiar with, but in front of me stood a big wall of shoes that go up to a size 6 and even better VAT free! I found my boots, skipped around in them for a minute or two, walking from one side of the area to the other..the walk you're so embarrassed by when you're 6 and your mum takes you to Clarks for school shoes, but as an adult, you realise is actually a good way to test your shoes..

I am now the proud owner of a lovely new pair of boots :)

Do you cross over to the teen section? I think I'll keep my eye on the teen shoe section in future


Monday, 4 March 2013

What I spent my Daxon 350 voucher on

A few months ago, Daxon offered bloggers who joined their VIP network a £50 Amazon voucher in exchange for an advertising post on your blog. I was a little sceptical, but I had my eye on something so I thought why not :) You can see my post here

Well, I recieved my voucher as promised and after a should I, shouldnt I? moment, I just couldn't stop myself from clicking BUY ME NOW!

It wasn't until after I'd gone through the check out that I realised the item was out of stock, so I had to wait 2 weeks for it to come back. But I'm so happy :D

So what did I buy?

A glass bowl for my Kitchenaid <3 span="">

I was such a lucky girl to recieve a Raspberry Ice Kitchenaid for Christmas from my wonderful boyfriend (he actually let me have it in November because I had lots of Christmas cooking to do so got to test it out propperly). While browsing to see what colour I wanted, Images kept popping up from American websites offering the glass bowl as standard, rather than the stainless steel one that's offered in the UK. To say i was well jell would be an understatemnet but at £61 I just couldn't justify it to myself..yet..and I whipped up a baking storm for a few months quite happy with my metal bowl it comes with.
Until Daxon gave me £50.
I can justify £11 for a glass bowl. OH YES. 

So 2 weeks passed and it arrived on my doorstep after work one day, YAY!
I quickly gave it a wash, clipped it in place and whipped up some cupcakes to take to work the next day. I'm so pleased with the bowl, it's very heavy and sturdy, looks beautiful clipped into my mixer and is a tad bigger than the metal bowl so can hold a little more.

The glass bowl has turned my beautiful pink beast from wonderful to amazing :)

Having 2 bowl is really handy too, I can make a cake mix in one and then whip up some buttercream in the other without having to wash one out to re use it. It does mean more washing up at the end though. That's what boyfriend are for ;)

Did anyone else get a Daxon voucher? I'd love to see what it was spent on.


Friday, 28 December 2012

Daxon Blogger Network

While catching up on my fave blogs tonight, I stumbled upon this post by Lucy giving bloggers the chance to receive a £50 Amazon voucher. I've got my eye on a glass Kitchenaid bowl so this would come in very handy for me!

Daxon are looking to expand their network of bloggers. By adding their badge to your sidebar and writing a short blog post informing other bloggers of this great opportunity, you'll receive a £50 Amazon voucher in return. Just make sure you email your post off to Daxon before the 31st. 
Check out the Daxon site for more details

While you're there, check out their bedroom range. Many items are 70% off so there's a bargain to be had, especially if you're after a shabby chic floral duvet or some luxurious bedding. 

I have my eye on this lovely set

 I had a browse at their skirts, by day i'm a librarian so i'm expected to dress smart casual, and this skirt would be perfect for skipping about being very serious at work, and for only £11... that's pennies left over to spend on shoes!


I love a winter boot, it's so satisfying stepping on a crispy leaf or jumping about in the snow when you're wearing big cosy winter boots, and these are definitely my style. 


It's worth a go, no?


Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Simply having a winderful Christmas time

I hope everyone is having a peaceful and festive Christmas, spending time with those who love you and being spoilt rotten.
Christmas is the best excuse to wear a onesie, veg out all day playing with your new gadgets and toys, and eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner guilt free. This is exactly what i've been doing.

I've been a lucky girl this year, my naughty family have spoilt me, as I have done them.

Told you I've been spoilt!
I'd been harping on about wanting a Kitchenaid mixer for a while and a few months ago my boyfriend caved in and surprised me with a trip to the shops to pick one out. Naughty boy, but a very happy Laura! I was allowed to open it a few weeks ago and I've used it dozens of times already to make Christmas pudding, cake mix, pastry, butter cream..the list is endless!
The naughty boy also bought me my favourite Yankee Candle scent Red Velvet. Mmmmm!  And a pair of Mel shoes I'd had my eye on.
The Roku box is more for him than me, I think. Last year we ran an aeriel lead to my bedroom TV, but the signal wasn't great and the door wouldn't shut, so this little box full of wizards will allow me to watch all sorts of Internet catch up TV shows. It will need setting up and he loves a gadget so I'll leave this to him until Come Dine With Me magically appears on my TV!
His family bought me a Ted Baker wash bag and some bath goodies to fill it.

My lovely mum bought me a gorgeous Royal Albert tea cup and saucer that I've been pining for and my sister has been making cakepops with MY cakepop maker she gave me. 

I shall go back to my blanket on the sofa and watch Christmas films until bed time.

Merry Christmas :)


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation Review

A few months ago I received a newsletter email from YSL promoting their new Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation and a voucher to take along to a beauty counter for a little sample. With a skip and a jump, I toddled off to Boots and got colour matched, by a lady who was a little more orange than was needed, and off I went home with a little bottle of BR30 to use for the week.

I really liked this foundation, but as I'd just bought a bottle of Rimmel's Wake me up foundation, I decided it would have to wait for now. Skip forward a month when Boots have a £12 worth of points when you spend £50 and all my willpower dissolved as I stepped foot in the store greeted by a lovely lady with lolly pops!

This time there was a more natural skin toned lady on the YSL counter and she colour matched me to a lighter BR20 which I was pleased with and handed over my money, along with buying a Remington Curling Wand and 3 bottles of Models Own Wonderland Polishes. Happy that I now had £12 of points to spend on me for Christmas.

I've been using this foundation every day for a week and I'm so impressed, the shade matches my pale skin perfectly. There were 22 shades to pick from, ranging from very pale to very dark and everything in between so I don't think they've left anyone out at all. It blends really well, lasts all day and I don't look shiny or orange by midday which I find often happens with foundations.

Thumbs up from me!

Has anyone else tried this foundation?