DIY ELF QUOTE MUGS + VEGAN HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

Ok, let’s talk about Christmas movies for a second! What’s your favourite?! Which one really gives you all the Christmas feels?! For me, it’s Home Alone and Love Actually but maybe you’re more of a Elf kinda person? Or maybe you prefer the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life! There’s SO MANY good ones am I right?!

Here’s a fun fact for you though, Emily has never watched Home Alone or Elf!! Can we all just take a second to process that?! I mean WHAATT?! I know what you’re thinking, how are the two of you even friends right now?! Well, I’m going to have to kidnap her this Christmas and force her to watch them haha in fact, I might just whip up a batch of this vegan hot chocolate while I’m there and make a fun Christmas themed evening of it! Complete with Elf quote mugs of course! Here’s how you can make your own…

YOU WILL NEED: (SERVES 4)

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk // 3 Tbsp cocoa powder // 1 tsp pure maple syrup // 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract // 1 pinch ground cinnamon // 1 pinch sea salt //
  • Plain white mugs // Elf quote vinyl stickers* //

* If you’d rather make the Elf quote vinyl stickers instead of buying them then of course you can! You just need a cutting machine like the Cricut Maker and vinyl in the colour of your choice, simply type in the quotes you want it cut out in the Cricut Design space and let the machine cut them out for you! Alternatively, if you’d like to cut this step out then you can just purchase the stickers here.

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VEGAN CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE RECIPE

Oh chocolate, let us count the ways we love thee! We’ve been wanting to introduce some more recipe posts around here for a while now and today is the first of them! We’re going to be sharing a bunch of vegan recipes that are perfect for parties, so whether you’re throwing a bridal shower and…

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MEET YOUR NEW FAVOURITE SWEET TREAT: DIY SUCCULENT & CACTUS CUPCAKES!

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You guys are in for a real treat today, metaphorically of course, I can’t physically give you these sweet treats but the good news is that you can easily whip yourself up a batch because Jenni from Two Little Cats Bakery is here to tell you how! These cactus and succulent cupcakes would make the perfect wedding favour, or maybe you could serve them up at a bridal shower?! Either way, I can tell you first hand that they’re absolutely delicious and they’re just about the prettiest darn cupcakes I’ve ever seen!

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YOU WILL NEED:

12 cupcakes (we used vanilla but you can use your favourite flavour!) // Buttercream icing // Fondant icing // Green food colouring // Crushed up biscuits (go for a digestive or ginger nut if you want a lighter ‘sand’ or Oreo if you want something that looks more like soil) // Piping bags and nozzles // Cocktail sticks // White sprinkles // Flower cutters //

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FOR THE CACTUS CUPCAKES….

1. Bake 12 cupcakes in any flavour you like and leave to cool completely

2. Crumble up 3 of the cupcakes with your hands into a bowl and set aside

3. Take the 9 remaining cupcakes, and spread or pipe some buttercream on top (you don’t need too much)

4. Dip the iced cupcakes into the biscuit crumbs to make them look like they are covered in sand. Make sure you give them a good roll around in those crumbs to get all the edges.

5. In your bowl of cake crumbs, add a small amount of buttercream (about a teaspoon) and mix them together – use those hands, just make sure they’re clean! If you can easily roll the mixture into a ball in your hand and it keeps it shape then you’ve got enough buttercream. If your mix is still too dry, and a little more buttercream and repeat. Don’t be tempted to add loads at once – you need less than you might think.

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6. Start rolling your mix into the rough shape you want your cactus to be. Most cacti will start off either as a ball, a flattened ball, or a stumpy sausage. Don’t make them too big – if you’re not sure then hold it against your cupcakes to check you’re happy with the size. When you’ve used up your mix put them on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof and put them in the fridge to harden.

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DONUT WEDDING CAKE

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If you’re as obsessed with Pinterest as I am then you would have seen the trend of the donut wedding cake cropping up in your feed so we thought it was about time we show you guys how you can make your own! I am SO IN LOVE with this idea and the great news is it’s something that you can easily create yourself if you’re on a budget! Shop around the supermarkets and find out where the best donuts are for you, we got these ones from Sainsbury’s and they were 24 donuts for £5! Total bargain! Here’s how easily you can do this…

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YOU WILL NEED:

A cake stand // Enough donuts for your guests // Fresh flowers of your choice (we went with roses) //

STEP 1:

Create your first layer of donuts, filling out the cake stand as much as you can but being careful not to squash any donuts!

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STEP 2:

Next add on your next layer on donuts, we found this looks best if you place them in between the placements of the layer below, i.e. making sure that donuts are not lined up with each other.

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