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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50 CAKES & BAKES TO MAKE THIS VALENTINES DAY – THAT ARE TOTALLY ADORABLE!

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Got yourself a sweet tooth? I know I do and what better time to treat yourself to a little sugary treat that on Valentines day?! Whether you’re baking up a storm for your gal pals night in or you wanted to create something extra special for your other half, we’ve got your back with our favourite 50 sweet treats for V-Day!

1.(above) I mean, I can’t even express how awesome this heart eye emoji cake roll is from Aww Sam!

2. These macarons from Sugar & Cloth are making all of our ombre dreams come true!

3. Did somebody say Valentine’s chocolate shot glasses?! Via The Bewitchin Kitchen.

4. Why just have conversation hearts when you can have conversation heart donuts?! Via Aww Sam.

5. How sweet is this heart shape rose tart recipe over on Brit & Co?!

6. I love how pretty and colourful these watercolour heart cookies are via The Sweet Escape!

7. Express your feelings with these chocolate letterings via Brit & Co, bonus points for topping them on a waffle!

8. Who could resist these heart throb cookies via Aww Sam?! I’d be grabbing Ryan Gosling and Jared Leto for myself!

9. Aww Sam also created this adorable best friends forever necklace cake!

10. For something similar but still oh so cute why not make a batch of Valentines sugar cookies in pretty pastel colours? Via Alice & Lois.

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HEY GIRL! MAKE THESE CUTE CONVERSATION HEART CAKES FOR V-DAY!

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Happy Friday guys! I’m so excited to introduce you to one of our guest DIYers and a super cute conversation heart cake tutorial today! Since me and Emily aren’t the best at baking we felt it would be better if we handed you over to Holly from Club Crafted for this adorable tutorial just in time for Valentines Day….

Hi there! I, Holly, am really only into Valentine’s Day for the treats. Sorry boys, but dessert is still the way to my heart, and whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your girl gang or with your S.O., these fun conversation heart cakes are the perfect way to celebrate the day of love.

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Based on the classic conversation heart candies, these mini cakes can be customized with your favorite little sayings. Display them for a party, make them for your friends or make them for simply indulging on Valentine’s Day! Using any recipe you’d like with mini heart pans, spread pastel colored icing all over the cake and write words on them with red gel icing to create cakes that look just like the conversation hearts we all know and love. Here’s how to make them!

YOU WILL NEED:

Your favourite cake recipe* // Your favourite white frosting recipe // 4-inch heart springform pans // Cake level or knife // 6-inch cake boards // Gel food colouring // Angled spatula // Red gel icing //

*Note, a recipe for 24 cupcakes will make approximately 6 mini heart cakes.

STEP 1:

First, choose your flavor! I thought it was appropriate to make red velvet cake with a smooth cream cheese frosting for these themed cakes. You can use any combination as look as the frosting is light enough to be dyed a pastel color. Then, preheat your oven to the necessary setting, usually 350 degrees.

STEP 2:

Spray the heart springform pans with cooking spray and set aside. Prepare the cake batter according to the recipe instructions and divide the batter between the pans so that each is about ½ full. You may need to bake in batches depending upon how many cake pans you have.

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STEP 3:

Place the pans on top of a standard baking sheet. This makes them easier to move into and out of the oven. Baking times will vary according to the recipe. Bake for approximately the time of a batch of cupcakes and check often, increasing time as needed until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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DIY GINGERBREAD TEEPEE AND RECIPE

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I have to admit, I love gingerbread houses as much as the next gal but the actual baking of the gingerbread house and assembling of it is something that kinnddaaaaaa stresses me out! But who wants to miss out on the fun of the decorating the house?! Not me! So…this year I was thinking, what I could bake that would be really simple and easy and would allow me to get creative with the decor?! Then it hit me, a gingerbread teepee!!

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I would literally only need to bake four triangles, and that would be it! No cutting out of windows, or trying to assemble rooftops, it was the perfect plan! So I set the wheels in motion to get the idea moving! I did some research online, and wrote down everything I needed that would require as little baking and fiddling as possible and it really was much much simpler than it looks! Here’s how to make your own…

FOR THE GINGERBREAD:

125g Unsalted butter // 100g Dark muscovado sugar // 3 Tbsp golden syrup //300g plain flour // 1 Tsp bicarbonate of soda // 2 Tsp ground ginger //

FOR THE DECORATIONS:

Matchmaker chocolates // 250g Icing sugar // 1 egg white //Pink food colouring // Edible flowers in small and large (I got these ones from Waitrose // Green fondant //White fondant // Green sprinkles // Rainbow fizzy laces // Small chocolate covered sweets // Toffee // Pretzel sticks // Old fashioned sweets // Twine //

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STEP 1:

Melt the butter, sugar and syrup together in a saucepan. Meanwhile, mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger into a large bowl then stir in the butter mixture to form a dough.

STEP 2:

Roll out your dough and cut out lots of triangles, I ended up baking around 15 triangles in total so that I could pick the best 4 or have spares in case anything went wrong! Plus it meant afterwards I had some spares for cookies! Once you’ve got your triangles, cut off about 1cm of the top of each of them, this is so there will be a little space for pretzel sticks to stand out of the top of the teepee.

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STEP 3:

Bake in the heated oven (200C or fan 180C) for 12 minutes or until firm. Then pull out of the oven, leave to cool for just 1 minutes then trim the edges of the triangles so that they’re really straight. Then leave to cool fully.

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HOW TO MAKE CUTE EDIBLE DONUT NECKLACES FOR YOUR BRIDESMAID BESTIES!

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When it comes to design and DIY Aww Sam is quite simply the queen! Her fun and modern blog sees some of the most easy alternative DIY projects I have ever laid my eyes on, which is good because you will want to do them all. Add to this Sam’s A class baking skills and the coolest instagram account in town and I promise you, she will be the next best thing you have added to your blog reader in a long time! (Aside Bespoke Bride, of course!)

Over to you Sam…

“There’s nothing like telling a friend how much they mean to you by sharing the other half of your “best friends” necklace with them! Or at least that was the hip thing to do in middle school anyways. Ha! (I totally think best friend necklaces are the bomb) So, we’re doing a throwback and transforming one of your favorite pieces of statement jewelry into a donut to to give to your friends or bridesmaids to say, “you’re my bff!”

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YOU WILL NEED:

Fried donut dough// Broken heart cookie cutter// Frying oil// Pink icing// White icing// Piping bag//

STEP 1:

Use your favorite dried donut recipe to make the dough. Roll out the dough and use the broken heart cookie cutters to cut out your shapes. Allow to rise for 30 minutes and fry in a pan and frying oil. Allow the donuts to cool completely before icing.

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DIY CHRISTMAS LIGHT COOKIES (AKA THE BEST XMAS COOKIES EVER)

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Oh em gee you guys, Christmas is creeping upon us and I’m so excited to start baking up some festive treats! Last week me and James made our first attempt at baking and decorating ginger bread men and let’s just say…I’m glad Deanna from Obsessive Cookie Designer is here today sharing her cookie tutorial and not me! These Christmas light cookies are absolutely adorable and would make super cute gifts or even festive favours!

YOU WILL NEED:

6 cups flour // 3 tsp. baking powder // 2 cups butter // 2 cups sugar // 2 eggs // 2 tsp. vanilla extract // 1 tsp. salt // 3 3/4 cups sifted confectioners(powdered) sugar // 3 T meringue powder(I buy at Michael’s) // 6 T warm water // Food colouring of your choice // A piping bag or bottle // Christmas light bulb cutter (we recommend Cookie Cutter) or a sharp knife if cutting by hand // Small craft wire (the one shown is from Michael’s, found in the jewelry section).  Black licorice would work well as an edible version also. //

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STEP 1:

Cream the butter and the sugar then add the eggs and the vanilla. Next, mix the dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture. Mix well then chill the dough in the fridge before rolling out.

STEP 2:

Cut into light bulb shapes (light bulb cutter available on Amazon or you can cut them by hand with a knife like I did!). Create a small hole at the bottom of the bulb with a toothpick, spinning the toothpick to ensure the hole is large enough to pass a small wire through it.

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GEOMETRIC HEART CAKE TOPPERS

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Woo hoo we are so excited to share our first ‘Month of Hearts’ DIY with you today! These cake toppers are made from card and are so ridiculously easy and quick to make that anyone could do it. Of course  we couldn’t help but make ours as bright as possible but if bold isn’t your thing these can be customised to match any colour of your choosing!

You Will Need: Cardstock// *Cricut Explore & Cutting Mat//

*If you do not own a Cricut Explore, you will still be able to create this DIY, you will just need a few more tools and a bit more time, as paper cutting by hand is a little more laborious. For this you will need… Scalpel// Cutting Mat// Pencil// Printer// Tracing Paper// Metal Ruler//

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DIY Ombre Christmas Tree Cookies

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Hands up if you like getting festive with your baking around this time of year?! I don’t normally, but last year I found myself alone on Christmas Eve (cue the violins!!), everyone around me had made plans and I hadn’t so I decided to spend the day doing a spot of baking and I absolutely loved it!! This year, I won’t be alone on Christmas eve but I will however still be getting my bake on! And if you, like me are looking for a cute spin on a classic cookie then look no further because these ombre iced Christmas tree cookies are for you! To make 25 cookies you’ll need:

100g soft brown sugar // 100g golden syrup // 225g plain flour //1/4 tsp salt // 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda // 1 heaped tsp ground ginger // 1/2 tsp cinnamon // 50g unsalted butter // 250g icing sugar // 2 tbsp water // baking trays // Christmas tree cookie cutter // Green food colouring //

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STEP 1: Pre heat your oven to gas mark 5 or 180C and grease 2 baking trays.

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Off The Record: Baking, Books & Blogger Chat!

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Hello from a very sick Emily. I am writing this from the comfort of my sofa wrapped in a duvet, with a hot water bottle and in my PJ’s with fluffy warm socks. I got home from a great day out with Jess, Emily (Fishee Photobooth & Mermaid Gossip) and Helen (The Wedding Bazaar) in Usk, when I was suddenly struck down with this horrible icky virus that made me feel horrendously nauseous and achy all over. Thankfully I am feeling alot better today but I thought it best to ride it out for the rest of the day from the safety of my sofa, which I think you will agree is the best place to be when you’re feeling a little under the weather. 

Now enough of me feeling sorry for myself lets get on to what we have been loving this week…

EMILY LOVES…

♥ Date day & night with Mr T! We went to watch Guardians of the Galaxy at the cinema (which was amazeballs by the way!) then on to Frankie and Bennies for dinner, where I had the best Peanut butter milkshake!

♥  Spending the day in the garden with Mr T! I know I always bang on about my garden but it certainly is one of my most favourite places to be!

Mr T surprising me with a clay oven. I have wanted one for aaaaages, now to do some outdoor cooking! I’m thinking marshmallows, baked spuds, BBQs….

♥ Reading a book in bed! It has been so long since I have done that but it so relaxing! I am reading Richard Dawkins, The Magic of Reality right now and it’s really quite mind blowing!!

♥ Receiving our invitation for the Wedding Blog Awards at the Savoy! I am so excited, now all I have to do is decide on something to wear!

JESS LOVES…

When Emily bakes me yummy food! Particularly crumbles! Apple crumbles and pies are my absolutely fave, especially when they’re mixed with berries so this week when Emily baked me an apple and blackberry crumble I was in heaven! Needless to say I wolfed it down with a nice cup of tea! 

Lunch dates with fellow bloggers, as Emily mentioned we went out to lunch with Em & Helen this week to a cute little restaurant in Usk called La Cantina! It’s so nice spending time with people who also run blogs, the blogger chat is endless and it’s so helpful and inspiring! 

Finishing series 3 of Luther! MAN it was good!!! Gutted it’s all over now though, however I hear they’re making a film! 

Planning our DIYs for the next few months, we have some good ones in the pipeline that we can’t wait to share with you all! 

Company Magazine. It’s my favourite magazine and I’m so so so gutted to find out this month is the last ever edition of Company! Thank god I can still get my fix online! 

WHAT WE’VE BEEN LOVING AROUND THE WEB…

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