Wednesday, 28 October 2015

putting the FUN in funfetti

It's been a while since I turned on my oven to bake.
(Unless you count last weekend when I 'baked' then demolished a packet of frozen curly fries....?! 
Which were pretty awesome, but don't technically fall into the official 'baking' category...)

Yeah... so it's been a while.

But as I prepare to dust off the cake tins and create a dinosaur birthday cake for my favourite mini human and (self-appointed) God-Son, I realised I never posted the recipe for the cake I baked his Mama months ago for her special day.

So (through the magic of the blogesphere)
Here's a little somethin' I prepared earlier....

T H E   F U N F E T T I   C A K E

(For one of my favourite adult humans - xx)

putting the FUN in funfetti >> STARTS WITH CUPCAKES

T H E   C A K E 

1 and 2/3 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup greek yogurt 
3/4 cup milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup sprinkles

Preheat oven to 180C degrees. Spray cake tin generously with nonstick spray. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave.
Whisk in the sugars vigorously getting out any brown sugar lumps - mixture will be gritty.
Whisk in egg, yogurt, milk, and vanilla extract until combined.
Slowly mix in dry ingredients until no lumps remain.
Batter will be thick. Slowly stir in sprinkles, but do not overmix because the sprinkles will bleed their colour.
Pour batter into prepared cake tin.
Bake for approx. 35 minutes.
Allow to cool.

putting the FUN in funfetti >> STARTS WITH CUPCAKES

T H E   I C I N G : 
W H I T E   C H O C O L A T E   B U T T E R C R E A M

300g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
750g icing sugar
150g  white chocolate, melted

Cream the butter, vanilla and icing sugar together in a bowl until light and fluffy. 
Stir in the melted chocolate.
Cake stays fresh covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 5 days.

H O T   T I P
This cake was dense.
Best served warm.
With icecream.
For breakfast.

(because why not?!)


Monday, 26 October 2015


I went to the movies yesterday.

A lazy Sunday afternoon reclined in a Gold Class lounge chair with a glass of bubbles was a rare indulgence.

The movie?



 Here's a list of reasons you should go see this movie :

1. Bradley Cooper

2. Bradley Cooper

burnt with Bradley Cooper > STARTS WITH CUPCAKES

Oh.. You need other reasons?! 

Well, that's unexpected.

Perhaps it would help if you knew what it was about?
(Although I didn't before I saw it, so perhaps the element of surprise contributed to my enjoyment)

Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a Chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.

It is a sneak peak behind the scenes at the kind of restaurant people like me aspire to eat in.
And the dishes created are works of art. 
The very definition of the word #foodporn

I don't know what the critics are saying about this movie;
And I'm not raving about it - But I did enjoy it.

Did I mention Bradley Cooper?!

Although, at one point, mid-film, it did occur to me that his character embodied may traits  I (unintentionally) seem to find attractive in a guy -

Driven, talented, narcissistic.
Intelligent yet clueless.
Arrogant but irresistible.

(Yes - I realise this is kind of a problem........)

Lucky he's so damn good looking!

burnt with Bradley Cooper > STARTS WITH CUPCAKES


Friday, 23 October 2015

pinky promise

To be honest, I don't often know where they come from, but I am repeatedly guilty of adopting random phrases, pop-culture buzz words or figures of speech.

I'm not gonna lie - I hear myself saying them over and over and it's like a snowball down the mountain, gathering momentum and impossible to stop.

"To be honest..."

"I'm not gonna lie..."

I would confidently estimate that I mean 99% of the things I say, at the time I a say them.

I am - for better, or worse - ridiculously honest. 

This essentially makes these latest additions to my vocabulary redundant.

These phrases are designed to give a person more conviction.

Which is why I am amused that they have crept into my regular every day conversations.

There is rarely a time when I would say something I did not believe.

And that is why I consider the Pinky Promise to be a 
B I N D I N G   V E R B A L   A G R E E M E N T

promise is a big word >> STARTS WITH CUPCAKES

To pinky swear, or make a pinky promise, is the entwining of the little fingers ("pinkies") of two people to signify that a promise has been made.

And in my world - 
A   P I N K   P R O M I S E   IS  U N B R E A K A B L E.

pinky promise >> STARTS WITH CUPCAKES


Sunday, 11 October 2015

the retrograde cake

I've said it before; And I'll say it again - 

I   E A T   M Y   F E E L I N G S

and they taste

D E L I C I O U S !

the retrograde cake >> STARTS WITH CUPCAKES

Hands up if you agree it's been a strange few weeks...

Let's blame Mercury.

Apparently it's been in retrograde.

Although, even though it's not something I follow closely, 
I swear, it seems to be in retrograde an awful lot lately...

Never fear though! It's over now.

But if you are still feeling a little down,
I've got just the thing for you - 

F E R R E R O   C A K E

the retrograde cake >> STARTS WITH CUPCAKES

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Grease cake tin. Heat oven to 180 C.

In a large mixing bowl - stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. 
Beat on medium speed for one minute.

Stir in boiling water (the batter will be really runny).

Fill cake tin with batter.

Bake for approximately 50 minutes.
Allow to cool. 
Dress up with Ferrero Rochers.

the retrograde cake >> STARTS WITH CUPCAKES


Thursday, 8 October 2015


Here's a little note to you and to me today;
in honour of 

M E N T A L   H E A L T H   A W A R E N E S S   W E E K

.:  5-11 October 2015  :.

D I D   Y O U   K N O W ? ?

 The average person tells 4 lies a day or 1460 a year; 
a total of 87,600 by the age of 60. 
And the most common is: 
I'm Fine.

"That's the stigma, because, unfortunately, we live in a world where if you break your arm, everyone runs over to sign your cast, but if you tell people you're depressed, everyone runs the other way. That's the stigma. We are so, so, so accepting of any body part breaking down, other than our brains. And that's ignorance. That's pure ignorance. And that ignorance has created a world that doesn't understand depression, that doesn't understand mental health."

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