Thursday, 25 August 2011

Orange Drizzle Loaf

I decided to make my sister a birthday cake. I was going to make a Lemon Drizzle Loaf but found this recipe and thought she would enjoy it more! This tasted like a jaffa cake! I got the recipe off BBCs Good Food website so thought i'd share it with you all.

140g Butter, softened
200g Caster sugar
3 Large eggs
6 tbsp Milk
200g Self-raising flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
Finely grated zest of 1 large orange
3 tbsp orange juice
50g caster sugar
50g dark chocolate

  1. Heat oven to 180/160 fan/gas 4. Butter and line a loaf tin. Mix together the all the cake ingredients and beat together until light and fluffy.
  2. Spoon mixture into tin and bake for 30-40 mins until golden brown and firm to touch.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the orange juice and melt the sugar together. Once cake is cooked, pierce top with skewer several times and pour orange mixture over the top.
  4. Leave in tin to cool then remove and place on cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. Once cooled, melt chocolate in microwave and drizzle over top of cake. Leave to set.
  6. Cut and enjoy =)

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Mars Bar Rice Crispie CakesMars

These are possibly THE MOST delicious snack IN THE WORLD. And they are so simple to make!!!! I love them as do my family and my partner! And now I am going to share the recipe with you!

3oz Butter
3 Mars Bars
3oz Rice Crispies
200g Milk Choc

  1. Melt the butter and mars bars in the microwave (this will still be slightly lumpy as the centre of the mars bars doesn't melt particularly well)
  2. Mix in the rice crispies
  3. Place in a rectangular dish and place in fridge to cool
  4. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in the microwave.
  5. Once cooled pour the melted chocolate over the rice crispies.
  6. Place back in the fridge and cool till chocolate is hard
  7. Cut and enjoy!!!!

Friday, 19 August 2011

Choccie Brownies

There is only one word for these. AMAZING!!!!
I only have one person to that for these and that is Nicola Lombardi (Nom! The Baking Blog). I used the recipe she placed on her blog and they came out perfectly.
They were wonderfully chewy, just how I like my brownies, and have lasted longer than most things I've made before!
Even my picky partner likes them and that's saying something!!!!!!!!!

Sister's Birthday Paper

It is my sisters birthday on Tuesday. So I had to make her a girly birthday card. She likes girly thing =) I chose a nice simple card using a kit I bought from QVC called Lipstick Divas. I love this kit as its so simple to use and the effects are amazing =) 
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Saturday, 13 August 2011

Grandad-in-laws birthday

It was the grandad-in-laws birthday not long before the mum-in-laws so was asked to make a card for him. Now I find making cards for men is difficult. For Grandads I find it even harder. Luckily I was inspired the when I went to bed about how I could make a card for him.
He used to work for Cadburys many years ago and has always loved Cadbury chocolate so I thought it was only fitting to make a Cadbury card however, finding a kit or any toppers that are Cadbury is near impossible so I had to a little hunting and pure computer crafting.
I went to trusty Google images and search for Old Cadbury Chocolate. I came up with a few images but no many so I thought I'd venture to the Cadbury site and low and behold they have a section devoted to old chocolate. I saved many of the images that I found on they page and opened up a program called My Craft Studio. Now, this program is fantastic for making cards to send online to people if say you've forgotten it was their birthday or you don't have a normal postal address or they live abroad. It is also fantastic for creating your own backgrounds and toppers.
I loaded all the images onto an A5 sized background and arranged them so there was no white background visable and so you could see every chocolate bar. I then printed this on Super Smooth paper (fantastic for a lovely finish to a card).
For the topper I went back to Google images and found an old Cadbury advert. I them mounted this on some matt silver background and raised it off centre. The tag was a old dairy milk that I copied the colour from and hit the dairy milk writing and placed Happy Birthday Grandad in the colour or the original writing. This was a cool little effect and the card was loved by all and I was told was very fitting for him.

Mum-in-law's Birthday

First of August was my "mum-in-laws" (not really just easier) birthday. I normally do her something along the lines of Disney or Winnie the Pooh however, I think getting a card like that every year (no matter how different) can get a bit boring so I opted for Peter Rabbit instead.
For all the toppers and background papers I used a Crafters Companion CD. (Beatrix Potter CD) It's so simple to use all you do is choose the design you want print the out and stick them together. I swear by them and think they are an essential piece in any crafters box! . My green cardstock came from the Works when they used to do their fit as much card into a folder as you can for £2.99. I got some lovely cardstock doing that but now they've stopped it and I'm running out =(. The gold mirricard came from create and craft. (Gold and Silver Mirricard) This is essential for any crafter as you do use a lot of it in crafting! The gems I just found (you can find them in any craft shop) and the ribbon can from a Kanban set but I can't remember which!