Sunday, 18 October 2015

Vanilla Iced Cupcakes


 There is nothing more comforting than a pretty iced cupcake! I tried making these cakes before but they failed miserably... well they tasted good but they did not look pretty. I made these recently with my boyfriend and I finally got to grips with piping. We decided not to pipe all the cakes as it became quite thick and sickly...and started messing around with the icing. Obviously you can ice the cakes to your taste and however you like.

So here is the recipe and method:


Ingredients
I did double mix so make sure you do as much as you need. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.

Cakes:
125g unsalted butter, room temperature
125g caster sugar
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, room temperature
125g self-raising flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons milk

Icing:
125g unsalted butter, room temperature
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
250g icing sugar
1 tablespoon semi-skimmed milk

Method
  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.
  • Cream butter, sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one by one and mix.
  • Add flour and baking powder. Sift it in bit by bit and mix until well blended.
  • Add milk and mix.
  • Divide the mixture into muffin cases that have been lined in a muffin tin.
  • Bake for around 15-20 minutes until you can poke your cakes with a knife and comes out clean.
  • When the cakes are baked remove them onto a cooling wrack and leave to cool.
  • When your cakes are fully cool (leave for about 2 hours just to be safe) you can then ice them (which is the fun part!).


  • Cream the butter and vanilla extract together just to soften up the butter.
  • Add the icing sugar and milk in bit by bit until it is well blended.
  • Use a piping bag and pipe your cakes with as much icing as you like! For these cakes I also bought some pink sprinkles to make them even more pretty. But be creative and add whatever you like!


Saturday, 10 October 2015

John Masters Organics - face mists review


 These John Masters Organics products are made with mainly certified organic ingredients. This means there are no nasty chemicals in the products which might irritate people's skin. Instead it uses lots of different essential oils and natural ingredients meaning the products are 100% natural and smell luxurious too!


The face mists in general are an alternative to toners. You can just spritz them directly onto the face, or if you prefer spray onto some cotton wool and then apply to the face. These are great applied before applying make-up or under any moisturiser.


  This mist is refreshing to the face and is very soothing. You can also spray this mist into the hair to add shine. It's a simple mist but does the trick and smells great!




Rose is one of my favourite scents. And this just hits the spot! With aloe vera for a calming effect it's guaranteed to be suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. This mist claims to actually reduce facial pores whilst hydrating the skin. I like to use this mist first thing in the morning to wake up and refresh my skin.



  
 I'd never actually heard of bearberry until I owned this product. It has a light and pleasant scent which again, wakes your skin up before applying moisturiser/make-up. With claims to balance pH, lighten pores and leave skin glowing and refreshed, this is a nice product to add to any beauty collection.


I've managed to get you all another discount code! This is for 20% off at hejhog to buy ALL John Masters Organics products.

Just enter the code 'SUGARPLUM' at the checkout :) The code is valid until 24.10.15 so hurry!

Click on the links on the product titles to purchase. You can buy the products in packs of three :)

Have any of you used John Masters Organics products?

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Boutique of Molly – DAKOTA Top


I've never owned a lace up top but always wanted one. I think it makes a simple top just have that little bit of an edge without being over the top.

That's where this lace up top from Boutique of Molly comes in. 




The top is made from a floaty, stretchy material which is silky to the touch which makes it comfy to wear. As crop tops go, it's great for everyday wear as it is only slightly cropped so easy to thrown on with jeans. It can also be worn at night too for a more glamorous look with a skirt and heels. 



The clothes are reasonably priced and something a little different. Which is always nice as I'm sick of walking down the street and seeing people wearing the same clothes as me from New Look, Primark etc... Another aspect of this clothing brand I like is that a lot of their stuff is made in the UK. 



Check out the Boutique of Molly website for more clothing! I have managed to get you lovely readers 20% off Boutique of Molly clothing with this unique code: 'SUGARPLUMPOSTS'

Enjoy! :)