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LMFAO and Lemon Drizzle

Published March 13, 2012 by laurrx

sorry for party rocking
on saturday i went to see LMFAO at the Barrowlands in town. and it was
IMMENSE
i loved them before this and now after this i LOVE LOVE LOVE them. i wanna go see them again. it was without a doubt the best gig i’ve ever been to, it was so mad. i honestly don’t think i had the best of views but i could see him when people weren’t mega bouncing about in front of me. it was so mad, everyone was just jumping about like mad. i completely fancy Red Foo now! ♥

i’m trying hard to not turn my blog into a baking blog, but lately all i feel like i’ve been doing is baking. the rainbow cakes proved a thumbs up with the family, and i took some in to work and the girls LOVED them!

March has been a bit of a quiet month, with not much to really share apart from this! i did start to make cupcakes on friday night until i got tempted by company and alcohol. i wanted to make chocolate mint icing until this too. it’s on my baking agenda – but it’s  bad choice as i started a Military Style Holiday Body Regime! oops…

anyway lemon drizzle!

120g butter (i recommend Stork butter for cakes…it’s the best!)
120g caster sugar
2 eggs
finely grated lemon zest – 1 lemon
120g self raising flour

drizzle topping
juice 1 lemon
85g icing sugar 

1. heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. combine sugar and butter until pale and creamy. add eggs one at a time, them add the flour in slowly, mixing at intervals. grease your choice of loaf tin/cake tin (here i used a silicone loaf mould), and pour in mixture, leveling the top.
2. bake for 45-50 minutes until you can pull a clean knife or skewer out of the middle. while te cake is cooling, mix lemon juice and icing sugar together until all is combined. poke a fork into the cake several times and then drizzle the icing mix on top. 

i didn’t take any pictures of this one, but it wasn’t that successful. unfortunately i made too much mix (as the recipe i read called for double of what i’ve said) and it was too much for my little mould. it was completely burnt at the top and not ready in the middle. so i had to shave the top off and it didn’t have that nice crisp topping. i also made it FAR to lemony!

i feel like baking right now. i always bake whenever i feel something really strongly, if that makes sense? i have an interview tomorrow, so i am REALLY nervous and i find that baking gives you time to think. now i’m googling recipes…Madeira cake. is that bad for you?

i don’t see me doing so well on this diet anymore…

LCSx

 

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Rainbow cupcakes to make everyone smile

Published March 8, 2012 by laurrx

after i blogged about YouTube and everything the other day i was planning on making the rainbow cupcakes soon. i came home from work on tuesday in such a horrible mood, i was so so so bored! so i decided i’d like to bake or do something that was gonna take up time, so i decided rainbow cupcakes!!

me and Linda went to buy cake ingredients – i spent £20 to make 11 cakes! oops – then came home and started.

ingredients
125g self raising flour
125g caster sugar
125g unsalted butter
2 eggs
vanilla extract
3 tbsp milk
red/blue/yellow food colouring

(i found this recipe online)

we made one batch of mix each.

1. pre-heat oven to 200 degrees C and gather your ingredients. combine sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
2. beat in eggs and flour gradually, when all is combined make sure the batter is lump-free!
3. add vanilla essence (i used about one capful), then add the tbsp of milk one at a time, mixing in between.
4. divide the mix evenly into 6 bowls. add the food colouring. Red, orange (yellow and red), yellow, green (yellow and blue), blue and purple (red and blue) on the back of the food colouring gel i bought it told me how many drops of gel i should add to make the colours i needed. BUT i just kind of judged it myself, because the purple was “25 drops of red and 1 blue drop” and it was not purple!
5. put the mix into the cupcake cases, in this order – purple, blue, green, yellow, orange then red. i put about one teaspoon of the mix in.
6. bake in the oven for about 18-22 minutes.

my rainbow sponge mixes and messy work area…
the blue in the cakes was my favourite colour…
oops! i think i need moulds so that the mix doesn’t expand EVERYWHERE!!!

for the topping i made chocolate frosting
it was too yum!

ingredients
 300g icing sugar
100g cocoa powder
250g butter
5 tbsp evaporated milk
1 tbsp vanilla essence
(the measurements on the website were in cups and i don’t have cups so i used an online converter then just gave up and just made up my own frosting)

1.  soften butter and set aside.
2. sieve icing sugar and cocoa butter into another bowl. gradually add the milk and icing/cocoa combination into the butter, and keep folding until a light and fluffy. blend in the vanilla, add more milk or butter if necessary.

When the cupcakes were out i had to make adjustments as they really flowed over the cases. literally 5 cupcakes survived. once they were cooled, i packed the frosting into a piping bag and piped round in circles and then sprinkled some rainbow strands on them.

TADA! So, they were all a bit funny shaped but a few of them worked out nice. the best part was the inside though…
so colourful!!

my dad thought they were all different flavours but that wouldn’t be tasty…would it?

making the cupcakes cheered me up immensely, and i think they were food for a first attempt – except for the over flowing cupcakes in the oven, sadface. i took them into work and the kids i work with were all fascinated. i’ll need to make a bigger batch and take them in soon. and one of the girls i work with was telling me she was willing to pay me to make some for her daughters birthday (not that i would take the money, but i could go all “Annie in Bridesmaids” and open my own bakery – or not cos im too lazy…).

so these recipes are off the internet i just really googled “rainbow cupcake recipes” and “chocolate frosting recipe” but i did (like i always do) add and subtract my own ideas and whatever.

i have been a terrible procrastinating girl this morning, i had all the intentions of doing so many chores after my driving lesson and before work. but instead i made myself some fried rice and wrote this blog and watched an old 90210 which i’ve seen plenty of times…oh dear. not productive at all!

i hope the rainbow cupcakes make you smile too
LCSx


YouTube.

Published March 5, 2012 by laurrx

i’m on YouTube constantly watching hair/make up tutorials, finding answers for games, music videos, downloading music…etc.

a few of my favourite finds are…

*nail art i love this. i tried it once i seen it and it never worked up for me at all, sadface… but it actually fascinated me that it’s possible. i wanna try it again, but i need scotch tape, cos i tried it with normal sello tape and it was rubbish. i just looked through my phone and i cannot find the pics for it. but it was actually quite cute. i done, pink, purple and gold. and another time i tried two shades of pink. the main issue with it was that it was soooo messy. i’d try it again if i thought i’d keep it tidy. i just couldnt be botherd with that mess. there are AMAZING ideas on youtube, i don’t think the one above is the best one i seen. i just watched a girl do a poinsetta (the red christmas flower?) one, it was gorgeous! i also subscribe to “CutePolish” on youtube, the ideas are so simple but they look really good!

*baking!
these look BEYOND delicious! i actually just watched this baking how-to video! it’s so simple and i am definitely gonna make these when i’m doing my next baking day! colourful with some vanilla flavour! YUM! i don’t like to use food colouring sometimes. last time i used Morrisons own pink food colouring and it smelled AND tasted like beetroot! i mean yeah i love beetroot as much as the next person but not on my cupcakes thanks!!

*hair styles
this is actually one of my favourite hair styles. i would never rock about with a general french plait in my hair but this just looks nicer and more like you’ve made an effort, if that makes sense? it looks quite intricate but its actually so simple. i’d never be able to explain it in words so just go on YouTube and search “hair fishtail” and there’s loads of tutorials. once i looked at one for a fishtail and then more came up at the side for all these other hair styles. i’ve tried loads but my fingers are like big mars bars and i get so frustrated that when i get one thing wrong it ALL goes wrong! my favourite channels for hair styles are either “LuxyHair” or “FoxyLocksExtensions”.
i have subscribed to so many make-up gurus and everything, and i think thats how i got so into make up. it’s how i know about the Naked palette and the coastal scents palettes that i now have.if i’m going out i like search “clubbing make up” or “casual day make up”.
i actually love YouTube, i wish i liked my voice enough to make videos…the only way i’d do that is if i magically woke up with an american accent. cause i cringe cringe cringe when i hear my own voice!!!
LCSx