Baking

The Tasty Chocolate Cake

Hello everyone! So last month I decided to make to Tasty Chocolate cake. I really like their videos and recipes, and I had done a couple of their simple cookie recipes in the past and the had worked really well so I decided to try this!

So if you would like to follow along to the video, here is a link : Tasty Chocolate Cake

But I will run trough recipe here and at the end I will give my opinion on how it tuned out!

So first of all I will list the ingredients and talk about what they do for the cake! (The ingredients are in cups and this was fine for me as I have cup measurements but if you don’t you’ll have to convert them!)

1 and a half cups of flour

1 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder ( this is supposed to give it a richer darker colour, but I just used normal cocoa powder and it worked fine)

1tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 cup stout (this is just a standard Guinness beer and it adds a depth to the flavour and don’t worry it doesn’t taste very strong!)

1 tbsp Vanilla

1 tbsp espresso powder, I just used coffee powder and again it worked out fine. (This also adds depth to the flavour)

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cups white sugar

3 eggs

1/2 cup mayonnaise (Yes it sounds crazy, but honestly you don’t taste it! It is used in this cake to make it really moist, without it it would probably be a lot more dry.)

4 ounces of Chocolate chips. (this adds a really nice texture)

So, now the recipe! You want to pre-heat your oven to 160oc and you want to grease and line 3 8 inch cake tins. Then you want to sift your flour, cocoa powder, salt, bicarb soda and baking powder into a bowl. Then in a jug you want to mix together the stout, vanilla and espresso powder, it foams up a little bit which is very fun! Then you want to grab your main bowl and cream together the butter and sugar for quite a long time, just keep going! It should look a little bit like this when you are at this stage!

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Then you want to add the eggs one at a time and mix them. Then, you want to swap adding a little bit of the flour mixture and the stout mixture, this is really so that your kitchen isn’t super messy! Then you want to fold in the chocolate chips and pour the mixture evenly into the 3 tins and bake for around 35 minutes!

 

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The video shows a chocolate buttercream recipe but I just used my own partly because it has less sugar! This is what the inside of the cake looked like, there are definitely layers, they are just a little messy, this is probably more about my baking skills rather than the recipe!

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I was really happy with how the cake turned out and it went down really well! It was the perfect amount of coffee, with a little subtle hint and the chocolate chips were really nice, though I would maybe add a bit more next time, because I thought there weren’t enough!

I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if you have made this or if you want to! Also what is your go to Chocolate cake recipe?

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Autumn Leaves and a Spring Breeze x

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A Few of my Favourite Things

Hello Everyone! How are you all? I thought that since my blog is still very new it would be nice to do a blog post that will help you all get to know me a little bit better, so I am going to be talking about a few of my favourite things.

So the first thing I am going to be talking about is going to be some of my favourite products and shops, I will start with Beauty and skincare. For shops my favourites are: Boots, Superdrug, The Body Shop and Lush. I don’t want to spend too long on these sort of things because I will be doing favourites posts later on; so I’ll just say my favourite one or two products from each shop. So from Boots I love the Aussie Hair products, especially the miracle moist scent. From Superdrug I think my favourite products is probably the Gelat’eau body mist from Zoella’s range, I think it’s just such a lovely scent for Summer. From the Body Shop my two favourite products are the mango body sorbet and the British rose hand cream. From Lush my favourite bath bomb is the intergalactic bath bomb, it creates the most amazing colours, and the Rose jam bubble bar.

For my favourite makeup products I like to shop from Superdrug and Boots. I don’t shop very high end makeup, I have a couple products but the rest of it is lower end. So my top four favourite brands are: No7, MUA, The Body shop and Tanya Burr Cosmetics. Again I’ll do my favourite product from each brand, so from No7 my two favourite products are the stay Perfect mascara and the maple bronzer. From the Body shop is the eyeshadow brush, from MUA the Dreamy Charm Eyeshadow palette and from Tanya Burr cosmetics the Birthday cake lipstick.

So my favourite Clothes shops are: New Look, Primark, Zara and Asos. I love New look  because they have a very wide range of clothes and they have reasonable prices and have sales on a lot! I like Primark for the reason most people love it, it’s affordable and has such a wide range of clothes! I love Zara because it’s really good quality and ASOS because again Wide range, and can be affordable.

So that’s the end of my post! I will be talking more about other things later on but this was just an introduction to the brands I love!

Thank you so much for reading!

Autumn Leaves and a Spring Breeze x

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The Hot Summer

Hello Everyone and welcome to my second Blog post! In this post, I am going to be talking about the surprisingly hot Summer that the UK has had this year! Although I am extremely excited for Autumn, I can’t lie I have really enjoyed this Hot Summer.

So for me, summer really starts in June, I know for some people it starts earlier in May and for even some people April, but where I live it doesn’t really get warm until the end of June. Also, I usually go away on holiday in July, so July is the peak of Summer for me and feels like the holiday month of the year because in the beginning of the month I go away for a holiday usually for between 2 weeks and 3 weeks and then nearer the end of the month and sometimes at the beginning of August. So that is the time of year that feels the most like Summer for me

There are a few things that I like and dislike about Summer. I dislike like it when its too hot and you’re just sitting around, I also hat being sweaty and also the sun does sometimes give me headaches. But there are lots of things that I do love about Christmas; I love that when you are abroad you can be a little more carefree and that you can treat yourself. I love being able to be a little bit more bronze than usual, also for blonde people       you hair goes even more blonde, which I do really like. I love the BBQ’s and the summer games like rounders! I do also love summer clothes and shoes and how if your just wiping to Tescos and Sainsbury’s that you can go in a floaty summer dress or a top and shorts with flip-flops!

As I’m sure many of you know (or maybe some don’t know so I ‘m going to tell you either way!) the UK has had an incredibly hot Summer, a LOT hotter than usual. The temperature peaked at the end of June and about the first 2 or 3 weeks in July. I saw something where they had taken a satellite picture of the UK before the heat wave and after, the difference is incredible! Before the union looked really green but afterwards it was more yellow! This is because usually the temperature is in the low 20s whereas this year it has been in the high 20’s and even low 30s! Though now we are well into August, the temperature are still quite high, but they have lowered slightly since July!

Well, although we do sill have 3 weeks until September, I do really love Autumn and I am extremely excited for it! But I will enjoy the Hot weather while it’s here! How are all of you enjoying your Summers? Whats the weather like where you live?

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and Thank you so Much for reading!

Autumn Leaves and a Spring Breeze x

 

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The Beginning of Autumn Leaves and a Spring Breeze

Hello Everyone and welcome to my new blog: Autumn Leaves and a Spring Breeze! I thought long and hard about what to call my blog and since my blog will be about lots of different topics it was quite difficult to choose a name that covered those topics; I ended up with this name because many of my posts will be seasonal and Autumn is my favourite season and then spring breeze rhymed, and who doesn’t love a cheesy rhyme!

Anyway for my first post I thought I would do two things; talk about what my blog and what it’s going to be about as well as a little bit about me!

So first off, I’ll talk a bit about what my blog will be about! So my blog is going to be based on my interests because I think that you can’t talk about or have a blog about something you are not terribly interested in, but I could talk about my interests for hours, but I’ll try to refrain to make sure that you all don’t get to bored. So, my interests are: Baking, Fashion, Beauty, Skincare, sports and Photography. But, there will be lots more such as seasonal posts!

Now a bit about me! I don’t want to reveal too much about my identity on this blog so I will be talking more about my opinions and interests. So, firstly I absolutely adore Christmas and Autumn! October to December is hands down my favourite time of year; I just love all the cosy nights in with blankets and hot chocolates, I also prefer colder weather to warm weather, which probably makes me one of the only people in the UK who is actually excited for this hot Summer to end and for rainy Autumn to come! But don’t get me wrong, I love Summer and Spring too! I love musicals and some of my favourites have to be The Greatest Showman and Mamma Mia, I have a thing with new musicals that after I see the movie, I only listen to that musicals soundtrack from anywhere form 2 days to just under a month, depending on how much I enjoyed the movie, put it this way I listened to the Greatest Showman soundtrack thought all of January! More about TV… My favourite TV shows are The Office (US) and Scrubs, does anyone else still watch these? I must also mention that I really love Harry Potter, and by love I mean a little bit obsessed, I’ve read the book series 4 times and watched the movies  too many times to count, literally! I think to finish this up I will talk about my hobbies; I love baking, and love to try new recipes as well as recreate old favourites and sometimes even try to create my own recipes, for example I made Gluten free, carb free and sugar free brownies a couple days ago and no it wasn’t just air! They didn’t taste amazing but they were gone within a couple days so they weren’t completely disgusting! I also love photography, I love to take landscape photos by the seaside or in the mountains or anywhere beautiful!

I think that I will wrap this post up for now because I don’t want this introduction to be too long! I hope that you have enjoyed this post and I will be blogging more soon!

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Thank you so much for reading!

Autumn Leaves and a Spring Breeze x