Monday, 26 September 2016

Vanilla Confetti Cupcakes



How amazing do these vanilla confetti cupcakes look? a very big headed statement! These have to be up there with one of my faves I've ever made. Why? because I have finally perfected my vanilla buttercream icing, hallelujah!
 
As you may or may not know I have been baking on and off for quite a while now and it would be my absolute dream to own some form of cake shop. I'm trying not to give up on my dreams but sometimes it seems just that, a dream.
 
Keep reading to find out how to make these beauts
 
 
 
 
 
You will need:

150g Unsalted Butter
170g Caster Sugar
170g Self-Raising Flour
3 medium eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
Confetti Sprinkles

Buttercream Icing
90g Unsalted Butter
350g Icing Sugar
30ml Whole Milk
Confetti Sprinkles for decoration

To Make:

1) Pre-heat oven to 170 / Gas 5 and line a muffin tin with your chosen cupcake cases

2) beat butter until pale and then add in sugar and beat until incorporated

3) Mix in your eggs to the butter and sugar mixture

4) Fold in flour (sifted) to your butter / egg mixture and then add in your vanilla extract and sprinkles

5) spoon the mixture into your cupcake cases evenly and pop into the oven for 10-12 mins

6) Start making your buttercream icing by beating your butter until pale and fluffy, add the icing sugar and beat until incorporated, gradually add the milk and beat together until it stays pale and fluffy.

7) Pipe onto your fully cooled cakes and decorate with sprinkles
 
 
 What do you think of these yummy looking cakes?
 
 
Love Gill x

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sunday Treats



It's the usually Sunday night feeling, trying not to think about Monday morning, yawn! Although I must admit, I am getting rather excited at the dark mornings and nights and the fact it's starting to get colder in the evenings - getting those coats out soon!
 
I am willing for Autumn to make its way fully here so I popped on some fairy lights and lit a festive candle, Marshmallow Treats - read my post here to find out where I got this beaut from.
 
Now I can fully relax, watch some Netflix and munch through my chosen treats which is a Cadbury's milkshake, mini cookies and some after eight mints yummm.

What treats do you have on a Sunday night? Let me know in the comments below.
 
 
Love Gill x


Monday, 12 September 2016

Bath & Body Works Candle Dupe


 
Upon walking into my local B&M store, in front of me were a variety of candles on a shelf and I recognised the packaging looking like Bath & Body works candles - I was instantly intrigued.
 
There were only 2 scents available in this packaging, Marshmallow Fireside and Sea Breeze (I think) I didn't get the other one as it was blue, I only allow white / neutral or pink candles into my home to match my d├ęcor (Christmas is an exception). I may be missing out on some beautiful scents this way but I just can't have anything out of place - anyone else like this?!




This candle smells verrry sweet and I wasn't overly sure on it but I bought it as I thought it looked rather Autumnal and would look nice in my bedroom. However, once this is burning it smells amazing, it's still sweet but not as sweet as when you first smell it. This is the sort of candle you want burning away in your kitchen on a dark wintery day uhhhh can't wait for the Autumn / Winter months to come.
 
This wee candle cost me £2.99 and is a 2 wick which will give it an even burn, it makes your whole house smell ahhhmazing, i hope it lasts me for a while as I have no idea where I can get these other than B&M and they didn't have many in stock




 
Have you tried any of these candles before? Let me know in the comments below.


Love Gill x

Sunday, 11 September 2016

September's Birchbox



Can you believe it's September already?! I had to double check that I was really blogging about the September edition of Birchbox.

I am pretty gutted that it's not Autumn as yet, I am soo ready for dark cosy nights with a hot chocolate and some fairy lights and candles in the background. I've heard next week is to be pretty warm, a part of me died inside - please can we have the leaves falling already?!
 
Anyway, onto the actual post... September's Birchbox! Let's just take a minute to appreciate the gorgeous design of this box, my favourite design yet and it's the first box I have kept as decoration in my bedroom, loooove it!
 


 
Inside is pretty darn exciting, as always. I received the ModelCo Highlighting Trio which is cream rather than powder, super excited to try that out.
Next up is the Amika Blow Out Spray which is a lightweight volumising, smoothing and texturizing spray and also strengthens and repairs damage.

Moving onto nails, this Nailtiques polish was included which is Keratin protein and calcium to help bond the layers of your nail together helping them to grow.
I love Nuxe so when I saw the Nuxe Prodigieux Shower Oil i knew it would be one of the first items for me to try in the shower.
 
Another that caught my eye, excuse the pun, is the Starskin Eye Catcher this mask infused with coconut juice and brightening licorice root extract sits on the under eye to brighten, smooth and reduce puffiness.
 
What did you think of this months box? Let me know in the comments below.
 
 
Love Gill x