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Foodie Friday: Macmillan Coffee Morning

A: For this week’s Foodie Friday (check out last week’s here, especially if you like burgers!), I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite cake recipes. We held a Macmillan Coffee Morning where I work last week so I got my bake on and got some photos for you too, because everyone loves cake!

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I baked a selection of three cakes; a Lemon Drizzle, Mars Bar Cakes and Rocky Road Cupcakes.

Lemon Drizzle

I won’t take you through everything for this because I actually wrote about it on the blog a few month’s ago – click here to see it!

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Mars Bar Cake

What you need:

  • 3 x large Mars Bars
  • 300 grams Rice Krispies
  • 300 grams of butter
  • 1 large tablespoon of golden syrup
  • 2 x 200 gram bars of milk chocolate
  • a greased baking dish – about 30cm x 25cm

(by the way, this can be expensive to make – especially if you double the batch, so I always get my ingredients from Aldi. Their ‘Titan’ bars are the same as Mars Bars and their milk chocolate is really good too – and it’s always so much cheaper!)

Firstly, you need to melt the butter, golden syrup and mars bars in a saucepan. The nougat in the mars bars doesn’t melt completely and just goes gloopy – this is when you remove the pan off the heat and add the Rice Krispies, a little at a time. Once the mixture is combined, spoon it into the greased baking dish and pat it down firmly with the back of a spoon. Leave to cool, and pop in the fridge once it’s lost most of it’s heat.

Next, melt the chocolate in a bain-marie. Once it’s all melted, pour over the Rice Krispie base and leave to cool.

When it’s cool, cut it into squares and eat it! It’s really moreish, so try not to eat it all…this is why I normally have to double the batch, so there’s some left for other people!

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Rocky Road Cupcakes

What you need:

  • 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 80 grams butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk

Start by preheating the oven to 160°c and adding your cake cases to a 12 hole mini muffin tray.

Sift all of your dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and make a small well in the middle of the bowl, then add the rest of the ingredients – the vanilla essence, the butter, the eggs and the milk.

Mix these together, either by hand or with an electric mixer until just combined. Then add the mixture to the cake cases. I always add two tablespoons to each case.

Place the tray into oven for 10 – 15 minutes (or until they start smelling really good). Once they are cooked through, let them cool before adding the topping.

I haven’t included ingredients for the topping because you can literally use whatever you want. I personally don’t like nuts or raisins, so when I make a rocky road I use cherries, marshmallows and crushed digestives, which is exactly what I used for this.

I melted 1 200 gram bar of milk chocolate in a bain-marie and the chopped the cherries and broke the biscuits up. I then took the chocolate off the heat and added the cherries, biscuits and marshmallows to it and spooned (heaped – we like a lot rocky road in my house), onto the top of the cooled cakes.  Set them aside to cool (if you can) and then enjoy!

 

We hope you liked these three super simple recipes. They are so easy and quick to do, but everyone always loves them. Please let us know if you have a go ant any – we would love to see your pictures! Have you got any more super yummy recipes for us to try? #twolittleowls

 

The best lemon drizzle

A: tonight I made my favourite lemon drizzle, it’s my go to cake because it’s so easy to make and everyone loves it so I thought I’d share it with you guys!

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Firstly, you need the following ingredients:

175g margarine
175g self raising flour
175g caster sugar
2 large eggs (free range if possible!)
4 tablespoons milk
2 lemons

Switch the oven on to 160 degrees Celsius, then mix all of the ingredients (apart from the lemons) together. I use a mixer and just put it all in and let it do it’s stuff. Once you’ve got a lovely, velvety consistency of cake mix, add the grated zest of the lemons.
Put the mix into a loaf tin which has been lightly greased and lined with baking parchment. Pop into the oven and cook for 30-35 mins, test it with a knife to check it’s cooked all the way through.

Whilst the cake is cooking, weigh out 100 grams of granulated sugar and mix with the juice of the 2 lemons. This makes the crystal glaze topping. Once the cake is cooked and taken out of the oven, pour this over the top and let it cool. This makes it extra moist and lemony!

Finally, make a cup of tea and enjoy a slice of lovely lemon drizzle!! #twolittleowls

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

C & A: If you’re anything like us, you will want to treat your mum to something really special on Mother’s Day – and with it fast approcahing us on 30th March this year, we thought we would show you some lovely ideas for gifts. We’ve tried to include ideas from a wide price range, have a look and let us know which is your favourite!

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Firstly, we have decided to include one of our favourite books – Mary Berry’s Autobiogrpahy, we reviewed this a while a go (find it here). This is available on Amazon from £9.00 – a bargian for such a lovely present.

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Marc Jacobs have brought out a lovely new perfume just in time for Mother’s Day, Annie tested this last week and loved it – it has a lovely spring scent, flowery and pretty but fresh too. It can be found at Boots for £48.00.

The ‘Just Call Me’ tea towel is perfect because you can personalise to which ever famous chef suits your Mum the most! A unique gift for just £10, available here from notonthehighstreet.com

The ‘Mother Hen’ necklace by Amanda Coleman is so pretty – it can be ordered in either silver or gold and is also available from notonthehighstreet.com from £40, find it here.

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We had to include these because they are beautiful. They are made by The Cake Lady who is based in Boston, Lincolnshire. She is selling these handmade goodies as special Mother’s Day packages – sadly she can only take orders for collection, but her shop is well worth a visit if you’re in the area. Take a look at her Facebook page in the link to see some more of her baked treats, and have a look around your local area for unique Mother’s Day gifts like Rebecca offers – you might find something as exciting as this!

What Mother’s Day gift ideas do you have? We’d love to know! #twolittleowls

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