Easter Cupcakes

These cupcakes are the perfect treat for Easter with the chocolate that just screams Easter...Mini Eggs! I especially love these because of their unusual topping, a white chocolate, Rice Krispie 'frosting'.

Ingredients
makes 12
200g caster sugar
4 medium eggs, beaten
200g unsalted butter, softened
200g self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract

Topping and Decoration
200g white chocolate, broken into pieces
30g unsalted butter
50g Rice Krispies
24 chocolate mini eggs

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C and line a 12 hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.
  2. Beat together the caster sugar and butter in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Add the beaten eggs, a little at a time and whisk together. If the mixture looks like it is curdling add a tbsp of flour and mix together.
  3. Using a metal spoon fold in the remaining flour and vanilla extract. Once combined completely spoon the mixture equally into the paper cases.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes until risen and golden. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. 
  5. To make the topping, melt the chocolate and butter together. Place both ingredients into a heatproof bowl and place over a pan of simmering water; make sure the base of the bowl doesn't touch the water. Heat gently, stirring until melted and smooth.
  6. Take the bowl off the pan and mix in the Rice Krispies, gently folding until covered. Spoon the mixture onto each cake, pressing lightly to stick to each cupcake. Lightly press two Mini Eggs into the Rick Krispie topping, leave the cupcakes on a wire rack to set. This should take around 1 hour.
This cupcake recipe isn't too difficult but the result is a real show stopper, perfect for the Easter holidays. I have a lot of baking posts coming up with ideas on how to use up all your Easter chocolate so make sure you check back for them, I promise you won't be disappointed...

If you do make these please share your pictures with me on Instagram or Twitter I would love to see them!

March Wish List


In the past week, maybe two, three things have become apparent to me that have taught me very valuable lessons.

1. Everything that I want to buy seems to sell out within hours of me first seeing. Lesson learnt: you see something you like...buy it instantly. Do not under any circumstance try and be good, say 'I'll think about it and come back to it' because it will not be there to come back too. Buy it woman just buy it. Seem a bit excessive? I kid you not this happened to me five times in ten days, H&M I am looking at you...

2. Zara's S/S collection it on point this year. Lesson learnt (from points 1 and previous experience): buy it immediately. Before you know it, it will be brilliant blue skies and scorching sun and all of those stunning summer pieces will have been replaced with puffa coats and fur gilets. Again seem excessive? I kid you not summer sales will start sometime early June to be replaced by A/W stock, get your summer wardrobe started ASAP ladies to avoid disappointment.

3. My wardrobe is in dire need of a Spring update. Lesson learnt: make a wish list to gather your thoughts and then go ahead and buy some key stand out pieces to add that bit of summin, summin to your Spring look. Ok so this isn't technically a lesson learnt but I didn't want to upset the pattern here!

I haven't taken the full plunge into summer wear yet, I am taking it steady trading my bulky cable knits in for lightweight knitwear and my jeans for light wide leg trousers, oh and I had to include an ankle boot, one can never have enough!

What's on your wish list for spring?

Nails Inc The New White: Swan Street


First a disclaimer, I have never paid £14.00 for a nail polish and to be completely honest I am still in shock at myself for purchasing this and *ahem* another one...

I was out birthday shopping for Dan, I walked past a Nails Inc stand and, well, I just couldn't resist! I mean, look at that packaging? It's like it was made for me, it would have been rude to walk on by. The other thing that stopped me in my tracks was 'The New White' statement. If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that white nails are my be all and end all, they look so chic. So of course I had to take a look at the NEW white.

There are four shades that make up this collection and I chose, what looked like, a very, very light mint colour, there is also a lilac and two pink shades . You do need at least three coats to get a good coverage and even then it isn't completely opaque but I have been wearing this with Seche Vite top coat and it lasts a whole week, for a 'white' nail polish this is the jackpot. I cannot wait to wear Swan Street in the summer; it will look schamazing with a tan!

What is your favourite Nails Inc shade?

Sunday Supplement: This Week #2

The first week of March is always a busy/fun one for me, not only is it Dan's birthday it is also my mums and my brothers. Three birthdays in one week (3rd, 4th and 6th) means one thing, lots and lots of food...hey I am not complaining.

Tuesday evening we had delicious Dim Sum followed by red velvet cake. Wednesday, good ole American burgers followed by lemon and poppy seed buttermilk cake. Friday a Mexican feast (which hopefully explains the moustaches and sombreros) followed by a chocoholics dream fudge cake. Sadly I couldn't eat the latter as I have given chocolate up for lent, at this point I cannot remember why I decided to do this to myself?!

The first week of March also brought with it some glorious sunshine, who else is now crazy excited for summer? I hope you all had a great week! Is anyone else punishing themselves by giving something up for lent?

Red Nose Day:Butterfly Buns

Hi my name is Lizzie and I am addicted to red noses. Since taking these photos I have bought at least another 10 noses, I can't help myself. They are always by the till and at £1 I just think, 'oh I'll have another one'. I think Dan is a little worried...

We are having a bake sale at work for Comic Relief and I thought this delicious and oh so simple butterfly bun recipe would be perfect for myself and anyone else thinking of baking for this day.

Ingredients
makes 12
115g self-raising flour
115g caster sugar
115g butter, softened
2 medium eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence

Buttercream Topping
55g butter softened
115g icing sugar

Method
  1. Preheat oven to 190C. Line a 12 hole muffin tray with bun cases.
  2. Whisk the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and then add them to the mixture bit by bit, mixing continually. This will ensure the mixture does not curdle.
  3. Using a metal spoon gently fold in the flour until it is all combined. Add the vanilla essence and mix until combined.
  4. Spoon the mixture evenly into the bun cases, around halfway. Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until risen and golden in colour. 
  5. Whilst your cakes are baking make the buttercream topping. Whisk the butter until light and fluffy, gradually whisk in the icing sugar until combined completely.
  6. Leave the cakes to cool for 5 minutes in the tray then move to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool cut a slice from the top and cut in half to make the 'wings'.
  7. Spoon the buttercream into the newly created hole in the top of the cake and arrange the wings how you want them.
  8. Dust with a little icing sugar to decorate and enjoy!
Simple cakes that look rather impressive (if you ask me) that are perfect for any bake sale; I promise every single one of you will be able to create these tasty treats! 

Are you doing anything for Comic Relief? Have you bought a red nose?

Sunday Supplement: Not That Kind Of Girl


I finally gave into the hype and bought Lena Dunham's HUGELY talked about debut book. Having never seen Girls (I know what is wrong with me?!) I wasn't that aware of Lena and all that she encompassed so I wasn't too sure what to expect. 'A young woman tells you what she's learned' is written on the front cover whilst reviews tell us all about her honest, witty and quite frankly, frank approach to her life growing up.

This book is Lena laid bare and I am in awe of her for that. Growing up as a woman is an incredibly sensitive, tentative and crazy time, imagine sharing you entire existence to date with the world...I know I couldn't! Of course it is littered with hilarity and I now cannot wait to watch Girls. 

Heralded as THE book for the 20th century girl, Not That Kind of Girl takes our love of reality TV into the written form. Like me you may not find huge similarities between your life and Lena's, she’s led a pretty interesting life so far, but I don’t think that is what the book is about. You’re not supposed to think ‘omg that is so me’ you’re supposed to realise that you should never be ashamed of who you are and the experiences that you have had. As a feminist it is not surprising that Lena is trying to empower us and encourage us to be strong; no matter what you stand for and believe in. For that reason I agree that this is THE book for the 20th century girl.

Have you read this book? Are you a fan of Girls?
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