IF I COULD HAVE IT ALL #09 - AUTUMN WISHLIST

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Jeans: River Island
Jumper/loafers: Topshop 
Ring: Mozzypop 
Bag: eBay


I absolutely LOVE this bag. It works out around £16.00 give or take a few pence... and it's definitely on my "want" list post-pay-day! The Topshop items I'll unlikely buy, but I'll look out for items very similar elsewhere! As for a pair of black skinnies, every girl should have at least one pair as a staple piece in your wardrobe as they go with simply EVERYTHING!

I'm excited so I'll share: I've had some good news this week... I'll have a new job as of December! Still within the same organisation but out of my home town and into the nice little town of Shrewsbury. It's a step up, a newer office and a better salary. And best of all, no running around so I can wear heels to work ;-) - no complaints from me! Oooh I'm picturing a new "work wardrobe" (possibly including that eBay bag) already heehee! Had any good news recently...? Do let me know :-)
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CHOCOLATE ORANGE CUPCAKES RECIPE

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Remember these scrum-diddly-umptious little cupcakes from my last post? Well lots of you asked, so if you'd like to have a go at baking them - here's the recipe! Check out pastryschools.net for more gourmet cupcakes easy recipes.  Makes approx. 24 cupcakes... which sounds a lot, but believe me they won't last long!

For The Cakes...

200g self raising flour
170g caster sugar
170g margarine
80g melted dark chocolate
3 medium eggs
6 drops orange essence/flavouring
5 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon marmalade
1 teaspoon baking powder

Literally all whisked into a big bowl together! You can adjust it as you wish; taste it... and add more orange juice if you want the orange flavour more tangy, or use orange rind if you have no marmalade!

I cooked on gas mark 3 for 15-20 mins, if you're unsure slide a knife in and if it comes out clean they're cooked.

For The Buttercream...

120g butter
250g icing sugar
4 tablespoons orange juice
3 drops orange essence
80g melted dark chocolate

Again, whisk all these together then spread on top of your cakes or pop into a icing/piping bag and squeeze on! Top tip: make sure your cakes are cooled first so your buttercream doesn't go runny!

Then add Terry's Chocolate Orange segments to decorate! They really are very delicious :-) p.s. let me know if you blog about your results, I'd love to see!
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IF I COULD HAVE IT ALL #08 AND BAKING!

Sunday, 11 September 2011


These are probably my two favourite colours together. So sophisticated! My wishlist for River Island's new stock is as long as my arm. Mostly blouses. How I love blouses! The heel you see above would be my favourite type of heel... nice and sturdy so I can walk without worrying about tipping! My problem with heels is not really the height... it's those tiny spindly stick thin stiletto things I can't deal with, even if they're only 2 inches high I always slip over on them! I need to find a way to slip-proof my heels - anyone have any advice for me?

Today's been a chilled one baking cakes and making jewels after a mad busy couple of weeks... oh how I needed it! I made chocolate orange cupcakes to share with the family and for the girls at work (I'm the only one who hasn't taken cakes in so far! haha) and they're yummy.

Just message if you want the recipe - I even tried out icing through a piping nozzle! Domestic Goddess in the making right here ;-) how I wish someone would let me open a bakery!
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