Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe

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I absolutely adore squashes, particularly butternut squash and pumpkin. My Pinterest boards are full of golden leaves, squashes and caramel apple delights. It inspired me to make some pumpkin spice muffins – here’s how I made these delicious treats – perfect for on-the-go breakfasts or a weekend snack Continue reading “Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe”

Cake: Panda Cupcakes

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Last week was National Cupcake Week and I thought that I would make some cupcakes to mark the occasion – well, why not?! So it was debated which animal I should do next, after my pig cupcakes, and it was decided on pandas.

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I used the last of the packet mixes I’d acquired from the USA, a Duncan Hines Red Velvet mix. From now on I shall make my cakes from scratch (unless someone sends me some more USA mixes, haha). I filled the cupcakes with cherry pie filling, and then baked them as per instruction. Once they had cooled I topped them with a buttercream frosting with added Marshmallow Fluff. Then it was time to get creative!

As you can see, I’m not the most skilled decorator, but I gave it my best shot and used the amazing coal dust crystals c/o The Gobstopper  for the fur around the eyes, and the nose, mouth, eyes and ears are all slices of Panda licorice (see what I did there?!).

The cakes tasted delicious and that’s not just me saying that! The buttercream tasted great and the cherry pie filling really complimented the red velvet cake. I’m so glad that I added the sherbert. It tasted so good on the cakes, and alone (with a spoon, hiding…. joking, only just!!). The sherbert is called ‘coal dust’ and I must admit I’d not seen stuff like it before. The lovely people from The Gobstopper sent some to me with a bag of delicious lemon sherbert too. I loved how well-wrapped the sherbert was and luckily for me it also turned up on my birthday, so it was a nice surprise.

Now I’m trying to figure out which animal I’m going to make cupcakes of next…. any ideas?!

PS sign ups for the penpal swap end this Sunday…. get on it right now!!

Things I love Thursday – National Cupcake Week Special!

As it’s National Cupcake week and I love a good cake, I thought I’d share some of the cupcake-themed likes with you!

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Fancy smelling like a Snickerdoodle cupcake? I can just imagine how delicious this body scrub by Bungalow Bath and Body* will leave my skin smelling, love making (and eating) Snickerdoodle cupcakes!

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This beaded cupcake ring* is so cute! It’s by Big Baby Bakery and super pretty.

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I really like these cupcake toppers,* I love bunnies and the magic theme.

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Washi tape *and* cupcakes? Yes please!! This cupcake washi tape*is on my ‘must buy’ list for sure.

Other cupcakey things:

  • If you’re looking to print your own cupcake decorations, there’s a fab selection in this Tip Junkie list
  • If you love eating cupcakes, the wonderfully talented Lucy (who I have known a long time!) runs the amazing Heaven is a Cupcake. She won the University of Hertfordshire’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2012 and she deserves this and so much more!

Have you seen any cupcake-themed things that’ve caught your eye recently? Maybe you have made or designed something cupcakey… please share if you have!!


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Make/Bake: Oreo Treats!

I first saw these on Pinterest and thought I’d give them a go. I was super glad to have done so. I used to make these for my computer club when I was a teacher, although now I just enjoy them at home! They were originally from this blog, but I altered the recipe slightly, removing the butter as I found it didn’t make much difference in my opinion. Plus mine don’t look as stylish or well-shot! Haha.

Anyway, here’s how I make mine:

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I hope that my instructions are clear and that they help you to make your own Oreo Treats! Enjoy them with a glass of milk or a chocolate soy shake.

Make: When We Made Sushi

veggie sushi made at home

We decided to try and make our own sushi! After going to Wing Yip in Croydon to pick up all of our bits and pieces needed (plus some other stuff – some of which I’ll be featuring on this blog soon) we came back here exhausted so we didn’t make the sushi that day. However, the following day we made it, and it tasted so good!

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