[FOOD] The Chocolate Whoopie Pie Recipe

Hello lovelies! Happy Sunday 🙂

I haven’t posted in a week because I didn’t know what to post about and have been a little busy.What have you been doing this week? I feel like this blog has taken a back-seat in my life but with a week off I will hopefully be able to prepare and get back on track!

Anyway, yesterday I got in the kitchen and decided to try baking something new and different – Whoopie Pies! If you don’t know what Whoopie Pies are, they are two cake/cookies sandwiched together with a filling.

The Whoopie Pies I made are rich, soft and indulgent chocolate cookies with a whipped chocolate ganache filling. Someone scream YUM YUM!

So if you want to know how to make these beautiful babies, keep on reading..

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The Content

For the Pies:

  • 1 Egg
  • 75g Unsalted Butter
  • 125g Caster Sugar
  • 5 tbsp plain Yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • Splash of Vanilla Extract
  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 80g Cocoa Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder

For the Ganache:

  • 200g Dark Chocolate
  • 240ml Double Cream
  • A pinch of Salt

The Method

1. Cream together the sugar and butter with an electric mixer, and then add in the egg.

2. Mix the milk, yoghurt and vanilla together and using a wooden spoon quickly stir this into the egg mix.

3. Now add all the other (dry) ingredients into this batter and fold it together.

4. Put the mixture into the fridge for 20 minutes and in the mean time, turn the oven to 170C and line two trays with baking paper. 

5. After the twenty minutes is up, spoon around 6-7 circles of the mix onto each tray. They should be a little smaller than the size of your palm. Pop into the oven for around 15 minutes, until they look and feel firm but still maintain a spongey consistency. 

6. Leave the pies to cool to room temperature, and in this time you can get on with the filling! You want to pop the cream in a saucepan and let it boil on medium heat, then take it off the heat and add the chopped chocolate and salt in. Let this sit before stirring the ganache to a shiny, smooth texture.

7. Leave the ganache to completely cool to room temperature, but making sure you regularly whisk the mixture so it doesn’t harden. After it’s cool, use an electric whisk to whizz and firm up the ganache until thicker and fluffier.

8. Spoon the ganache onto half of the whoopie pies and sandwich the others on top. Et Voila, Chocolate Whoopie Pies complete!

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Have you tried Whoopie Pies before? Will you be making these?

Thanks for reading guys,

Kavi xox

[LIFE] MY FIRST BLOGGER’S EVENT

Hello lovelies! How are you all?

In December I did something I’d wanted to do for ages… I went to my first blogger’s event! I was super nervous but at the same time really excited because I couldn’t wait to ramble on to people who had the same interests as me and finally talk face to face to people I follow online.

Sarah and Bex organised the event, and there were supposed to be a lot more people attending but in the end it was just a handful of us, which is understandable because it was Christmas time and the holiday season is always jam packed! Although I didn’t get the chance to properly talk to all the bloggers, we all had a lovely time and have agreed to do another meet up soon, which is good news.

The event was held at Pizza Express where we munched on salad and Pizza, chatted about our favourite bloggers, explained our FOTD’s and OOTD’s and snapped away pictures for our blogs. The lovely bloggers were Sarah, Beth, Bex, Lisa, Shona and Emily. I must give a huge virtual hug to Beth from BeautyInBeta who is one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met and was so caring on the night! I was so excited to meet everyone behind the screen 😉

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Here’s the gorgeous Beth and I! Yes, we were wearing the Christmas Cracker party hats..         (photo credit to Sarah)

Sarah very kindly bundled us each with a lovely little goodybag, filled with make up and a little yankee candle (because I don’t already have enough candles).

All in all it was a lovely event and I can’t wait to attend another one!

Have you been to a blogger’s event? What’s your opinion on meeting the girl behind the screen?

Thanks for reading,

Kavi xox

[FOOD] Pre-Christmas Detox Smoothie!

Hey lovelies! 3 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS! Raise your hand if you’re excited -*waves*

So we all know that this season is basically filled with junk food and unhealthy eating, and to be honest there’s nothing we can do to stop that and I’m not complaining either – I am a HUGE food addict.

Nonetheless, it’s always nice to have a smoothie or a little detox before the heavy eating starts, or even after this season would be brilliant. So I conquered up a smoothie with some very unusual ingredients that you’re all bound to have in your kitchen, so no late night/early morning supermarket runs needed!

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You will need:

– 1/2 an Avocado

– Honey or Sweetening syrup

– 2 handfuls of Blueberries

– 1 Banana (the riper the sweeter)

– Water or Milk

– A squeeze of Lime

The Method:

It’s quite simple, wash your ingredients and cut/peel them and chuck them all in a blender, and keep test tasting to see what your smoothie needs. Pour into a nice glass and it’s ready to drink! Yummy! So simple, so cleansing and so delicious.

Let me know if you’re going to try this smoothie! Do you have any detox recipes or any smoothie recipes?

Thanks for reading! See you in tomorrows post 😀

Love,

Kavi xox

[FOOD] The Oreo Cupcake Recipe

Happy Monday! Just kidding, I know Happy should never be associated with the word Monday. I’m sorry. Anyway, for today’s post I’m going to be sharing my oreo cupcake recipe that I promised a while ago when I wrote about my Nutella Cupcake Recipe (read here). These were excellent and can I just say my buttercream was on point. Sounds cocky, but damn it was good. I am actually eating this whilst eating a red velvet cupcake hehe! I love cake, okay?! 😉

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So the Oreo Cupcakes have exactly the same cake batter as the Nutella cupcakes, so I’m going to just put that in here.

The Content:

For the cake:

– 40g Butter, room temperature

– 1 egg

– 120ml Milk

– 100g Plain Flour

– 140g Caster Sugar

– 20g Cocoa Powder

– 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

– Oreos!

For the frosting:

– 200g Icing Sugar

– 80g Unsalted Butter

– 20ml Milk

– Packet of Oreos

The Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius and line a 12 hole cupcake tray with cupcake paper cases.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar using a whisk and gradually add in all the dry ingredients.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk, beating well until all ingredients are well mixed.
  4. Add the egg in and beat well.
  5. Before you put the batter into the cases, plonk an oreo in each cupcase for a cheeky surprise at the end!
  6. Spoon the mix into the cupcake cases and fill each one up two thirds of the way.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until sponge bounces back when touched. Leave the cupcakes to cool completely while you get on with the frosting!
  8. The frosting is simple. All you need to do is whizz together the ingredients using a hand whisk or fork and then simply crush up half of the oreos in a sandwich bag, and add these in too! Mix well and you’re ready for piping.
  9. Decoratively ice the frosting on and finish with half an oreo on each cupcake for even more yumminess!

And you are done! The perfect recipe for the most delicious oreo cupcakes. I couldn’t recommend trying this recipe enough – I’m not a massive fan on oreos but these are just divine!

Do you prefer Oreo’s or Nutella? Will you be trying this cupcakes out?

Thanks for reading,

Kavi xox

[FOOD] Afternoon Tea…

Hello lovelies! It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve blogged (3 days to be precise)! Anyway, I’ve been so busy and not a minute spare to blog so I am sorry for that but I’m here now so it’s all good 😉

So for today’s post I wanted to share with you some pictures from Sunday, where me and my family went to have a lovely little afternoon tea! It was great and very relaxing, although I felt rather heavy moving around after… Oh well, that’s what it’s all about right guys?!

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The Sandwiches – Small bite size sandwiches with different fillings

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The Scones – Think warm soft scones loaded with clotted cream and melting strawberry jam

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The Strawberries & Cream – This was brilliant, a classic British dessert that was mouth wateringly good

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The Rest Of it – Lemon Drizzle cake that was absolutely delicious, chocolate sponge cake that was very rich, buttery soft shortbread and a pastry filled with custard and fruit! Yum…

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That’s all the pictures I got from the afternoon tea! I’ve got some super exciting posts coming up so make sure you are following!

What’s your favourite dessert?

Love,

Kavi xox

[FOOD] DIY Nutella Chai Latte + Collab!

Hello lovelies! I hope you’re all well and having a great Saturday so far 🙂

For today’s post I’m going to be sharing one of my absolute favourite recipes for this time of year! It’s a Nutella Chai Latte, and it’s so simple but oh my god, so delicious. Everyday when I walk home and I’m freezing, I feel so motivated because I know I can have this lovely warming drink. Nutella and Chai and Coffee really do not sound like they’d go together, but I can assure they 100% do!

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Before I get onto the post, I just want to tell you all that this is a collaboration post with my gorgeous blogger friend Sophie! She always looks stunning and does the best make up looks, as well as being a lovely kind person too. I love all her posts, and I’m sure you will too, so check out her blog here. She’s doing a festive biscuit recipe, which look delicious and I definitely will be trying them out. We decided that the biscuit and drink will go together perfectly, so let us know what you think about them!

You Will Need:

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* Nutella or Hazelnut Spread

*Chai Latte Mix

*Milk

*Mug

*Small Saucepan

*Whisk

The Method:

1. First fill up your mug with half water and half milk.

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2. Pour this into the saucepan, which is on the gas on lowheat.

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3. Add in 3 tablespoons of Chai Latte and mix.

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4. Add in a large teaspoon of Nutella and whisk whisk whisk!

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5. Once it’s hot enough, take off the heat and pour into your pretty mug! Et Voila 🙂

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Absolutely delicious, I’m drinking one as I type it! You should definitely try it out! If you do, please write a post on it or tell me because I’d love to know what you think. If your a nutella or coffee addict you have to try this out.

Don’t forget to check out Sophie’s post and give her a follow here!

Thanks for reading loves,

Kavi xox

[FOOD] DIY Hot Chocolate Gift Set

Hello hello my lovelies! How are you enjoying Blogmas and December so far? I’m loving blogging everyday, it’s definitely not as stressful as I thought!

For today’s post I’m going to be doing a gift idea, I’ve got a few coming up and I think it will be great for those looking for cute gift ideas that are cheap and affordable too. Personally I think homemade gifts are the nicest because they’ve had the most thought put into them and are just generally a lovely thing to receive.

So if you guys want to know how to make a Hot Chocolate Set then keep reading!

Of course you need to buy a few things for it, so here are my recommendations:

~ A cute mug

~ A cute box or basket to display everything in

~ Hot Chocolate Stirrers (these are basically different varieties of chocolate on plastic spoons)

~ Mini Marshmallows

~ A good hot chocolate mix

~ Sachets of Nutella or their favourite chocolate

~ Tissue Paper

Now I’m really sorry but I don’t have any photos of the creation! I tried but the lighting and quality was very poop so I didn’t want the photos on here. However I’m hoping my brilliant descriptions will help you imagine 😉

Firstly, stuff some good old tissue paper in the box/basket to make it look all pretty!

Now you want to get some cute plastic bags and fill it up with hot chocolate powder and mini marshmallows. The idea here is that it looks like a piping bag, so tie it up with a pretty ribbon at the top! Pop the bag in the mug, and put this in your basket. Now all you need to do is place the other items in the box/basket nicely! Add a gift tag with a lovely message and decorate your box with festive Christmas stickers and ribbon. I’ve got a few examples down below (credit to Pinterest)

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I hope you guys try this gift idea out! I’m so sorry that I didn’t have any photos… However on Saturday I’ve got a festive drink recipe coming up so if you want to use that drink mix for this gift set then keep an eye out for the post!

Thanks for reading,

Love

Kavi xox

P.S. Do you have any DIY gift ideas?!

[FOOD] The Nutella Cupcake Recipe

Hello lovelies! I hope you’re all well 🙂

For today’s post I’m going to be sharing with you a recipe, which I haven’t done since June/July?! Feels like forever!

Anyway, I was in the kitchen on a lazy Sunday and I decided to try and master my cupcake making skills, and lemme tell you, I didn’t do half bad!! I made a batch of Oreo cupcakes (recipe soon) and a batch of Nutella cupcakes. They were both delicious and I actually just demolished one of each before writing this post, oops… 😉

The cupcake recipe is SO simple and there’s no fancy decorating required, so I’m sure any person of any baking ability could make these! If you’re addicted to nutella or you’re a chocoholic just like me, then get off your bum and get your apron on because you’ll want to be baking these now!

The Content:

For the cake

– 40g Butter, room temperature

– 1 egg

– 120ml Milk

– 100g Plain Flour

– 140g Caster Sugar

– 20g Cocoa Powder

– 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

For the frosting

– 200g Icing Sugar

– 80g Unsalted Butter

– 20ml Milk

– As much Nutella as you desire!

The Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius and line a 12 hole cupcake tray with cupcake paper cases.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar using a whisk and gradually add in all the dry ingredients.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk, beating well until all ingredients are well mixed.
  4. Add the egg in and beat well.
  5. Spoon the mix into the cupcake cases and fill each one up two thirds of the way. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until sponge bounces back when touched. Leave the cupcakes to cool completely while you get on with the frosting!
  6. When cupcakes are cold, hollow out a small section in the centre of each one and fill with a BIG dollop of Nutella 🙂
  7. To make the frosting, beat the icing sugar and butter together. Once combined, add the milk. Make sure it doesn’t go too runny!
  8. Stir in the Nutella by hand until evenly mixed in. It’s important to keep trying it so it doesn’t get too sweet 😉  Spread the frosting on top of the cupcakes and decorate with hazelnuts (I did about 3 per cupcake).

And that’s it! You should have something that looks like this:

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Are you tempted to make these? Do you love Nutella too? Would you like to see an Oreo cupcake recipe too?

Thanks so much for reading,

Love

Kavi xox

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[FOOD] DIY Nutella Milkshake

Hey there my lovelies! How are we all?
I was feeling quite inspired to make something, and recently I’ve been getting quite bored with the content in my kitchen, so I decided to make a milkshake! Personally, I love milkshakes and whenever I see a milkshake shop I always stop to have one. A flavour that I’ve never really messed with in a milkshake is Nutella, although I’m not sure why as it is so darn good.
It’s so quick and easy to make, it literally took me 5 minutes to make! Whatever your cooking experience is, everyone will find this a whiz to make as it only requires blending a few ingredients together. If you want to see how I made this beauty of a drink, keep on reading!

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You Will Need:

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* Milk
* Ice Cream ( I used vanilla flavoured)
* Choice of Flavouring (I used Nutella but you can use anything from chocolate orange to Jaffa cakes to literal oranges)
* A blender
* A cup to store it in
* A straw
* An Ice Cream scoop

The Method:
I started off by scooping around 3 scoops of ice cream out into my blender.

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Then I filled a quarter of the cup with milk, and poured that into my blender too.

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Afterwards, I spooned 3 tablespoons of Nutella into the jug, but you can vary the amount you use due to your taste buds.

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Then I whizzed it all up for around 2 minutes and ta daa! Your milkshake is ready to pour into the cup.
That’s it! So simple yet so damn delicious.
Will you be trying out this milkshake? Do you love Nutella as much as I do?
I’d love to see what your milkshake turned out like!
I hope you enjoyed this post, thank you so much for reading!
Love
Kavi xox

[BEAUTY] Spring TAG

Hey my lovelies! I hope you’re all well! I can’t apologise enough how sorry I am for not blogging at all this week, and unfortunately I won’t be properly blogging until May, where my schedule is free! I will, however, blog every Sunday, and try to post either on Tuesday or Friday, depending on how much work I have to do. If you didn’t know already, at the moment I’m doing a lot of exams which are very important and will last until the last day of April. Unfortunately, as much as I love my followers and blogging, my blog has to take a back seat whilst exams are happening. Onto the post!

The lovely Liv over at BlushingBeauty tagged me to do this Tag, called the Spring Fever Tag. It seems like such an exciting tag to do and perfect timing, as I really had no clue what to write about today and Spring is officially here now! If you want to check out her version of the tag, here’s the link – http://blushingbeauty9.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/spring-fever-tag/

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1) What eye palette will you use most this spring?
I’d like to use my MAC quad that I’ve just built, but I’m going to try and use my wet ‘n wild palette as it’s got some gorgeous velvety pinky rosey toned eyeshadows, which are perfect for spring!

2)What blusher in your collection is a Spring must? And what about lipstick too?
My Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral is stunning, it gives you a pop of colour and creates an incredible sheen on your cheeks!
For lipstick, I’d say my L’oreal Glam Shine Splash in Lolita, which is a perfect colour and formula for me!

3)What nail polish do you love to wear in Spring?
I did a whole post on this if you remember, but of course I love pastels and Barry M sums Spring up in nail polish for me!

4)What is on your Spring break agenda?
I’m going to Cyprus! So expect a few travelling posts, like what’s in my travel make up bag, what’s in my beach bag and my airplane tips! Also I’ve got revision to do for my final exams 😦

5)What trends are you looking forward to- fashion nail polish make up etc?
Pastels I guess, and I can’t wait for everyone to start adding more colourful pieces into their wardrobe. Make up wise, I’m excited to add bright lip colours and different colours in my waterline!

6)What is your signature Spring scent?
Of course I’d choose something floral, but nothing too strong. Soap & Glory has a gorgeous spray called Mist You Madly, which every beauty lover has tried! It’s my ultimate favourite spring scent.

7)Do you have a Spring skincare regime?
It’s no different to my winter/autumn skincare routine to be honest!

8)What is Spring like where you live?
Cold… As per usual England is like that! However, the weather has been getting nicer and sunnier, and we haven’t had much rain, touch wood!

9)Florals, got to have them or make them stop?
Hmmm, I’m in the middle to be honest! I’m not keen on having too many floral pieces, but I don’t think I’d want to get rid of them!

10)Favourite activity to do in the Spring?
I’d say I like to get outside a lot more, and enjoy the sunny weather (when we get it!). I don’t do a particular activity haha…

Anyway thats all the questions in this tag! I liked this one because it was so different! I’d like to tag you all, but I’d love to see the following people do it:
Maisie (HighStreetSpy)
Beth (BeautyInBeta)
Tarika (CherryBlossom15)
Amriaa
Mammu (Mammu Likes)
Niki (Colourmeniki)
Jacquelyn (littlescottishcorner)
Rosie Paddington

And anyone else who wants to do it! I’d love to see your take on it, please leave me all your links down below!
I hope you enjoyed this post, thank you so much for reading!
I’ll see you soon!
Kavi xox

Ooh, I almost forgot! I reached 600 followers a couple days ago! 😀 Thank you so much! I’m hoping to do a special post and a giveaway soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that! 🙂