Creme Egg Cupcakes

These cupcakes are a crowd pleaser and also very tasty too! We just love crème eggs so had to make crème egg cupcakes, these ones are inspired by crème eggs. You can hide a mini crème egg inside the cupcake if you want to as well! We did half with a crème egg in the middle and half without! We are also lucky enough to have duo icing bags (from Lakeland) so were able to do duo icing of white and orange. If you don’t have a piping bag then you could just swirl the orange food colouring into the buttercream.
Have fun making these and enjoy surprising your guests with the hidden middle!

Cakes:
120g sugar
120g butter
100g self raising flour
20g cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1 tsp baking powder

Icing:
250g icing sugar
80g butter
25ml whole milk
Orange food colouring

½ bar dark chocolate
Bag of mini crème eggs

Method:
1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and put cupcake cases in a tray
2) In a free standing mixer beat together the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy looking
3) Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and add the eggs and baking powder, mix until combined but do not over mix
4) Spoon the mixture into the cases, do not be tempted to over fill, ans cook for 15-20 minutes
5) To make the icing beat all the ingredients together with a free hand mixer or in your free standing mixer. The longer you beat the fluffier the icing.
6) Put half of the icing in one side of the piping bag
7) Add orange food colouring to the rest of the icing and mix well. Then put the icing in the other side of the bag
8) Pipe the icing generously onto the cupcakes
9) Melt the dark chocolate and then drizzle over the top of the cupcakes

Happy Easter!

Blender recipes series 2: Green juices

Green juices may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we LOVE them. Green juices are particularly refreshing and it is so fun experimenting with different flavours.We have decided to share a number of different green juices with you as the fun thing about juicing is that you can mix and match the recipes to suit your taste buds or dietary needs.

Pineapple, cucumber and kale juice
1 small can of pineapple in juice
4 slices of cucumber (1cm thick)
handful of kale

Pineapple, cucumber and spinach juice
1 small can of pineapple in juice
4 slices of cucumber (1cm thick)
handful of spinach

Peach, cucumber and spinach juice
1 small tin of peaches in juice
5 slices of cucumber (1cm thick)
handful of spinach

Apple, kiwi, pear, avocado & mint
1 apple
1 kiwi
1 pear
1 avocado
handful mint leaves

Pineapple, celery, spinach
1 small tin of pineapple in juice
1 celery stick
handful of spinach

Orange Marmalade Cake

We love looking through foodie magazines, Delicious, Olive, BBC Good Food, Tesco, Waitrose; you name it we’ve got them all!

When we saw this recipe in the Tesco food magazine we had to make it, it looked delicious and the perfect cake for a rainy day. We adapted the recipe slightly as we didn’t have wholemeal flour so just replaced with plain instead, and sadly didn’t make our own marmalade; however Tesco Finest marmalade tasted fantastic!

marmalade-cake

Ingredients
200g unsalted butter
200g golden granulated sugar
3 eggs
100g wholemeal flour
100g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
150g orange marmalade
3tbsp orange juice
oranges to decorate

Method
1) Grease and line a 900g loaf tin and preheat the oven to 160c fan
2) Whisk the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
3) Beat in the eggs one at a time until combined. Add a teaspoon of the flour if necessary to stop the mixture curdling
4) Fold in the flours, baking powder and 100g marmalade and the orange juice and then spoon into the tin
5) Bake for 50 minutes covering with foil for the last 15 minutes
6) Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, warm the marmalade in pan
7) Put on a wire rack and brush the cake with the marmalade and then decorate with orange slices and then brush more marmalade over the cake

Enjoy!

Fitbit Fans

Two Christmas ago (2015) we both asked for Fitbits, previously we had been tracking our daily step count on the Health app which comes free with the IPhone 6. The health app wasn’t a great way of tracking as it meant you had to have your phone on your 24/7 and it wasn’t able to track any exercise. Before our Fitbits we were using the Nike Running App to track our runs which is another great app.

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We have office jobs so for 8 hours of the day we are mostly sat down, when we started to use the Health app we realised how little steps one would do if not completing any additional exercise during the day. It’s no wonder people start piling on the pounds as soon as they start an office job, we all know how busy our lives become and exercise can sometimes take a back seat.

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It is so true that motivation is what gets you started but habit is what keeps you going. Living a healthy and balanced life has become part of our everyday routine. We love going to the gym and working out and nourishing out body with wholesome foods. Although we also know that moderation is key, don’t deprive yourself of yummy treats every once in a while. We are avid bakers and we certainly like to enjoy the goodies we bake!

Fitbit offers a two year warranty which is brilliant, we have each spoken to different customer service reps for different reasons and they have all offered great customer service. You only have to look at Fitbit on twitter to see that everyone else agrees.

The Fitbit app is also really good, you can sync your Fitbit daily and it will update your activity. You can also sync the Fitbit to other apps such as my fitness pal. See below what we think about our fitbits and the qualities they have!

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HR Charge
The HR Charge is currently £70 on Amazon
Sizes: Small, large and extra large
Colours: there are a range of colours (Black, Blue, Purple)
The HR Charge tracks steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, heart rate, hourly activity and stationary time.

You can also monitor your sleep on the HR Chardge and the Alta (See below). We have only tracked our sleep a couple of times but it tells you the amount of times you woke up in the night and how many times you were restless. It’s a good feature if you don’t think you get much sleep at night.

Battery Life- the battery life is great on the HR charge it last ups to 5 days.

Alta
The Fitbit Alta is currently £80 on Amazon
Sizes: Small, large and extra large
Colours: there are a range of colours (blue, purple, black and there are a coupld of special editions) and you can even change the straps on the Fitbit Alta.
All day activity tracker, which you can tap to the screen to display.
Long battery life- lasts up to 5 days

Go and order a Fitbit, you won’t regret it! 🙂

Top 10 cities we want to visit

We do like to write about the places we have visited, however this time we thought we would write a post about the cities we want to visit. City breaks are great because you can go away for a long weekend it can feel like you have been away for ages. City breaks also mean you don’t have to take too much holiday, so you can do lots of mini breaks throughout the year. There are often cheap deals going on flights so there’s no excuse!

Between us, we have visited, Dublin, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Prague, Florence and Paris (we are off to Paris in April again and cannot wait), therefore this post is all about the cities we haven’t visited but really want to. Let’s see how many we can tick off the list!

Barcelona-We have heard some amazing things about Barcelona, and of course want to visit the Sagrada Familia – it is the most iconic building in Barcelona after all. However the Park Guell looks just as impressive! The best thing about Barcelona is that is a city that has a beach, so we would be able to top up the tan and relax for a bit too. We cannot not mention Spanish food, going for tapas and watching Flamenco dancing would be definitely be the best way to spend an evening. And lastly we both love markets, so we would definitely visit a Spanish market whilst there.

Budapest- Budapest is renowned for being cheap so we just have to visit. The city looks incredible with lots to do and we can imagine just wandering the city stumbling across beautiful sites and taking lots and lots of pictures. We have been recommended going on a cruise down the River Danube as it’s a good way to see both Buda and Pest. We also would love to attend a ‘sparty’, which is basically a party at one of the many spa’s in Budapest. Whilst in Budapest we would have to sample local Hungarian food of course, and taste the local Goulash.

Dubrovnik- Croatia looks like a stunning country and the city of Dubrovnik looks amazing and even better it’s another city by the sea, so a trip to the beach would be on the cards! It would be pretty amazing to go sea kayaking here, which would be a different thing to do on a city break or take a trip in the cable car for some fantastic views. Another recommendation has been given to us of visiting the Island of Lokrum, and the pictures do look stunning – maybe we will need longer than a long weekend to visit Dubrovnik!

Lisbon- Lisbon is meant to be the cheapest place to go for a city break so we are intrigued to visit and see if this is true! We would definitely visit the Sao Jorge Castle whilst there and also take a trip to a view point for some cool pictures and also ride the tram. Whist there we would definitely have to enjoy a pastel de nata (custard tart) or two!

Marseille- Marseille is not somewhere you would instantly think of visiting for a city break which is why we want to visit. Marseille is a city in the south of France and looks stunning as there is a Greek feel to the city with a pretty port. We feel this city will be very similar to Paris but less hectic and busy. It would be the perfect city break full of cheese and wine, and of course French bread. Marseille Old Town looks picturesque so I imagine we would spend a lot of time there!

Stockholm- We have never been to Sweden so a city break to Stockholm sounds like a fab idea, and it looks like another beautiful city. The decision is, to visit in summer or winter? We do much prefer hotter climates though…..

Edinburgh- Why should we not pick a city to visit in the UK?! We haven’t visited Scotland and heard so many good things about Edinburgh so a visit would be worthwhile. As you probably already know, we love walking so this would be the perfect city break as we could visit Arthurs Seat and challenge ourselves to climb the main mountain in Edinburgh. It wouldn’t be a trip to Edinburgh without a visit to the famous Edinburgh Castle or a trip to the theatre.

Helsinki- Again this is another country that we haven’t visited, so a trip to Finland would be quite the adventure and experience. In Winter it will be super super cold, but imagine the Christmas markets are quite spectacular and of course lots of snow! The city looks equally stunning in summer and for the past 5 years in summer you can have dinner in the sky, which looks incredible! Imagine eating dinner high up in the sky, the pictures look epic! Kayaking is a main hobby and outdoor activity in Finland so we would definitely have to hire kayaks in the summer or go on a kayak tour. We have also been recommended to do a bike tour of the city, which we can imagine you can do in summer or winter.

Warsaw- A trip to Warsaw would be a very historical and cultural trip, so maybe best to go in winter as we can imagine  a lot of the trip would be spend in museums such as the National Museum in Warsaw, the Museum of History  of Polish Jews or the Science centre. However we would also enjoy the food and drink that Poland has to offer and explore the old town on foot. Breakfast is a serious meal in Poland and we love our breakfast so we will be sure to enjoy a very large Polish breakfast every morning to set ourselves up for the day. Warsaw also has a lively bar culture so we will be sure to visit some bars in the evening.

San Sebastian- This is not a very well-known destination for a city break, but this city in Spain looks beautiful so a different destination to add to the list. There is meant to be one of the best beaches in Europe here so we will most likely spend a lot of time here, from sunbathing, to walking and morning runs along the beach. The old town also looks stunning and we can imagine spending an evening eating and drinking here. A highlight for us would be taking the funicular railway to the top of Monte Igeldo to see impressive views and take some perfect blog pictures!

Where do you think we have missed off our list? Where would you recommended we visit next?

A Jersey breakfast guide 

Jersey has some delicious breakfast spots and as you know we are breakfast lovers so we had to include them in a speedster blog post! (We didn’t go to them all during this stay but we have sampled the menu on previous trips). Jersey folk have always gone out for breakfast it has been the thing to do way before the trend set in the UK.

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La Braye- We visited La Braye for the first time during our visit and the food was so delicious. There was lots of choice on the menu and I was spoilt for choice. I was considering going for the porridge but thought I should probably try something different seeing as I eat porridge almost every morning at home. I opted for the smoked salmon and scrambled egg which was so tasty. The crushed avocado on toast also looked amazing so I definitely know what to order next time.

El tico Beach Cantino- We loved El Tico when we visited back in May but we didn’t get the chance to visit this time around. The food is amazing and the portion sizes are incredibly generous. They serve full English breakasts, porridge with a selection of toppings, granola, pancakes, cinnamon toast and the list goes on and on. The view from El Tico is stunning as it looks out onto St Ouen’s bay where you can watch the surfers surf the waves.

Colleens- this is a relaxed beach cafe, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Colleens cafe is located in St Ouen’s and it is only a stone throw away from the beautiful golden sanded beach. You can dine both inside and outside if the weather is on your side. This is definitely a firm favourite of ours and pancakes were delicious.

Nude Food- We haven’t actually eaten in Nude foods but we popped in at the weekend as we wanted an iced coffee. Unfortunately they didn’t sell iced coffee but whilst we were in there we happened to notice how delicious the menu looked. It was a fitness bloggers heaven the menu was full of healthy and wholesome brunch foods.

MOO- This trendy spot can be found in St Hellier just off of the main highstreet. We would say this place is best if you want to take your smoothie or shake away as it is quite small inside. The smoothies they have on offer look delicious and they would be the perfect post workout refuel.

 

 

Epic Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake

It was our friends birthday so we took the opportunity to make an epic cake and decided to make a salted caramel chocolate cake. We took inspiration from a number of recipes including this Jamie Oliver one.

The beauty about this cake is that you can make as many tiers as you would like and decorate it how you like. We decided to do 3 tiers. The recipe below makes 2 tiers, so to make a third tier we just halved the recipe. We then sandwiched the cakes with salted caramel. We then completely covered the cake with salted caramel butter icing. We had so much icing left that we added cocoa powder to the icing to turn the icing chocolately and piped this on as decoration.

Cake Ingredients 
250g unsalted butter
250g dark chocolate
150ml espresso
250 self-raising flour
2tbsp cocoa powder
250g light brown soft sugar
250g golden caster sugar
100ml buttermilk
4 free range eggs

Salted Caramel ingredients
200g golden caster sugar
50g butter
75ml double cream
½ tsp salt

Icing ingredients
150g butter
350g icing sugar
100g carnation caramel
50ml whole milk
Pinch sea salt
50g cocoa powder

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 150c and grease and line 2 cake tins
2) Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over water and then add the coffee.
3) In a large mixing bowl, using a hand mixer or free standing mixer beat together the flour, sugars and cocoa.
4) Add the buttermilk to the chocolate and mix. Beat the eggs with a fork in a jug and then add to the melted chocolate. Our mixer was very lumpy so we mixed it with an electric hand mixer.
5) Pour the chocolate mixture into the dry mixture and beat until combined, then pour into the prepared tins
6) Cook for 45 minutes in the oven, or until a skewer comes out clean.
7) While the cakes a cooling make the salted caramel by placing the sugar in a large saucepan with 50ml water and gently heat over a low heat, swirling it to ensure it doesn’t stick.
8) Turn the heat up and let the mixer simmer until you have a dark caramel. Cube the butter and whisk into the caramel with the cream until you have a smooth mixture, then add the salt.
9) Build your cake putting the salted caramel in between the layers
10) To make the icing whizz all the ingredients, except the cocoa powder together, you may need to add more milk. Cover the cake with the icing, you will not use it all.
11) With the remaining icing add cocoa powder to it and whizz together and use this icing as decoration.
12) Decorate the cake however you please, the bigger the better!

This cake took us 2 days to make and was so much fun! We had such fun decided firstly what kind of cake we wanted to make and had even more fun adapting the recipe to suit our needs. We also loved licking the bowl (who doesn’t), and decorating the cake too. There are so many ideas on Pinterest for epic cakes and I am sure we will be making another one soon!

Share with us your amazing cakes, we would love to see them!