All you’ll need for these cupcakes is Betty Crocker’s red velvet cupcake mix (Yes I cheated, but these are all about the decoration :p) So follow the easy step by step instructions on the cake mix box before decorating with the marshmallow frosting.
Now for decoration (Marshmallow frosting):
4 eggs whites
250g caster sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
Black icing pen
Step 1) In a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water whisk together the egg whites, sugar and water for 10-15 minutes until thick and glossy. Leave to cool before adding the vanilla extract and giving a final whisk before spooning into a piping bag.
Step2) When piping onto the cupcakes, do it as if it was a snow man in three squeezes to create the layers and look like a ghost. No need to wait for the frosting to set before icing on the eyes and mouths as it’s quite firm like a marshmallow.
Once iced they are ready for you to enjoy!
Okay, it isn’t exactly cake based, but atomic burger has to be the single best burger place i’ve ever been. With an exciting menu of food (great for film lovers) you’ll be spoilt for choice, so I highly recommend!
I had the Boris Karloff burger which is make it yourself (frankenstein), so you choose the burger, from beef, chicken or veggie, then choose three toppings and a side dish. So I had BBQ pulled pork with bacon and american cheese, along with fries. It’s such an exciting experience, with so much to choose from you’ll be going back again and again for more.
For this recipe you’ll need:
500g strong white bread flour
100g caster sugar
40g unsalted butter
2 medium eggs
135ml warm milk
125ml warm water
Icing sugar and water
Step1) Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. In a bowl place all the ingredients and give a good mix with your hands before kneading in the bowl to form a wet dough. Next place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes until the dough becomes very elastic.
Step2) Place the dough in a bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise for an hour, i’d suggest a window shelf that gets sun. Once the dough has doubled in size, tip onto a lightly surface again and knead for a minute or so and divide into 16 even portions that resemble a sausage shape and place on a baking tray to rise until doubled in size once again, cover with a tea towel.
Step3) Once they’ve doubled in size, place in the oven for 10 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked, you may need to tear one apart. Leave to cool on a cooling rack before decorating with icing sugar and sprinkles if you wish.
When people think good food, they don’t tend to identify it with students, who typically eat packet noodles and Junk food. That isn’t me unfortunately, I say unfortunately because I like good quality and expensive food, I shop in waitrose and it doesn’t help that I also work there part-time and seen as i’m a poor student it doesn’t exactly fit with my lifestyle.
So as I start back at university for my second year my goal is to try and cut down on the food I buy, not the intake but maybe downgrading supermarkets, this makes me very sad. I’ll still have to visit waitrose for my Cawston press juice (apple and elderflower, its so good you have yo try it!) and the odd product, but generally try and buy cheaper foods.
Here’s some tips for people who enjoy good food on a low budget:
- Visit food festivals and markets- Though this isn’t the cheapest way to buy food, you can get lots of great free tasters from meat and cakes to alcohol! plus you can always try and haggle the prices.
- Look out for independent shops that offer student discount- Unfortunately this one only applies to students, but a lot of independent shops offer discount or things along the line. A local bakery of mine in Bath, which is across the road from me offers student discount after 4pm, so I can go and grab some cheap cakes and bread. Not only that, many restaurants also offer discount for students.
- Graze box– It’s only £3.89 per box, which you can have delivered as much or little as you like, I have mine delivered every two weeks, meaning I only pay £7.78 a month, in which I receive 8 individual treats (4 per box) I receive things such as popcorn, brownies, flapjacks, dried fruit and nuts, compotes and chutneys, all of which are reasonably healthy and super tasty!
- Discount apps- I use Voucher cloud which is free to download on Iphone and offers a range of discounts for great restaurants, there are also lot’s of other similar apps and websites on the market offering discounts and offers.
I fancied making something simple and comforting today, so what better than some rocky road squares to satisfy my needs.
For this easy recipe all you’ll need is:
200g milk chocolate ( I used green and blacks)
125g unsalted butter
1 packet of biscuits, I used Sainsbury’s taste the difference quadruple chocolate cookies, because I love them!
100g mini marshmallows
Step1) In a glass bowl over simmering water melt together the chocolate and butter until smoothy and creamy and set aside. Next in a bowl pound the cookies until they are all broken into little pieces.
Step2) Then pour over the chocolate mixture and stir with a spatular to combined all the ingredients and fold in the marshmallows then pour into an individual square bake tin or regular square bake tin which you can then cut up later.
Step3) Place in the fridge for about 3 hours then they’ll be ready to serve and enjoy with your friends and family.
For this recipe you’ll need:
175g golden caster sugar
175g unsalted butter
175g self-raising flour
100g fresh strawberries blended with a tbsp cream and 1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 medium eggs
Fresh strawberries and whipping cream
Step1) Preheat the oven to 180c/fan 160c/ Gas 4. In a bowl cream together the sugar and butter until smooth and creamy, next blend the strawberries with cream and vanilla extract in a blender or food processor until no lumps remain.
Step2) Next beat in the eggs to the creamed butter and sugar mixture before sifting over the blended strawberries and folding together. Then sift in the flour and get a good final mix before equally dividing between your cupcake tin.
Step3) Bake for 15-20 minutes or until risen and springy then remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool. While they cool, whip up the whipping cream with a hand whisk and spoon into a piping bag before decorating the cupcakes and finishing with fresh strawberries.
These chocolate and ginger cupcakes are so simple, but so tasty
Originally I was just going to bake some plain old chocolate cupcakes as i’m sat home bored on a cold saturday afternoon, but found a bar of green and blacks dark ginger chocolate in the fridge so thought why not add that in and make them more exciting.
All you’ll need:
115g self-raising flour
115g golden caster sugar
115g unsalted butter
2 medium eggs
2tbsp cocoa powder (I used green and blacks)
100g Green and blacks dark chocolate with ginger, cut up into small peices
1tbsp ground ginger
Step1) Preheat the oven to 180c/fan 160c/ Gas 4. In a bowl cream together the caster sugar and butter until smooth and creamy, then add in the eggs and flour and stir together well to combine the ingredients.
Step2) Next add in the cocoa powder, milk and ginger to the mixture, before finally adding in the chopped up chocolate which will create gooey chocolate chunks throughout the cupcakes. Put into the centre of the oven for 15-20 minutes, until risen and springy.
Step3) Remove from the oven and set on a cooling rack to cool, then decorate how you wish. I used Vanilla buttercream (betty crocker, it’s becoming obvious it’s one of my favourites) then sprinkled some ground ginger on top to finish.