28.05

After about a zillion hours of overnight uploading (our internet upload speed is painful) I finally managed to get a new video live on my YouTube channel! It’s a little vlog of what I got up to over the weekend- there was a little wedding dress shopping (and some intense squealing, because I maybe possibly found The One and it’s beyond perfect!), a trip to B&Q in search of some photo frames, and, of course, some pretty serious Nutella-eating.

If you enjoy it, please do subscribe to Cider with Rosie on Youtube! A ‘May Favourites’ video will be coming up next, so stay tuned! :)

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09.05

Before I got engaged, I wasn’t really all that ‘into’ weddings. I would never read about weddings (on blogs, or in magazines) voluntarily, I’d not done that cliche girly thing of dreaming of how ‘my special day’ (ugh, if I have to read that expression in a venue brochure one more time…) would look, and I never really got what all the fuss was about if I’m completely honest. For me, the excitement of Jason proposing has been more about the prospect of us becoming husband and wife, rather than about having a grand ceremony or huge party. Of course, now that we’re beginning to plan our wedding day, the excitement and craziness of the process has kind of crept up on me and is making me giddy! We’re still sticking to our original plan though of making the day a fairly rustic, informal affair…and are trying to find a barn we can hold our reception in that hasn’t been deemed a ‘wedding barn’, and had several zeros added to the hire price as a result! ;)

I’ve decided that I’m going to document the ‘journey’ of our wedding planning on Youtube, instead of here on my blog. Of course, that’s not to say I won’t be mentioning it here (and sharing Pinterest mood-boards, because this is a blog after all!) but I’m going to keep the majority of the process over on my Youtube channel.

The first video in the series is linked just above, and I really hope you like it! If you’d like to follow along with our wedding planning process, click through the video above to go and subscribe to Cider with Rosie on Youtube!

And let’s get planning this wedding!

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05.11

Red Velvets are the king of all cupcakes, in my humble opinion. I like that they’re chocolatey, but not overpoweringly so. Rich and kind of dense, but not too heavy. They’re best eaten topped off with about a foot of cream cheese frosting, and as many sprinkles as can be crammed onto them.

Here’s how to make them…

Makes approx. 16 large cupcakes.
Ingredients:
120g unsalted butter, at room temperature
300g caster sugar
2 eggs
20g cocoa powder
40ml red food colouring (not ‘natural red’, as this turns brown when baked)
1tsp vanilla extract
240ml buttermilk
300g plain flour
1tsp salt
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
3tsps white wine vinegar

For the frosting:
75g soft unsalted butter
450g icing sugar
190g full fat cream cheese (fridge cold)
Sprinkles! (please see note below for brand recommendation)

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celsius, and line two muffin trays with muffin paper cases.

2. Add the eggs and sugar to a large bowl (or the bowl of a mixer), and cream together until fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, and beat on a high speed to combine.

3. In a small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and food colouring to make a paste. Add to the butter mixture, and beat until thoroughly mixed and evenly coloured.

4. Add in half the buttermilk, beat gently, then go in with half of the flour. Repeat with the leftover buttermilk and flour. Turn the mixer up high, and beat for a minute or so until the batter is smooth and even. Add in the salt, vinegar and bicarb, and beat again for another minute or so.

5. Divide the mixture up between the cake cases, filling each to about 2/3 full. Bake at 170 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes, until the tops are spongy and spring back when pressed gently.

6. For the frosting, beat together icing sugar and softened butter. Add in the chilled cream cheese in one block, and beat until combined. Turn up the speed of the beaters/mixer if using, and beat for  a couple of minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy.

7. Use a palette knife to smooth the icing onto each cupcake, and then either roll in sprinkles or just scatter sprinkles on top for a slightly more tasteful look ;)

N.b // It can be hard to find really vibrant sprinkles in the UK since certain types of artificial colours are banned (killjoys), but I’ve found that Divine Deli’s range of sprinkles and cake decorations are the closest in colour to those fabulously lurid ones found on Pinterest!

And now for a giveaway! To win a copy of the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook (one of my absolute favourites, and the cookbook from where this recipe came) just make sure that you follow Cider with Rosie through Bloglovin’, and then leave a comment below telling me your favourite type of cupcake! A winner will be picked at random, and announced in a post and via Twitter one week from today! For an extra entry, leave a second comment over on this video on Youtube :) Good luck!

The winner of this giveaway is…Leanne! Congratulations! Please check your emails Leanne, so I can get your copy of the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook sent out to you ASAP!

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Thanks for taking part everyone!

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31.07

On Monday morning, I sat down with my notebook to write a to do list for the day ahead. I was reading over my list from Friday to see if there was anything I still needed to do, and I saw that in the margin of the page I’d written the word ‘OCTOPUS’ in big capital letters, and underlined it.

Yup, octopus. Underlined. Octopus was obviously a very important thought on Friday. Why? I hadn’t the foggiest idea.

I shared this on Twitter, and it was Jason who managed to wrap things up for me. He messaged me saying ‘It doesn’t have anything to do with Bastille, does it?’. Ah, yes. Yes it did. Turns out, I’d written it as a reminder to myself to share the following fact on here….

The other day, Jason convinced me that the chorus line in the Bastille song ‘Pompeii’ was ‘How am I gonna be an octopus about this…’ I believed him so completely that a week or so later when I was happily singing the octopus version of the song, Jase took pity and told me that he’d been having me on. How do you make a band as cool as Bastille completely and utterly dorky? Insert the name of a sea creature into their lyrics.

Anyway, I just can’t get enough of Bastille at the moment. Flaws is my favourite song. Have a listen!

p.s. Have I just ruined Pompeii for you? I’m sorry. Please take it up with my other half…;)

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