Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Chocolate Love Heart Cake



What better way to say 'I Love You' than with a heart shaped cake! This is a really easy recipe for that perfect chocolate cake and I'm pretty sure you won't have just one slice. Chocolatey, moist, unbelievably moreish, what more can you want? Oh yeah and it's in a heart shape and pink!

Check out my other chocolate recipes for more inspiration!

German Chocolate Cake
Double Chocolate Cookies
Chocolate Orange Brownies

Recipe

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20-25minutes
Serves: 8-10

Makes x2 heart shaped cakes OR it will make two 8 inch round cakes

Ingredients

Cake
300ml Soya milk 
275g Self-raising flour
175g Caster sugar
4 tbsp Cocoa powder
1 tbsp Lemon juice
3 tbsp Maple syrup
150g dairy free butter (I use vitalite)
1 tsp Instant coffee granules
2 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
Buttercream
250 dairy-free butter 
400g Iciing sugar
2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 tbsp soya milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pink Food colouring
White fondant, candy canes optional

Method

✿Preheat your oven to 350℉/180℃ and line your cake tins with baking paper.
✿In a bowl mix together the soya milk and lemon juice to make your 'buttermilk'. It will look curdled after about 5 minutes.
✿In a saucepan over a medium heat, melt together the maple syrup, butter and coffee granules and then set aside to cool.
✿Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda in large mixing bowl.
✿Pour in the 'buttermilk' and the syrup mixture and stir till you have a smooth batter. 
✿Divide the mixture into the prepared cake tins and cook for 30-35 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
✿Meanwhile make your buttercream. Using an electric mixer, whisk the butter until it becomes pale and creamy. Add in your icing sugar a bit at a time until combined.
✿Take a few spoonfuls of buttercream into a separate bowl and add your cocoa powder and milk if needed to make a chocolatey buttercream.
✿Once your cakes have cooled, level them and spread over your chocolate buttercream then place the other cake on top.
✿With the other buttercream, add the pink food colouring and mix together until desired pinkness and decorate. Enjoy!


Christina 
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Friday, 1 February 2019

Why I'm sticking with Vegan


There are so many topics I want to cover in this blog post; the planet, animals. clothes, food; but it will be one heck of an essay if I do, which is boring. But I just wanted to share something I have learnt this month, it's not supposed to be a depressing subject more of an education or inspiration if you will :)

Last month I participated in my first ever Veganuary and I was so excited about how I would feel during and after. And it's safe to say, Veganuary will continue for me forever I hope. I absolutely LOVED the challenge which for me was no eggs or dairy. I used to eat two eggs more or less every day and I love chocolate which of course has milk in it. So I knew it could make or break me. It sounds like I was about to climb a mountain so a little bit dramatic but still mentally challenging nonetheless! 


If you haven't realised already, eggs and milk are in pretty much every food which I found so bizarre and really quite annoying when you're avoiding it. I nearly bought some guacamole, a simple blend of avocados but no they put milk in it. So this continued to happen for me throughout the month but I'm really glad I nearly made that mistake because it encouraged me to always check the labels of food and drinks. 


I also love our planet. We are destroying it everyday, not just with animals I know, with fashion and waste and plastic filling up our beautiful oceans. If I am one more person becoming Vegan I am already making a wonderful change and as I always say, a small change can make a huge impact. 


So, here are my top facts I learnt this Veganuary that I think we can all learn from:


1. The equivalent of having a shower everyday for 2 months is the same as how much water is needed to make ONE hamburger. Just one which is eaten in minutes.


2. Free-range doesn't mean cruelty free for your eggs. The hens have terrible living conditions and only get the name "free-range" because of the smallest improvements. 


3. London is number 1 for the most vegan restaurants. We should celebrate this achievement as veganism in the UK is growing evermore and becoming more mainstream. Give me all the vegan food to try!


4.  Apparently studies have shown that people who are on a Vegan/Vegetarian diet live longer. Just by eating more grains, veggies and fruits it can prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Our health is so important and I have felt so many positive changes in my body.



Imagine how many animals and trees and water we would save if we all slowly adopted a plant-based diet? Just something for you to think about. 

Christina
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