Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Blog // Favourite Bloggers of 2014

I absolutely love curling up with a cup of coffee and a good blog. 

Here are some of my absolute favourites... 

1. Superficial Girl 

Carlinn is a Cape Town based blogger who is an absolute poster child for all things fabulous. Her OOTD's are always so well put together and beautifully photographed by her boyfriend. Whenever I want to see what's new in Canal Walk (she shows off new ranges to perfection) I pop on over here. She mixes affordable fashion (think Mr Price and Cotton On) with more designer looks (Asos and Zara). She also has an awesome Youtube video - to hear her talk underscores her passion for blogging and the fact that she is genuinely a really sweet person! 

2. CitygirlSearching 

This is a long time favourite! Follow the beautiful Roxy and her lovely hubby Farmboy for really sweet stories about life in South Korea as well as the most beautiful of travel pictures. Roxy is about as stationary obsessed as I am and even has her own shop. She is a really inspirational person in a totally non-intimating way! What a sweetheart, truly. 

3. Indieberries

I feel like this needs no blog needs no introduction. A hilarious account of life in London by fellow Rhodent Ché. Her wedding cartoons are my absolutely favourite. Head on over there for hilarity and an absolute creativity burst. Recently relaunched and better than ever, you won't regret it (unless you waste hours laughing till your stomach hurts like I do). What a treat. 

4. The Angel Headed Hipster

Sarah recently made the very brave move to Lincoln, England to be with her long time boyfriend. She blogs about fashion, beauty and her adventures! I love keeping up with her life with her whimsical blog. She isn't afraid to be fun with fashion and has a really refreshing honesty in her writing. 

5. Boobs and Loubs

I am not sure you can call this a small blog, since Morgan Stewart is super famous courtesy of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills. But her tone is really funny and it makes for a light hearted read so is definitely worth a look! Especially if you are a fan of E! Entertainment. 

What are your favourites? I'd love some more blogs on my reading list! 

Bake // Red Velvet Cupcakes

What with red velvets being all the rage, I was on a mission to find the perfect one! After sampling a couple, I stumbled upon this one which is by far my favourite! 

I have made them so many times and have yet to have a flop, and decorating them is just the most fun ever. So far I have a few girly batches, not to mention rainbow ones and "Sharks Rugby" ones (literally... Sharks and rugby jerseys)... 

Cupcakes Ingredients
3 cups Cake Flour
2 tsp Unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ tsp Salt
3 Large eggs at room temperature
¾ cup butter at room temperature
2¼ cups  Sugar
1½ tsp Vanilla Extract / Essence
2 tbsp Red Food Colouring
1½ cups Buttermilk
1½ tsp Baking Soda
1½ tsp Vinegar

Cupcakes Method
Pre-heat oven to a 180. Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until combined. One at a time, add eggs; beat on medium speed after each. Beat in food colouring on low.
Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to egg mixture; beat on low-medium after each just until combined. Stir together baking soda and vinegar. Add to batter; beat just until combined.
Fill cupcake liners two-thirds full. Bake 15 to 17 minutes, or until toothpick inserted near centres comes out clean. Cool pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Gently remove cupcakes from pans; cool.
They should look something like this... 

Frosting Ingredients 
90g      Butter at room temperature
350g    Icing Sugar
250g    Cream cheese
5ml       Vanilla Essence / Extract

Frosting Method 

In a bowl beat butter until soft sand smooth, add the icing sugar a little at a time. Once all the icing sugar has been mixed in, add the cream cheese until fully blended in. Now add the vanilla essence / extract. Ice as desired.

This is the fun part! Go wild...