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Baking With Betty Crocker

Baking With Betty Crocker

Baking is one of my passions and stress relievers, and with less than two weeks until my wedding I have been keeping calm with lots of baking, thanks to a care package from Betty Crocker. I have such fond memories of baking with Betty’s quick and easy cake mixes, they really are super easy to create scrummy cakes that everyone will think you have slaved hours perfecting.

My favourite mix has to be the Devil’s Food Cake Mix, it really is chocolately goodness that only requires eggs, oil, water and icing, and surprisingly only takes 35 minutes to bake, add on the icing perfecting and you can have a professional tasting cake in less than an hour, which has been perfect for me to whip up between organising wedding items on my to-do list.

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Fashionista Barbie Bakes: Simple Blueberry Muffins


Since I started my healthy kick, cutting out sugar, chocolate and generally everything I love, I have found it hard to find anything to bake that doesn’t stray me too much from the new healthy me. But as I find baking a stress reliever and I love cake I just couldn’t stay away so I have been trying to figure out what is the healthiest cake option and I came up with Blueberry muffins – well they can’t be that bad as they are filled with yummy fruit.

OK, so I am not sure they are that healthy, just healthier than say double chocolate chip muffins, and they have to count as one of your five a day – right??? Well that is what I am telling myself with these delicious beauties that are so easy to make. Plus, if like me you are obsessed with juicing and smoothies you will probably already have lots of blueberries to get baking these for a little afternoon snack.

I promise these are so simple to make, around 10 minutes prep work, then all you have to do is sit back and let them bake for around 30 minutes – if it helps you could use the time wisely and do a mini-workout.

Are you a fan of blueberry muffins?



375g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
200g golden caster sugar
125ml vegetable oil
1 egg
125ml milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g blueberries – I prefer fresh but frozen works as well
Granulated sugar, for sprinkling


Pre-heat oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4, and line the muffin tine with 12 paper cases.

Place the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl – gently mix. Then place the oil, egg, milk and vanilla in a separate bowl and whisk to combine.

Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined – then add the blueberries and mix.

Spoon mixture evenly into the muffin cases. Sprinkle the tops with sugar and bake for 30–35 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.

Remove from muffin tin and cool on a wire rack.

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Fashionista Barbie Bakes: Festive Cupcakes

Fashionista Barbie Bakes: Festive Cupcakes

The festive period is one of my favourite times to bake, mainly because I have a little more time, but mostly because you can have a little bit more fun when it comes to decorating. I bake cupcakes and muffins all the time, sometimes chocolate, occasionally carrot cake, and lots of blueberry ones, but no matter what I love to have a recipe to follow, it is kind of like a safety net that reassures me along the way.

I have tried the cookbook stand, it never really stays put, I have tried using the iPad on a stand, but getting cake mix on the screen is annoying, so when I heard that the Microsoft Surface had a Bing Food & Drink app that you could literally use with a swipe of a hand I had to give it ago.

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Canon PowerShot N Experience: Perfecting My Cupcake Decorating Skills


The past few weeks I have been reviewing the unconventional, fun, and very dinky Canon PowerShot N, and it has fast becoming my go-to camera on the move instead of my mobile, due to its Instagramable size, its creative shot function, and its WiFi connectivity.

When the guys at Canon asked me to try it out they didn’t just send me the camera and leave me to it, know the team organised for me to experience the camera doing something inspired by Instagram feed – baking – and sent me off to perfect my cupcake decorating skills at a class in Notting Hill, while capturing my results with the camera.

While I might be confident baking a cake, cookies and cupcakes, the decorating part has always terrified me a little so this class was perfect to boost my confidence and show me how easy it actually is. I am a huge fan of buttercream and cream cheese frosting and it was good to finally learn how to perfect the techniques – from simple swirls to the ice gem effect and even creating a pretty rose, and then having fun with the glitter, sprinkles, hearts and lip decorations to finish them off.

I have to be honest I was pretty impressed with my results, not just of my cupcake decorating but also of the quality of the camera pictures, and just looking through these piccies has made me not only want to bake and try and see if I can still frost to perfection, but also hungry!!!

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The ease at which you use the Canon PowerShot N is why it is such a great camera for on the go, you literally hold it any way up, you can tilt the screen to capture a unique shot, and then when you are all set up you touch the screen to snap – it really is that simple. Of course there is much more to this camera than just Auto mode, which I will show you in a full review of the camera in a later blog, but for capturing your baking, your DIY or even inspiration while out-and-about this camera is perfect – plus these shots were all taken without the flash and in a not so well-lit room and the quality is amazing.

One of the most innovative and fun functions has to be the ‘Creative Shot’, which simple takes one shot and generates it into five creative images – whether adding a filter effect such as black and white, cropping it in an unusual way, or making the image look over exposed, while keeping the original shot. I just like the fact it gives you options without having to technically do anything.

To demonstrate the feature I took some of my cupcakes and it generating some interesting results. The next three shots generated from the fairly boring shot off all four cupcakes at the very bottom – I really like the close up off the lip decorations, which went down well on my Instagram feed as it adds a different dimension to the cupcake.

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**Thanks to Canon for sending me the camera to review and my cupcake class – all views on the camera are my own**