Breakfast Beauty Jar

 “In 2016 it is my mission to improve the condition of my skin, nails, hair and creative brain NATURALLY. I have spent a small fortune on all sorts of lotions and potions and never found that ‘magic tonic’. So I’m putting away my wallet and getting out my mixing bowl. Through exploring my love of healthy dessert making, I will be feeding myself beautiful (hopefully). Follow my diary of tailor made desserts, baked snacks and Breakfast recipes for clear skin, glossy hair and hard ass nails. Starting with…”

THE FACE

The Beauty Jar aka The Smoothie Granola jar

Turning breakfast into a one stop beauty shop!

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I can never choose what I want to eat for breakfast more. If my stomach would allow it I’d start with Homemade Granola, then Scrambled eggs with Smoked Salmon and Avocado on Rye, then a smoothie bowl of frozen fruit and veggies with all the toppings, then I would finish with a stack of buckwheat pancakes with cascading berries and dripping almond butter. For this next post I’ve up 2 of my favourite breakfasts together and used my all time favourite toppings. Fear not, I haven’t chosen to add the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. I have eaten some pretty strange concoctions in my time but…

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Why the glass? I eat with my eyes, I eat with my eyes, I eat with my eyes!! The more beautiful and special it looks the more we want to devour it. If your new years resolution is to eat healthier and that sad bowl of Muesli hasn’t got you salivating then pimp it up in your favourite glass and top it up up up!

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Feed me beautiful facts  – What’s it good for?

Blueberries – Helps to prevent signs of aging. The mass of antioxidants in this mighty fruit kick some serious Free Radical ass (Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules created in the body from pollution, smoking, fried food). WHAM!

Spinach – Helps you ditch that frown and relax with the right antioxidants and Vitamins to help with anxiety and good sleep, not for getting that all important collagen that keeps the skin looking plump and young. BOSH!

Yogurt – Promotes clear skin by destroying bacteria and germs in the body. POW!

Sunflower seeds – Moisturizes and gives you that glow factor  with rich vitamin E and minerals to help maintain elastin’s in the skin. OOSH!

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Breakfast Beauty Jar

This recipe is for 1 but double it up like I did for 2.

Bottom layer – Thick Smoothie Feed me beautiful facts  

2 handfuls Frozen Blueberries

2 Handfuls of Spinach

6 tbsp Water/Almond milk

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Middle LayerYogurt

Full fat Greek Yogurt or any delicious thick dairy free Yogurt

Middle Layer 2Granola for one or double it and share

4 tbsp Oats

2 tsp of seeds (I went for one Pumpkin and one Sunflower seeds)

1 tsp of Mixed Spice or if you don’t have that try cinnamon ad ginger mixed.

2 tsp of ground nut oil (or coconut)

1 Tbsp of date syrup (I used this as it has a strong flavour and colour but if I didn’t have it in the house I’d go for Maple syrup).

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Topping 1Peanut vanilla Spread

1 tbsp Crunchy Peanut butter

7 Drops of Vanilla essence

1 tsp of your favourite Sweet Syrup I went for something milder than the date syrup Brown rice syrup, Maple or honey.

Tip Top – All the toppings

Raspberries

Shredded coconut

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Method

 Start with the Granola.

Pre heat your oven to 160.c. Fan 140.c

In a roasting tin throw all the ingredients together and combine well with the liquid ( I like to do it with my hands as it’s just divine to eat the mixture off your fingers when finished). It gives me a lovely sense memory of when Mum would make Granola when I was a child and Dad and I would sneak into the kitchen and eat as much as we could while her back was turned before it went into the oven.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 7 minutes

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Smoothie Makin’

In a blender add all the bottom layer smoothie ingredients.

We want it quite thick so the yogurt sits nicely on the smoothie and is easy to eat with a spoon, plus it looks lovely all layered up which is pleasing to mine eye!

Now you are ready to layer up. Using a nice clear jar or favourite glass.

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I would love to see your Breakfast beauty Jar creations – tag me or #feedmebeautiful on instagram.

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Treat yourself well,

The Cake Diaries

xoxo

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Chocolate Doughnut recipe #razzforlife

IMG_5462 Last night I went to a very special event #razzforlife a Charity Fund raiser for Cancer UK  hosted by the very lovely Fiona Longmuir (theescapologistsdaughter) which I had the pleasure of supplying the sweet treats for!! If you attended the #razzforlife party last night you are now most possibly a firm friend, nursing a little hangover and after tucking into your goodie bag have now followed this link for a Chocolate Doughnut recipe made with you in mind! ( I have a feeling that we may have kicked some Cancer butt last night too with all our fund raising and positive vibes!!)

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With my swag!

IMG_5444IMG_5445#RazzForLife Chocolate Doughnuts with Maple butter Icing

These Chocolate doughnuts are light and fluffy goodness packed full of antioxidant rich and nutritious loveliness. Saying F**K CANCER with every bite!

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Banana bread and dark chocolate doughnuts made for my #razzforlife Kebabs.

Ingredients – Make 16 mini Doughnuts

120g Ground Almond flour

120g Cacao or Cocoa

2 eggs or egg replacer

2 tbsp Apple Sauce

2 tbsp Oilve oil or Coconut oil

Just under half tsp Baking Powder

Just under half tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

4 Tbsp of Maple Syrup (or quality honey)

1 tsp of stevia or natvia (or another tablespoon of Liquid sweetener i.e Maple syrup)

1 tsp Vanilla Essence

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Method – Preheat oven to 175.c

0 – Grease a mini Doughnut pan or turn on your mini doughnut oven

1 – In a mixing bowl chuck in all dry ingredients.

2 – Chuck in wet ingredients (a part from the eggs) to your bowl of dry and stir as you go, slowly.

3 – Whisk your eggs in a small bowl and then add to your batter.

BAKING TIP!! Don’t leave your batter after making it. Get it straight into your tin as the magic of the bicarb and baking powder is getting to work by adding air to your batter help it rise.

4 – Add your mixture until each doughnut cell is 3/4 (as we want these babies to grow!!)

5 –  Bake in the oven for 15 mins or until a skewer comes out clean. If you have an mini doughnut oven they take 6 mins on high. (P.S I hear these doughnut ovens are about £15!!)

6 – Take them out of the oven and give them 5 mins to chill out before turning out on to a cooling wrack.

Mable butter Icing  with toasted walnuts and Pecans.

– 1 tbsp Smooth Peanut butter. I use Meridian is it is sugar free, salt free and palm oil free.

– 1 tbsp of Mable Syrup. (you can decide how stiff or liquid like you want your icing by adding more Maple syrup)

– Mix it together in a small bowl. With a knife ice your cooled doughnuts

– Take one handful of nuts and break apart (if you are having a bad day put them in a clear

plastic bag and bash with the back of a wooden spoon.

– In a frying pan – toast your nuts for 3 or so mins over a medium heat.

– Decorate the iced doughnuts with the toasted nuts

– Leave in the fridge for 10 mins to set or just scoff the lot!

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Yours truly,

The Cake Diaries

Cupcake design

I love Sundays.

Sundays are for Coffee and for sharing.

Writing a baking blog and sharing my cakey adventures has become such a joyous past time, but I am not originally a blogger. I am home baker and dessert developer baking for both private celebrations and press events.

This time round I thought I’d share with you not a recipe but some of my most recent commissions.

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I was asked by the lovely folk at Tampax to design 50 bespoke cupcakes to celebrate the new Tampax Pearl edition (which you may have seen in the shops recently). After many ideas on colour, style, feel and message we went for piped roses with gorgeous sugar pearls, the Tampax Logo and the Tampax pearl hash tag #PerfectFit

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When designing a dessert it’s important for me to know about the occasion, the feel of the event, how it’s going to be eaten, when it’s going to be eaten as well as the person who’s receiving it or if it’s for a press event the type of person the product is aimed at. In this case, I wanted to know about the type of gal that buys Tampax Pearl, her lifestyle and her style. With all this info I make a kind of mood board of this person or persons that I’ve never met in my head and instinctively I create straight away. If I over think it it doesn’t seem to work as well.

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After being displayed at the event each one of these cheeky little fellas went home with a loving journalist.

This commission was brilliant fun for me as I love to decorate cakes. There I was at 3am in the morning hand designing each cupcake armed with a knife, a brush, food colouring, a piping bag and coffee!!

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In the coming months I shall be putting up cake decorating tutorials on how to pipe buttercream roses with my personal baking tips. Taking your cupcakes and layer cakes from nice to razzle dazzle.

Short and sweet! I have really enjoyed sharing some of my recent work with you and have some great Easter Commissions coming up. Next commission is for an order of my Magic Muffins but the recipe is top secret. They are gooey chocolaty goodness and whenever I’m asked to make them I always make an extra batch to give to friends or eat myself. The best thing about them is they are super healthy but feel incredibly sinful! What could be better?

Keep baking, keep designing and ”treat‘ yourself well!

Yours Truly,

The Cake Diaries xoxo