Sunday, 22 September 2013

[food] Chocolate Chip Cake Balls

It's that time of the week again - when I've finally recovered from a week of 6am starts for work and have gotten around to writing a blog post! I know I don't have a huge number of followers, but for those who do read my posts, I'm so sorry for not paying enough attention to  my little blog. It's only my second week of full-time work and I'm so busy! 

Anyway, I have another Platypus Food post for you, and this one has been waiting to be written up for a while. A couple of months ago I got a cake pop/ball mould which I'd been wanting to try for ages, and the first thing I made was these... simple chocolate chip cake balls. 

The mould is really simple to use, you just place the mixture into the half-mould on the left and then place the one on the right on top to bake. This means the cake rises into the spherical shape. 

The ingredients I used are pretty simple - I just made a small mix of my standard sponge cake recipe, which is from the Be-Ro flour recipe book. 

As you can see, the mix wasn't huge because I was mainly just testing the mould, but I did put in rather more chocolate chips than was strictly necessary... ;)

Here's the mix before baking:

And here are the cake balls after they came out of the oven! I know, I know, why did I put that one bit of mix on the second row instead of having them all round the edge? I don't know, and this picture still bothers me.

By the time I remembered to take pictures of them out of the mould I'd already eaten a few, so that's why there's fewer in this shot...

As you can see, some of them didn't rise as well as others, depending on whereabouts they were in the oven. They were a bit dense too, but that's probably just a result of my skills (or lack thereof) and the whole overloading with chocolate chips. However, for a first try at cake balls I was definitely happy with how these came out and would recommend the mould :)

Katy xo

Saturday, 14 September 2013

[food] Malteser Cake

Hey everyone! I just started my new job this week so it's been a bit hectic in the Platypus household, but the weekend is finally here and I have time to write up a post. This cake is one of my favourite recipes and is a nice alternative to a plain chocolate cake - malteser cake!

If you guys know me at all, you'll know that I love chocolate in all its forms, but Maltesers have to be one of my all-time favourites, so making them into a cake - it's just logical, right?

The recipe comes from the Nigella Lawson book Feast and is just so delicious. Here's the ingredients all ready to go:

The cake uses Horlicks to make it malty, just like the taste of Maltesers. You can see that in the book it's just a two layer sandwich cake, but since I didn't have any tins quite big enough, I made it into three tiers instead. I suppose I could have made a smaller mix... but why do that when you could just have an even more decadent cake?

And here it is! Doesn't it look awesome! I don't want to blow my own trumpet but I was seriously pleased with how this came out. The icing also has Horlicks in it so the cake as a whole definitely tastes like Maltesers - soooooo yummy.

The recipe is really easy to make - a little more complicated than a regular sponge cake since it involves melting the butter in the milk and Horlicks mixture, but it doesn't take long and the results are so worth it! Definitely has my recommendation if you're looking for a twist on a regular chocolate cake. 

Nom nom nom nom nom nom....

Katy xo

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Sunday Smile List #3

I hope you guys had a great week! Mine's been a bit stressful since I'm starting full-time work on Tuesday, but there's still been plenty of things to make me smile. 

Holy crap. My wonderful friend Clement linked this to me and my goodness it is the most addictive thing ever. Give it a try only if you are prepared to give up all of your free time obsessing about cookies. 

This dress and these boots, both from Dorothy Perkins, are part of my shiny new work wardrobe for the autumn. The dress has a cute twist detail on the sleeve and comes in about 15 different patterns/colours, and the boots are one of the comfiest pairs of shoes I've ever worn. Completely in love. 

New of Barry M's new Autumn/Winter releases put me in a good mood - mattes! And in the most lovely autumnal colours. Normally I'm not so excited about the end of summer but this year I'm really enjoying wintry colours like these. Check out the full list of new releases over at Brit Nails.

This version of the 'Seascape Stole' pattern on Ravelry is just beautiful, don't you think? The yarn works so well with the pattern and the light variegation is just enough to keep it interesting without overshadowing the delicate lace. This project is by the Ravelry user melting

Hope you guys have a great week <3

Katy xo

Friday, 6 September 2013

[nails] Green(berry) Stripes & Half Moons

Hey everyone, sorry for being so slow with updating at the moment! There's been a lot going on with preparing to start work at my new job as well as various family bits and pieces. Today I have some more nails for you, using two lovely polishes which are amazing colours on their own but may have been a mistake to put together...

Those of you who live in the UK will know how magical the Barry M Gelly range is, and Greenberry is no exception! I'd only used it in one mani before so I felt the urge to try it out again. I also picked up Sally Hansen Grass Slipper in Poundland a few weeks ago which I'd been hoping to find there - the RRP of the Complete Salon Manicure range is a bit steep for me so it's always a good day when you can grab one for £1! 

Now, as I said, these two are both so so beautiful on their own, but together... 

Bleh. I mean, it's not a complete abomination, but there're just something not quite right about the two colours together, right? 

I used striping tape to create both the striped accent nails and the half moons - I just curved it for the half moons. I had such high hopes for this mani but I only wore if for about a day because the colours freaked me out so much... 

Don't get me wrong though, I still adore these polishes and Grass Slipper is coming up in another mani post soon - but I'm not going to be using them together like this again! 

Katy xo