I’ve tried to make something a little different this week with Whitworths sugars – I’ve baked a heart inside a cupcake.
I used a favourite recipe to make a chocolate cake batter which I cooked in a square tin. When it had baked and cooled I cut out small hearts using a cookie cutter.
I then placed each heart in a cupcake case and added a generous dollop of vanilla cake mixture around each one. When they were baked and cooled I iced each one with yummy vanilla buttercream.
A delicious surprise in each one and perfect for your Valentine! What do you think?
Whitworths are running some brilliant competitions during February. To enter you must be following @WhitworthsSugar on Twitter. Each week @WhitworthsSugar will ask their Twitter fans a different baking related question, all you have to do to enter is tweet your answer with the well-themed hash tag:
Week 1 (2nd – 8th February)
What baked good do you love to eat? Tweet out your favourite bakes with the hash tag #LoveThatBake’
Week 2 (9th – 15th February)
It’s the week of love! Tweet what you’ll be baking on Valentine’s Day using the hash tag #ValentinesDayBaking
Week 3 (16th – 22nd February)
We all love home baked goods, but what’s your favourite? Tweet using #LoveHomeBaking’
Week 4 (23rd – 28th February)
Imagine being stranded on a dessert island, you’ve got your luxury items, perhaps a bed, a good playlist and a note pad, but what baked treat would you take with you if you could take only one? Tweet using the hash tag #DessertIslandBake
That’s not all! Each Friday one lucky person will be chosen at random to win a Whitworths goody bag (3 in total), this winner will be chosen from the previous week’s entries, the requirements are that they are following @WhitworthsSugar and have used the correct hash tag for that week (see above).
I’ve been telling everyone to take a look at this fun video from Samsung Electronics:
I think it’s a brilliant advert for the Samsung Eco washing machine and it’s stuck firmly in my mind since I watched it! We’ll be looking to buy a new washing machine when we move and there are lots of reasons why we’d give serious consideration to Samsung’s new Ecobubble range of washing machines.
Most importantly they have environmentally friendly credentials with their Super Eco Wash programme delivering impressive wash results at just 15°C, using 70% less energy than a normal 40°C wash cycle. If you want to get really technical, the introduction of a double ceramic coated heater, which protects itself from the build-up of lime scale deposits, triples its lifetime and heats quickly further reducing energy consumption. Environmentally friendly and saving you money – what’s not to love?!
In case you need further persuading, gentle washing promises less wear and tear on clothes, it’s incredibly quiet, operating at just 62dB and you can put it on at night without disturbing your sleep.
This post is in association with Samsung Electronics
Even though we live in London it often doesn’t feel like we have time to enjoy it. So we were all very excited to find ourselves with a free day to do something last weekend. It was a balmy 2° and we headed south to Battersea Children’s Zoo in Battersea Park. To be honest we very rarely go south of the river but I had always wanted to visit Battersea Park and after 10 years of London living we finally got round to it.
We decided to use public transport and it took us a bus, train, train, train and bus to get there, so not an easy start to the day with a toddler and pram. It was also very cold but we wrapped up warm and enjoyed walking along the river path to the zoo.
The Zoo has recently been renovated and we saw a variety of animals from monkeys, lemurs, meerkats and otters. That was about all we saw as the rest of the zoo was given over to a sand pit, climbing frame, tractor and large play area. The toddler had amazing fun but we were a bit disappointed as we can go to a sand pit and play park for free a lot closer to home.
After we had walked around the animal enclosures and watched the otters being fed we looked for somewhere to get warm and have a drink. Unfortunately the Cafe is shut during the winter and the coffee machine only took coins, which we didn’t have. There were also a couple of rides and games which took coins which, of course the toddler wanted to play with, but couldn’t.
After a couple of hours we were freezing and although the toddler could have stayed all day we wanted to go and get warm.
The Children’s Zoo is not a cheap day out. A family ticket costs £22.00 and coupled with transport costs and lunch, and a trip through the gift shop on the way out, adds up. I’m glad we’ve been but I wouldn’t go again, sorry. The play park was bigger than the animal enclosures so rather than a Children’s Zoo I would say it’s a very expensive Children’s Park.
I'm Jenny. I live in London and have been blogging here since 2005. I love to craft, sometimes with my two children (aged 1 and 3) but also the more grown up stuff! We love reading and regularly feature book reviews too.