Sunday, 31 May 2015

Chocolate, Buttercream, Vanilla Cupcakes




 Recipe

110g butter

110g caster sugar 

2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten 

1 tsp vanilla extract 

110g self raising flour 

1-2 tbsp milk 

50g cocoa powder or melted chocolate

For the buttercream icing I used the ready made Betty Crocker Van brand from Tesco


Method

Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4 and line a 12 hole cupcake tin with paper cases. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs and stir in the vanilla extract. Fold in the flour using a wooden spoon and add a little bit of milk at a time until the mixture is a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture evenly into all twelve paper cases until they are half full.

Bake in the oven until golden-brown on top and using a knife put it through one of the cupcakes until it comes out clean. Leave the cakes to cool, on a cooling rack, for 10 minutes before icing. 

Spoon a nob of buttercream icing on each cupcake and spread evenly using a flat knife or spatula. 

To finish off add a sprinkle of chocolate beans on each cupcake (optional)

I hope you guys have fun making my Chocolate, Buttercream, Vanilla cupcakes. Be sure to tweet me your photos, @franciscarockey so I can see how you get on!

Fran
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Guess Who's Back, Back Again

Firstly, I would like to begin by apologising for the lack of activity on my blog recently. I have been extremely busy revising for June exams but I can assure you that regular posts will resume very soon. 

For a while I had lost all motivation to continue blogging, as some of you may have noticed I did in fact delete my blog for a short period of time. I was certain that I no longer wanted to continue blogging but after a few days, I realised that a lot of effort has gone into my blog over the past year and that I just needed some time out to recollect my thoughts and remember the real reason I started blogging. I am now feeling newly motivated and inspired, with a notebook full of fresh ideas.

I would once again like to say a big thank you to everyone that views my blog. I recently reached 6800 page views! 

Fran
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Friday, 8 May 2015

Post Election | My Thoughts

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Most of us know by now the outcome of yesterday’s elections. I used to have no interest in politics until the campaigns for this general election begun. Today after being defeated by David Cameron, Ed Miliband resigned as the leader of the Labour party; I am greatly disappointed as I am and always will be a strong believer of the Labour manifesto, ‘Britain only succeeds when working people succeed.’

As a young person I am proud to say that I have been heavily involved in discussions and have been able to read into the manifestos of the two major parties and make my own decision without influence from the older generation.

I know many were skeptical about the voting age being lowered to sixteen but in this election I really think that the opinion of the younger generation needed to be heard, a lot of 16 year olds will now have to live with decisions that were made for them by people over 18. As someone who is turning 16 this year, these elections will have a huge impact of the security of my future, financially and educationally.

Some things need to be changed for the future if this country is to move on and develop a great nation; one being people’s perspective of work ethic and entitlement. You are not entitled to anything because you’re British, you have to work for everything you have and not expect for it to be handed to you. No job is too small and no job is too big because each has a prevalent role in society. People often to turn their nose up at certain jobs that aid the country and keep us functioning in society as a whole. If it was not for those cleaners, who clean the streets, we would be walking in piles of dirt. Those £80 shoes you brought from Zara would be ruined within moments of being worn. And then those same people turn around and say immigrants are ‘stealing jobs’. If you are not willing to take those cleaning jobs then why can’t someone who IS regardless of their nationality have them?

I could go on for hours but I will leave it as this, as I grown up I want to know that I am making a difference not only for myself and my family but for everyone in society. I shall try to be active by keeping up with current affairs in the UK and across the world.
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Remember, education is the key to change. 

Become the person that has the power to make a difference in this world.


Fran
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