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Christmas Cupcakes – Festive Baking | Blogmas [Day 20] ❄️

I love food. It’s no secret. And I’m about 90% sure that you do to. I also love cooking and baking and making – it’s just so fun and rewarding!

I’ll be honest with you, the only reason why I’ve never done baking posts is because the lighting in my kitchen is absolutely horrible.

But, since it is the most wonderful time of the year, I thought I’d just gloss over that and make a baking post – for blogmas. 😊 (so, excuse the lighting…)

Enjoy!

[not my recipe]

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Ingredients

The Base/ The Batter

(half of the full measure – makes around 12 cupcakes)

120g self-rising flour

125g caster sugar

135g soft butter

2 large eggs (or 3 smaller ones, like mine)

1,5 tsp ginger

1,5 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp cloves

a pinch of salt

3 tbsp milk

1 tbsp golden syrup/vanilla extract

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Utensils

a tea spoon

a soup spoon/table spoon

a spatula

a mixing bowl

a free standing mixer/a hand mixer/any kind of mixer

a muffin tray

festive cupcake liners (which, sadly I couldn’t find, but here’s a few examples)

OPTIONAL: If you don’t have caster sugar, like myself, use a machine to create dust/powder/caster sugar.

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Method

Before doing anything, feel free to pre-heat the oven to 170˚C.

The first step is to add the flour, cinnamon, cloves, salt and ginger into the mixing bowl. Then, also add the butter and the eggs. Mix (on minimum speed) until all the ingredients have combined. Then, feel free to turn up the speed for a bit. (around half a minute)

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Next, add the golden syrup/vanilla extract to your milk and pour it into the mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed until you notice a battery, almost creamy texture. (feel free to use your spatula to scrape the sides of your bowl and see if there’s still some bits that aren’t mixed in properly)

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Now,  you just line your muffin tray and start ‘pouring’ equal amounts of batter in each slot. I used my table spoon and my tea spoon, but you can try an ice-cream scoop, if you’d like or/and your fingers.

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The amount of batter you’d want to put in each slot – a tablespoon

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Once all of that’s done, pop the cupcakes into the oven for 22 minutes. (on 170˚C)

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This is originally CupcakeJemma’s recipe, so you can click here to check out her video.🙂

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Decor

Now, this is the part where you can get crazy!

I, however, couldn’t find any ‘super festive’ decorations. (which is quite sad… I was really looking forward to tiny red and green Christmas trees and mini gingerbread men… sigh… oh well!)

I opted for these white, silver and gold balls – they seemed quite classy and reminded me of the beautiful baubles that we’ll soon be seeing.

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Even though I couldn’t find anything as festive as I maybe wanted to, I’m still happy with the way these turned out.🙂

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And that’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed this post.🙂

If you’d like to see a part 2, with some cookies, maybe, let me know in the comments.😀

What did you think of these cupcakes? What is your favourite Christmas recipe?

Thank you so much for reading.🙂

Have a lovely day and keep that nose very shiny!😉

~ Dora

xx


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#BLOGMAS | Stuffing Stuffers for HIM under $25

Hello everyone!

Just a quick little update to tell you that I was one of the guest bloggers for Sonam’s #BLOGMAS!😀
Feel free to go over to her blog and say ‘Hello!😀

Thank you so much for having me, Sonam, it’s been a blast!

~ Dora

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A#BLOGMAS guest post from the ridiculously creative, intelligent and astoundingly informative – Dora!

Hello everyone! Before I get further into this post, let me introduce myself – my name’s Dora and I’ll be your host for today. I run a blog called SoDora, if you were curious and I’m pretty sure Sonam is one of the first people that came across my blog…. Ever! So, when she asked me to do this little segment, I was over the moon, filled with excitement! (thanks so much for this opportunity, Sonam, it means a lot!) Without further ado, let’s get into this post! Enjoy!😀


Ladies, let’s face it – sometimes you just can’t think of a gift for your guy friend/boyfriend /other male figures in your life. Well, frankly, I feel for you. I don’t have that particular problem myself, as I don’t have (any) guy friends (worth getting stocking stuffers for)… Which is…

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(Overly) Festive Clothes (mostly jumpers) | Blogmas, 2015. [Day 13]

The Christmas season is genuinelly my favourite one, however, there’s another thing I might love more than the cold weather and incredible decorations – all the ‘overly festive’ clothes.

I’ve collected a bunch of my personal favourites from all over the internet and I hope you enjoye.😀



And that’s it! If you’d like to see more amazing festive jumpers, you should check out Zoe (Zoella)’s video ‘Christmas Jumper Haul’. (here)

She is the queen of those, haha!😀

What is your favourite (overly) festive piece of clothing/jumper?

Thank you so much for reading!

I hope you have a lovely day and send out joy to the world!

~ Dora

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Red And Green Appreciation Post | Blogmas 2015. [Day 13] ❄️

Red and green.

What is the first thing that comes to mind upon mentioning these colours? Could it possibly be…. Christmas?😀

For a reason that is way beyond me, red and green have become ‘traditional Christmas colours’ and I just thought I’d show my appreciation through a post.🙂

Enjoy!



And that’s it for the Red & Green!

It’s just so festive and beautiful and AAAAHHH, I love this season! 😊

What do you think about this tradition of associating Christmas with red & green?

Thank you so much for reading!

Have a festive day!

~ Dora

xx


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Christmas Decorations Haul! | Blogmas, 2015. [Day 12] ❄️

If you’ve seen my recent posts, you’ll know just how much of a sucker I am for all things festive. One time, I even forced my friend to wait so I can take photos of all the festive decorations they put up at the mall and include them in a post. *cough* here *cough*

I was pretty devastated when I found out I wouldn’t be allowed to decorate around the house accordingly, but I was not going to go down without a fight! And you could say I was victorious, as for you’re now reading a ‘Christmas decorations haul’, so…. 😊

Anyways, rambly intros aside, I hope you enjoy!


 The Baubles

I’ve gotten quite a few baubles.

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First of all, these ones, made of glass.

The first glass bunch is of these 6 silver ones – 3 are matte and 3 have that mirror effect. It’s also worth noting that my Christmas tree this year will be silver, white and blue/turquoise, so most of these fit that colour scheme. (as those are the exact colours my vast ‘Christmas ornament collection’ lacks)

Next up, this little snowman, also made of glass, and these two little baubles, turquoise and white.

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Now, a bit more on the ‘doesn’t really match the colour scheme’ side, these beautiful hearts. I just love the look of these! They are also made of glass and it’s so metaphorical – a heart, which is oh-so fragile is made of glass – an easily shatterable material. Hm, love that detail!😉

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Now,  I think I’ve saved the best for last. My mother actually found these and oh my gosh, they are so wonderful! (not made of glass)

I think the best things about them are the boxes – I almost want to use the boxes as decor as well. (I might just end up doing that!)

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There are 2 kinds of these baubles:

The red ones, with some reindeer and cool, winter-y aesthetics.

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The blue/grayish ones, with a more of a ‘storyline’ design.

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(I just love the texture of these!)

Other Decorations

I also got quite a few bits and bobs to put around the flat! (sweet, sweet vict0ry)

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First up, there’s these felt snowflakes, which I was planning on putting on my windows. There are 4 snowflakes per pack and I got 2 whites and a red. (I thought it would be a lovely ‘pop of colour’)

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Next up, there’s these two strings.

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(I appolagise for this ‘terrible picture break’ that’s coming up, these were additional photos I had to take, as I forgot to do so when I shot all the others… whoops!)

One’s with small, white snowflakes with red details and a plaid ribbon.

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The other’s with larger Christmas trees, the ribbon being plain red this time.

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Now, as soon as I saw this star I knew I had to have it! It’s made of jingle bells. JINGGLE BELLS!

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I was planning on putting this on my door, along with some tinsel around it.

And the last things I’ve gotten are actually to wrap/decorate the presents I’ll be buying and that is –

2 wrapping papers

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A ribbon!

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And that’s all for today! Ahh, this was a fun one to create.😀

What do you think of these decorations?

What some of your favourite Christmas decorations?

Thank you so much for reading!

I hope you have a lovely day, walkin’ in the winter wonderland.  😊

~ Dora

xx


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