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16 November 2014

Easy Cheesecake

Hello everybody!

Cheesecake! I love cheesecake! I always buy the frozen variety from the supermarket which is gone in nearly a day. I found this recipe by Nigella for a Nutella cheesecake. I love Nutella, and I love cheesecake, so I thought I'd give this a try. It worked fantastically! It tasted amazing and was super easy to make.

The link to the original recipe is here. I made quite a few changes to my cheesecake so I will explain those now.

In the cheesecake I made, I used:
- 250g shortbread biscuits (Aldi didn't have any digestive biscuits at the time, so I had to improvise)
- 75g soft butter (make sure it is soft, it will be a nightmare if it has just come out of the fridge!)
- 1 jar of Nutella
- 500g cream cheese (it didn't specify what sort, so I used light. It worked well, but would probably be more solid if you used the full-fat kind)
- Around 80g of icing sugar (I used the recommended 60g, but it looked a bit too runny, so I added a bit more. Probably stick to 60g if yours works fine)

Firstly I put the 250g of shortbread biscuits into one of those sealable plastic sandwich bags. I then hit it with a rolling pin to crush them. Next I poured the biscuits into a bowl, and combined with the butter and a tablespoon of Nutella (You're supposed to crush the biscuits and combine in a food processor. Mine was far too small, but a rolling pin and a fork works just as well). The mixture should look like chocolate biscuit mixture. It was very difficult to avoid eating the whole lot.

Next I greased and lined a round springform cake tin, poured the biscuit mixture in, and pressed it down with my hand to form a base. It was quite hard to do with a spoon. Next the recipe said to place into the fridge to chill, but it did not specify how long. I left mine for an hour and it was set quite nicely.

The third step was to beat the cream cheese, Nutella and icing sugar together. Like I said before, I added a bit more icing sugar to mine to thicken it up. Then I poured this mixture on top of the biscuit base and smoothed it over, and chilled it for around 3 and a half hours (my mum did not want to wait the full 4 hours to eat it). After the first hour, I sprinkled some biscuit crumbs over the top of the mixture (the recipe says hazelnut - Aldi had none of these either). I waited for an hour because I thought they might sink into the cheesecake.

After waiting 3 and a half hours, I finally took it out of the fridge and it looked and tasted amazing!


If you make this cheesecake, please send me a picture on Twitter or Instagram using #cupcakestallbaking

2 November 2014

Chocolate Orange Cake

Hello everybody!

A few months ago in Aldi, they had the annual British week. During this week, they were selling Terry's Chocolate Orange. If you do not know what they are, you should definitely try one, as they are the most amazing food items! My mum loves chocolate oranges, and she went a little mental stocking up on them.

Obviously this stock ran out, and we can no longer buy them for another year. The other day I was looking through an old recipe book, and found different kinds of sponge cake. The idea struck me to make a chocolate orange cake.

For the chocolate orange cake, there are two layers. The base, which is orange, and the top bit, which is chocolate.

For the orange cake, you will need:
- 2oz butter
- 2oz sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4oz self-raising flour
- The juice and rind of one orange

To make the chocolate cake, you will need:
- 2oz butter
- 2oz sugar
- 3 eggs
- 4oz self-raising flour
- 3oz cocoa powder

To make these cakes, all you need to do is grease and line two round baking tins. Then you need to mix together all the ingredients for the orange cake, and pour that into the first tin, and then do the same for the chocolate cake. You then want to make these for around 30 minutes at 200⁰C. The chocolate cake should have risen quite nicely, but the orange one may be quite flat and look a bit like a large biscuit.

When you take the cakes out of the oven, you want to place both of them upside down, with the flat side facing upwards. This is because the next step is to make orange buttercream to ice the chocolate cake, and chocolate buttercream to ice the orange cake.

To make the orange buttercream, you will need:
- 4oz icing sugar
- 2oz butter
- The juice from half an orange (do not make the same mistake I did by using the entire orange - only use half!)

To make the chocolate buttercream, you will need:
- 4oz icing sugar
- 2oz butter
- 2oz cocoa powder

With the orange buttercream, you just need to cream together the butter and icing sugar, and then add in the orange juice. For the chocolate buttercream, I have found it is best to combine the icing sugar and cocoa powder, and then cream the butter in.

Tip - Leave the butter out for 5-10 minutes so it is at room temperature.

Once the buttercream is ready, just spread the orange buttercream over the chocolate cake, and the chocolate buttercream over the orange cake. Then pop both of these into the fridge to set whilst you complete the next step.

The next thing to do is to melt a bar of chocolate, and combine with a tablespoon of melted butter.

Take both the cakes out of the fridge. Turn the chocolate cake upside down and place on top of the orange cake. To hold them in place, place a couple of toothpicks through the cakes.

The final step is to pour the chocolate-butter mixture over the cake, and set into the fridge for a few minutes.


 Presentation-wise mine isn't so great, but it did taste amazing!

If you make this, please send me a picture on Twitter or Instagram using #cupcakestallbaking!

xxx

11 October 2014

10 October Favourites

So it is finally October! I love October. Halloween is coming, which means I have an excuse to pull out my Scream boxset without anybody questioning me, Summer is getting closer, and it is the start of the final school term for the year! I have got together 10 of my favourites of this month to show you (these are in no particular order).

1. A Unique Kind of Love by Jasmine Rose
A Unique Kind of Love is a book written by Jasmine Rose. I originally read this book on Wattpad, so when I found out it was published as a book, I immediately rushed to Amazon to buy it. The story is amazing a definitely one of my favourite. I bought it for £7.46 on Amazon.co.uk, which I thought was a really good price. If you are interested in buying it, you can find it here. The book is also available at that same link on Kindle for £2.74.

2. Pepperpot Hoot Notebook
This notebook is the Pepperport Hoot Small Spiral Notebook. It is a little bigger than A6. The notebook cover has a nice wooden effect with a pink elastic closure. The pages inside are nice with an owl picture in the bottom corner of each page. I bought this for around $8 in Target, but you can find it on the Pepperpot site for $12.99 here. The Hoot owl design is also available on other items (calendars, sticky-notes, etc.), so have a look at the full Hoot range here.

3. Cry Baby
Cry Baby is a movie from 1990 starring Johnny Depp. It has a similar storyline to Grease. The film probably won't be everybody's cup of tea, but I really like it. It is really funny and the songs are very catchy. This used to be in stock in JB HI-FI for $10, but it recently went out of stock, so I ended up purchasing it from Amazon.co.uk for £3.61 here,

4. House Bracelet
At my school, every person is in one of four teams. In these teams, we can get points by competing in things like Cross Country, Art Competition, etc., and then whichever team has the most points at the end of the year wins. My friend made me this bracelet in my house colours, red and white, and I absolutely love it. I will be making a tutorial in the near future showing you how to make this.

5. Sharpies
I recently bought these two Sharpie pens for $2.50 in Big W, and the colours are absolutely gorgeous. These are the UltraFine point Sharpies in the colours Peach and Mint. The colours are beautiful, and as they are UltraFine point they write very neatly.

6. Photo Albums 
I go through a lot of photo albums, and I've always found that Big W make really nice ones. On the very left is one that holds 500 photos, which I paid $20 for. It is also spiral bound which makes it easier to turn the pages. The second one on the left holds $300 photos, and also cost $20. The two on the right hold $200 photos which I bought for $9 each.

7. The Hunger Games Boxset
I, like most people, really like The Hunger Games. I bought this boxset from Big W for $30, which I thought was a really good price, as my friend paid $30 per book. The boxset is definitely worth getting if you do not already have any of the books, as it is much better value.

8. Lindt Bunny
This is a Lindt Bunny which my best friend gave me for Easter in Grade 7. I am not quite sure where he bought it from, but I think it was roughly around the $20 mark.

9. Logitech Pure-Fi Express Plus iPod Docking Station
This is a Logitech iPod Dock, which is $48.99 from Amazon.com (available here), which I think is a good price. It has a good bass and very good sound. It does only dock iPods and iPhones that were iPhone 4s or earlier, so it won't work for any of the newer models.

10. LG XC12 Stereo
This is my LG XC12 Stereo. I really like this one for the sole purpose that is has a cassette tape player. As well as that, it has really good sound, programming, CD player, and FM and AM radio. I may be wrong, but unfortunately I do not think this model is available for purchase anymore.

So that is the end of my October favourites for 2014. I hope you enjoyed this post, and please leave a comment if you buy any of these products :)

17 September 2014

Stolen Bus

Back in January, I started at a new high school. My sister had already been attending this high school for a year. To get to this new school, I have to catch a train and a bus in the morning.

My first day of school was the very first time I had ever caught the train and bus, so this was a new experience for me. Everything went smoothly catching the train, and then at 7:40am, we arrived at the train station, where we had to catch the school bus (which was supposed to be there t 7:45am.). There was about 30 people from my school waiting there.

We waited.

7.45am.

Still waiting.

7:50am.

Still waiting.

8:00am.

Still no bus.

At this point I was getting worried, because it was the first day at school. I didn't want to be late, I wanted to be able to find my locker, figure out where I was going. It is about a 20 minute journey from the train station to school, and I was sure we'd be late, as school started at 8:30am.

At 8:10am, the school counsellor from another school (Which we will call "Purple School") came and spoke to my sister and I.

He said, "It looks like Purple School have gotten on your bus."

Purple School stole our bus.

Everyone from my school was really annoyed by this point. Eventually, we called our school, explained the situation, and they sent another bus out to get us.

The bus arrived. We all started cheering. We all started marching over towards it, when we noticed about 20 people from Purple School piling onto our bus.

As you can imagine, we were all really frustrated by now, and to see Purple School, who had already taken our bus, getting onto our new bus, well that was it.

A British senior started leading a protest, and yelled, "THIS IS OUR BUS, MAKE THEM GET OFF!" I imagine this sounds quite unreasonable, but this was a key point in the rivalry between our school and Purple School.

The bus driver then told us that some people from Purple School had missed their bus, and had to share it with us. I wouldn't have minded so much, except for the fact that they got to sit down, while most of the people from my school (keep in mind this was our second bus) had to stand.

Eventually, although we were late, we did make it to school.

For about five weeks after this incident, we had to share our bus with Purple School, which made a lot of people mad.

And that is how my school has a rivalry with Purple School.

3 August 2014

The Cupcake Stall Cupcakes

Today I want to share with you the cupcake recipe that gave this blog the name of "The Cupcake Stall". There is a long story that goes with this recipe, and I'm sure one day you will hear it.

To make these cupcakes, you will need:

- 4oz butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons vanilla essence
- 7oz plain flour
- 5oz sugar
- 120mL milk
- Pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder

1. Preheat the oven to 180⁰C, 356⁰F, or Gas Mark 4.

2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the butter, eggs, vanilla essence, flour, sugar, milk, salt and baking powder. You are supposed to do this with an electric whisk, but a balloon whisk or a spoon will work just as well.

3. Line a cupcake tray with cupcake cases. Spoon the batter evenly into the cases. Bake for 15 minutes or until you can stick a knife into the cakes and it comes out clean. Transfer the cakes onto a wire cooling rack.

In the way of decorating the cakes, you can mix together icing sugar and food colouring to make icing, and decorate with sprinkles or sweets. I have given you the original recipe here, but for something different, add blueberries or chocolate chips into the batter, or use a different essence (e.g. lemon or orange) instead of vanilla.

Here are some of the cupcakes I made with this recipe






If you make these cupcakes, send me a picture with using #cupcakestallbaking on Instagram or Twitter. I would love to see what you make!

16 July 2014

The Best "British Pancake" Recipe

I love pancakes. It is something I remember my dad making me when I was very young. I have been long since looking for a good pancake recipe. I watch a lot of YouTube videos by Danisnotonfire, and I came across his video he made with AmazingPhil on making British Pancakes. Since I am British myself, I thought I would give it a try. These are by far the best pancakes I have made, so I decided to share this recipe.

To make these pancakes, you will need:
- 4oz plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 2 eggs
- 200mL milk mixed with 75mL water
- 2oz butter

Firstly what you need to do is sieve the flour into a mixing bowl. Stir in the salt, and make a well in the middle of the flour-salt mixture. Next crack the eggs into the bowl, and whisk until the eggs and flour are combined. This step is very important, or else the pancakes will not fry properly.

Next microwave the butter in a bowl until it is melted. While it is melting, slowly stir in the milk-water mixture. Take the butter out of the microwave, and add two tablespoons of butter and add this to the pancake batter. Use the remaining butter to grease the frying pan.

Get the frying pan very hot, and add one ladle of pancake batter. Leave the batter until it starts to bubble and you can see a golden edge around the pancake. Flip it over and cook until golden brown.

This recipe makes 4 medium-sized pancakes, so you need to adjust the recipe to make as many as you need. My favourite pancake topping is sugar and lemon juice, but you can use maple syrup, fruit, or whatever else you want.

If you want to see Danisnotonfire's video on making these pancakes, you can see it here.

1 July 2014

AJ and Glitch Music

AJ and Glitch are two girls from Australia's Sunshine Coast with a passion for singing. AJ and Glitch are both fourteen, and have been singing all their life, and are waiting for their big break into the music world.

AJ recently moved to the Sunshine Coast, making friends with Glitch. Music means a lot to her, as she sings whenever she is bored, happy, sad, or any other emotion she may be feeling. Her passion for singing sparked from her father, who had a band with his mates. He has encouraged her love of music.

Glitch can sing, play piano, and is learning the guitar. To this day she sings although the people around her have always believed she couldn't. Glitch recently sung a cover of 'Stay' by Rihanna.

AJ and Glitch are two very talented young girls, who both have the potential to make it big in the music world. Show your support by liking their Facebook page, which you can find here.