30/10/2014

Betty Crocker's Devil's Food Chocolate Cake


Betty Crocker Devil's Food Cake Mix* 
£2.25 available at Tesco



Gas Mark 4, 30 mins

Ingredients:
1 Box of Devil's Food Mix by Betty Crocker*
Betty Crocker's Chocolate Frosting*
3 eggs ♥ 6 tablespoons of vegetable oil ♥ Half a pint of cold water

You will also need:
Mixing bowl  Table spoon ♥ 2 cake tins 
OR
1 cake tin and cupcake cases 


Let's begin...

Beat the eggs.


Then mix the water and the vegetable oil with the eggs.


Pop the Betty Crock mixture into another bowl and then add the egg mixture. Stir until you get a creamy consistency.


Spoon the mixture into a greased baking tin. I didn't have two cake tins so I decided to do just one cake and some extra cupcakes.


Bake at Gas Mark 4 for 30 minutes, then leave to cool.


Now it's the fun bit! Time to ice! Using the Chocolate Fudge Icing* by Betty Crocker, the consistency is really creamy if kept at room temperature. I used a butter knife to spoon out the icing and spread it out evenly. I did this for the cupcakes and the cake making sure I did the sides of the cake too!


 If using two cake tins instead of the one and cupcakes then make sure you ice both and pop both on top of each other. I didn't use all of the fudge icing but it says you can keep it in the fridge for future cakes for up to 30 days.


I then added some white chocolate stars which I found in our baking cupboard. Totally optional of course but why not?!

Taaaa-daaaa! One chocolate covered cake with white chocolate stars. It was as yummy as it looks! Betty Crocker box kits make it incredibly easy to bake yummy treats without the need to buy a ton of ingredients. Definitely recommend them!

24/10/2014

Meeting People Online

It's safe to say that the majority of the people I've met this year have all been people from the internet. Internet safety is so important yet easily overlooked when you think you can trust someone. I brush on this lightly as I've met some amazing people on the internet who all started off as people I just spoke to via social media.

It's very surreal when you've been talking to someone for so long 'via the internet' and then finally met them face to face. However, there are different circumstances in my case as I've met fellow bloggers and other creatives who have a 'following' on Twitter and Instagram. It's almost as if you've already met that person having followed their lives for so long.

On the other hand, there's the more dangerous side to it all in which we label as 'online dating'. I've met my fair amount of guys all of which I have met via apps such as Tinder. I'll start with the positives. I am not someone who's out partying every weekend and I don't like to mix pleasure with work (learnt from one big past mistake!) so apps like Tinder are easy and more convenient for people who live busy lives such as myself. However, it goes without saying that meeting a guy off an app is incredibly dangerous and something you should always be cautious about. Thankfully the guys I have met have all been who they said they were but there's always that chance that twenty three year old Ben could turn up as fifty three year old Bob.

Always let someone know where you are meeting the person! I always give my mum and/or a friend the number and name of the guy I am meeting. Then they know if they haven't heard from me all night then it's a case of SOS! Stick with reputable sites too. There are so many dodgy ones out there! Never release any personal information such as where you live unless the date goes well and they're driving you home - but still be careful! And my number one tip is to get their full name so you can do a little background check. Yes, I mean a full on Facebook stalk! It does wonders such as finding out if they are definitely single like they say they are, whether they're still posting Sunday morning selfies in bed with their ex-girlfriend Lisa and added extras such as what they look like drunk!

It's great to have fun, meet new people and network as much as possible but it's incredibly important to stay safe. Better to be safe than sorry!