Donut Party

Hello Everyone!

I’m so excited to share this post with you today! About 3 weeks ago, my sister decided that she wanted to have a party for her 18th birthday and asked if I could put together a few snacks for the night. I immediately took to Pinterest to find a range of ideas and stumbled upon a photo of a donut pinata. My sister absolutely loves donut themed things so I knew right away that anything donut themed would go down a treat.

I decided to make my own donut pinata, which took about about a week to make due to drying times for the paper mache. I think next time I will make it a little bit smaller as although it was really fun to make, near the end I got as little bit fed up. To go with this, I made mini donuts as end-of-party giveaways and a donut cake, which is the main focus of this blog post. Let’s get started!

You Will Need:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk

For The Icing:

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 3-4 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 2-3 drops pink food colouring
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • Pink fondant icing
  • Sprinkles

What To Do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius and grease a ring cake tin.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at at time and beat well after each addition.
  4. Pour in the vanilla essence and mix until combined.
  5. Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix until smooth.
  6. Add the milk and beat well for 1 minute.
  7. Pour into the greased cake tin and bake for 30-40 minutes.
  8. Place your cake onto a wire rack to cool and repeat steps 1-8.
  9. Once your cakes are cool, prepare your buttercream icing by mixing the butter and icing sugar together until smooth.
  10. Add in the vanilla essence and milk until it forms a creamy texture. Place 2/3 of the icing into a separate bowl for later.
  11. Add a few drops of pink food colouring into the remaining icing and mix until until a solid colour forms. Spread this onto the top of one cake and place the second cake on top.
  12. Add 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder to the icing you put aside earlier and mix well. Spread all over the cake and using a knife, smooth as best as you can.
  13. Roll out the pink fondant icing until 2-3mm thick and cut into a circle a bit smaller than the cake.
  14. Lay the fondant on top of the cake and cut out the centre to make it look like a donut.
  15. Glaze the fondant with a few teaspoons of water and vodka, and add some colourful sprinkles on top.

      I hope you enjoyed this recipe and I would love to see if you recreate it. I have included a few pictures from the party below for you to look at.

      Party favours with homemade tags

      Chocolate cupcakes
      Dress I made for my sister to wear at the party

       

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      Healthy Snacks

      Hello Everyone!

      I hope the New Year is going great for you so far and that you’re all managing to stick to your New Years Resolutions 🙂 As my main resolution was to become alot healthier this year, and it is the middle of Summer here in New Zealand. I decided that today I would share a few of my favourite healthy fruit-based snacks that are perfect for hot days and are much healthier than an ice cream. Let’s get started!

      Strawberry Smoothie

      • 1/2 cup milk (I like to use almond milk)
      • 1/2 cup strawberries
      • 1/2 frozen banana
      • Optional: 2 tablespoons vanilla yoghurt

      Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and pour into a tall glass. Enjoy!

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      Yoghurt and Fruit Bowl

      • 1 cup vanilla yoghurt
      • 1/2 peach
      • 1/2 banana
      • Handful of cherries
      • Rolled oats or shredded coconut

      Slice up your fruit into small pieces. Place the vanilla yoghurt in a bowl and layer all of your fruit on top. Sprinkle over about half a handful of rolled oats or shredded coconut. Enjoy!

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      Berry Smoothie Bowl

      • 1/4 cup milk or water
      • 1 cup frozen berries
      • 1/2 banana
      • Chia seeds
      • Rolled oats or shredded coconut

      Place your berries and liquid into a blender and blend until smooth. Slice up a banana and pour the berry mixture into a bowl. Place your banana slices on top and sprinkle over chia seeds and rolled oats or shredded coconut. Enjoy!

      What is your favourite healthy snack ? 🙂 

      Turkish Delight Cake

      Hello Everyone!

      Welcome to my first baking post of 2017! I am so excited to share this recipe with you today. I decided that I wanted to make my mums birthday cake this year and as her favourite chocolate is turkish delight, I really wanted to find a way to incorporate this into the cake. Although the only turkish delight I used was in the decoration, if you can find rosewater essence, you could use this in the buttercream if you would like to add a bit of extra turkish delight flavour. I wasn’t able to find any rosewater essence so I just used strawberry, and it still turned out delicious. Let’s get started!

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      You Will Need:

      • 175g butter, softened
      • 1 3/4 cups sugar
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
      • 3 eggs
      • 2 cups plain flour
      • 1/2 cup cocoa
      • 2 teaspoons baking powder
      • 1 cup milk

      For The Icing:

      • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
      • 1/2 teaspoon strawberry essence
      • 2-3 teaspoons milk
      • 1 cup icing sugar

      Extras:

      • 1 can chocolate frosting
      • Mini marshmallows
      • Turkish delight squares (cut diagonally)
      • 9″ round cake tin

      What To Do:

      • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius and line your cake tin.
      • Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix well after each addition.
      • Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into the mixture and mix until combined.
      • Add in the milk by quarters and mix well after addition addition.
      • Pour the mixture into your lined cake tin and place in the oven for 30 mins.
      • Once your cake is cooked, place onto a wire rack to cool.

      At this point I decided to repeat this process as the cake had come out of the oven a little bit flat and I wanted it to have 2 decent sized layers. You can choose to either keep the single cake or repeat this process like I did.

      • When your cakes have cooled, prepare your butter cream icing by mixing all of your ingredients together until a smooth icing forms. This should make enough to have a slightly thick layer of icing spread between your cakes, to help them stick together.
      • After you have stacked your cakes together, carefully spread your chocolate frosting evenly over the entire cake. I like to keep my icing quite thick as I find it makes the cake a little bit more on the moist side.
      • Now is the fun part! Add on your chocolate turkish delight pieces and mini marshmallows in whichever pattern you would like. I decided to chop the mini marshmallows into quarters and sprinkle them on top as I found it helped to brighten up the cake a little bit.

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      I hope you enjoyed this recipe and find the cake as delicious as I do! I would love to see all of your recreations so feel free to tag me on Instagram @ladydaisyblog 🙂

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      Looking Back: 2016

      Hello Everyone!

      I hope the new year is treating you well so far 🙂 I thought I would use this post as an opportunity to review 2016 as a whole and discuss the highs and lows of how the year was to me personally. Although alot of bad things happened around the world and 2016 has been named the worst year in history, quite a few good things happened in my life last year and I would like to reflect on these 🙂

      Although so many good things happened in my life last year, I just want to talk about the main three that really stand out to me. The first good thing to happen last year, was being able to leave a job that really wasn’t bringing any happiness into my life. There wasn’t really an aspect of the job that I enjoyed and I ended up coming home at the end of everyday, miserable. Although it meant that I wasn’t getting anywhere near the same amount of income, I feel that this was one of the best decisions I could have made because I am alot happier now. Leaving also gave me the opportunity to start studying a diploma in interior design, which although it can be difficult at times, I quite enjoy being able to draw floor plans and colour schemes as it brings back memories of my favourite subject at school. I count this as another good thing in my life as it has given me an insight into a job that I might like to do in the future. The third good thing that happened last year, is starting this blog 🙂 This was also one of the best decisions I could have ever made, it has brought me alot of joy over the past year and I feel that it has really helped to improve my writing skills, something that I wasn’t very good at while at school. It has also helped me re-discover my love of baking and sewing and being able to share it with all of you, adds an extra ray of light to my life.

      Easter 2016

      The good things that have happened over the past year, definitely outweight the bad things, but I feel like I should mention a few of these as well. I think the first bad thing is that although I went to alot of interviews, I was unable to find a replacement job to help with my finances. This is one of my main prioties for 2017. The second bad thing that I would like to mention is that I feel that 2016 was by far my unhealthiest year yet, I talked a bit more in detail about this in my last blog post which you can find here: Resolutions and Birthday Fun, so I’m not going talk about much about it here. However, I would like to add that this is also one of my main prioties to change in 2017 and I really hope that I can achieve this.

      Spring 2016

      I would also like to mention a few things that made me really happy throughout 2016. The first of which, is having celebrated 5 years with my boyfriend in September. We didn’t do much to celebrate the milestone as he had to work, but we did exchange a few gifts and it was a lovely day nonetheless. The second thing that made me happy this year, was being followed by Sabrina Carpenter on Pinterest. Although she is not that well known by people above the age of 20, it was quite exciting to be followed by a celebrity 🙂 Another thing that made me really happy during 2016 was receiving almost 700 views on my blog 🙂 this may not sound like alot to some of you but it is so many more views than I could have ever imagined receiving in just 9 months and I would like to thank you all so much.

      Guy Fawkes 2016

      There aren’t that many sad moments from 2016 that really stand out to me apart from losing our family cat in September. I feel that this needs a mention as it was quite a big change to occur and I still miss her so much and will never forget her. RIP TC.

      January 1999 – September 2016

      I feel as though this wouldn’t be a complete yearly review without mentioning a few of my favourite things from 2016. I’m going to leave these in list form as I’m sure I’ve mentioned all of them at least once in most of my previous blog posts.

      Favourite Things of 2016:

      • Orange Hot Chocolate
      • Circle Skirts
      • The Vampire Diaries
      • Pretty Little Liars
      • Fujifilm Instax
      • Rimmel Nail Polish
      • Black Chelsea Boots
      • Disney Themed Pyjamas
      • Givenchy Live Irresistible Perfume
        Botanical Garden 2016

        What were the highlights of 2016 for you ? 🙂

        Resolutions and Birthday Fun

        Hello Everyone!

        Happy New Year! As this is my first post of the year, I thought it only right to write about my New Years Resolutions. I dont usually set resolutions for myself because I’m not very good at sticking with them and end up giving up after the first week. However, this year I really want to try and achieve them (for at least 1 month anyway, haha).

        My main resolution for this year is to become alot healthier. Looking back over past year and a half, I realised just how unhealthy I have become, I don’t even remember the last time I went a full week without having a single unhealthy thing to eat or drink. I’ve also noticed how tired I am all the time and how dehydrated I feel most days. When I noticed that I had no energy even after I’d just had a good sleep, that’s when I knew something had to change. To start being healthier, I plan on going for walks more regularly, drinking more water and slowly changing my eating habits. I will keep you updated on how I get on 🙂

        My second resolution is to become more organised and motivated. I used to see myself as a very organised person, and in some ways I still do. I always have lists of things that I need to do and when I should have them completed by, but I am not organised enough to actually complete them by the set date and this is mostly due to my lack of motivation to actually get them done. Personally, I think this is also linked to the fact that I have very little energy during the day, so I think working on my first resolution will really help with this one too. To try and make myself a bit more organised I am going to get back into bullet journalling and setting aside specific times everyday to focus on the things I need to get done, I am hoping this will help me to get everything finished on time.

        My third and final resolution for 2017 is to set aside some more time during the day to do something crafty. I always find that I feel so much happier when I have done something crafty during the day, whether this is writing a blog post, taking photographs, reading, knitting or drawing. I have always been a crafty person and I miss setting aside time to create art. The first thing I plan on making for 2017 is a dress for the summer so stay posted for a future blog post on it 🙂

        As some of you may know, I celebrated my 20th birthday on New Years Eve. I didn’t really have anything planned for it, but my boyfriend and I went out to do some shopping for my mum (as it’s her birthday this week), followed by a nice lunch at a garden centre. When we got back to my house around 5pm, I was surprised by 3 of my closest friends, a plan set up by my sister. We had pizza and cake for dinner and a lot of talking. I think minimal birthdays are my favourite 🙂

        What are your New Years Resolutions? What did you do to celebrate the New Year? 🙂