Sunday, 7 September 2014


So in August I went to Amsterdam which was super exciting! Unfortunately my brothers don't share my love of museums and galleries so I didn't visit many, but I did manage to get to the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Maritime Museum and also the Arcam Architecture Expo building.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Coconut Cake

A birthday wouldn't be a birthday without cake, so for my friend's birthday in August I made a nice summery coconut and vanilla cake! With so much keeping me busy at the moment (ie. A levels) I haven't had time to publish this until now :(

Months and months ago I saw this recipe online and it looked pretty damn good. Michelle made it so beautifully and I highly recommend giving it a go. Coconut is one of my favorite flavours and I love it in pretty much everything!

Obviously I didn't get to take a photo of the inside because it was a gift but I made four layers of sponge and used pink food colouring to make them a pale pink which looked really pretty layered with the white frosting. I couldn't quite get the hang of the coconut frosting from the original recipe so I threw together a fluffy coconut buttercream instead which tasted pretty decent. The coconut definitely takes away the heavy flavour of the butter.

I decorated the cake with pink rosebuds and gypsophila which fit with the pink/ summer theme. Gyp is probably now one of my all time favourite flowers. I think they'd look great in a wedding bouquet or any sort of summer/ spring arrangement. The colour of the rosebuds looks really pretty next to the coconut and this cake is really easy to decorate. Its pretty neutral so goes with any kind of flower or berries or anything you fancy, especially lavender.

Flowers are great, I really need to commit to the whole looking-after-flowers thing... I want to have flowers everywhere but the only problem is that I'm really bad at keeping plants alive, when I was 11 I somehow managed to kill my cactus by under watering it. I under watered a cactus. But I'm trying! So far I have a pretty bunch of flowers in my room that I've kept alive for almost a week... Its a start! Maybe I should get some Miracle-Gro... I also have an obsession with lavender. I bought some lavender fragrance oil for my oil burner and it smells amazing but I've found that lavender is a scent that people either really love or really hate, like marmite. Personally I love it and the scent is really soothing and helps me to sleep. To see the full extent of my lavender obsession, check out my board on pinterest!

If you're planning on making this cake then I'd suggest finding some shredded coconut before you buy the other ingredients; I searched all over the county for shredded coconut because dessicated just isn't right. You would think it'd be an easy enough ingredient to find, but it seems that Britain really doesn't have much of it, Yet another disadvantage of British supermarkets. In the end I found a Chinese supermarket in Milton Keynes which sells frozen blocks of shredded coconut. Britain needs more American food shops! I'm sure if you live in Britain you also share my pain...

Also, if you give it a go, I'd suggest trying the original frosting recipe. However if you're like me and aren't very experienced in the frosting department, then whip up some thick buttercream (butter and icing sugar) and then slowly add coconut milk until you obtain the right consistency- it should be solid enough to hold its shape around the cake without sliding around everywhere and making a mess but also not so hard that it's all clumpy.