➸ Brown Sugar Raspberry Cake
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 8:41 AM with 5 comment (s)

It's Winter right now where I live. So cake is a must. Even if it's Summer where you are, a little cake never hurt anybody!
I found some raspberries in the freezer, and did a little happy dance right there - I looove berries. ^^

This raspberry cake is moist, and delicious, and look! It's got the perfect bit of crunch on top, tasting of that perfect combination of sugar and cinnamon!
I know you want the recipe, so here it is!

➸ 250g ( 2 cups ) plain/ all-purpose flour
➸ 150g ( 3/4 cup, lightly packed ) brown sugar - light or dark, it's up to you!
➸ 1/2 tsp baking soda
➸ 1/2 tsp salt
➸ 155g ( 1 1/2 cups) frozen raspberries
➸ 80ml ( 1/3 cup ) vegetable oil
➸ 1 egg
➸ 200ml buttermilk <-- click for an alternative to buying buttermilk!
➸ 1tsp natural vanilla extract
➸ 70g ( 1/3 cup) raw sugar
➸ 1/2tsp ground cinnamon


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius ( 350 degress farenheit ).
2. Grease muffin tins, or cake tin, whichever you choose.
3. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl, then toss berries through these ingredients.
4. In another bowl, whisk together the oil, egg, buttermilk and vanilla.
5. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until just combined, be careful not to over mix.
6. Spoon the batter in to muffin tins or cake tin.
7. Combine the raw sugar and cinnamon in a seperate bowl, and sprinkle on top the batter.
8. Bake for 25 - 30 mins, how ever you like them. Test with a skewer.
9. Remove from tins and leave to cool.

PS. I actually filled up 8 muffin holes, and then with the rest of the batter ( about half remaining), I made a small loaf cake!

This cake is a serious charmer amongst friends and family; you can swap the raspberries up for blueberries... Or chocolate chips, if you would like.. ( I ran out of them, so..... ^^ )

When I opened up the oven, I admit, I salivated. The raspberries kill me. And I think they'll kill you too.

This cake goes hand in hand with both tea and hot chocolate! It's perfect for any occasion :
tea with the girls, a midday snack, at a picnic, a comfort treat that isn't as wicked as that rich chocolate cake I know you've been craving!

Make sure you use some good raspberries!
It'll taste even better!

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I call them Chocolate Brownie Peanut Chocolate Sandwiches.
Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 6:23 PM with 18 comment (s)

So I had a sugar craving. Sue me.
I've been obediently clean eating for the past few weeks - a little rebellion was in order.

Chocolate Brownie Peanut Chocolate Sandwiches.
That's what I'm calling them. I know, it's quite an extraordinary name, but an extraordinary tasting treat deserves it.


70g butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
15 squares of chocolate
2 tbsp of peanut butter

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celcius (320 in farenheit). Melt your butter, then stir in the cocoa until combined. Let it cool before adding your two eggs; whisk until smooth. Stir in your cup of sugar, and then add your vanilla. Sift in the flour with the baking powder and stir to combine.

Heat a saucepan of water on the stove and bring the water to a boil/mild simmer. While this is happening, place your 15 squares of chocolate in a separate bowl. Once the water is simmering, place the bowl with the chocolate on top and immediately turn off the heat. The chocolate will melt. Once it has nearly completely melted, add in your 2 tbsp of peanut butter and stir to combine.
(feel free to add in more chocolate and peanut butter as desired)

I used baking paper on a (approximately) 15 x 15 square tray.
It's a layering process.
First layer : half of your brownie batter.
Second layer : feel free to add some chocolates, like Reece's peanut butter cups; I used cut up Picnic bar chunks
Third layer : slather on the peanut butter and chocolate mixture that you melted.
Fourth layer : top with the rest of the brownie batter left over.

And voila!
This brownie is serious. I'm serious. And I bet you're serious.
It's moist and chewy, and incredibly delicious. This brownie recipe is a serious alpha.

I admit it. I had multiple servings of this dessert. And so did my family.
Within half an hour, we devoured them. They didn't have a chance. We didn't have a chance.

Drool. These brownies are so delicious when they're warm and freshly baked. The chocolate is all melted, and it's just. It's just.

Could life get any better than brownies?
C'mon, fess up. What have you indulged on lately?

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OOTD : Casual, like always.
Sunday, June 16, 2013 @ 10:26 PM with 10 comment (s)

You may have or may not have noticed that yes, I did get a haircut.
Sometimes, I like to call it "The 'Shroom."

| jacket : ebay |
| denim piece/dress/shirt : forever21 |
| leggings : kmart |
| vans : rubi |

You like the retro/aged photo edit on the images?

Dude. Dude.
I went and saw Disney on Ice today! It was so good - who cares about me amongst the throng of hundreds of 5 year olds, dressed in sparkles and dreams - it was awesome!
And Aladdin was Asian! @.@
I was disappointed that there was no Mulan act... That was probably a real downer for me - I love Mulan!

I personally think that my face is extremely BLEGH in the photo above.
Please, take caution, and avert your eyes.

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black & simple
Saturday, May 18, 2013 @ 7:27 PM with 23 comment (s)

Hairo. (that's how I greet my friends sometimes; it originates from the word 'hello')
Today was my cousin's 21st. It wasn't all wild and crazy and all that's to be expected of a newly 21 year old male, but this was only the family gathering. It's night time as I'm typing this, and he's probably partying it up with his mates and drinking booze. Yeah.

Anyway, this was my outfit for the day. He lives just next door, so I didn't exactly feel the need to transform myself in to some princess, so I just stuck to simplicity.

^my face.

| top : JayJays |
| leggings : Forever21 |
| shoes : KMart |
| necklace : Lovisa |

^these babies have lasted me for years - seriously, years.
they've been a companion for 5 years now!
I never find that I ruin shoes - that's both weird yet supremely lucky, right? :)

^I'm having this weird obsession with yin and yang lately.

Which of you are Game of Thrones fans? Because you would have loved my cousin's party. He invited some of his friends over, and I swear, if you dressed them in black, put them in a black robe and gave them a sword, then they would fit right in with the Night's Watch.

Then there was me to the side : "Introduce me to Jon Snow, will you?"

And one of them looked like Theon Greyjoy but better looking... "Introduce me to Robb Stark, will you?"

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the fault in our stars by john green
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 11:49 PM with 10 comment (s)

Oh my God. This book is beautiful, and real, and stunning. It's hilarious, witty and sarcastic.
The Fault in our Stars by John Green has been on my reading list for a while now; I have no idea why I didn't read it sooner.

"Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has brought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten."

I seriously believe that this novel is one of the treasures of literacy; it's crafted so gorgeously and so definitely. I love it. I just.

This book was true, as cheesy and vomit-inducing that may be. It tickled my heart, hugged it, gripped it twisted it, comforted it, patted it, hugged it and then embraced it while twisting it at the same time. Seriously, I felt a part of the characters, and we all know a novel like that is the worst kind of novel, because it brings you down underwater until you drown in your own feelings.
This is definitely a not-to-be-missed read. Read it. Really. Read it for Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters.

The perfect summary of this book and of life, as it says on the cover :

"You laugh, You cry, And then you come back for more."
- Marcus Zusak