Baking Burgers!

baking equipment: retro red scales, flour and eggs with cookbook

cracking eggs baking

baking at home cupcakes colourful measuring spoons

beating creaming eggs for sponge cake

baking at home cupcakes pouring flour

baking at home cupcakes spooning mixture

baking at home cupcakes tray

baking at home cupcakes rolling pin

baking at home cupcakes icing

baking at home cupcakes glamorous dress

Burger Cupcakes

Is it a burger? Is it a cupcake? Hell, it’s both people and it tastes bloody good! These double-take-needed fairycakes stirred a fair bit of excitement over on Instagram and they blew my colleagues minds when I brought them to work! Whilst they do take a couple of hours to make, there’s not a more fun edible outcome, so let’s get baking!

What better time to give my new retro style baking scales a spin? They’ve been sitting pretty since I picked them up for a mere tenner at London Design Outlet. I managed to nab a set of colourful measuring spoons and the spotty oven gloves for reduced prices too, I was just waiting for the perfect opportunity to use them!

Find out how to win the brand new Sainsbury’s cake book that I got the recipe from at the end of the post. Happy Easter!

baking at home cupcakes

burger cupcakes baking

burger cupcakes baking

burger cupcakes baking

cheeseburger cupcakes

cheeseburger cupcakes

Weighing scales, oven gloves, measuring spoons - London Designer Outlet  / Paper pom poms, cake book and most ingredients – Sainsbury’s / White mug – Cath Kidston / Red mug – Anthropologie / Dress – Glamorous

Thank you Kristabel for the photos (and for helping me devour the cakes!)

Win, win WIN!

Have a go at making these little cuties as well as lots of other fun designs and classic cakes by winning a copy of the cook book I used! Simply comment below letting me know what you’ll be up to this Easter. Maybe you’re baking too? The competition is open to all ShinyThoughts readers and will close on Wednesday April 30th at midnight GMT. Good luck and get the oven on!

sainsbury's cake cook book

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Village East

Yum yum yum, I do love a good brunch! Though I am pretty pants at holding back on nibbling in the morning and therefore making it ‘earlylunch’. Ooops! Village East is worth waiting for though, just a little gander from the commuter’s corridor of London Bridge station down the gorgeous indie Bermondsey Street and you’re there!

The girls and I decided to check out the raved about road after we individually read about it in the Easy Jet magazine.  (Jet-setters, we wish!) Independent shops and cafes, the Fashion Textile Museum and cute old streets to take snaps down? Sold!

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All about the florals

It’s lucky that statement florals are trending because I can’t get enough of them! Did you see my crazy top in my last outfit post? Big, bright and blooming lovely, they were just the right things to wear to the Grow Wild launch – encouraging us all to sow more wild flowers! Sign up for your free seeds here and watch your local area blossom.

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 Trousers – ASOS / Sweatshirt – Cos / Shirt – ASOS / Chain Necklace – Cos / Blue necklace – Everything a Girl Needs / Trainers – Converse at John Lewis / Bag – River Island

Get colourful too!

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 Bill’s, Holborn

My dear Sweden-residing friend Fiona popped back to London last weekend for a whistle-stop visit which called for a months worth of deciding-where-to-eat prep between us handful of Blogging girlies. Choosing the perfect place to stuff our faces with (usually American style) easy food, as well as somewhere we could throw bagfulls of shopping and Instagram to the max in, is of course the no.1 priority.

We settled for Bill’s in Holborn which more than ticked all the boxes (even the secret ‘must have dashing waiter’ box) and meant that we could explore a little of Russell Square after our chat and cheeseburgers. I’d never been before but the square itself is lovely and you can see what potential it has when those spring blooms burst.

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I must say, I was pretty chuffed of my very colour-coordinated ensemble. when the colours match and the cuts fall to the same length, you’re winning! This River Island bowling bag is worth the biggest mention after being on my wish-list for a fair few weeks. I’ve been getting maximum wear out of it. Colour pop bag, roomy shape, token chain. What’s not to love?!

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 What I Wore:

Bag – River Island (similar here) / Jacket – Topshop / Skirt – Zara / Shirt – ASOS / Coat – Warehouse (similar here) / Socks – ChattyFeet

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Afternoon Tea Treat!

If you were with your Mum last Sunday celebrating Mothers Day, then I hope you had a jolly good ‘un. I certainly did; spending the day ambling with my ‘Maman’ around West India Quays in the Docklands, hopping on the DLR where we ‘ooh-ed and ahh-ed’ at views including the Olympic Village and yachts in jetties through the breaks in houses, followed by the tube to Mayfair where we cooed at the beautiful red brick houses and luxury hotels. Ooh, is that a Ferrari?! Yes!

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Though we live relatively close to England’s vibrant capital, my Mum rarely comes to explore it and experience its little treats like traditional afternoon tea, so it was lovely to indulge in one at the Millennium Hotel where they served mini creme brulees – cute!, shimmering chewy macarons and delicious chicken and tarragon dainty sandwiches.

Mum sipped her way through about twelve cappuccinos and I took the Assam. She may love the traditional English food of an afternoon tea, but she’s 100% French when it comes to hot drinks!

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Freaky Florals

Bring on Spring! It’s coming, it’s really coming and I am so not sorry to see the back of my burgundy jumpers and dark plaid prints. Mirrored, manipulated florals and surf sports shapes, you can a seat at the front next to my dusted off Nike Air Max and colourful coats.

I love the unusual fit and feel of this printed ASOS top, kind of scuba, kind of boyish and kind of cropped, it’s a piece that packs a punch and will freshen up any pair of jeans. Though it isn’t available online, take a look at the suggestions below to get a similar vibe!

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The Timberyard

You may notice that my ‘clutch’ is, in fact a laptop bag. If you did then we’ll done you. My MacBook was my accessory of choice on this excursion around Covent Garden but I just needed to find an ideal place to sit and use it. Lucky then, that Kristabel and I stumbled up on the 1 month old Timberyard cafe which was the perfect spot with cool decor, welcoming work environment, free WiFi and incredible chocolate peanut brownies. Dear god, please pop in if you can!

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Top – ASOS / Necklace – ASOS / Jeans - Just Female / Trainers - Nike Air Max / Earrings – Next / Laptop Case – ASOS / Coat – Topshop / Cuff – Kate Spade

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