I love baking and I have since I was very little. The first thing I learned to make was biscuits. I'd refer to them, to Mum, as the "rubbing in things" since I used to love rubbing the butter and flour together. As I've grown older, I've obviously developed more independence in the kitchen. But, the biggest change, is how much I dislike being hands on now! Very much, I prefer to stick it all in a mixture and watch it wiz up. Nice and easy but nice and tasty.
Anyway, enough of my history of cooking. A few days ago, I decided to make rainbow cakes. Although I'm sure these have been done before, I came up with the idea with a little inspo from Tanya Burr's rainbow cake. So, here's the recipe.
It's a pretty simple recipe, just your normal cake really.
7. Spoon a small amount of each colour into a tray of cupcake cases (it makes 24 roughly).
8. Carefully not to mix the colours too much, smooth the top of the cakes
9. Put in the oven for about 15 - 20 minutes, or until they stop sizzling, a knife comes out clean and when genitally tapped they rise back up.
10. After about 10 minutes after taking them out the oven, leave to cool on a cooling rack.
Don't worry, they may appear like normal cakes - the colour is inside.
I really loved these cakes. One of my friends told me that they looked quite flat, it's because I don't put much mixture in cake cases haha. I'd rather smaller cakes but more of them! Also, they went dry quite quickly. They were ok when taken out of the oven but after a day they went dry but I think that's just the type of cake.
Until next time.
Opps, I've been on my old Weebly account and wondering where my blog was. Haha! Oh well, I'm back on this one now!
Today, I started my 30 day free trial of this really cool looking writing app called Scrivener (follow the link to the website which opens in a new tab).
I really like it so far! It has tabs to talk about your characters, your settings and lots of places for notes. But it's really customisable. I am going to add a tab called "World" which is just notes about the world that my characters are in since it's so different to our own.
It's basically a big space where you can put together character, world and setting sheets along with basic overviews of the plot line, in depth overviews of each chapter and (in the end) the overall chapter. I think this is really useful rather than me cluttering up my documents folder on my laptop. Also, there's some cool features like a name generator that lets you make names from different culters with different obscurities. I've already used this for the names Kris and Jan.
One this I dislike about it, is I couldn't put photos into the character sheets (and I like to find photos of what the objects, scenes and people look like from online to help with description and imagination). I worked around it in the end by making a new file and putting it under the character sheets so that I only saw it when that character sheet was selected (that was the most complicated way of wording it EVER omg).
Well, I should be getting to bed - it is midnight. JOKES! I still need to binge watch YouTube and write my diary before I even think about making myself hot chocolate.
As you saw on Saturday, we went paddling and after that we went to a local castle. I love castles. I find it truly magical that people looked at that stone hundreds of years ago. I wonder: what thoughts were going through their minds? Were they looking at that stone as they died or did a small child have their first memories there. It just love it and I love how pretty they are, with plenty of chances for awesome photos! (Excuse my hair being quite puffy, it goes like that after it's been washed.)
Let's go and explore!
Goodbye castle, time for a lovely walk through the woods back to my Grannies.
Last weekend, my mum, my dad and I, went out kayaking around South Wales. It was quite an overcast day but the rain had stopped by the time we arrived. I haven't kayaked in somewhere so busy for a while and I forgot how many stares you get and how many little children go "Mummy, Mummy, look it's a ship". It's all quite amusing. But you just get on with it and try your best to get gracefully into your boat (a feat I fail at every time) before you paddle off and leave behind the noise and the chatter of the city as the sea takes your attention.
Of course, I am the youngest by quite a way with my parents (although I am not the smallest). This means that I would probably be at a disadvantage anyway when it comes to speed. However, this is not helped by the fact that Dad was paddling his touring boat (quite long) and Mum her "small" sea kayaking (very long). Look at the size difference!
After paddling around the head, it was time to put on our helmets and do a bit of rock hopping. I love the sea. It's so relaxing unlike the constant thrill of WW (white water). Plus, I love exploring all the different little nooks and secret places in the rocks. That only you will be able to get to via the water.
Time for a bit of exploring!
Sadly, on the sea you are constantly checking the time to stay in keeping with the tide. And so, it was time to head back. We were already a bit late and ended up confronting my first ever race! (A race is a natural occurrence where a fast moving tide passes through a constriction resulting in the formation of waves, eddies and hazardous current - thank you Wiki for the definition.) It was really small, just some more pronounced waves and confused water really as we headed through the channel between two islands. But still - it was awesome.
Hi, I'm Zoe
I'm a teenager and this is my blog. I update it roughly every other day (I'm a lazy teenager, sometimes I'm too busy wasting my life on YouTube or with fan fiction).