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So, I wanted to do a quick, haul-style post today with a roundup of what lovely gifts I received for my 25th birthday. I’m a very lucky girl! I’m not posting these to show off; more to remind myself in the future of what I got as I can never seem to recall!

Phillips Wireless Headphones

Pink Nike gym gloves & USA hair ties 

Paul’s main gift to me was an amazing day out in London full of treats, which I will write up in a separate post, but he also got me a pair of Bluetooth headphones for the gym. I’ve been after some for ages so I was so pleased with this gift! Also fitness related I got some lightweight Nike gym gloves which are pink (I like to keep it girly even when I’m working out!) and some workout hair ties.

Rose Gold Pandora Bracelet with pink glass charm.

Something I’ve admired from afar for a long time is the pandora bracelets. I just think they are so classy and stunning, especially the rose gold one! I’ve only got one charm so far, but even the bracelet on its own is beautiful.

Osprey travel day pack

For our adventure honeymoon!

Personalised teachers diary

Such a cute idea – it’s got lesson planning space for each day and a message on the back from Paul.

Body Shop Seaweed products and body brush

Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser & exfoliator

Molton Brown mini shower gel set

Disney DVDs Up & The Hunchback or Notre Dame

2 more to add to my expanding collection! You can see what else I’ve got here.

Incense sticks

Fudge! 

My favourite sweets – what can I say!

I’m so grateful for every gift I received and am so lucky to have family and a husband who know me so well! Thank you everybody.

xox

Official certificate finally arrived!

all ready to start a new uni.

fun fair & moody sky in Greenwich.

birthday cocktails with my mum.

a beautiful moment in London.

Birthday Girl!

first day at big school

officially a student!

 

CAT CAFE FOR MY BIRTHDAY TREAT!!!

a bit excited to see Aladdin the musical in the West End

an amazing birthday week!!!

I’m the baker in our family so I’m usually asked or I offer to make the cakes for special birthdays. I’ve made novelty cakes in the past, kids cakes, cakes in the shape of cars, shoes etc to suit the person. For my sister in law’s 40th birthday I was determined to make something classy, tasty and most importantly – visually amazing!

I must stress that I am more of a cake decorator than actual baker. My recipe is by no means a fail safe perfect sponge – my cakes always come out a bit dense and never rise, but it’s all about the decor baby!

I decided to make a pink ‘ombré’ cake that I had seen on Pinterest. Here is the link to the picture and method I was working to. WARNING this article makes it sounds extremely easy. It was not. Baking 5 sponges with varying amounts of food colouring in to range from lightest to darkest is a lot easier said than done and it basically took me 2 days and a fair few tantrums! But overall I am really happy with how it turned out.

It ended up absolutely huge and I needed A TON of butter icing to pipe it all which took hours but lookkkk how pretty it is! Totally worth it. And the birthday girl loved it.

So, if you fancy taking on this marathon of a cake; here’s what I did.

CAKE MIX (BBC FOOD RECIPE)

125g/4oz butter or margarine, softened

125g/4oz caster sugar

2 medium eggs

125g/4oz self raising flour

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  3. Beat the eggs in with a whisk.
  4. Gradually add the flour and fold it in trying to get it all nice and air bubbly!
  5. Mix in food colouring (more on that later).
  6. Mix well and divide between 2 cake tins WELL GREASED (I lost one sponge to a sticky tin haha).
  7. Bake for 20-25 mins.

 

Right now for the tricky part: getting the ombré layers:

You will need to repeat the above method for 5/6 sponges. I made 6 but lost one as mentioned above and it was still huge with 5. You need to seperate the cake mix add varying amounts of food colouring to each mix before baking. I started with zero in the top layer and about 4 teaspoons in the bottoms layer. You can sort of guess it but REMEMBER THE ORDER before you bake because once done it’s difficult to tell the subtle differences between the levels of pink. Don’t worry though, when you cut into it you’ll get the full effect 🙂

Once all this is done, simply stack the cakes in order with some butter icing in between each layer and then decorate once cooled. I don’t follow a recipe for butter icing but I knew I needed a whole ton so I used a whole 250g pack of butter and about 500g of icing sugar plus a few drops of milk.

I decided to decorate by hand piping the entire thing – this is a BIG JOB and it look hours, but I think the effect is worth it. It was a last minute decision to add hundreds and thousands too much I love how they turned out. Everyone was so impressed with the look of the cake – and no one was expecting the colours when they cut into it! Overall it’s an amazing cake to bake for a special occasion but you need to be aware it is quite time consuming! But the birthday girl loved it and it was enough to feed a large family party so perfect for what I wanted to make.

Let me know if you give the ombré cake a go! Good luck!

xox

Today is my day of birth!!! Hollaaaa. 25 today. Wow I’m so excited. I love birthdays, not just mine, everyone’s! I feel like most people prefer Christmas but I’ve always been a birthday girl. I think there is something really special about celebrating each person, individually and having one day where it’s all about them and you get to show them how much you love them. And today it’s my turn!

We don’t have any real plans for today. I have requested pancakes for breakfast and then I’ll probably just hang out with the hubby at home and open my presents (eeeeeek!). My main celebrations are happening this weekend.

Paul is taking me out on Saturday for a surprise. I love surprises and especially his because he can be extremely thoughtful so I can’t wait to find out what we are doing. On Sunday I am celebrating with my extended family at my mums house with a little party. So a whole weekend of celebrations! Can’t wait.

I’m excited about being 25 and getting stuck into my mid twenties. I really feel like I’m ‘there’ now being married and (almost) on track with my career I’m looking forward to seeing what this next chapter holds for me.

How do you celebrate your birthday?

xox