A few days ago I posted a photograph on Twitter of a very delicious Marble Cake that I had made. I then received a load of comments asking for the recipe so I thought I would share it with you today.
Ingredients for the sponge:
225g unsalted butter
225g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons milk
Ingredients for the topping:
100g dark chocolate
50g white chocolate
40g unsalted butter
Method for the sponge:
Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 / 180c (160c for a fan assisted oven)
Line the base of a loaf tin with greaseproof paper. (The loaf tin I used was roughly 26x12x7)
In a large bowl cream together the 225g unsalted butter with 225g caster sugar. I used an electric whisk for this and also made sure I had taken the butter out of the fridge to soften before using it.
Add the eggs 1 at a time and beat into the mixture after you’ve added each one. The mixture should then be light and fluffy.
Sift the self-raising flour into the mixture and mix together. I always do this in stages by putting in half the flour and mixing and then the other half. This helps prevent a flour explosion!
Now that your sponge mixture is complete you need to take half of it and move it into another dish and leave it to one side. With the remaining half of the sponge mixture; add in the cocoa powder and milk and mix together. This will create the chocolate half of the sponge for creating the marble effect.
Using 2 spoons, put alternate spoonfuls of the two mixtures that you have created into the baking tin. Once this is complete take the handle of a spoon and gently swirl the two mixtures together to create a swirled effect.
Pop the cake into the oven to bake. Mine took around 60 minutes but make sure you check it’s fully cooked. I always do this by sticking a knife through the centre of the cake; if it comes out clean then it’s cooked. If it’s not then it needs a little longer.
Leave the cake to cool.
Method for the topping:
Melt 100g of dark chocolate in the microwave; it’ll take roughly 1 minute. Make sure to keep stirring the chocolate throughout the 1 minute to prevent it from burning.
Once the chocolate is melted; add 20g of unsalted butter to the chocolate and mix together. Make sure the butter is softened and at room temperature. Once this is mixed together it’ll thicken the chocolate up to spread over the top of the cake.
Now do the same with the white chocolate – melt, add the 20g of butter and mix.
spread the dark chocolate over the cake and then using a teaspoon; drizzle the white chocolate over the top.
Use the handle of a spoon to swirl the chocolate together.
Thomas Kinkade is honestly every Disney lovers dream. His artwork is the most beautiful and stunning thing that I’ve ever seen. I was so excited when I was browsing Amazon for Adult Colouring Books and stumbled across this Gem. This Thomas Kinkade colouring book cost £8.19 from Amazon and it’s probably the best £8 I’ve ever spent!
For the past few years I’ve loved adult colouring books; I find them really therapeutic and perfect for my mental health. If I’ve had a stressful day a colouring book is always one of my go to items. I think we probably all know how much I love Disney so this is like the perfect colouring book for me.
What I love most about this colouring book is that on the left hand side it shows the coloured picture and what it should look like. This helps when colouring as there’s something to follow so you don’t have to think too much.
The detail in the pictures are incredible. I actually used a sketchy technique when I coloured the picture. This was a really quick and easy way to colour but I love how it turned out. As a child you always get taught to colour inside of the lines, but I think theres something much more fun about colouring outside of the lines and it can give a really nice look.
There are so many wonderful pictures that you can colour in this book ranging from Mickey and Minnie, Beauty & the Beast, The Lion King … You name it and it’s probably there. I’m really excited to try out more colouring techniques and create some really lovely pictures.
If you’re a Disney lover and you also like colouring books then this is an absolute must for you!
We’ve made it to September!! Isn’t it crazy that we’ve already had 8 months of the year? I actually find it quite scary where the time goes.
I love Autumn and I find it a time of year where I really like to get myself organised. I sort of lost my way with my bullet journal recently so I thought that now would be the perfect time to get myself organised for Autumn and Winter and crack out the bullet journal again!
I’ve been browsing though Pinterest a lot recently and looking at different ideas for page spreads. I thought I would share 20 page ideas with you in todays post that are perfect for Autumn and Winter.
20 page ideas for Autumn/ Winter
Favourite recipes for all of those hearty winter meals
A savings tracker (it’ll be Christmas before you know it)
Autumn themed mood board
Editorial Calendar to visually plan the rest of your year
5 goals for the rest of the year
An ideas list for blog posts
Autumn bucket list
Winter bucket list
A list of movies to watch
Halloween costume ideas
Self care ideas
Your Christmas list
Christmas gifts to buy
Stocking filler ideas
Brain dump to write down anything and everything
Christmas craft ideas – You can check out my DIY Christmas tags here.
Write a list of your favourite 2018 memories
Write a list of things you want to achieve next year
Christmas day plan
A list of books to read
Enjoy planning your bullet journal for Autumn and Winter!
Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and thinking. These last few months I’ve been really trying to focus on myself and what I enjoy. I wrote a post a while back announcing that I had a new job, it’s going so well and it’s amazing how much my mental health has improved since I started the job.
I’ve seen a real change in myself since starting my new job. I feel much more positive and I’m really enjoying focusing on myself. I suddenly feel a lot more motivated to achieve my goals and just do my own thing.
You may have noticed that recently my posts have been very creative. I’ve been focusing a lot on arts and crafts which is what I’m most passionate about… And I’ve been loving creating this type of content.
With all of this reflecting, it’s only natural that I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog and it’s future. I think I’m definitely ready to make some changes and focus more on what I love and what I’m passionate about.
I dug out a new shiny Hogwarts notebook (how frickin’ cute is it?) and I’ve been brainstorming lots of ideas for Charlotte Shares. I’m really passionate about card making and arts and crafts and I want to start focusing more of my content around this. I’ll still be writing some Lifestyle content as well as I enjoy it, but I want to shift my focus slightly.
Here’s some of the things to expect from my blog going forward:
More bullet journal posts
Visual inspiration boards
DIY origami boxes (perfect for gifts)
and the list goes on….
I’m really excited to start creating new content and hope you all enjoy it as much as I will.
On June 14th, I packed my life up into boxes and moved out of my parent’s house and into my own house with Shaun. My mum is a very organised person and she’s always told me that having a schedule is so important and that it makes things easier. I can confirm she is 100% right!
I’ve always been a bit of an organised freak anyway. To-do lists are like my best friend and I always have to know what I’m doing when. Since moving out; I’ve loved having the freedom to create a schedule that works for me. Although I still had some control when I was at my parent’s house; I obviously had to fit in around my parent’s schedule.
I know so many people that live a bit of an all over the place lifestyle (which is fine if that’s what they like, but it’s not for me). The amount of times I hear people say that they have no food in the house … and I’m sat there thinking well I always do my food shop on a Monday night so I don’t have that problem.
How to make a schedule that works for you
Start off by writing a list of things you NEED to do each week – For example: Clean the bathroom, hoover, dust, do the washing, ironing, food shop and any commitments such as an exercise class you take each week.
Then write a list of things you LIKE to do each week – For example: Go swimming, go to the gym, visit a friend, work on a hobby etc.
Then write down the hours that you work. For me, this is easy as I know I work Monday-Friday 9-5 every week and this never changes. This makes it easy for me to put a relatively set schedule in place that never really changes between weeks. Obviously, if you work different shifts you can take each week at a time to make a schedule that works for that week.
Now that you have it all wrote down in front of you it’s easier to plan it into the week. This is where you really need to think about your lifestyle and what you want. Personally, I don’t like to have lots of chores to do at the weekend and prefer to do them in the evenings. I also prefer to get the boring stuff done at the start of the week so that when it gets to Thursday/Friday night I can chill out a little more.
An example of my weekly schedule
Monday evening – Food shop
Tuesday evening – Clothes wash, hoover, clean bathroom, clean kitchen, mop the floors and dust.
Wednesday evening – Do the ironing and do some form of exercise.
Thursday evening – My Thursday evenings are usually relatively free. You’ll often find me making cards or working on my blog.
Friday evening – This is always the night that me and Shaun spend some quality time together. It usually consists of cooking a nice meal and a movie night or sometimes we get a takeaway.
Saturday – Wash bedding/ towels and do a clothes wash. The rest of the day is free to do what we want.
Sunday – Ironing, exercise and write a meal plan for the week ahead. The rest of the day is free to do what we want.
Of course; some weeks something will crop up, or we’ll be out on the night that we usually do all of the chores meaning we just switch the days around a little. A schedule is never set in stone and you can change things around if you need to. But I’ve found that having a rough schedule in place keeps us on top of everything…. and we’re never those people that have no food left in the house haha.