As well as being back in the mood for blogging, I’ve also regained the urge to bake again. The last few weeks life has just got in the way of my hobbies and I found myself seriously lacking in motivation, which is quite unusual for me. But I’m back in business now! I’ve really enjoyed trying some new recipes and instead of eating my creations before I get the chance to photograph them, I’m vowing to get them up on the blog from now on! Todays vintage recipe comes from a 1950s magazine and is a new favourite. This is the third time I’ve made these and they’ve come out perfect every time.

Viennese Cake from a 1950s Recipe  Vintage Frills

These cakes are just a variation on the classic Viennese biscuit, they are lovely and crunchy and very easy to make. I usually make them in normal fairy cake cases, but this time I used my IKEA cases which I bought before christmas, which make a larger flatter cake.

Viennese Cakes Ingredients

To make the cakes you will need:

55g Icing Sugar

170g Butter (I used Stork to make these and it works really well)

3/4 tsp Baking Powder

A few drops of vanilla essence

40g Cornflour

125g Plain Flour

1-2 tbsp Water

Glace Cherries

Paper Cases and a large star-shaped nozzle and piping bag.

108L Nozzle

How to Make the Viennese Cakes:

1. Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees and lay out paper cake cases.

2. Sift dry ingredients together and put to one side.

3. Beat the butter until soft and then beat in icing sugar until creamy.

4. Add vanilla essence and mix well.

5. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients and add a little water if necessary. It should form a thick consistency mixture which should be a stiff as possible for piping.

6. Spoon the mixture into your piping bag and pipe into cases, I usually do two layers for the perfect size.

7. Place a cherry into the centre of each cake.

8. Bake in the oven for around 15-20 minutes until golden in colour.

9. Cool on a wire rack.

Vintage Viennese Cakes

Here’s what the finished result should look like…

1950s Viennese Cakes

They taste so good, that even Jessica who doesn’t like cakes always has a few. They’re also really quick to make, so they’re perfect for a bit of last-minute baking.

Viennese Cake Recipe

Please let me know if you give this recipe a go, as I always love to hear how you get on. Feel free to send me pics too!

Viennese Cake

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Wilkos Vintage Style Stationary Haul

I am an avid list writer. I literally write down every single thing I need to do at the beginning of each day and I love being really organised. Being a list writing obsessive means I love getting pretty new stationary to write all my to-do lists and blog post ideas in. I recently spotted some really cute notebooks in Wilkinson, with a pretty 50s style lady on them and I just couldn’t resist picking them up. Everything was so affordable that it quickly turned into a little haul!

The range I chose from features lots of pretty flowers and colours and some of the items have pretty sewing machines on them as well as ribbon which looks like tape measures. I would have bought absolutely everything and very nearly did, but then remembered a little thing called budgeting and just got the bits I needed! (This doesn’t mean I won’t go back for the rest next week!)

Wilkos Vintage Notebooks

First up I got 3 notebooks. Two were just exercise book style lined notebooks, which I’ll use for lists and notes as well as for keeping track of recipes that I’m working on. The other is a thick paperback notebook with decorated pages inside.

The big notebook cost £3.00 and the exercise books were £1.00 each.

Wilkos Notebook

I love the idea of using the little sections to jot down ideas.

Wilkos Vintage Notebook

Next I got a weekly planner for £2.50. I use these to plan my blog posts and make sure I’m keeping track of all my blog admin. They also work really well as meal planners or for writing down children’s activities.  I also got these cute drawing pins which look like buttons for £1.75.

Wilkos Vintage Weekly Planner and Button Pins

I’m forever losing pens, so I grabbed these pretty pink ballpoint pens for 10p each as well as three mini notebooks, also 10p each to keep in my handbag.

Wilkos Pink Pens and Notebooks

Lastly I got a small notice board for my office, which I’m going to jazz up a little bit in a future blog post. The notice board cost £2.00.

Wilkos Pin Board and button drawing pins

I’m so happy with my little haul, which is making me feel inspired to get back on track with my blogging as I’ve fallen seriously behind in the last few weeks!

See the whole Forget Me Not stationary range here.

There is also a matching home decor range here.