Mint Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
I’ve said many times that I’m not really a cupcake person. For someone who loves baking I don’t have enough of a sweet tooth to want to gorge on heaps of buttercream icing. However when I tried this recipe I knew I’d found something really special. These really are the most delicious cupcakes ever. They taste just like mint choc-chip ice-cream and the cake is so smooth and chocolatey that even I went back for more!

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Cupcake Recipe
You Will Need:

60g Dark Chocolate

150ml Water

2 Eggs

150g Brown Sugar

1/4 tsp Peppermint Extract

90g Butter

125g Self Raising Flour

2 tbsp Cocoa Powder

30g Ground Almonds

For the Topping:

150g Butter

250g Icing Sugar

1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

2 tsp Hot Water

Green Food Colouring (I use gel)

Grated Chocolate

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Cupcake Recipes Mint Chocolate
How to Make:

1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees and line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases.

2. Melt the chocolate and water together in a pan on a low heat. When melted, put to one side to cool.

3. Beat together the eggs, sugar, peppermint and butter until light and fluffy.

4. Add the flour cocoa powder and ground almonds and stir until combined.

5. Divide the mixture in equal amounts between the 12 cases.

6. Bake for around 25 minutes and leave to cool on a wire rack.

7. Beat the butter and icing sugar together until it reaches a creamy consistency.

8. Add the vanilla essence, water and food colouring until fully combined.

9. Use a piping bag and nozzle to pipe the icing over the cakes. Finish with a sprinkle of grated chocolate.

Mint Chocolate Flavour Cupcakes
I am so pleased with how these came out. I’m hoping to make a similar chocolate orange cupcake along the same lines, so if it works well I’ll share that on here soon too. Remember to tag me in your photos if you try any of my recipes. I love to see how they come out.

Mint Chocolate Flavoured Cupcake Recipe

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Birchbox October 2015 Review
I’ve now been a Birchbox subscriber for more than 18 months, and I’m still really enjoying receiving my monthly box of beauty goodies. For those of you not familiar with Birchbox; it’s a monthly beauty subscription box. When you subscribe, you fill in a beauty profile and then each month you receive a lovely box of high-end products to try. You also earn points for each box which you can redeem on full-sized products in the Birchbox shop. I’ve tried so many fab products through Birchbox, some I’ve repurchased several times since discovering them in one of my boxes.

Birchbox Back to Basics
This months Birchbox were offering a choice of two boxes, one was curated by Stylist Magazine the other which I chose was the Back to Basics box. I chose this box because I like everyday products which I can use all the time and this was a great little selection.

October Birchbox Seche Vite
I’m not sure how I’ve managed to never try Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat before. it’s one of those products that I’ve been hearing about for years. As someone who never has a second to sit and let my nails dry, a product that speeds up drying time and makes my polish last longer is an absolute must have. I’ve only tried it once since my box came, but I’m really happy with the results and will be using this loads. The product normally costs £9.

October Birchbox Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner

Eyeko Fat Eyeliner
I wear eyeliner almost every day. When it comes to liquid liner I usually prefer a brush. However the soft and felt tip on the Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner is so easy to apply and is really easy to shape. The liner dries almost instantly and is such a gorgeous dark black that I may have found a new favourite. I was also really pleased to get the full sized product which normally costs £12.

October Birchbox Bioderma
Another cult beauty favourite is the Bioderma micellar solution. I’ve already tried this before and it really is a great product. It’s great for gently removing every trace of make-up and always leaves my skin feeling lovely. I’d use this product more, if I wasn’t completely loyal to Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish to remove all my make-up. I’d still highly recommend this one though. The full sized product costs £10.20.

October Birchbox Regenerate Toothpaste
I wouldn’t normally be particularly happy to get a toothpaste in a beauty box, however I’m really interested to try the Regenerate Enamel Science Toothpaste. It claims to regenerate early enamel erosion and bring back teeth natural whiteness. So far I’ve only used it a couple of times so I can’t comment on the results, but it does taste really nice and my teeth felt great after using it. The full sized product costs £10.

October Birchbox Beaver Shampoo
I haven’t used either of the hair products from this months box yet, But I’m looking forward to trying the Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Moisturising Shampoo. I don’t currently have a favourite shampoo and I’m trying all different brands at the moment. This one contains avocado oil and aloe vera to repair damaged hair and after all the colouring I’ve had done this year i think my hair needs it! This Birchbox Exclusive costs £11.50 for the full sized product.

October Birchbox Beaver Conditioner
This months beauty bonus is a sachet of the Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Moisturising Conditioner to go with the shampoo. This is designed to strengthen and smoothen damaged hair. The full sized product costs £12.

If you like what you see why not try your own Birchbox. If you’d like to sign up for Birchbox yourself I have a refer a friend link which will give you 50 points (£5) to spend in the Birchbox shop when you sign up. You can find out more or sign up for Birchbox here.

Cosmo Blog Awards

70s dress Oaks ParkWhen I first started blogging about vintage fashion, I certainly wasn’t stuck in any particular era. I just loved everything about vintage fashion. From hunting out amazing bargains to the social stories the clothes themselves tell. My wardrobe has always contained clothes dating from the 40s to 80s and it definitely is an eclectic mix. In recent years I found myself wearing 50s style more often than not, but to be completely honest I was getting a bit bored and felt the need for a change.

Autumn Vintage OutfitSeeing all the gorgeous late sixties and seventies trends which are absolutely everywhere this season led me to revisit the depths of my wardrobe and try on a few things that I’ve either not worn before or have left unworn for quite some time.

Seventies Autumn OOTDOne such dress is this late 60s/early 70s dress which I bought from a charity shop last year. I bought it because I loved the colour and print and it fit me perfectly. But it only got it’s first wear this week, when I had a little afternoon date with Rob and we went for a lovely Autumn walk in the park. I absolutely loved wearing this outfit from the headscarf to the coloured tights and even the heavier make-up, my look may have just grown up a couple of decades!

Primark Camel BootsI wore the dress with my new boots which were a bargain £15 from Primark this week. I popped in looking for a comfortable pair of camel coloured boots to go with another outfit, and since I bought them I’ve worn them with everything.

Seventies DressAlthough I will always dedicate the summer months to my original and reproduction fifties dresses, for Autumn and Winter I think the more earthy tones of the seventies may be making much more of an appearance. I can’t wait to show you some of the other outfits I’ve picked out for the coming weeks.

Seventies Autumn OutfitMy resolution for the rest of the year, is to mix up my vintage as much as possible and be more creative with my style. Do you wear vintage, and if so do you stick to just one decade or mix and match?

Lush Bath Bomb Bags
It feels like forever since I last shared a Lush haul on here. In fact it feels like ages since I treated myself to some goodies at all. With a few recent trips into London I’ve found myself wondering into the new Oxford Street store a couple of times and it is amazing! I have a separate post all about the Oxford Street shop coming up and I can’t wait to share all my photos with you. Today I want to share the lovely products I bought for me, Rob and the girls. Sadly being on a budget it’s not the biggest haul, but there’s at least one amazing bath in store for each of us!

Mini Lush Haul
The Christmas items are just starting to come instore at the moment, and it was so much fun looking at them all and having a sniff at all the lovely scents. I couldn’t resist picking up a couple of festive items despite it being September at the time.

Lush Father Christmas
For Rob I chose a Father Christmas bath bomb, because who could resist that cheery face?! He smells super sweet and apparently he’s green inside, I’m looking forward to seeing him fizz and melt.

Lush Snow Fairy
Also from the Christmas range, I got a small bottle of Snow Fairy shower gel. This was actually a little gift from the staff in the shop, I’ll explain why when I write about my trip to Oxford Street in a few days. This delicious candy floss scented shower gel, is the perfect girlie pink treat to make every shower fun. It smells amazing and looks absolutely adorable.

Lush Yoga Bomb
I got myself a Yoga Bomb, which is a luxurious richly scented bomb, for a long relaxing soak. My bath has blue mood lighting in it and I often turn all the lights out and have a bath in the dark with just the blue lighting on. This is lovely and relaxing but not so good for a gorgeous multi coloured bath bomb. Apparently this keeps changing colour as it slowly fizzes but I missed it all! It did smell fab though!

Lush Butter Bears
I got the little ones a Butter Bear each, they are packed with fairly traded cocoa butter and are lovely and moisturising for both kids and adults skin. I love that these are slightly cheaper than some of the other bath bombs and they’re a nice product for small people to try.

Lush Oxford Street Haul
And that’s it for now. Although I cannot wait to go back and get some more. Look out for my Oxford Street store post coming soon.

Cosmo Blog Awards

I love it when a vintage event happens near me. Although there are great events all over the country, being able to pop to one for a couple of hours with the kids is always a bonus. I’ve been meaning to go to the Vintage Alldayer at Kingsmeadow Football Ground the last few times it’s been on and have never got round to it, so it was great to finally pop along a couple of weeks ago and check it out.

Kingsmadow Vintage Allayer Homeware Stall
The event featured an absolutely amazing selection of vintage traders, with lots of clothing accessories, records and homewares. I’m trying to save money at the moment so I couldn’t buy any of the lovely dresses I spotted, but I did get an egg slicer  to add to my Tala collection! You can see it in the picture above.

Kingsmeadow Vintage Alldayer Tea and Cake
We had a lovely slice of cake with tea served in gorgeous vintage china at the events tea room, while watching lots of talented couples taking to the dance floor for a jive.

Classic Cars Kingsmeadow Vintage Alldayer

Classic Car Kingsmeadow As usual lots of people had brought along their fabulous classic cars to be admired. The girls love looking at them all. I didn’t take a huge number of pictures at the event, as I just wanted to enjoy some family time and have a good look at everything. I’d definitely recommend the event and next time I will definitely be going again.

J and L Lindy Bop
It is actually impossible to get these two to both look at the camera at the same time these days! Lila is wearing her Lindy Bop kids dress which is her absolute favourite at the moment.

Collectif Aida Zac Lucia Red Gingham Dress
I’ve mentioned my current obsession with red gingham a lot this year. I wore yet more gingham to the event. This dress from Collectif has become my go-to dress for events at the moment as its so comfortable. I got it a while ago, but it’s currently in the sale. The shoes are my absolute favourite shoes at the moment, they are so comfortable and they look amazing with vintage dresses.

Outfit Details:

Dress – Aida Zak at Collectif

Cardigan – TU at Sainsburys

Necklace – Vintage via Charity Shop

Handbag – Vintage Enid Collins

Donna Shoes – Hotter

Cosmo Blog Awards