Friday, 12 August 2016

The most delicious chocolate fudge cake ever ever (can be made vegan)



I really enjoy getting my bake on every once in a while. I've suddenly developed a strong love for chocolate fudge cake. I didn't actually used to like chocolate cake.. nope, I don't understand either? 

Anyway, I decided to make a chocolate fudge cake. The one I made is just a little one as bigger cakes seem to go stale before me and my fam have time to get through them. This recipe makes the perfect little cake that serves 4 large slices or 6 smaller slices. It has the perfect level of chocolate fudgy-ness.

Oh and 'cute but psycho'. I thought it was an amusing phrase that sums me up pretty well. Jokes. I'm cool as a cucumber...
* shifty eyes *


You will need...
  • 90g of self raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 75g of sugar
  • 1 beaten egg (or 1 tablespoon of oil mixed with 1 teaspoon of baking powder if you want it to be vegan)
  • 75ml of vegetable or sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon of golden syrup
  • A small lined cake pan
  • Betty Crocker chocolate icing (optional but I v much recommend bc delicious)

Basically all you do is sift the dry ingredients together, make a well, add the dry ingredients and voila. Once the mixture is combined and super smooth, pour it into your lined cake pan and bake for around 20 minutes at 180 degrees celsius. 

Once out the oven, wait for the cake to completely cool and I mean COMPLETELY. Even if it's a tiny bit warm, the icing will melt and run everywhere. At this point you can do whatever you like with it. Buttercream is nice but my personal favourite is the Betty Crocker chocolate fudge icing. It is just completely heavenly (and also vegan if you want your cake to be vegan). 

And finally, devour. :)



Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Some New Additions (& Dot Creates Discount Code!!)


I recently got some new things so I thought I would share with y'all on the good old blog. 

I've been longing for a Calvin Klein underwear set for the longest time but for around £50  for the two piece set (!!!!) I could really never justify the purchase. Anyway you know those Twitter competitions where you just retweet and follow the account? Well I entered one of those and I was lucky enough to win! I honestly think my luck had reached an all time sky high that day! It's fair to say that since then I've been entering more of those competitions whilst also trying not to clog up everyones feed. 



So..the actual set? Well I can honestly say it's the most comfortable underwear I have ever worn. It makes me feel super put together when I'm wearing it (well pretty much any underwear that is matching does that). I also think it looks super flattering which is always nice. I'm not sure whether I would actually pay that price but I do really love it. The only thing I wish is that the bralette had a tiny bit of padding but hey, that's non-existent boob problems for you. 


Next up I got a new phone. If you follow me on Twitter you may know that a few months ago I lost my beloved iPhone 5 on a night out which resulted in me having to fork out a soul destroying £415 (!!!!) on a new iPhone 6S. So painful. I mean to be fair I didn't have to get a 6S but I thought I might as well spend the extra £100 to have the most up to date phone. I am on it 24/7 after all. 

It's fair to say I'm obsessed with my new phone. I mainly just love the fact that the camera is sooooo much better quality. The only annoying thing is that the battery life is pretty poor. Seriously when are they going to invent iPhones that don't need to be on charge 80% of the time?? Sigh. 

I tweeted about how excited I was to get my new phone and the lovely Danielle from Dot Creates contacted me to see if i'd like to try out one of her phone cases. I love her design style so it was an immediate YES! I opted for the Flora case which is a minty green colour with a cute leaf print. The case is super sturdy and I'm completely obsessed with the pale mint green shade. I definitely recommend you check out her site if you're looking for a pretty phone case. Oh and if you fancy buying anything from her lovely online store, you can use the code 'RachelMarie20' to get 20% off your purchase!



Lastly I bought a car. I haven't passed my test yet (and probably won't for a good while) so I just needed to get something super cheap that I can practise in. Even though this is potentially just going to be a temporary thing, I wanted something that wasn't 'stereotypical young driver' (not that there's anything wrong with that). I ended up buying a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin which is basically a smaller version of a 4x4 - yep, something you completely wouldn't expect for a petite girly girl like myself. Now let's just hope I actually manage to pass my test at some point in the future * crosses fingers *. 

And that's everything. To be honest I really haven't been spending a lot on things at the moment as so much of my money is going towards driving lessons. I don't even want to count up how much I've spent on lessons but I would probably have a mini heart attack if I did. So there's that. If any of you have any driving test tips, that would be much appreciated (my test isn't booked yet but I'm getting there.. kind of). 

Thursday, 30 June 2016

My Favourite Instagram Accounts


Although I feel like Instagram is definitely not as good as it was, thanks to the stupid algorithm (seriously? who thought that would be a good idea?), I still find myself putting more effort into 'theming' my account. I don't care if it's uncool and how many weird looks I get. The time springs to mind when I was looking round a supermarket car park for a white car so I could take a picture of my milkshake with a white background. It's fair to say my family thought I had gone a bit mad by that point but I managed to find a white Range Rover and all was well. I feel like you will either relate to this or think I am slightly bonkers. I'm aware I'm probably the latter but hopefully you guys 'get' me. 

I try my best with my theme but I definitely don't have as much of a natural talent for it as some of the people that I follow. It also doesn't help that I live in the middle of nowhere. Let's face it, my theme would be bomb AF if I lived in London or New York. I thought I would share some of my favourite accounts with you all because what's better than sharing some social media love! 



First up, Daisy Ashcroft (@daisyashcroft). Her crisp and minimal white theme is basically my theme goal. Every picture is just so cute and perfect. Also she manages to capture lots of pretty pictures of London which gives me major London life envy. 



My partner in crime, Victoria (@vvnightingale) has the loveliest theme going on at the moment. I absolutely love all the pastel colours and cutesy style. She also features a lot of coffee and I for one am an appreciator of pictures of pretty latté art. 


I've been following Hayley (@hayerlily) on Instagram for a while now and I just find her feed so aesthetically pleasing. She studies surface pattern and produces such beautiful and intricate paper cutting designs (I'm not exactly sure whether there's a proper word for them). Her account also features lots of latte art so.. need I say more.


The epitome of all things pink and girly! Catherine's feed (@catherine.mw) is basically a work of art. Everything is just so fairy-princess-unicorn-magical-esque. She also makes the most beautiful cakes - I long for those cake decorating skills. 


The last favourite that I'm sharing with you is Charlotte's account (@_charlottesweb). I love her light and floral aesthetic - very pretty. She posts delicious looking foodie pictures and I love her outfit photos as I really admire her style.


Well.. those are my current favourites! I'd love to know what your favourites are? - let me know in the comments. Oh and feel free to follow me on Instagram if you wish (@r_achelmarie).

Saturday, 25 June 2016

PROPERCORN & Inventing Your Own Popcorn Flavour


So the other day I received a very exciting blogger delivery. In fact you probably already saw on my Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat since I was so hyped up about it. Propercorn sent me a HUGE box of all their different popcorn flavours. I had only ever tried the sweet and salty flavour (which I love) so was super excited to try them all. 

The flavours include;

Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sundried Tomato (Tasty and quite spicy - reminds me of flaming hot Monster Munch flavour if you remember those).

Smooth Peanut & Almond (Being the pb lover that I am, I absolutely love these! The peanut flavour is strong and love the saltiness with the sweet almond).

Lightly Sea Salted (Standard salted popcorn basically).

Sweet & Salted (I loooove mixing anything sweet and salty so this is perfect. It sounds kind of weird if you haven't tried it but honestly it works SO well).

Sweet Coconut & Vanilla (So delicious. Strong sweet vanilla flavour with a subtle hint of coconuttyness).

Sour Cream & Black Pepper (Really tasty and is very similar to a typical cheese and onion flavour.. even though it's not supposed to be cheese flavoured).



I love that all the flavours are super strong and don't taste remotely artificial. Each bag is fairly decent sized and only contain 88-129 calories so a perfect snack if you want something light. Well I say light.. but all the flavours are so good that I nearly consumed the entire box in less than a week. It kind of defeats the great point that each bag is low in calories if you eat 5 bags in one sitting. Ha ha ha. I am an actual bottomless pit. Summer body is on its way woooooo..


Anyway...
Propercorn want to give one of you the opportunity to create your very own popcorn flavour! The winning flavour will be made exclusively for retailers and the winner will receive a life time supply of Propercorn!!!!! More information on this can be found at: 




If you could invent any popcorn flavour, what would you choose?

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Quay Australia Sunglasses



I've been lusting after a pair of Quay Australia sunglasses since they became all the rage last year. I love the quirky and statement style of QA sunglasses so it definitely took me a while to narrow down which pair I wanted..If only I could afford them all * sigh *. I opted for the ever so trendy cat eye shape with mirrored lenses and marble frames. Yes I picked marble. Could I be more cliché? Probably not. This particular style is actually exclusive to Asos.



I'm pretty fussy with sunglasses and usually find it so difficult to find a pair that are the right size/shape for my fairly round baby face (wasn't I blessed..). These though. Never have I ever been so in love with a pair of sunglasses. 





I really didn't even expect to like them as much as I do. I just find the style is so flattering and they're the perfect size - not ridiculously big (although some people think they are) but still statement. I mostly wear black/minimial colours so the marble design adds a little something. 

It's also worth noting that for a well known designer brand seen on high profile celebrities, QA are super inexpensive. The pair I bought were only £30 (Here's the link to them)


Do you have any Quay Australia sunglasses?

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Decor Details



Despite not having my own house or flat to decorate, I still adore all things homeware. I absolutely can't wait to be able to decorate my own place one day. 

I think it's nice how small details can add so much to a room. I was very kindly send some cute art prints from Zoe who runs the online store Everything Is Fine. I love how simple, yet beautifully designed they are. I think my favourite one has to be the little cacti with the caption 'don't be a prick' because, well, wise words to live by. I'm on the hut for some nice frames to put these in so I can have them up on my bedroom walls. 

Next I was also kindly sent some lovely pieces from the online homeware store, Adorn Decor. Adorn Decor sell beautiful, hand picked & home accessories.


They sent me two pieces. A white decorative lantern (£25) with a copper roof and a grey and mint vase (£10). Both pieces are so me. I mean anything with rose gold detailing and pretty pastel colours is right up my street. Both items are designed so nicely and are really good quality. They would make the perfect addition to a room if you're going for that trendy shabby chic look. 

I love these little additions to my room and definitely think they add a little extra something to a fairly minimalist bedroom. I also always think it's nice to support independent brands like this as they put so much work into selling really lovely, high quality products.

What's your favourite homeware store?

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Rawr Raw Chocolate - Healthy Chocolate?!



I was lucky enough to be sent a range of flavoured chocolate bars from Rawr chocolate. Rawr are an online chocolate company that produce raw, organic, fair-trade and dairy free chocolate. 

Although I'm definitely not the healthiest of eaters, I still enjoy trying my best to eat as 'clean' as possible. I mean after all, I do actually really enjoy healthy foods and always feel better when I've been eating 'cleaner'. It's always important to still have treats when you're eating healthy and who can ever resist chocolate?! (Definitely not me). Raw chocolate makes a really good (and healthy) swap to your typical heavily processed chocolate. 

Why you ask? Well..

The problem is most commercial chocolate is highly processed. The cacao is chemically treated, and heated to over 130 °C so that most nutrients, enzymes, minerals, and other beneficial compounds are either lost/altered. This heat affects the nutritional value of the ingredients. Most of us are aware that raw vegetables contain more enzymes and vitamins than boiled ones. The same is true of all foods, including chocolate. 

Rawr are devoted to making chocolate with the highest quality raw, organic ingredients. Completely dairy-free with no added refined cane or beet sugar, no hydrogenated or chemical preservative nonsense, no emulsifiers, and no colourings. Guilt-free chocolate! 
So it's definitely better for you but does it taste the same as your typical processed chocolate?
Well I was sent a range of flavours regular chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, goji berries and vanilla, mint and orange. All the bars are definitely on the darker side of chocolate so if you're not a big dark chocolate fan then these may not be for you. I personally love the rich taste of dark chocolate so these went down a treat. In terms of texture, the chocolate isn't super smooth as opposed to the likes Galaxy chocolate. The chocolate has quite a nice snap (I hope that makes sense) which is definitely a sign of the high quality ingredients and cocoa solids. 
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed each bar. All the flavours are delicious! They're perfect for when you need your chocolate fix but you're trying to eat 'cleaner'. They're basically just like your typical high quality dark chocolate bar. If I'm after super sweet and indulgent chocolate then these probably won't replace that.. but there's definitely a place for this kind of chocolate when I'm not feeling the super sickly chocolate vibe.

Have you ever tried any kind of raw chocolate?