Oreo Cupcakes


I'm a real sucker when it comes to sweet treats such as cupcakes, cakes and chocolate and immediately the healthy eating is thrown out of the window. Plus I always seem to repeat the exact same three words 'start again tomorrow', it really is the story of my life.

When I watched Tanya Burr's video baking Oreo Cupcakes my mouth literally dropped to the floor, I'm not a massive fan of Oreo's but they looked delicious and had to give it a whirl. They were also the perfect present for my boyfriends birthday. 

The ingredients and the way you make them are pretty much exactly the same as how I made the Halloween Cupcakes last week which you can see here! 

Cupcakes:
175g butter
165g caster sugar 
3 eggs
125g self raising flower
40g Cocoa Powder
Oreos

Frosting:
100g butter
200g icing sugar 
Oreos 

Equipment:
Large mixing bowl
Wooden spoon
Cupcake cases (Halloween style)
Whisk 
Weighing Scales 


1. The only difference to the mixture for the cupcakes is that you add the Cocoa Powder at the same time as the self raising flower and eggs. 


2. Before you place the mixture into the bun cases place an Oreo into the bottom of them for a special surprise to those who will bite into the cupcake. 


3. Get half a packet of Oreo's then either place them into a blender or into a sandwich bag and use a rolling pin to turn them into crumbs. Place this into the frosting mixture and blend thoroughly. 


4. Once the cupcakes are cooked and have the icing on top, take an Oreo and brake it in half, then place this on top of the icing and voila you have your cute and very tasty Oreo Cupcakes.


I hope that you enjoy these as much as I did making them :)





An Afternoon's Inspiration




I apologise for the lack of posting over these past few days or even weeks should I say, it has all felt a little mish-mashed and I am posting one day and the other nothing. I am going through one of them uninspired phases which is super annoying and frustrating and no matter how hard I try and get out of it, it is not working. Even though my aim is to blog every single day I did not just want to post something which seemed rubbish to me with not a lot of effort putting in to it, for me if it is not 100% then do not post and just leave it for the day.

As you will have seen in a previous post I am trying to find my niche, something that my readers can link to me and always want to look back every day to check out my next post. 

I took a trip to York yesterday, I absolutely love this city and would put it on par with Chester and Canterbury. For me the quaint, individual shops, cobbled streets and cottage style buildings are so cute and make me feel all warm and happy.  

If you have any blog posts you would like me to do then please comment below or send me a tweet :) 

 

Halloween Accessories



Only four days until Halloween and if you are anything like me then you are probably still trying to decide what you want to wear and then figuring out where to even pick things up from. I have put together a few different accessories which can either tie your outfit together as a whole or if your not one for wanting to go overboard on the fancy dress.

A lot of your regular fancy dress shops will stock most of these items but they could come at a price, a few stores that you should venture in to get something cheap and cheerful would be poundshops they have fantastic Halloween section, especially if you are throwing a party and need lots of decorations. But another shop you could go into would be Claire's Accessories, they have so many Halloween pieces in there and are not too expensive either. If you are wanting just a cute headband or fancy tights then head to Topshop or New Look, I have spotted a few around recently. 




Top Autumn Beauty Picks


Here are my top beauty picks for Autumn/Winter 2014, most of the shades are very similar but yet once you are rocking them they are quite different from one another. 

I absolutely love the rich, dark shades at the moment I think they are so chic and pretty and add that bit of warmth to your look in these dark, dreary days, plus you can make yourself look as vampy as possible on Halloween. 

The perfect autumn look would be a cream based eyeshadow which gives off a golden hue and a smokey vibe, add a lot of mascara and liquid eyeliner to give that feline affect, then go for a dark lip. For the rest of the face I would say keep it as neutral as possible otherwise you will have far too much going off and it would not look quite right. I know that the rules are either go heavy on the eyes or lips, but I say be brave and wear them both with pride. What would be cute would be if you matched your nail polish to your lipstick, it would pull your look in together so perfectly. 

I hope that you love these picks, and would love to hear what you think of these products. 




Channelling my Personality


I am trying to channel my personality through Adventures of Wonderland, for me each blogger has their specific posts that you remember them by and it always gets me looking forward to going back to their blog to see what the next one is.

For me this is still something I am discovering and working out. As I am a lot happier with my images I feel like I should step up my posts, specifically the outfit posts.

Winter Hair Makeover


You may have noticed if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram that I have changed my hair colour again. I've finally plucked up the courage to wave goodbye to my ombré and welcomed back the brunette.

It is nice to be able to freshen your look and the easiest way to do this is by dying your hair, especially when you change through Spring/Summer to Autumn/Winter. If you have had or got ombré and are wanting to go back to your natural shade then go for it, it is super easy and very affordable too. I would advise for you to go for a rich chocolate brown which has red undertones rather than an ashy brown which will have green undertones. 

I just did mine from shop bought dye, firstly with a semi-permanent dye from the L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss in Chocolate Truffle, I was a little worried how it would turn out which is why I didn't choose permanent dye. I didn't do anything special in particular I just followed the instructions on the packaging, but instead of starting at the roots I placed the dye onto the ombré part at first then upwards into the rest of my hair.

It has been about three weeks and my hair has started to fade to a more lighter brown/purple shade but this is always going to happen. So I have been out and picked up a permanent dye, so fingers crossed it will not fade. Plus I am actually amazed at how quick it has become silky and smooth again.


Top 3 Make Up Products

I have picked out three make up products I find are key essentials in my daily make up  regime and literally could not live without. Lets just say this was not an easy task I gave myself. 

First up I would choose foundation, I have not picked any particular brand but I would go for a more lighter shade from my collection. As I struggle with break outs pretty much every single day I do sometimes feel uncomfortable to leave the house without wearing a layer, whether it is just a small base or rocking a much heavier look. I always feel that the rest of my products apply much easier and last a lot longer throughout the day as they can stick to the foundation. 

Secondly, without even a glimpse of hesitation I would pick out mascara, an instant pick me up product. Straight from the lightest application it seems to brighten the eyes and give a structure to your face, it really does make your eyes look much wider. I love it and if I am not wanting to really wear any make up then I just put a bit of foundation on to make myself feel more awake.

The last product was very difficult to decide and took me forever, I kept picking up different products and putting them back down again. In the end I chose bronzer, the reason for this is that it is a fantastic all round, multipurpose product, you could either go for a strong contour look, or just gently sweep it across your cheeks instead of blusher, but also it can be used on the eye lids in favour of an eye shadow. I love a bronzer to add some warmth and colour to my face being fairly pale, especially now we are heading into the winter months. 

I would love to hear if any of these products would make your final three, or which products you would choose instead of these. 


Halloween Cupcakes


Why is it that when you want to bake there are no ingredients in the cupboard?! That is always the case for me so I never get round to baking some sweet goodies, but this time I decided to stop being lazy and got my bottom off the settee and do something fun. And what is not better than mixing baking and Halloween together, these buns are the perfect and cute little treats for anyone who is holding a Halloween party, they are fairly cheap to make. 
(Please ignore the cocoa it somehow sneaked into my pictures)

So the ingredients you need are:

Cupcakes:
175g butter
165g caster sugar 
3 eggs
145g self raising flower

Frosting:
100g butter
200g icing sugar

Equipment:
Large mixing bowl
Wooden spoon
Cupcake cases (Halloween style)
Whisk 
Weighing Scales 

How to Make: 
1. Pre heat your oven at 180 degrees. If you are young get an adult to help you with this.

2. Once you have weighed out your ingredients mix the butter and caster sugar into the bowl until soft and fluffy. 


3. Then whisk your eggs together and add it bit by bit alongside the self raising flour into the bowl. Whisk either with a spoon, whisk or electric whisk until the mixture looks like it does in the image. 


4. Place your fun Halloween bun cases into the bun tin and then spoon an even amount of mixture into the cases and then put them into the pre heated oven. (Once again if needed get an adult to help) 

5. Once they are in the oven leave for around 15-20 minutes before taking them out to check. In the meantime it is time to create the frosting. 

6. You can go out and buy some brightly coloured frosting from supermarkets, or you can make your own and add food colouring. I myself just made the plain frosting for my buns as I wanted to decorate them afterwards. 

7. Wash your mixing bowl out and then add the 100g butter and 200g icing sugar and whisk them together until it is fluffy.


8. After 15 minutes take your cupcakes out of the over and place a skewer on knife into the centre of them to check if they are cooked or not. If they are then the skewer will come out clean, if it has mixture on then place them back in for another five minutes. 

9. Leave your cupcakes to cool down before taking them out of the tins and adding your frosting on the top. 

10. You can either pipe the frosting or just place it ontop of the buns using a knife, I made mine quite messy and then sprinkled on top the decorations. 


I hope that you enjoy creating these buns :) I would love to see your own creations, tweet me a picture to @Adventures_O_W and #halloween cupcakes.