Recipe: Strawberry sponge cake

I baked this cake a good few weeks ago for my boyfriend's dad's party and although it didn't get eaten there - we completely overdid it with the food - it went down a treat in my household and my mum's office.

As this is a Martha Stewart recipe all the measurements are in cups! Sorry I know how frustrating this can be for Brits.

You will need:
6 tablespoons of unsalted butter plus more to line the cake tin
1 1/2 cups of plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 large egg or 2 medium eggs
1/2 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
1 pound of strawberries
1 cup of sugar plus two tablespoons of sugar

1. Line the tin with butter. Try to be generous as you can as you don't want the cake sticking and all your hard work destroyed! I used tiny strawberries but if they're a bit bigger make sure you cut them in half. Don't forget to preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

2. Pop the butter and the cup of  sugar into a bowl and mix together using an electric mixer. If you're hardcore you can always do it by hand! Make sure it nice and fluffy.

003. Mix in the eggs - after they've been wisked together -, milk and vanilla extract. I like to use a wooden spoon for this instead of an electtric mixer but it's up to you!

004. Shift the flour and mix it in with the other mixture.

 005. Add the mixture to the cake and position all the strawberries in the cake batter. Spinkle the remaining two tablespoons of sugar over the strawberries. Pop it in the oven and bake it for around 45 minutes. Keep checking after 30 minutes though as some oven vary with cooking times. My fan oven seems to make it up as it goes along - no time is ever the same!

 Voila! A lovely strawberry sponge cake that you won't be able to stop eating! For something so simple it looks very eye-catching on the table even if I do say so myself. Keep in mind that the strawberries will sink as time goes on.

F&F A/W preview

Last week the ever so wonderful Sarah invited me along to the Autumn Winter preview of F&F at tesco as her plus one. I've been to one  before so knew I would be in for a treat and I wasn't mistaken! I am always impressed by the beautiful clothes and how good the quality is. There were so many things - the tweed jackets in particular - that could have passed for Zara. The touch didn't feel like it was from a supermarket and I have no idea how they can keep the clothes so reasonably priced when they look this good. I'm not complaining though! I completely fell in love the Wednesday Addams - esque dress with the white collar and cuffs and will be keeping my beady eye out for it on the website. The matching cameo necklace and earrings have my name written all over them.
I'm considering treating myself to the black sequin pencil skirt to wear on Christmas eve - it's one occasion when you have to be sparkly! I've fallen head over heels for this boucle jacket but alas with Christmas coming up I can't justify it - times are tight with present buying. Suppose i'll just have to start selling more of my life on eBay...
How gorgeous does Lily's eyelashes look eh?
Aisling, Elodie and I really are just too cool for school. Aisling is completely rocking that beard.

A snapshot #17

Just looking at this sheer amount of food is making me long to  get back onto weightwatchers tomorrow. I had this week off - you can probably tell! - to try and get back into the right mindset of losing weight. I haven't been doing very well since my nan died in May. I went off track for quite a few months but going to get back on it tomorrow with a vengence! Wish me luck!

I popped along with Hannah, Florrie and Aisling to the Katch Pr press day to ogle at beautiful clothes. We all lusted over the wonderful DB Berdan where it was like being transported back into Alice in Wonderland. The prints on the dresses were so girly and pretty. I wanted to smuggle everything home in my bag! What blogger meet up would be complete without going to Nandos on the way home?

My friend hosted her turn of Come Dine With me - mine is next eeeek! - and her theme for the night was American. We had corn dogs to start, the delicious burgers for main, key lime pie for dessert and an American cheese roll with crackers. Needless to say Mario Kart was very hard to play with all the food in my belly - I don't think I finish a race ha!

There's a place near where I live called Cakes and Shakes with a stirling reputation so we all decided to take a trip there yesterday afternoon. I opted for rolo milkshake and a chocolate chip cheesecake. It was ok - quite overhyped so i'm not sure i'll make it a regular thing.


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