A couple of Friday’s ago, I shared with you Make Your Own Rainbow Cake using a Bakedin Baking Kit. I was so impressed by the simplicity and tasticity (new word) of the baking kit, I went ahead and bought myself their Choc Mallow Melt Cookie Baking Kit. I love cookies, but these are no ordinary cookies… this is a cookie sandwich with double melted choc and gooey marshmallow. It’s pretty special and so easy to make. So if you have 30 minutes spare, I encourage you to give these dreamy little treats a go.

Here is how I made mine:

All you need is the Bakedin Choc Mallow Melt Cookie Kit, butter and one egg.

Bakedin really makes life easy for you by labeling each packet and providing a simple step-by-step guide. Inside the kit: cookie mix (bag 1), marshmallows (bag 2), Belgian milk chocolate chunks (bag 3), Belgian white chocolate chunks (bag 4), baking paper and a butter measure.

The Butter Me Up measuring card is perfect for those amateur bakers who do not own a pair of kitchen scales (like me).

Step 1: Line two baking trays with the baking paper provided.

Step 2: Microwave 115g of butter in a bowl for about 1 minute.

Step 3: Add the cookie mix and egg into bowl and mix well.

Step 4: Resist the urge to sample your cookie dough and pre-heat oven to 160.

Step 5: The guide suggests making 24 balls. I tried this but my balls started to expand, so I settled on making 12 larger balls/blobs. Place both trays in the oven and leave to cook for about 10 minutes. As mine were bigger, I added an extra couple of minutes baking time.

Step 6: Add marshmallows to one tray and place back into the oven for a minute. Now make your marshmallow sandwich!

Step 7: Melted chocolate time! Microwave the milk chocolate chunks for about a minute, it is impossible not to sample the delicious melted choc.

Step 8: Spread the delicious melted chocolate over the cookie marshmallow sandwiches.

Step 9: Boil the kettle and add bag 4 (white chocolate chunks) into mug of hot water and let it melt.

Step 10: Snip open the bag and decorate the top of each cookie with the white chocolate. I managed to create some kinda double chocolate marble effect. Yum!

Step 11: I added some marshmallows to the roof of the sandwich for that extra bit of deliciousness.

Step 12: Enjoy your cookie creation!

These cookies took about half an hour to make and were so simple! You don’t need to be an expert baker to get in the kitchen and make a batch of cookies with these Bakedin Kits. There are so many kits to try, why not give their tasty Rainbow Cake a go? You can aslo try the Iced Cinnamon Bun KitDouble Choc Brownie KitChocolate Layer Cake and a Sticky Toffee Cake MixLet me know if you have tried any of these or are planning to, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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I’ve never bought a Mollie Makes magazine until now and I have no idea why I haven’t purchased one sooner. They are jam packed full of creativity, inspiration and craft ideas. This months issue really caught my eye as the Toucan Keyring Kit looked awesome. Who doesn’t want a cute homemade toucan attached to your keys to brighten up your day.

So, on Saturday, whilst Shaun was glued to watching England in the World Cup, I decided to get crafty and create this fun little chap.

The Toucan Keyring Kit is available in Issue 94 of Mollie Makes and it is designed by Manuela Trani. 

Inside the kit: Black, blue, coral and yellow felt, embroidery thread, gold faux leather fabric, 1 x gold coloured keyring, soft toy stuffing, 1 x sharp sewing needle.

There is everything you need! Just make sure you have a sharp pair of scissors to cut the felt.

To make this, you need to flick to page 96 in the magazine to find the handy toucan templates.

Firstly, you need to carefully cut around the templates provided.

I found it easiest to lay each shape onto the felt so there was no confusion later. These toucan body parts are really tiny!

Grab your scissors and get cutting! The sharper your scissors the better as these shapes are quite fiddly.

After about 20 minutes of trying to thread a needle, stitch the pink felt square on to the yellow beak.

Then do the same for the black piece of felt at the end of the beak.

At this stage, I went freestyle and stopped following the instructions. Threading a needle was taking me FOREVER, so I wanted to get the most out of each coloured thread. Here I stitched the golden chest and tail in yellow.

Next up was the blue thread and layered on the blue felt. 

I then added the black wing and added blue stitches to the wing. The eye and pink circle thingy followed, with extra pink wing stitches (or feathers).

Oops, that extra bit of black fluff on its tail isn’t meant to be there.

I managed to irreversibly bend my needle in all the excitement but somehow it still managed to sew. The black detailing on the beak was the next stage.

In the kit, you get two pieces of black felt. The second piece is used to cut around the entire toucan outline and create its back body.

Now you need to fatten up your bird with the soft toy stuffing. It looks like my poor toucan is having major surgery. Once suitably stuffed, you can sew him back together again.

Don’t forget his feet! As you can see, I’m not the neatest at sewing but who wants a perfect toucan anyway.

Once his little feet are securely in place, sewing on the keyring with the gold fabric was quite straight forward.

Ta-da! Here is Mr. Toucan! This is a really fun little DIY project and took me about 90 minutes (approx. the entire England v Sweden game). If you fancy giving this a try yourself, why not pick up a copy of Mollie Makes and give it a go! Other than threading the needle (which drove me slightly mad) the sewing was very relaxing and I really enjoyed seeing my birdie take shape.

Have you tried making this or anything similar? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

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In the photos: Reeves pencils and Pastel Elixir notebooks.

I’ve always loved being creative, whether that’s with a pencil and paper or playing around making graphics in Photoshop.  Nowadays all my creativity goes into blogging, but prior to having this online space, I kept all my creativeness in an art book. The other day I stumbled across this book whilst having a tidy up and thought it would be cool to share some snapshots from it on the blog.

Note: a lot of my drawings were from my angry rebellious punk phase. I’m still a punk girl at heart just with less piercings.

Back then most of my drawings were inspired by anime girls, even though I didn’t watch any, I thought the characters were always awesome.

Another amine girl and Che Guevara artwork inspired by a Rage Against The Machine flag I had in my room.

More punky artwork.

A sad looking rainbow haired girl sketch and Tim Minchin.

In later years, I started scanning my pictures into the computer and enjoyed making digital art.

This Matchbox 20 art would have been good if only my younger self knew how to spell the word receive.

Art inspired by Placebo and Code 64.

Hope you enjoyed a few snapshots from my art book from over the years. Do you keep an art book? Which do you prefer: traditional art or digital art? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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The other day, I was walking around the garden centre with my mum and something caught my eye. It was this bright and colourful Rainbow Cake Baking Kit by Bakedin. I’ve never seen these before, but a baking kit sounded like the dream to me as I am certainly not a natural baker (See: Make Your Own Gingerbread House). I read the back of the box and discovered that you only needed to buy the kit + an extra 3 ingredients which was simple enough so decided to give it a try. Here is how it went:

After you have bought the kit, all you need to buy is 4 eggs, 500g butter and 120 ml of milk.

Inside the box, you get everything you need: red, orange, yellow and green cake mix, icing sugar, sprinkles, baking tins, baking paper, butter measure and cake board. Each item is labelled with a number to make things even more straight forward. This is my kinda kit.

The recipe card explains everything you need to know and it is easy to follow. Before I began my cake making, I preheated the oven to 180 degrees.

Here is the step-by-step guide to make your own rainbow cake:

Step 1: Prepare your baking tins by lining them with the paper provided.

Step 2: Measure out 60g of butter and add in to a mixing bowl. The handy conversion chart and measuring card helped me out here as my kitchen is lacking in a pair of scales. I love how easy they make this for the most amateur bakers like myself.

Step 3: Empty the contents of bag 1 (red cake mix) into the bowl and mix until it forms a crumb like consistency.

Step 4: Add one egg and 20ml of milk into the bowl and mix until smooth and creamy.

Step 5: Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth out.

Step 6: Wash bowl and repeat steps 2 – 5 with the other three cake mixes.

Step 7: Once all four cake mixes are prepared, pop them into the oven for 20 – 25 minutes and hope for the best…

Whilst the rainbow layers are cooking, you can start making the butter cream (this stuff is seriously delicious).

Step 8: Add 260g of butter into the bowl and mix. It works out that 260g of butter should be left in the tub anyway so no measuring required. Win.

Step 9: Add the icing sugar (bag 5) into the bowl and mix well. Add 40ml of milk into the mix to make the butter cream even creamier.

Step 10: Spread a layer of the delicious butter cream onto the cake board provided. It is mandatory that you sample the butter cream at regular intervals.

Step 11: Once the rainbow layers are baked, let them cool for 10 minutes. Now build your rainbow cake (green, yellow, orange, red) using the butter cream between each layer which acts as a very tasty glue.

I admit at this stage I was feeling slightly concerned about the outcome of my rainbow cake as it wasn’t looking very colourful to me. However, I carried on and hoped it would all magically appear at the end.

Step 12: Smother the entire cake in butter cream.

Step 13: Decorate the cake in sprinkles and hope there is a rainbow inside…

Step 14: YAY! A rainbow! As you can probably tell, I am shocked this actually worked.

Making a rainbow cake took just over an hour – 30 minutes to prepare the layers, 25 minutes to bake whilst preparing the butter cream and finally 10 minutes to decorate. The instructions included in the kit make this a really simple recipe and pretty exciting as you don’t find out if the rainbow has worked until the very end. Have you made a rainbow cake? Click here to buy your own Rainbow Cake Baking Kit by Bakedin.

Bakedin do loads of other awesome looking kits too such as: a Choc Mallow Melt Cookie Kit, Iced Cinnamon Bun Kit, Double Choc Brownie Kit, Chocolate Layer Cake and a Sticky Toffee Cake Mix. If you give any of these a go, let me know how it goes as I would love give another one of these kits a try.

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