Make Your Own Rainbow Cake

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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Paint Your Own Reeves Flower Pots

I’ve been having great fun lately getting creative with Reeves products and yesterday I tried something a bit different – I mixed up some paints and did flower pot painting. Previously, I shared with you how to make Reeves Rainbow Rain, Reeves Colour By Numbers and Reeves Paint By Numbers however, this is the first time I’ve got really experimental with my paints and created my own colours. These are actually really simple to do and are perfect if want to add a splash of colour into your garden this summer.

Reeves believe creativity isn’t about right or wrong, it is all about expression. The cool thing about these is you can completely personalize your flower pots by creating your own colours and using different washi tape borders. No two pots will ever be the same. Here is how I made mine:

All you need is Reeves Acrylic Paints, Reeves Acrylic Brushes and Terracotta Plant Pots. Later on you will need some washi tape and Gorilla superglue. The washi tape I have used is from Paperchase but I’m pretty sure any washi will look awesome for this project. The terracotta plant pots I used were found in ASDA for £1 each which I think is a real gardening bargain.

As I haven’t properly painted since school, I embarrassingly had to Google ‘how to mix pastel shades’. The results were pretty simple – just add white. Thank you Mr Google. So for my first pot, I mixed red and white and created this light pinky colour.

Ta-da! Once the first colour was created I felt slightly more confident with my project. Saying that, I had absolutely no plan or idea of what I wanted the pots to look like, it was simply just a case of make it up as I go along. Having no rules makes everything more fun though, right?

All I knew at this stage was that I wanted to make each pot a different pastel colour, so for the next one I mixed green and white and created this shade.

Pastel blue was the next colour and you guessed it, I mixed blue and white.

My fourth and final pot was yellow. If you don’t like a colour, you can easily lighten it by adding more white paint. 

I decided to give each pot a white border just to see what it would look like.

You can also entirely repaint a pot if you want. I wanted my pink to be more pink so got experimental to create a brighter shade. I also painted the insides of the pot white as I was enjoying myself so much, I didn’t want to ever stop painting things.

The washi tape idea suddenly popped into my head whilst I was painting. I thought the flowers and butterflies design from Paperchase was perfect for the flower pots. I’m sure any washi tape would look awesome though – I can’t wait to try this out with different patterns.

To make the washi border, I folded the tape in half and measured around the top of the pot.

As these are going in the garden, I needed the strongest glue possible. Gorilla glue has never let me down, in fact the Alpaca Pom Pom Pins which I made for my sister earlier this year are still doing their job – there has been no reported pom pom malfunctions.

The gorilla superglue worked in seconds and my flowery borders were stuck firmly. There is no going back with this stuff so choose your washi tape wisely.

That’s it! The pastel flower pots with washi tape borders are now complete! You can have fun creating your own shades and using different tapes to make a totally unique design. The possibilities are endless.

Finally, add some flowers into your pots and they are garden ready!

Here they are in the garden. All I have to do now is remember to water the plants! Hope you enjoyed my flower pot project how-to. Have you painted your own flower pots?   If you give this a try yourself don’t forget to share your creations on social media using #WeAreReeves and #ShowYourColours

Have fun and be creative!

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Strawberry Ice Pops (Pinterest Challenge #2)


A couple of weeks ago, I shared the first post (Cat Origami Bookmarks) in the Pinterest Challenge I am doing with the lovely Kay from Mummy Who. The idea is really cool, we choose 3 Pinterest pins for each other, then we attempt to recreate each one and blog about our experiences. For our second challenge, Kay has picked me these Strawberry Ice Pops which look amazing and perfect for the summer! To see which pin I gave to Kay, go head over to Mummy Who and check out our second challenge! 

When I knew I was going to make these, I headed over to Amazon to find myself some ice pop moulds. The pack I chose had 6 regular moulds and 6 star shaped moulds. The best bit about these ice pops is there is only five ingredients – the simpler the recipe the better in my opinion. So the day before, I went shopping for skimmed milk, whipped cream, strawberry syrup, white chocolate and rainbow sprinkles.

Step 1: Add milk to measuring jug. The instructions advise 480 ml but I wanted to make room for the cream so I only added about 400 ml.

Step 2: Add cream and mix well. I added about 150 ml of cream – I probably would have added more if the jug allowed it.

Step 3: Add the strawberry syrup and mix again until the milk turns pink.

Step 4: Pour the tasty mixture into moulds.

Make sure you fill the moulds up to the very top and place the lids on firmly.

Step 5: Place the moulds into the freezer for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Step 6: Hope for the best…

Step 7: (24 hours later) Prepare the white chocolate by breaking it up and microwaving for 30 seconds (stir) and a further 30 seconds.

Step 8: Yay, the ice pops turned out okay! To remove the case, run under warm water for about a minute and they slide off easily.

Step 9: Dunk the ice pop into the warm melted white chocolate and sprinkle with rainbows.

Step 10: Repeat for all ice pops. Once they have been dunked and sprinkled, I’ve found they don’t want to go back into their cases. If you wrap them with tin foil and pop back into the freezer they should be fine.

Step 11: Enjoy your strawberry ice pops!

Thank you for the challenge Kay! This was really fun to do and I actually surprised myself here. I’m looking forward to our next one which will be appearing on the blog in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned! Don’t forget to head on over to Mummy Who and see which pin I gave to Kay for the second challenge…

Have you tried making strawberry ice pops? Or have you challenged your friend to a Pinterest challenge? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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Printiki Magnets Giveaway

Since starting my blog, Printiki have been my go-to place for photo printing. Their awesome prints have appeared in my Phuket Travel Scrapbook, Greece Travel Scrapbook, Gran Canaria Travel Scrapbook and most recently my Food From Around The World post. I’m always impressed by their speedy service, great quality and value for money. So when Prinkiti contacted me recently to say they had launched photo magnets I was super keen to check them out.

Printiki have very kindly gifted me these magnets and have generously offered a giveaway prize for someone to win their very own personalized set (see end of post for details). You can either select 9 Mini Magnets or 4 Medium Magnets. As Shaun and I have now been on five holidays together, I opted for the 9 mini magnets as I didn’t want any holidays to feel left out.

The Printiki photo magnets look amazing with my World Travel Magnetic Map from Not On The Highstreet.

Printiki make photo printing so easy. All you need to do is upload your chosen photos from your computer, Facebook or Instagram. You also have the option to customize your photos with text, filters, colours and shapes. Lastly, you can choose whether you want to turn your magnets into a collage or a jigsaw.

These are perfect to stick on your fridge to keep the holiday memories alive all year round. Of course, you can print absolutely anything, why not find photos of friends, family, pets, days out and special occasions to make your own awesome collages. If you would like a chance to win one voucher for a set of magnets with shipping all you need to do is:

  1. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @HELLOBEXA

  2. FOLLOW PRINTIKI ON TWITTER @PRINTIKI

  3. RT MY PINNED TWEET 

One winner will be chosen at random on Friday 22nd June at 6pm. Good luck to everyone who takes part! Which photos would you choose to print onto Printiki photo magnets?  Let me know in the comments!

*This is a sponsored post which means I received a product/payment in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own. 

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