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Mini Egg Easter Cake

It’s my birthday today *birthday dance* which only means one thing: it’s CAKE DAY! As Easter is this weekend too, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get my mini eggs out and do another Baking With Bexa stylee post. You can catch up on my previous 2019 culinary creations here, here and here.

Fun fact: A bag of Cadbury mini eggs has approx. 25 mini eggs. I used FIVE bags so this cake includes 125 mini eggs! Impressive huh! Disclaimer: You should probably only make this if you are a big fan of mini eggs.

You will need:

A ridiculous amount of Cadbury mini eggs

Betty Crocker Carrot Cake Mix

Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Style Icing

3 x eggs

Purple Flower Decorations

Lemon Flower and Leaves Decorations

Yellow Rose Decorations

Wafer Daisies

There are plenty of cute and affordable cake decorations out there so let your creative side run wild. I picked these pretty pastel flowers as they were giving me alllll the bright cheerful Spring/Easter vibes.

Betty Crocker is an absolute hero, she makes baking SO EASY! She did a fab job with my Love Heart Cupcakes. Here, just simply add cake mix, eggs, water and oil into a bowl and ta-da, step 1 is complete!

As I am now a serious baker (four baking posts in one year makes you a pro, right?!) I treated myself to some fancy baking tins. Check this out… these have a spring release mechanism so the side easily detaches from the base without damaging the cake. Cool, yes? I love gadgets so this impressed me more than necessary.

Top tip: After baking is complete, pop the cakes in the fridge to cool down for 10-15 minutes (it speeds things along if you just wanna start decorating and you have zero patience, like me).

Once suitably cooled, it’s time to secure the cakes together with delicious cream cheese… nom nom nom.

My advice here is to be very generous with the cream cheese, because… cream cheese *insert heart eyes*.

LOOK I’VE CREATED A GIANT MACAROON!! (or over-sized Oreo biscuit).

Make sure you use the entire tub of cream cheese on this cake. I mean, it’s not Easter without a sugar high.

…And now to get all creative with the decorating!

All you need is roughly 125 mini eggs handy… I’ve probably eaten a good 25 by now though.

I started off all nice and neat… then BOOM! Mini egg explosion (that escalated quickly)…

Here is my carrot cake-mini egg Easter Cake which was actually surprisingly easy to make.

Almost too pretty to eat (almost).

In my opinion it tasted delish, but I am a self-confessed mini egg addict and carrot cake has always been a personal fave. However, my sister who told me she doesn’t like 1) carrot cake, 2) cream cheese and 3) mini eggs admitted that it was very nice and ate a huge slice. Thumbs up from the fussy sibling = #winning.

Hope you enjoyed my Easter/Birthday baking edition! Do you like carrot cake and mini eggs? If so, this could be THE ONE for you <3 Are you doing any baking this weekend? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you! Hope ya all have a fantastic Easter weekend, eating alllll the cakes and chocolates!

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Mother’s Day Mini Canvas Giveaway

[AD – I was gifted products from Sweet Wild Designs in exchange for an honest review]

Last year, I teamed up with the lovely Helen from Sweet Wild Designs and she drew me a fabulous picture of my cats: Simba & Zazu. The artwork is still proudly framed on my wall and I often catch the cats admiring how nice they look. So, when I saw Helen was looking for bloggers again, I raised my virtual hand and had a chat, we decided with Mother’s Day on Sunday 31st March it’s a good opportunity to host a giveaway!

Helen is from Somerset, UK and created Sweet Wild Designs to fuel her passion for painting, drawing, crafts, sewing, graphic design and everything in-between. Helen does a whole range of beautiful customized artwork on canvas, cushions, mugs and cards. If you love inspirational illustrations of nature, cats and birds then you won’t be disappointed. Check out Helen’s Instagram for all the gorgeous designs.

Helen created this pretty piece of art on a mini canvas for me to give to my mum. I asked for bright and colourful flowers and that is exactly what I got. It’s so lovely! Helen has also very kindly offered to giveaway any choice of art print and a Mothers Day card to one lucky winner (see details at the end of post).

I love love love the purple Mother’s Day card, it’s is such a pretty colour with beautiful flowers. You can never go wrong with flowers and mums. Helen has designed a fab collection of Mother’s Day Cards which you can find in her shop. If you haven’t picked up a card yet, why not see what is available!

Thank you so much Helen for the gorgeous mini canvas and card, I am sure my mum will love them!

If you would like a chance to win an art print of your choice and Mothers Day card you need to do is:

  1. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @HELLOBEXA

  2. FOLLOW HELEN ON TWITTER @HELENARTDESIGN

  3. RT MY PINNED TWEET 

One winner will be chosen at random on Friday 15th March 2019 at 6pm.

Good luck to everyone who takes part!

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Hobbycraft Colour-In Canvas

One of my favourite ways to unwind and switch off is to grab some felt-tips, put on a Spotify playlist and spend ages just making things bright and colorful. It makes me feel relaxed. The other week, I was browsing Hobbycraft (the shop of dreams) and came across this ‘Be Happy’ Colour-In Canvas for £4.50 and thought yes, I need to buy you, you affordable piece of creative happiness, you are coming home with me.

For this, I used my Pastel Tombow TwinTone 12 Dual Tip Markers (also available in Hobbycraft).

The cool thing about these pens, other than the fact that they are amazing pastel colours, is that they are dual tip. It has a bullet tip and fineliner tip all in one pen, ideal for many different projects such as hand lettering, bullet journalling, sketching or just writing a very pretty shopping list.

As well as pastel, you can also get your creative hands on a pack of Twin Tone Bright Dual Tips too.

With a cuppa and my Spotify playlist (I was in the mood for Pop Punk Powerhouses) I got colouring…

I used a mix of thinner tips for the more intricate details and thicker tips for the bigger spaces and background. Initially, I expected the pens to be more pastel but the more I coloured, the more I was liking the bright bold colourful vibes, perfect for a cheerful ‘Be Happy’ picture.

There are a range of different canvases available, also in mini size for a quicker art project. Other favourites include ‘Today Is Going To Be Awesome’, Waves, and Bird House. The lovely Kay from Kay At Home shared the very pretty ‘Love’ canvas in her post: Valentines Gift Ideas – Handmade With Love.

This canvas took me an afternoon to complete, once I was in the colouring-in zone I just wanted to finish it – although it would also be a great project to spread over a couple of evenings.

It was a very enjoyable few hours just listening to music and colouring everything in pretty colours. Sometimes the simply things in life can bring so much calmness.

Related post: 5 Ways Creativity Improves Mental Health.

Ta-da! And here is the finished canvas, I decided to leave the text white to make it stand out more (and my arm was aching by this point, ha ha). I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest creative project!

Do you enjoy colouring in? Have you tried a colour-in canvas before? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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Pastel Elixir Mystery Box

I had the most sweetest package arrive for me last week. You can probably already guess it was a Pastel Elixir Mystery Box but I had absolutely no idea who it was from. It arrived the day before Valentine’s Day with a cute message simply saying ‘Happy Love Day Bexa’. It honestly made my day but also intrigued me greatly…  someone knew where I lived and someone also knew I also loved Pastel Elixir too…

If it was a man, I was already planning on marrying him as mystery boxes full of cute and colourful prints, badges, stickers and bookmarks are a sure way to my heart. I later found out that it actually my lovely sister (so no wedding bells yet) but if there were awards for the best sibling, she would have them all.

In the box: Believe In Yourself Unicorn Print, Llama Balloon Print, Squirrel Print, Leaping Bunny Print, Tiger Cub Print, Otter Card, Llama Bookmark, I Like Yummy Things Postcard, Sweetcorn Button Badge, Lightbulb Button Badge, Cow of Compassion Sticker, Heart Sticker. 

I have made no secret of loving Pastel Elixir, I have featured Enamel Pins, Mystery Boxes and other goodies on my blog already. I adore everything about the designs, it is cuteness overload.

Who is Pastel Elixir? Ellis and her husband James run Pastel Elixir with their two gorgeous doggies (Vespa and Custard), in Leicestershire, selling all of Ellis’ illustrations on bookmarks, mugs, cards, badges, prints, postcards, stickers and enamel pins! Everything is so fun, colourful and cute, and Ellis’ prints and postcards have been brightening up my walls for ages now and always make me smile.

You can follow Pastel Elixir on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

I love that each week my badge collection is steadily growing and I don’t need to do anything about it. Last week, I received a few wonderfully colourful and punny badges in my Katie Abey Mystery Bag and this week I have a couple of adorably cute Pastel Elixir badges to add next to them. Yay! =)

I’m taking this awesome llama bookmark as a sign that I should read more books.

Check out this playful Tiger Cub Print – Ellis’ illustrations are fantastic!

The cute Cow Of Compassion Sticker is also available as a print here.

If you want to jazz up plain notebooks or add some colour and cuteness to your planner/bullet journal, I’d recommend Pastel Elixir stickers. Currently, there are some really fun packs to choose from such as adorable unicorns and happy vegetables!

Every card in Ellis’ shop is beautifully illustrated with unique designs and blank on the inside for your own personalized message. Ellis now stocks a lovely range of handmade cards, a few favourites include: Rainbow, Carousel and Broccoli.

That hot chocolate has gotta be the hot chocolate of dreams, right? (Also available as a badge).

I hope you enjoyed having a sneak peek into my Pastel Elixir Mystery Box. What a huge bundle of awesomeness! Thank you so much Vicky (aka. Dorothy) for my fantastic treats, you know me so well, I absolutely love the selection of goodies and it really made me smile =)

Have you ordered from Pastel Elixir? Which is your favourite item? Click here to order your very own mystery box too!

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