Yelly Eats

Chocolate Guinness cupcakes!

Finally!!!

I was feeling a bit stressed out because the days were rushing past me and I hadn’t started on the Cake Book Challenge yet.  I had only 25 weeks to accomplish this goal to begin with!  But finally, the Cake Book challenge has officially begun!

1 recipe down, 49 more to go!  23.5 weeks left!

I chose to start with the Chocolate Guinness cupcakes recipe (page 44 of the book) because I love Chocolate Guinness cake.  The recipe was similar to my favourite choccie Guinness cake recipe (the Hummingbird Bakery recipe is ace and is a great go-to cake) so it wasn’t going to stress me out.  Plus, I get to drink the left over Guinness (which I did!)!

Chocolate Guiness cupcake recipe

One thing I did realise is that my hands are horrible and I have no icing talent!  The hands were wobbly and I couldn’t control the piping bag as well as I would’ve wanted to.  Also, attempting to ice anything with cream cheese frosting in this heat is generally a silly idea.  The minute I’d finished icing the cupcake, I could see the frosting softening ever so slightly!  I think the necessary tweak would be to add more icing sugar.  Maybe!  I may scrape off all the icing and start over again!

Maybe.

Chocolate Guinness cupcakes

I will be making Carly’s holiday cake today as well (I am hoping to accomplish this with all the good will and positive thinking in the world!).  Today’s baking mantra: I will manage my time properly!

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Yelly Writes

So what happened to that Tefal issue?

Nothing.

Tefal called me and I missed the call.  Tefal left me a message but I don’t think I’m going to call them.  I know that leaving a message was the only thing that they could do on that day.  But I never received anything else.  You’d think they’d try a different avenue to contact me.  But they didn’t.

The steam generator iron has gone to the bin and I am going to not pursue this whole thing with Tefal.  I wish that apart from the phone call, they had written to me to arrange a time to call again.  I realise that the onus to prove the fault is probably with me.  I really wished they tried a little harder to get in touch.  Maybe a second phone call.  That would have been ace.  Or even an email to say they’d tried to call but obviously missed me.  But as it is, telling me that I have to call number if I want to discuss things isn’t really helping me and my issue with the £150 steam generator iron that started burning my blouses and trousers after barely 6 months from date purchase.

Thanks Tefal.  But no thanks.  I’m moving on from this but I won’t stop telling people to stop investing in your steam generator irons.  They are just bad news.

Yelly Writes

So many posts…

I’ve had quite the active weekend and I’ve got about a gazillion blog post ideas as a result (mostly food related, but hey!)!!!

I need to make time to write these posts!  I need to make time…or find time…or something!  Can someone find me a real-life working time turner?  Like the one that Hermione Granger in Prisoner of Azkaban had pretty please?

While I can always download the app for WordPress my experience with it hasn’t been very positive.  When I used it, the posts don’t necessarily come out with the same margin settings and I seem to have these horribly LOOOOOOOOONG settings that stretch on forever — making me look like I don’t know how to make paragraphs!  I’m sure there’s a simple explanation and there are probably basic app-related settings which I may have missed, but I’m not necessarily encouraged to use it again!

Here’s to hoping that I can somehow find a magic spell to allow me to “make” time!

Fingers and toesies crossed!