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Ferrero Rocher Cupcake (test batch)

March 5, 2010

For our wedding I am making a bouquet using Ferrero Rochers and decided to reflect this in our cake choice. After tasting some locally baked cupcakes I decided I would prefer to make my own (it ends up infinitely cheaper). A quick Google will unveil a multitude of cupcake recipes for any flavour desired. For my firsts go I went with a recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes from Cupcake Corner.

Cupcake Ingredients:
90g butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
110g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
2 eggs
150 g (1cup) self-raising flour
2 tablespoons milk
200g Nutella for mix
200g Nutella for filling
Biscuit Wafers

Buttercream Icing Ingredients:
125g of butter, unsalted, softened
350g icing sugar
200g milk chocolate, melted
3-5 tablespoons whipping cream

Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan force).

Beat sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.

Beat in eggs one at a time, adding a spoonful of flour if the mixture shows any signs of curdling.

Add milk/flour, alterating, beat in on a low speed until just incorporated.

Add 200g of Nutella and beat well.

Divide mixture between cases and smooth the surface. Bake for 20-25 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean).

Now onto the icing πŸ™‚

Beat butter in a bowl until softened, slowly add icing sugar bit by bit until incorporated. You can multitask and melt your chocolate at the same time (& cook pasta for your lunch, haha).

Beat in melted, cooled chocolate and add whipping cream until you have reached the desired consistency.

Core out the centres of your cupcakes and fill with Nutella and a biscuit wafer and replace lid (I just popped these on top as mine all sank). Pipe icing onto cakes and top with whatever you wish.


Review: Guru Coffee

March 5, 2010

As a filler until this evening (when you’ll get to see my first attempt at making wedding cupcakes!), here is a quick pic reviewΒ  of Guru Coffee Gungahlin.

Orange & Poppyseed muffin and a Latte for $7.50

It’s been rainy all day and I needed to get out and breathe fresh air so I decided to run some errands at the shops. After a quick perusal of BigW (mainly to pick up a trash mag) I decided I needed a coffee and a sit down. I went into Guru at the end of the lunch rush and was eventually served at the counter (after two indecisive office workers). It would have helped if there were signs as to what cakes were what flavours (just to speed up choosing/ordering) but overall I was happy with the service here. My coffee was brought over to me at my table and, eventually, so was my muffin (I think the poor guy at the counter was getting over run!) My latte was a little too coffee-ish for my taste but the milk was perfect (it was sitting more on the side of a cappucino) and my muffin was the perfect filler for the afternoon – better than I expected it to be for what it was πŸ˜›

PS: We found a photographer for our wedding via ServiceSeeking who was kind enough to take our financial situation (and my lack of driving skills) into consideration. Please check out Tracy Beveridge Photography and give her all the love she deserves!!

March 4, 2010

Whilst checking my blogs this morning I came across a recent post by A. at Academichic. What caught my interest was not the outfits (for a change!) but rather the method with which they were displayed within the post. I had noticed a change in the general display by these ladies, but hadn’t paid much attention to it until today. I noticed A.’s photos were stamped with a watermark: “” A quick Google landed me at their website and I immediately downloaded the free version of their software. Below are a couple of collages I made while playing around with the program. Hopefully it will prove a fun and useful tool in my (blogging) future πŸ™‚

My first try, using photos of Patch and a cat shape.
Not overly successful but you get the idea!

My second go, featuring photos of J&J’s wedding.

Wedding Photographer Wanted!

February 27, 2010

Dearest readers, although the MrMan and I had not intended on hiring a photographer for our special day I have placed an online advert looking for one. You can view the ad here (free via and feel free to pass it on to any appropriate parties!

We are (unfortunately) super tight with our budget BUT I am willing to give up junk food (including chocolate – yikes!) to be able to afford this extravagence.

Ideally I would like more than the ceremony covered (beautification starts at 10am, ceremony is at 1pm) but cost is a factor in how long we will be hiring someone. We’d want someone around for between two and five hours.

We are happy only receiving digital copies of the photos. And we are not concerned with how ‘established’ our photographer is (although, obviously, we need to see some sort of portfolio before hiring happens).

Ta for any help πŸ™‚

Review: Central Cafe

February 26, 2010

In following with my goal to try all of the local Gungahlin cafes, MrMan took me for dinner to Central Cafe on Thursday. It’s located on the outside of the Coles building on Hibberson Street so it really is central (and true to its name). The food was a little more pricey than we were expecting (but luckily MrMan’s apprentice wage top-up had come through so we had some play money).

We started with a MASSIVE soft drink each.
And it was totally Schweppes Lemonade they served me πŸ˜‰

Walls were adorned with works by local artist Amanda Marshall
(no web details – sad!)

For those who wonder what I do during meals while MrMan reads πŸ™‚
(I steal his iPhone – coz it’s 3G actually works! – and play on Google or people watch)

I had the whole lemon sole with a few chips and salad. Totally fixed my fish craving.
Ironically, I had told Yuki that morning that “I like fish as long as it doesn’t look like fish.”

MrMan had the Mixed Grill. Frist reaction: “Smegging ‘eck! There’s not much plate left, is there?”
It really was huge and it’s the first meal he’s never finished!!!

I did finish my fish though πŸ˜›

And when we got home Patch was hanging out under the computer desk.

Review: Little San Severo

February 19, 2010

As an unintentional Valentine’s Day dinner out, the MrMan and I had dinner at Little San Severo (Shop 102 Gungahlin Square – sorta behind Aldi area). We’d eaten there a year or so ago with my folks and once in a while we get something to take away. But this was the first time we’d been in just the two of us for a sit down meal.

The glasses had little heart choccies in them – so sweet!

Entree: Garlic Pizza Bread $7.90
A perfect size for sharing but I did accidentally fill up on this!

My Main: Salmone Gnocchi $15.90
Smoked Salmon tossed with Onion, Mushroom, Parsley, White Wine & Cream
Perfect gnocchi but probably a little too salty with the fish for what I wanted
But don’t let that put you off because it still tasted great!

MrMan’s Main: Veal & Porcini $20.90
Sauteed Tender Veal with Porcini Mushrooms, Shallots, Parsley & Cream
I tasted the meat and it was cooked just right on medium
First words from MrMan: “Oh my gosh, this is sooooo good!”
(and then he shoved some in my mouth!)

The food came out really quickly and I was even able to take home the part of my main which I couldn’t finish. Like at Connect I had a problem with the service of the drinks. This time we did get water but not enough glasses. We were given 600mL bottles of our soft drinks but no extra glass to drink them from (and I wasn’t going to drink from the bottle in a restaurant!) So I ended up using my water glass for my soft drink and stealing MrMan’s glass for a shared glass of water. I really did expect to be served my soft drink in an extra glass – especially as other tables had the extra glass provided!

The staff were very attentive and there was a friendly atmosphere that obviously appealed to a variety of clientele (we were probably the median age, there were a few couples older than us plus one family grouping). The massive servings definitely make meals at Little San Severo very affordable.

DIY ‘zine Coasters

February 18, 2010

To make a magazine coaster you will need:
One old magazine
A pair of scissors or a paper cutting machine

1. Tear out six pages from the magazine and cut them in half length ways.
2. For each strip, fold in half length ways.
3. Fold into thirds (length ways) keeping rough edges in the centre.
4. Fold in half at the width of the folded strip.

Repeat until all 12 strips have been folded.

5. Start weaving the stripss together. It takes brain power to work the pattern out!
6. Keep them close together so everything fits properly.

7. Once all strips are woven together, there’ll be a lot of loose ends.
8. Trim the ends of the strips that are in between other strips (see pic). Tuck in all of your loose ends.

Your coaster is now complete! You may need to press all folds throughout the process – it does start getting fairly thick. If you’re worried about water damage during use, invest in a laminator to protect your new coaster.