Glossybox January 2021

The Power of Beauty

The spoiler for this month’s box was the ECooking moisturising serum. I had seen this floating around quite a bit on instagram so I was sort of familiar with the brand but hadn’t tried anything from them. This serum comes in the deluxe mini size so 10ml which is worth £22.50. The full size is 20ml at £45. Since the winter months are still here my skin is in need of SO much moisture. Especially since I’m currently using a high strength retinol (see my Obaji post) it’s important for me to keep up with the hydration of my skin. I’ve used this a few times but I really like what I’ve seen so far. I like using these serums in the evening and apply a little extra so I’m extra hydrated but I’ve loved waking up to a super smooth and hydrated face! This is definitely going to become a staple in my night time skincare routine since I’m now coming to the end of my Obaji treatment.

The next thing that I was super excited about receiving (I saw through spoilers on instagram) is the Daily Concepts Daily Reusable Rounds. These come in a pack of 2, fairly large cotton pads for £6.80 which is a really great price!! I love using cotton pads over makeup wipes. Makeup wipes aren’t that great on the environment plus they don’t take your makeup off properly and you have to cleanse anyway so why not skip that step and move onto cotton pads. They’re much more environmentally friendly AND you actually waste way less products. But reusable cotton pads!!! These are an ultimate game changer for me. I wanted to get them for the longest time but I have never picked them up. I always say to myself “next time” but that never comes, so I’m super glad I got them in my Glossybox this month!!

Product number 3 which we can all do with is a Sant Luxe Beauty Clear Brow Gel (RRP£16) I love using a good brow gel to set my brows, either I use a tinted gel/pomade or I use a pencil to fill them in and a clear brow gel on top. I don’t like to use both a tinted gel AND a pencil as I feel likes it’s too much for me and my brows look too much so this is a perfect addition to my makeup collection. It has a short brush which is perfect for getting all of my brow hairs and not making a huge mess of them! And for the price of the product versus the cost of the box altogether this is a literal no brainer.

Everyone knows by now, I can’t resist a good sheet mask. I love the cool, stress relieving feeling when you first put it on and having no other option but to relax when its on, otherwise it will slowly slide off lol. There’s always so much product in sheet masks, more than you need but that’s what’s great, at least it’s not less! I am yet to try this Avocado Infused Sheet Mask from BeautyPro which only costs £4.95. A pretty standard price for a sheet mask! It looks really good, so I’m excited to use it.

One brand that I’m currently obsessed with after using their products in Glossybox is Mudmasky. I had their scalp treatment shampoo a few boxes ago (before I began using Olaplex) and I literally fell in love with it after the first use! I have a bit of a dry scalp and I’ve tried a lot of things to try and get rid of it but nothing worked except Mudmasky and Olaplex (should’ve gone sulphate free before because wow, what a game changer!) it literally worked straight away and my scalp looked like it had never been dry. It had a bit of a strange scent but it worked so I really wasn’t that bothered. So when I saw that there was another Mudmasky product in this month’s Glossybox, let me tell you I was literally ecstatic!!! I genuinely love this brand and can’t wait to try the Serum Infused Eye Mask. This is a full size product at 30ml and costs £44!!!! Absolute madness that you can get that in this box for a fraction of the price!! I haven’t opened this either yet as I’m trying to get through the ones I already have opened as I don’t want it to go off. I have very high hopes!

And finally the last product in this month’s Glossybox, which we are all in need of is some Hand Sanitiser. This is the YourSanitiser Hand Disinfectant Gel which costs £2.72. For the amount yo get, this is pretty decent. You can’t really go wrong with hand sanitiser in todays climate and I’m sure everyone now has a spare one lying around in their car, bag, room, kitchen. literally anywhere!

All in all a really fantastic box this month and I’m really pleased with all the products. I don’t think any of the products that I received this month have disappointed me!! So excited for the next box already!

See you then,

M

Glossybox December 2020

Is this my favourite Glossybox I’ve received content wise? maybe not. But is it my favourite packaging wise, YES! When I saw this month’s box I was so excited to get mine!! For reference, I do keep a few of my boxes as storage, they’re great for stacking and putting things away in.

The spoiler from last month’s box was the Symbiosis Overnight Rejuvenating Eye Serum which retails for £104. The price of this shocked me and I’m yet to try it out as I’m trying to finish my other eye creams/serums that are already open however I looked this up and found some decent reviews so I’m excited to give it a go.

The next product literally had me so excited! It’s the Nailberry L’Oxygene breathable nail polish in the shade strawberry jam. I’m actually obsessed with this shade as it’s the perfect balance between pink and red. The Nailberry polishes claim to be “halal” meaning they allow water to pass through when applied so when ablution takes place it doesn’t make it void. I am a still skeptical of this claim and I personally don’t want to take this risk with my religion but it’s still a pretty polish nevertheless and will still get used! This Nailberry nail polish retails for £14.50 so I was very pleased when I saw this in my box!

As always I’m obsessed with face masks, hair masks and eye masks. I can’t never get enough of them and ALWAYS use them up so it’s no surprise that I was more than happy to receive the Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold eye masks. The single pair retails for £4 but the intense hydration they gave to my eyes was incredible. I may need to stock up on more of these…

Instead of the Sportfx sponge that i saw most people receive in their boxes I ended up with a substitute. The Sportfx Body Build Dry Shampoo. I’m not a big fan of dry shampoo and rather not use it so this will be going to a new home. It retails for £2.99 which isn’t bad but just not for me personally.

Talking of a product that I’m not that excited about is the Palmers Cocoa Butter Body Lotion. This retails for £1.99 and I know so many people that love Palmers but sadly I’m not one of those people. I find the smell to be very overpowering for me and it lingers which gives me a headache throughout the day. It is a great moisturiser and does its job but I’m going to have to pass on this one too. I was a little disappointed however the first 3 products are definitely up my street so I’m sure I got my money’s worth there! This lotion will too be finding a new home.

I hope you all enjoyed this month’s Glossybox review and I can’t wait to see what 2021 brings us.

See you next month,

M

My Obagi skincare journey

For the longest time, I’ve suffered with hyperpigmentation and scarring on my face. When I say I tried everything I could to get rid of it, I did. I went to brands such as Drunk Elephant, Dr Dennis Gross and Elemis and spent hundreds of pounds in products that just didn’t show me the results I wanted. Don’t get me wrong I actually love all the products I’ve tried from these brands and I will still use them but they weren’t tackling my problem areas.

The next step was to find a good dermatologist in my home city of Manchester. It didn’t take me long to find Dr Nicole Dermatology from the Lumiere Clinic and I was so excited. So excited that I immediately booked in for a consultation after looking at her credentials. Being a licensed doctor I knew I was in the safest hands possible and the reviews and testimonials spoke for themselves. Sadly I had to reschedule my appointment for a few months after I had initially booked in for but I was still beyond excited.

When I arrived to the clinic, they were very professional and inviting which was lovely as I was a little nervous about what to expect. I was given a few forms to fill out and then patiently waited to be called. It didn’t take long for me to be called into the consultation room and I was greeted by the one and only Dr Nicole. She was so lovely, very smiley and chatty and made me feel very comfortable and at ease. We began by discussing my problem areas, what I wanted as my end goal and what I do/have done to my skin previously. She had a quick little look at my skin up close and then proceeded to introduce me to the Obagi C-RX Starter System. This includes a C-cleansing gel with added vitamin C, C-clarifying serum with added vitamin C and 4% hydroquinone, C-exfoliating day lotion with added vitamin C, C-therapy night cream with added vitamins C & E and 4% hydroquinone and a broad spectrum SPF 50. This skin care routine is specifically formulated for normal to dry skin (which I have) with the 4% hydroquinone to reduce hyperpigmentation such as dark spots. It is important that if you want to try this out, you must only do so with the supervision of a licensed doctor as it contains some strong chemicals that can make things worse. As well as this kit, I was also recommended the Obagi 1.0 retinol cream. This is a slightly irritating but high concentrated retinal formula that minimises the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, improving the overall complexion, and smoothing the appearance of uneven skin texture for clearer looking skin.

As I began using it, both in the morning and evening, I noticed a tingling sensation on my face. It was a bad sensation, just like I knew that it was doing something! I still get it now which I’m very glad about. It’s great to know my skin isn’t used to the products and they’ve “stopped working”. I also began the retinol in the evenings but with a slow start, gradually building it up to every night. I soon noticed that my skin began to peel and it really wasn’t looking its best but I trusted the process. I began moisturising before apply my SPF in the morning and the last step in the evening. It didn’t matter to me that much that my skin was peeling as we were in lockdown so no-one’s going to see me anyway and when I did go out I always had a face mask on anyway. As I kept consistent with this, my skin had improved SO much, it began to clear up, become even and go back to its normal self in terms of dryness. The thick moisturiser really helped to hydrate my skin and help with the peeling. I still get the odd patches of dry/flaky/peeling skin on my face but this is all normal and moisturising day and night really helps.

I haven’t had any issues with any of the products in my kit and have loved using them all. As I am using such a high percentage retinol, it’s important that I keep consistent with my SPF, making sure that I’m using a SPF 50 or higher. The only thing about the SPF is that it creates a slight white cast on my face which means it takes me longer to rub into my skin, but it disappears after a few minutes so it isn’t a huge issue. Just one thing that can be improved for people of colour.

Now for the costs, the initial consultation cost me £175, the Obagi C-RX Starter System was £300, the Obagi 1.0 retinol cream was £50 and the Obagi hydrate facial moisturiser was £50. So for the first half of my treatment I have spent £575 which is considerably lower than what I was initially anticipating. It may seem like a lot of money to spend on skincare to some people and that’s fine but I’ve seen a drastic change in my skin already and I’m only 3 months in. There would have been no point in me going for my consultation, paying £175 to say no to what was recommended to me.

I have some before and after pictures that I thought I would share after a course of 3 months.

I’ve just bought another set of this as I ran out, it’s normal to go through 2 or 3 sets, but didn’t bother with the moisturiser as I feel like an average thick moisturiser can do the same job. I’m very excited for the next 3 months and see how much my skin texture and appearance improves. I’ll definitely keep you guys updated on this journey and discuss it in depth on my final blogpost 💕

See you in 3 months,

M

The best gingerbread cookies ever??

I made these gingerbread cookies over the weekend and everyone seemed to love them. They tasted amazing but most importantly, the house had a delicious gingerbread smell to it. My favourite part of holiday baking has to be this!!

As this recipe was so highly requested, I thought I would share for all of you guys to try it out and let me know if you need any help/tips and I’d love to see your final product!

For the gingerbread:

  • 125g Soft Unsalted Butter
  • 175g Soft Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 80g Golden Syrup
  • 350g Plain Flour
  • 1tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Heaped tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Heaped tsp Ginger
  • A decent pinch of Ground Nutmeg and Cloves

For the icing:

  • 450g Royal Icing Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Cold Water
  • Gel Food Colouring

To start with, always measure out all of the ingredients you will need. I find this is easier when baking!

Whisk/beat together the butter and sugar for around 4 minutes until it comes together to form a creamy consistency. Add in your golden syrup and egg and mix for another 2 minutes. A little tip, you can now get squeeze bottles of golden syrup and they’re much less messy than the regular tins! So much easier to measure out too!

Once the butter, sugar, golden syrup and egg have all been combined, it’s time to add the dry ingredients. Add in your flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Begin mixing this together until it starts to form a dough. Once you can see it coming together, tip it out of the bowl and start kneading it to bring it all together. Add a little bit of flour if it’s too sticky to bring it to the right consistency.

Cover with cling film and let it chill in the fridge for at least an hour. This will make the dough easier to handle and avoid the cookies from spreading too much and losing shape in the oven.

Preheat the oven to 170C Fan/ Gas Mark 5.

Take your dough out of the fridge and place it onto a flour dusted surface. Sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough to prevent the rolling pin from sticking to it. Roll your dough out to around 4mm in thickness.

Before cutting out the shapes, dip your cutters in some flour to avoid them sticking to the cutters. Cut out as many shapes as you want, remembering to re-roll the dough as we don’t want to waste it! Once you’ve done this, place them on a tray lined with parchment paper, for 10 minutes until they’re golden.

Let the cookies cool and we can begin on the icing to decorate!

Measure out 450g royal icing sugar. It’s best to use this as it has a stiffer consistency to normal icing sugar.

Begin by adding 1 tbsp of cold water at a time, mixing till you get the perfect consistency of icing. It shouldn’t be too runny but sort of a spreadable consistency. Keep adding a tbsp of cold water at a time until the perfect consistency is reached. I used a little over 4 tbsp.

Split your icing up into 4 bowls and colour them using gel food colouring. I went for white, green, red and black.

Once the cookies have cooled completely, you can begin to decorate them however you like!

I’d love to see how you get on with your cookies and make sure to follow my instagram @beautybakingblogging as we’re going to be making sugar cookies next week!

See you then,

M

Chocolate Roulade Recipe

Since it’s the time of year where there’s an excess in indulgence I thought why not share my recipe for the ultimate chocolate roulade. If you tuned into my Instagram stories (@beautybakingblogging follow me if you haven’t already) I did a little bake along with me using this recipe. It’s so yummy and luxurious, perfect with a dollop of ice-cream if you’re feeling up to it! I thought it’d be easier to follow in a blogpost rather than stories so let’s get into it.

For the roulade:

  • 175g plain chocolate, preferably 39% cocoa solids (I used Cadbury’s milk chocolate as I didn’t want it too rich but you can use any chocolate you want)
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 6 large eggs (separated)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted

For the cream filling:

  • 300ml double cream
  • approx 3 tbsp icing sugar (or to taste)

Preheat the oven to 180C fan/gas mark 4 and line your Swiss roll tin with baking parchment making sure that it is in all of the corners.

It’s easier if you have all of your ingredients already measured out and separated. Break your chocolate up, measure out the caster sugar and cocoa powder and separate the eggs, placing them into two separate bowls.

To make the roulade, begin by placing the plain chocolate over a Bain Marie ensuring that the water in the pan is not touching the bowl and it is purely just the steam that it allowing the chocolate to melt. Leave this on a low heat and stir it occasionally to prevent it from burning. Once melted, take it off the heat and let it cool slightly.

In another bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and caster sugar till it becomes light and creamy. Once it is whisked enough and the melted chocolate is cooled, add in the chocolate to the egg/sugar mixture and mix thoroughly until it is all blended. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they reach stiff peaks but not dry! Using large spoonfuls at a time, spoon the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture stirring very gently as to not knock out any of the air that we just produced in the egg whites. Once all the egg white is combined, add in the cocoa powder and mix until just combined.

Pour the mixture out onto your prepared Swiss roll tin and bake it in the oven for 20 minutes, or until it is firm to the touch. Remove the cake from the oven but leave it in the tray. Place a cooling rack over the top and then a clean, damp tea towel over that. Leave this for a few hours, or ideally overnight, and re-dampening the tea towel if it dries out. The cake will sink a little so don’t worry, this is completely normal!

When you’re ready to assemble it, whip the cream until it just holds its shape. At this point you can add a few tablespoons of icing sugar to the cream to sweeten it, it is all personal preference, you don’t have to if you don’t want to. On a piece of parchment paper, dust icing sugar all over it and flip your cake out onto it so the inside is facing upwards. Take the old piece of parchment paper off and score lines width ways across the cake to help with the rolling later. Spread the whipped cream evenly across the whole cake and begin rolling. Start off with a tight roll and then use the parchment paper to help bring it all together. If it cracks, don’t worry. It’s totally normal and how a roulade should be!!

And finally, enjoy it!!

Let me know if you try any of these recipes and if there are any specific ones that you want. There’s a couple more festive bakes coming up so keep your eyes opened for that and follow me on instagram @beautybakingblogging to watch the bake with me every Sunday!

See you next time,

M

Charlotte Tilbury Haul

So recently, Charlotte Tilbury had an offer on their website where you book in for a virtual foundation consultation and at the end of it you would receive a free foundation when you spend over £75. On an average day, I wouldn’t really want to spend £75 to get a free foundation when it only costs £34 to begin with. But, I had my eye on a few other things that I wanted to try out so I thought why not! Plus when I got to the checkout, I managed to add an extra 20% off promo code meaning I only really spent £60 on 3 items, which for Charlotte Tilbury isn’t too bad! To see what I bought and read my thoughts on them then carry on reading…

So first things first, the foundation consultation. I have to say the consultation went by really fast, it wasn’t awkward at all and the foundation expert I was with was so lovely, telling me about her favourite base products and helping to cater to my skin concerns. She matched me really well especially since it was over the phone! I really can’t recommend this enough if you’re the type of person to go into store to get matched to a foundation. The virtual experience was pretty much the same as being in store. I got matched to the shade 7 neutral in the Airbrush Flawless Foundation and I have to say it’s a pretty good match! I love finish this foundation gives, the flawless coverage, and everything in between. It oxidises just enough and settles into my skin well throughout the day. I may have to switch out my go to Huda Beauty Faux Filter foundation for this!! And for free?! I really can’t complain.

Next up is the Airbrush Flawless Finish powder in the shade 2 Medium (£35). I heard SO many great things about this powder I knew I had to try it out and this was the right time. I couldn’t try the foundation without the powder and vice versa. For the longest time I strayed away from combat powders as I preferred loose powders for baking etc but as soon as I tried this Airbrush Flawless Finish I was sold! I’m honestly in love with it. it gives a beautiful flawless finish to wherever I place it (my t-zone and under eyes) and it looks like I’m not even wearing anything! A huge yes from me on this powder!

The final product that I bought from this haul that I’ve been longing to try for absolutely ages is the Bella Sofia quad (which you can currently get for free on the Charlotte Tilbury website when you spend over £95!!) it’s £40 on its own. I’ve seen so many you tubers use this eyeshadow quad for years now and it really makes their brown eyes pop that much more. It complements South-Asian skin so well and I was dying to get my hands on it. And I finally did! I can’t even explain how excited I was when my parcel came and I could finally hold the infamous Bella Sofia and swatch it and use it! The pigmentation is fabulous, as are all Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadows, but the glitter shadow is my absolute favourite. It’s gold and glittery and super pretty. What more could you want?! I’ve swatched this palette for you all just to show you how beyond beautiful it really is.

Let me know if you enjoyed this haul and my thoughts on the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless foundation. If you have this foundation, how did you get on with it?

I have a Charlotte Tilbury skincare haul coming soon too, so if you enjoyed this then I’m sure you’ll enjoy that too!

See you then,

M

Glossybox November 2020

Anyone else super excited when they received their November Glossybox? I know I was for sure!! I just love the feeling of forgetting you have one coming and then you get that super exciting dispatch email and all the joy comes flooding back 😂.

I absolutely adored the theme for this month. if you aren’t subscribed to Glossybox yet, why?? This month’s theme is Makeup and Magic. And that it was! I was pleasantly surprised at the the products so let’s just go right in…

First we have the main star of the show, the LASplash Magic palette which is SO pigmented, and I honestly didn’t expect it to be this good. The shimmers are beyond beautiful and look stunning on the eyes. ahhh if only we were allowed out to show it off. Anyway this retails for £29 which I normally wouldn’t pay for a brand that I’m a little hesitant on. I actually love this brand now so I’m so happy I got to try this palette out and fall in love with it!

Next is a lovely eyeshadow brush from Spectrum Collections. It’s the limited edition brush named B07. So fluffy and great for blending out that crease. I’m already such a huge fan of Spectrum Brushes so this was a winner for me anyway!! The brush retails for £8.99 which is almost the cost of this entire box!!

Moving onto the next three products which are all different variations of masks. A hair mask, a clay mask and a super pretty glitter gel mask.

Did I expect there to be this many masks? No. But do I love them anyway? Hell yes!! Who doesn’t love a good mask. Whether that’s for your face or hair I love how detoxifying it is and you can’t really have enough of them.

The hair mask is from HASK. It’s actually a deep conditioner, I got the Argan Oil one however, I love using these as leave in masks and then washing them out after. Makes my hair SO soft and smooth! These are worth £2.99 on their own.

The Glitter Gel mask is super pretty. And that’s just the packaging! I haven’t used this one yet but it sounds so lovely “Enriched with recharging moonstone extract and glitter shimmer particles, this mask will help leave your skin feeling bright and nourished” and I’m very excited to try it out! This costs £2.49 which is a decent price!

Last but not least we have the mask that has everyone SO excited. The Generation Clay Brightening purple clay mask, which basically had me sold just by the lovely lilac packaging. I absolutely love using clay masks on my face. I always feel like I’ve had a deep clean and my face always feels so soft and refreshed. This costs £19.30 which is on the pricey side but they’re honestly so worth it! I know they’re the biggest pain to wash off once they’re dried but the feeling of your skin is definitely worth a few scrubs.

Let me know what you thought of this months Glossybox and what your favourite product is from it. Mine is definitely the Generation Clay mask!

Excited to see what’s in next months box.

See you then,

M

Too Faced Greatest of all time set

As soon as I saw this set on for sale in Boots for £35 I knew I had to get it! An absolute bargain for 4 full sized products plus a makeup bag, I was sold! And of course Too Faced don’t test on animals so that was another win for me.

I thought I’d give my views on this set and see if it is actually worth it?

Starting with the Lip Injection Extreme, it comes in the shade Bubblegum Yum which is actually a really pretty glossy shade. I have to say, initially I was a little skeptical as it looks a bit too pink but you couldn’t really tell once it was applied. This was my first time trying the lip injection and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. It definitely made my lips plumper and it tingled for a while but honestly I just liked the glossiness it gave to my lips. With an RRP of £22 I’d say this is definitely worth it!

Next we’ll go onto the Better than Sex mascara. This I have used many times previously and I can never fault it. I love the brush, the bristles and everything about it. It’s not too clumpy and doesn’t run throughout the day which I love. I have tried the waterproof version of this mascara before but I’m not a fan of it. I didn’t like how much I was scrubbing my eyes to get the product off at the end of the day. With an RRP of £22 this is 100% worth it!

On to the Better than Sex eyeliner. I am yet to try this properly but I’ve swatched it as well as heard many great things about it and its longevity so I’m very excited to see how it holds up for me and a full face of makeup. The tip is very sharp and precise which I love and the eyeliner isn’t too wet meaning it won’t cause much trouble when being applied which I love. With an RRP of £18 I’m going to go ahead and say this set has SO many good things in it, you need to get your hands on it asap.

Aside from the makeup bag which is fairly big, the final product in the set is the Hangover Pillow Balm. Firstly can I just say the scant of it is amazing. It has a scent of coconuts which makes it very refreshing. I can’t lie and say this is beyond amazing, revolutionary, the best lip balm I’ve ever tried because it isn’t. It is nice don’t get me wrong but would I normally pay £18 for it? Maybe not. Since it is included in this set it’s great and I love that I get to try it out which means it’s definitely worth it but I wouldn’t buy it on its own.

That’s it for this review, let me know if you’ve bought this set and what you think of it, or are planning on buying this set?

See you next time,

M

Glossybox October 2020

I’ve had a Glossybox subscription since the beginning of lockdown and I’m currently drowning in boxes 😂.

I purchased the 12 month subscription because I love a little treat every month. It’s something to look forward too and who doesn’t love a suprise treat every month.

This October box has me SO excited. I love the idea and concept behind this months box. I received the enchanted box and I couldn’t have been more pleased. Each box contained a body product, a blush duo, a lipstick, a primer and an eye cream. As well as a little chocolate treat. I wasn’t expecting it but I loved it hehehe. A little breakdown of the products included below:

Firstly, the lipstick is from Lune by Luna Pixie and comes in such a gorgeous muted red shade that works well with all skin tones

The Illamasqua hydra veil primer comes in a deluxe mini but it’s so smooth and hydrating before applying foundation

The one thing I was most excited for was the stargazing blush duo from The Beauty Crop. It comes in the most beautiful shades, perfect for my skin tone! And the sun imprint in the blusher is honestly to die for, I barely want to use it in case it disappears

The body product I received in my box was Bubble T’s Bath Fairy Dust in the scent Lavender. I’ve got to say I’m not the biggest fan of lavender scented products but this one isn’t too strong and it bubbles up so well in the bath. It’s a yes from me!

The last thing I received was a deluxe sized under eye enhancer from Eyesential. I’m not a huge fan of this I have to say so I’m glad it wasn’t a full sized product otherwise it would have gone unused as I’m quite particular in what I like in eye creams.

Overall this was a pretty decent box this month and I can’t wait for next month!

See you then,

M

Peggy Porschen’s Lemon, Rose and Raspberry Cake

The last time I went to London was over a year ago now and I couldn’t go and not stop off at the infamous Peggy Porschen. With the stunning interior, exterior and of course the yummy cakes and biscuits. I decided to go for the Lemon, Rose and Raspberry flavour cake and I honestly couldn’t stop thinking about it and was craving it almost every day!

I did a good search online and found a recipe that I was initially nervous to try but I’ve made it SO many times that it just comes second nature to me now. It requires an Italian meringue buttercream which is tricky but you’ve just got to have faith and ride it out! Trust me!

(If you need help finding any ingredients, let me know and I’ll try to help you as much as I can as I struggled too)

For the Lemon sponge you’ll need:

  • 200 g SALTED BUTTER
  • 200 g CASTER SUGAR
  • ZEST OF 2 UNWAXED LEMONS
  • 4 MEDIUM EGGS, AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
  • 200 g SELF-RAISING FLOUR

For the Lemon syrup you’ll need:

  • 150 ml LEMON JUICE (I use the juice of the lemons I zested)
  • 150 g CASTER SUGAR

For the Raspberry Italian Meringue Buttercream you’ll need:

  • 270 g CASTER SUGAR
  • 67 ml WATER
  • 135 g EGG WHITES
  • 330 g BUTTER
  • 160 g RASPBERRY PURÉE or RASPBERRY COULIS
  • RASPBERRY EXTRACT (TO TASTE)

To decorate the cake you’ll need:

  • EDIBLE ROSE PETAL FRAGMENTS
  • FRESH RASPBERRIES

LEMON SPONGE METHOD:

  • Preheat the oven to 347°F / 175°C / Gas mark 3.
  • Line three 6-inch (15 cm) sandwich tins with oil spray and greaseproof paper.
  • Place the butter, caster sugar and lemon zest in an electric mixer and, using the paddle attachment, beat at a medium-high speed until pale and fluffy.
  • Lightly beat the eggs in a separate bowl and with the mixer set at medium speed, slowly pour into the mixture. If it starts to curdle, add a tablespoon of flour to bring it back together.
  • Once the butter, sugar and eggs are combined, add the flour with the mixer set at a low speed, until just incorporated.
  • Using a rubber spatula, fold through the batter to make sure everything is well combined.
  • Transfer the batter to the tins and gently spread towards the edges with a palette knife.
  • The mixture should be higher around the edges of the tins than in the centre, to ensure an even bake.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. The sponges are cooked when they spring back to the touch and the sides are coming away from the edges of the tin.
  • You could also insert a clean knife into the middle of each sponge; if they are cooked, the knife will come out clean.
  • While the sponges are in the oven, make the Lemon syrup.

Lemon Syrup Method:

  • Place the lemon juice and sugar into a saucepan, stir well and bring to the boil. Allow
    it to cool down.
  • Once the sponges are baked, remove from the oven and allow them to rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Brush the tops of the sponges with lemon syrup (reserving some for the assembly and storing it in the fridge overnight).
  • Once just warm, run a knife all the way around the sides of the tins, remove the sponges
    and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Wrap the cooled sponges in cling film and leave to rest overnight at room temperature.
  • This will ensure that all the moisture is sealed and the sponges firm up.

Raspberry Italian Meringue Buttercream Method:

  • Put the raspberry purée/coulis in a small saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer until reduced to half and chill until cool.
  • Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan over a medium-high heat and bring to a rapid
    boil.
  • Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer and whip at low speed, using the whisk attachment, until frothy.
  • When the sugar syrup reaches 121°C (a food thermometer is essential for this part), with the mixer running, pour it directly over the meringue in a thin, steady stream.
  • Take care not to pour any of the syrup onto the whisk or the sides of the bowl.
  • Whip the meringue until cool to the touch; this could take several minutes.
  • With the mixer running, add the butter a couple of tablespoons at a time.
  • Keep beating until the buttercream is completely smooth and spreadable.
  • Add a little meringue buttercream to the raspberry purée and mix until well combined.
  • Gently fold into the remaining meringue buttercream and add the raspberry extract to
    taste.
  • If the mixture splits, whip it with an electric mixer on a high speed until smooth.

Cake Assembly:

  • Trim the three sponge layers, soak them with more lemon syrup and sandwich them together using some of the buttercream.
  • Sprinkle the rose petal fragments between the layers, and use the buttercream to cover the top and sides of the cake.
  • Pipe small rosettes of raspberry meringue buttercream around the edge and finish with fresh raspberries and a sprinkle of the rose petal fragments.

Let me know if you liked this recipe and I will be sharing more soon. If you recreate it tag me on instagram @beautybakingblogging and I’ll check it out.

See you next time,

M

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