Recipe: Lazy Pumpkin Spiced Loaf Cake

pumpkin spiced loaf cake

It’s officially the start of October! Not only does that mean that I can start wearing extra spooky accessories on the regular (I MAY have treated myself to some ridiculous fabulous golden skeleton earrings already, ghoulfriends!), but it also means pumpkin spiced everything is in abundance – and I am totally OK with that.

Yes, that sweet n’ spicy cliche might be done to death by 2017, but it’s a cliche that I’m more than happy to indulge in!  To me (and about a million others I am sure!), pumpkin spiced scents and flavours signify the start of Autumn. And besides, it tastes amazing!

October also means that some pretty nasty weather is likely to kick in and there are going to be some days when you just can’t bear to put on real clothes and go outside. But your local coffee shop does a mean pumpkin spiced loaf cake – wah! What’s a gal to do?

pumpkin spiced loaf cake

Well, over the weekend I found myself in a similar position! My big plans to go out for the day had been totally thwarted by the weather, so I decided to stay home and bake something pumpkin-y and spicy #becauseoctober. A few of you have been sliding into my DM’s asking for the recipe (if you can really call it that!), so I thought I’d share it today!

If you’ve seen any of my other recipes, you’ll know by now that I am extremely lazy in the kitchen and this post is no exception! Here’s my quick and easy take on a pumpkin spiced loaf cake…

pumpkin spiced loaf cake

You will need:

  • 1 can of pumpkin filling (I used a brand called Baking Buddy, from Tesco)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 box of cake mix (I used Devil’s Food by Betty Crocker)
  • 8 tablespoons of oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 230ml water
  • White chocolate chunks
  • DIY spice mix (below – ground nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice)
  • Frosting (I used the pre-made kind, also Betty Crocker!)

Preheat the oven to 180 (or whatever your cake mix dictates!). While that’s heating up, combine the eggs, oil, water and cake mix in a big bowl. Add the pumpkin filling and chocolate chunks and mix well. Sidenote: I couldn’t see the chocolate chunks after I baked the loaf, so it’s up to you if you want to bother with them! 

Spice up your life! Make your own spice mix using 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, half a teaspoon of ground ginger and half a teaspoon of ground allspice (the kind with clove listed in the ingredients). Mix together then add into your batter.

Pour your mixture into a loaf tin and bake in the oven for about half an hour. Enjoy the smell of warm pumpkin spiced sponge as it fills your home. Mmmm.

pumpkin spiced loaf cake

Once your cake is baked, let it cool. I personally think the loaf is nice on its own, BUT this time around I added a cinnamon frosted topping. This sounds fancy, but it was actually a tub of vanilla frosting mixed with a teaspoon of cinnamon – bada bing, bada boom!

You’re good to go – slice your loaf cake and cosy up with your favourite hot drink.

And that’s how I made this PSL: Pumpkin Spiced Loaf cake! I hope you give this seasonal treat a try – I have a feeling that this batch won’t be around for very long and I’ll be making it again soon…

Event: Come Hang with Me at Blogging With Success!

Blogging With Success

Today I’m super excited to announce that I will be speaking at Blogging With Success – a fun evening of panel discussion, Q&A and networking – and I would love to see you there!

On 21st September, I will be teaming up with Glasgow Museums and a small squad of talented blogger babes at the beautiful Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) to share my experience of creating content online and answering questions in a lively group chat. This will be followed up with plenty of time for meeting, mingling and giving one-on-one insight (got a question that we didn’t manage to fit into the panel discussion? This is your chance to ask it!) with you guys.

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about blogging, social media or creating digital content, this relaxed, informative session will be an awesome way to get started. I’ll be joined by a diverse group of writers who cover a wide range of topics like fashion, food, lifestyle, interiors, travel, culture, arts and health (to name a few!), so we’ll each be sharing our unique take on the blogging world.

You don’t HAVE to have a blog to come along to Blogging With Success though! You might be a blogger looking to learn some new skills, or maybe you’re running a business and want to grow your online presence. You might be studying marketing at college or uni and looking at potential career options. Whatever your interest in blogging might be, everyone is welcome!

This event is completely free of charge, but it is ticketed with only a limited number of places. You can book a ticket and read more details here. Tickets are going fast, with more than half gone already – so hop to it, buttercup…

If you can make it along, be sure to come and say hi! It’s set to be an awesome evening of learning, behind-the-scenes stories and much more. I can’t wait to get started!

 

I Launched My Rebrand and Disappeared for 3 Weeks… Am I Crazy?

It’s been about six weeks since I officially launched my rebrand (you may pass GO, you may collect £200 – figuratively, of course…) and over the weekend, I reflected a little on how things have went and what I’ve learned.

The first thing that sprung to mind? The timing. Going live on a Sunday morning wasn’t exactly my dream plan when I first set out to do this and, as I tweeted my news, I felt like I was going against every digital business article I’d ever read.

All of a sudden, it was looking like all behind the scenes work was ready – the links, the post titles, the new social media handles, the archived stuff…it all WORKED. But it was a Sunday morning, and who the heck launches something new at that stage in the week?!

I was too excited to hold off. I just wanted to put it out there – because sometimes you just have to jump and do what your gut is telling you (in my case, my gut was looking at me with a manic grin while nodding vigorously). I had originally planned to build up momentum and to let people know well in advance that at a precise date, and a precise time, things would be ready. I’d be Little Miss Slick, launching this digital rebrand like a pro (WATCH OUT, SILICONE VALLEY, eh?).

Instead, I did a final check, uploaded a fresh blog post and threw open the door! And it felt good. Like, REALLY GOOD. I had a celebratory dance around the room and then I had to move onto my next task: I had to pack a bag because I was leaving for a three week road trip across America a few hours later. And the chances of me being able to post anything else to my shiny new site was going to be slim to non-existent.

Which I guess brings me to my main point! Three weeks in the fast-paced world of blogging and social media might as well be a lifetime and I’ll admit I was a bit nervous to be swanning off of the grid literally as I launched something new. I was worried that it would just sort of disappear – and I would disappear along with it!

I took a risk and hoped that it would work out. And you know what? It did! While I was away, I wasn’t online as much as usual (what can I say? There’s no wifi in the desert, you guys!) but when I did manage to check in, I was totally blown away by the lovely support and encouraging messages I was getting. Readers, PRs, brands, friends and creative folk that I really respect had noticed the rebrand and had taken the time to let me know how much they liked it – and I was super grateful for the feedback. I even felt silly for worrying!

So, here’s what I’ve learned: sometimes you need to go against convention and just do what feels like the right thing for you. You will be FINE, trust me! Because when it comes to you, your projects, your hustle, your passions, your rebrand, whatever it may be – there is no convention. It’s your playground and your ball and you get to decide what’s normal and what isn’t!

Planning is good, but pressure to be perfect? Not so good. Just be you, and the rest will work itself out. I hope that if you’re planning something awesome soon, you enjoy every crazy moment – even the unexpected ones!