Friday, May 18, 2018

Teacup Flower Arrangement DIY

 What is small, sweet and cute as a button? A flower arrangement in a tea cup, that's what! 

My sister has been collecting tea cups for what seems like forever. Growing up, she'd plan tea parties for us using the real deal and I always felt this sort of reverence for these precious and lovely pieces of history....because goodness knows Melissa (my sister) did not collect just any teacup! They were always found objects from antique hunting, gifted from an elderly relative or purchased at vintage stores.

I was recently gifted this tea cup with what I think has magnolia flowers on it. The moment I laid eyes on it I was already planning to fill it with delicate and English garden-worthy blooms.
Can you imagine how pretty a group of these babies would be at a garden party or as favors at a bridal shower?
Oh the possibilities! 

Here is the list of flowers I used for this arrangement...

Light pink peony
Light pink spray roses
Silver dollar eucalyptus 

This time of the year is the BEST! So many beautiful, fragrant flowers! I was so excited to be able to use some of my favorite blooms in here.

You will need:

-a teacup
-small amount of flowers and greenery
-thin, clear florist tape (can be purchased at a flower shop)
-sharp scissors 

  1. Using the clear tape, create a grid. Make sure the tape is secure to the edge of the cup.
  2. Fill 3/4 of the cup with water.
  3. Cut greenery in small to medium pieces, strip the bottom leaves so that only the stems will touch water. Place them around the grid so as to make a "frame" for the flowers.
  4. Place flowers in and among the greenery, careful to cover entire cup to prevent bald spots.
Done! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I loved every minute of the process!

Megan xo

Monday, May 7, 2018

Dreamy Chocolate Cake Recipe

A month or so ago, one of my besties and I took a unicorn cake decorating course at a lovely little bakery close to her house. It was so fun and the cakes turned out so sweet. But even better than the course? THE CAKE. 
Oh my word, the cake was light, airy, flavourful and moist...and unfortunately, I did not have the recipe. Since then I've been searching like a sugar- obsessed fiend (which I guess I totally am), searching for the perfect cake recipe. I've tried at least 5 which all turned out dense, a little dry and mostly tasting like a big pancake. Ew. 

So, while at the farm, visiting my mom, I was complaining that I couldn't find a good cake recipe and that I'm destined to only make boxed cakes and boxed cakes alone. My mom quickly went to her little box and pulled out this recipe that she had gotten from my cousin Stephanie. I quickly made it the next day and it was AMAZING. 

The chocolate is rich, the coffee balances out the flavour so it isn't too sweet and the texture is soft, moist and oh so light. Even Donald went for seconds, despite being totally caked out from my past failed attempts!
Now if only I could find that perfect vanilla cake recipe...

Dreamy Chocolate Cake Recipe 

1 3/4 cup flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oil
2 large eggs, room temperature 
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a stand up mixer 
  2. In another bowl, combine buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla
  3. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry, with the mixer on low, just until incorporated. 
  4. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and add coffee, mixing only to combine. Be sure not to over mix!
  5. Pour into pan that has been lined with lightly oiled parchment paper.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes (25 minutes for cupcakes)
  7. Cool before frosting with buttercream or cream cheese frosting
I used a 1M tip in a circular motion for the rosette effect and with the same tip, piped small, star-like flowers to look like a hydrangea.

Megan xo