Chocolate Cola Cake Recipe

I thought I would share this Chocolate Cola Cake recipe that I made for my sons seventeenth birthday on Friday.

Chocolate Cola Cake Recipeq

The Cake

375g Self-raising Flour
450g Golden Caster Sugar
4 1/2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
2 Pinches Bicarbonate of Soda
375g Butter
375mls Coke
190ml Milk
3 Eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

The Filling

150g Icing Sugar
50g Butter
20g Cocoa Powder
20ml Milk
Few Squares of Chocolate

The Topping

100g Butter
2 tbsp Coke
2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
200g Icing Sugar

Heat the oven to 180C/Gas4.

Sift the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and add the sugar. Melt the butter and cola drink gently in a pan then add to the dry ingredients, together with the milk, eggs and vanilla.

Mix gently but thoroughly and divide into two 8 inch greased round cake tins. Bake for about 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

Whilst the cakes are cooling make the filling by melting the butter and chocolate. Sift the icing sugar and cocoa power and add to the butter and chocolate. Add in the milk and mix to a creamy consistency.

Spread the filling onto one of the cakes and top with the other sponge.

Make the topping by putting the butter, cola drink and cocoa into a pan and melt slowly. Bring the mixture to the boil and then pour onto the icing sugar. Beat until smooth and pour over the cake while still warm. Cool the cake in the tin.

For the coke bottle effect I used the Anti-Gravity Pouring Cake Kit from Lakeland and smoothing topping over the pole to make it look like coke pouring from the bottle and sprinkled Chocolate Popping Candy to make it look like bubbles. Use an empty coke bottle filled with a bit of brown tissue paper and add to the top using some of the chocolate topping to keep in place. I added cola bottles to the bottom of the cake to finish it off.

Chocolate Cola Cake Recipe

Enjoy x

Lisa www.babynotincluded.co.uk

Come and Shop with us at #ShopSBS

Have you discovered #ShopSBS yet?

#ShopSBS was launched at the beginning of this month and is a collective of Independent businesses that were fortunate enough to gain #SBS Winner Status by Theo Paphitis (you know, from Dragons’ Den).

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We gained our #SBS (Small Business Sunday) Status in January 2011 on our first attempt (impressive I know). If you are a small business and would love to know more about this Click Here for more details.

So back to the Shop………..Head on over to www.shopsbs.co.uk and browse the many products from Baby Clothes, Home & Garden, Jewellery, Pet items, Toys, Gift and Accessories. The list is endless.

Here are a few of my favourite things that have caught my eye.

Button Moon Umbrella

This Fab Button Moon Umbrella is just one of many gorgeous umbrellas available from Love Umbrellas.

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The Bear and Miss Rabbit have a huge selection of Toys and Gifts to choose from including this Peter Rabbit Skittles Set.

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This lovely Infinity Bangle from Sparkle & Charm would make a lovely gift.

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This adorable Flower Power Stag Jug is available from Dimpled Heart.

 

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Loads and loads of lovely handbags available from Attavanti. This is the Nicoli ‘Chic’ Designer Italian Leather Tote Handbag.

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This is one of many lovely collars available from Rew Clothing. This is the Brook Red Tweed Collar. 

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This Owl and Fox Metal Coffee Pot (can also be used for tea) is available from Gorgeous Gifts.

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You can get your hands on this Birdie Reversible Shoulder Bag from Rockpool Trading.

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A range of Leather Masks including this Designer Full Print Leather Mask is available from Masque Boutique.

This is just a very small snippet of the fabulous choice available and what’s more, by buying from one of us you will be supporting small Independent Businesses.

You can find Baby Not Included Here and for the full range, Click Here.

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk – Funky Baby Clothes & Gifts 

Family Bucket List 2016 – Fingle Bridge

We’ve ticked off another from our Family Bucket List 2016!

Since getting the dog a couple of years ago we love finding new places to walk him and thankfully Isabelle loves a good walk as long as we have the following:

Drinks
Snacks
Mud/Sand
Water

One of our fellow dog walkers recommended Fingle Bridge as a place to go with the dog and the littles. Lots of opportunity to paddle in water, lots of mud to splash and splodge in and being woodland lots of stones, twigs, acorns and other things to fill our pockets with.

We started off at the bridge noting the HUGE pub with it’s lovely setting and garden.

The route that we took was not the easiest of walk with lots of tricky areas, huge muddy patches (thankfully we all managed to keep our shoes on our feet) and narrow rickety steps to contend with.

This was great for Isabelle who at five is slightly more fearless than we’d like her to be.

Charlie (our dog) was amazingly well behaved and loved to explore his new surroundings. We kept our beady eyes out for families with food as unfortunately at only two he’s still a total scavenger and will gatecrash, steal and run!

Strangely there were canvasses dotted around the place which kind of looked a bit odd, but Isabelle quite liked looking out for them.

The walk took us a good couple of hours with a picnic stop along the way.

Isabelle found a walking stick along the way which she held onto until we found a waterfall so she sent it on its way out to sea and wonders what country it will end up in.

It was a lovely day and we ended it by visiting the pub at the start (Fingle Bridge Inn).  We may even have to go back for the Duck Race at the beginning of next Month.

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Lisa

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The Things Kids Say

The Things Kids Say

I don’t normally post things like this, but whilst I was cringing at the time I was hysterically laughing on the inside.

We had to make a trip to the local pharmacists after school today to pick up a prescription. I don’t think we’ve managed to go to this chemist without an age old wait.

So whilst we waited for our prescription, baring in mind that the chemist is really small.

Isabelle was very bored, we had to wait at least three hours (20 minutes in reality).

So we looked at the plasters and all the different bottles of Calpol, Ibuprofen, throat sweets and umpteen other medicine type products. After a discussion of each item on the shelf next to us, Isabelle thought of another game.

Isabelle – “I can read some of these things Mummy”.

Me – “Okay. You do that then sweet”.

Isabelle – “Okay, I’ll sound things out and you have to help me”.

Me – “Ok”

Isabelle – “V-A-G-I-S-I-L – What does that spell Mummy?”

Me – “Erm it’s just a kind of shower gel”

Isabelle – “What about D-U-R-E-X?”

Me- “Erm shall we go and look at the noticeboard?”

Cringing with embarrassment as I try and tempt her with the colourful leaflets on the noticeboard, a woman sat (also waiting) cannot suppress her amusement and laughs whilst Isabelle follows me shouting

“what about A-N-U-S-O-L – Am I good at reading now Mummy?”

Why oh why would you put such products at five year old eye level??

Lisa – www.babynotincluded.co.uk – Funky Clothing & Gifts……

Squidge & Pip Sensory Teething Toys

Squidge and Pip Baby Teethers

Squidge & Pip Sensory Teething Toys 

I LOVE getting New Products on the site, and was super excited to become one of the first stockists of the Brand New range of Sensory Baby Teething Toys – Squidge & Pip. 

Created by Mary, mother of two children with a view to providing a funky toy that blends contemporary design with function and of course, provide lots of fun and giggles.

The Squidge & Pip Teething Toys are a great shape, perfect for little hands with lots of nobbles, bobbles and textures for your baby to suck and chew on to relieve the pain of teething.

Squidge and Pip Baby TeethersHere they are Squidge (Green) and Pip (Yellow).

The teethers are BPA free and made from silicone so can be easily washed and sterilised to keep them safe, clean and germ free.

Each Teething toy comes with its own little carry pouch so you can pop it in your bag when out and about with baby.

Oh and did I mention that they are also made here in Britain!!

The packaging of the teethers is very cool – and I’m positive that a new Mum or Dad would welcome this as a New Baby Gift.

Squidge & Pip Sensory Teething Toy
These are now available both on our Website and on our brand spanking new #ShopSBS Shop.

Don’t miss out – Grab one of these today!

www.babynotincluded.co.uk – British Made Baby Teethers 

Events – Baby and Children’s Market 23.04.16

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Baby and Children’s Market – Saturday 23rd April 2016

We’re really happy to say that we’re going to be at the next Baby and Children’s Market on Saturday 23rd April 2016.

09.00 – 11.30am

St James High School, Summer Lane, Exeter, Devon, EX4 8NN

We’ll be bringing along the very NEW Squidge & Pip Baby Teethers which were launched at the Harrogate Nursery Fair last month.

What do you think?

As well as us there will be lots of pre-loved stalls selling all sorts from Baby Clothes, Bouncers, Prams, Toys and much more.

For more details and updates pop over the Baby and Children’s Baby Market Facebook Page.

Hope to see you there.

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

Family Bucket List 2016 – Killerton – National Trust

Family Bucket List 2016 – Killerton – National Trust

Living in the South West we have beautiful surroundings and loads of things to do with the kids.

Since getting our lovely Labradoodle (now 2) a lot of our days out are places that the kids can have fun and the dog gets walked at the same time. We pack the car up with food, drinks, wellies, dog treats and plenty of pooh bags and off we go.

Friends of ours recommended Killerton ages ago but it was only on Bank Holiday Monday that we went for the first time, and it definitely won’t be the last.

Killerton is a National Trust Property with lots to offer.

Killerton - National TrustIt was a nice surprise when we arrived that they were hosting the Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt. So off we set looking for clues…..

You had to collect letters to make a word at the end to claim your Chocolate prize.

There are parts where the dog wasn’t allowed so Daddy did a bit of walking whilst we carried on the hunt and came across the Bear Hut where a real bear was kept by the family in the 19th century. The picture on the right was the walls and the ceiling inside the hut.

The whole place was beautiful with lots of places for Isabelle to stretch her legs and climb on.

We didn’t venture inside the house as we had Charlie, so we’ll have to make a trip back without him so we can have a look around and stay for tea and cake.

After hiding under a tree during a huge downpour with hailstone we found this low rainbow in font of the chapel.

All in all it was a great day and we’ll be going back again soon.

Lisa x

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

 

Family Bucket List 2016

Family Bucket List 2016

I’ve noticed that a few people have set Bucket Lists for their children for this year and I loved the idea. Living in the South West there’s loads to do which we have yet to take advantage of. Here’s a list of things we’re hoping to do this year:

A trip to Pennywell Farm – They have miniature pigs!
Fruit Picking
Crabbing
Make a Fairy Garden
Exploring Dartmoor
Fingle Bridge 
Visit Bicton Gardens
The Orange Elephant
Soft Play
Swimming
Rollerskating
Visit a Museum
Visit National Trust Properties
Killlerton House 
A barbecue on the beach
Visit the library
The Theatre
Visit the Zoo
Halden Forest Park
Escot Park
Play in the park
Collect pebbles and paint them
Outdoor cinema
A Festival
Visit Beaches and build sandcastles
Occombe Farm
The Miniature Pony Centre
A train ride
A Boat Trip
Learn to ride a bike without stabilisers (Isabelle)
Decoy Country Park
Prickly Ball Farm
Stover Country Park
The Donkey Sanctuary
Cockington Court and Country Park
Baking

That’s me all out of ideas for now, but I will be back to add more as and when we complete.

Feel free to jump in with any ideas that you think will be fun and we’ll keep you up to date with all our Family antics.

Have Fun this Summer!

Lisa x

www.babynotincluded.co.uk – Funky Summer Baby Clothes 

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Events – Treasure Trove 4 Tots & Toddlers Market

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Treasure Trove 4 Tots & Toddlers Market.

Saturday 5th March 2016

09.30 – 11.30

Westexe Technology College, Hatherleigh Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 9JU.

New to Exeter is Treasure Trove 4 Tots & Toddlers Markets.

Pre-loved stalls for bargain baby buys and nearly new items as well as business stalls such as us www.babynotincluded.co.uk and local baby groups and services.

There will be a photographer there on the day offering free mini shoots and fabulously priced prints.

Entrance on the day is only £1 and kids go free.

There will be a ‘Treasure Pack’ for the first 100 customers which includes info, discount vouchers and goodies.

For further updates, pop over to Treasure Trove 4 Tots & Toddlers Facebook page.

We’ll be there with lots of lovely goodies including Soggs, Dribble-Ons, Lamaze and Clever Little Baby brands. Pop by and say hello if you do come along.

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

World Book Day

This is our FIRST World Book Day! (it’s the 3rd March if you didn’t know).

As this is Isabelle’s first year at school we have yet to partake in this school event, and as earlier this year they had superhero day and there were some impressive costumes the pressure is on.

I wanted to base this on Isabelle’s favourite book (or one of) not which costume was the easiest to make/obtain.

So our favourite books at the moment are:

The Scarecrows Wedding
Stickman
Trixie Ten
Winnie the Witch (ANY)
Superworm
The Princess and the Wizard
I don’t want to go to bed

So I was thinking that the easiest option would be The Little Princess which would consist of a white nightly and a crown or Winnie the Witch would be quite an easy option as well. There’a a fantastic Stickman costume which you can see on the Pinterest board, but I’m not sure that I could convince Isabelle to wear it. I would like to make one, but there isn’t much time with Isabelle currently being ill, work and general life.

As with all my crafty projects I always take to trusty old Pinterest (what did we do before).

I’d love to know what characters you’re dressing your kids as.

Either pop us an email to mail@babynotincluded.co.uk and we’ll have a little post with all the pics, pop a pick on our Facebook page or add a link to your pinterest account so we can have a look.

We’ve also set up a World Book Day Pinterest Board if you need some ideas as well.

Follow babynotincluded’s board World Book Day on Pinterest.

I’ll share a little pic of Isabelle once she’s decided which character she want to be.

Lisa x

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