Happy Easter Everyone! :)

Happy Easter to you and your family! :) I hope everyone is having a wonderful day! I'm extremely excited that it is Sunday and I get to have a lazy morning. My sister Kelly is coming over later and we are having a little Easter dinner together, with my husband too, of course. :) (Her husband is away for a bachelor weekend) It has been a busy week so spending today cozy and in sweat pants, scrapbooking, writing and hanging out with my family makes me very happy! :)

As I mentioned last week, I was starting a new job with Kohls and I must admit, that since I started, things have been rather hectic and busy and I have missed sitting down to write, by the time I get home, do yoga...yes, with the help of my husband, I have been sticking at it...yay, in addition to going to the gym too, doing the odd baking and just getting the apartment tidy and food prepared, I am ready for bed pretty early these days. I think once I'm into full swing and a routine, everything will be running smoothly and I won't feel quite as rushed and will still have time to focus on my projects. Once again I am beyond amazed with my Mum's balancing skills and her ability to put everyone first and push forward when she's tired. She gets more and more incredible with every shift I pick up. I don't mean to sound like I'm complaining, as it's actually a fun place to work and everyone I have met there is super nice and friendly, but having not worked in retail for more than 6 years, I have to be honest and say...ouch! :p Being on your feet all day sure does take it's toll! :p

It does feel good to be busy and saving up though! It's all about being positive, happy and making the most of everything and just pushing forward and achieving small dreams each day! :) My days off consist of catching up with the laundry and getting in the kitchen and still doing all the things I love to do, like delving into a book or watching Jaclyn Hill videos and sending constant Voxer messages to my younger sister as our work hours mean we don't get to talk as much with the time difference. With that being said, I jumped into the kitchen this past Tuesday and made some Easter cupcakes for which I wanted to share the recipe with you today! :) If you are a big fan of Nutella, like me, you will LOVE them! :)

Cupcake Ingredients!

2 1/2 cups All purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons)
1 3/4 cup of sugar
2 large eggs
4 teaspoons of vanilla (I like to add lots of vanilla and have preferred over the years using more than the recipe calls for and I like how it turns out.)
1 1/4 of buttermilk
1 cup of chocolate chips

Frosting Ingredients!

1 Stick of butter
Icing sugar (Confectioner's sugar)

What to do:

Pre heat the oven to 350 of.
Put C-D in of your choosing and get to dancing while you line the cupcake pan with cupcake cases and sift together (sometimes I don't sift...shhhh :p ) flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Continue that rhythm while you cream together the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. If you're using a mixer, make sure to turn it to a lower speed when doing this.

Pour the buttermilk into a measuring jug (a glass does the trick too, even if it drips a little when pouring) and add vanilla and give a stir.

Add one third of the dry ingredients followed by one third of the buttermilk and mix. Repeat until you have added all of the dry and wet mixtures.

Dust the chocolate chips in a little bit of flour (this helps them not to sink to the bottom of the cupcake when in the oven) and pour into batter. Mix gently until distributed evenly.

Scoop the batter into the cupcake cases, fill to about two thirds full and bake for 16-18 mins. Start checking at around 15 mins. When the cakes are spongy to the touch or a piece of spaghetti comes out clean, take the cakes out of the oven and place on a wire rack to let cool! :)

For the frosting:

Now when it comes to frosting I have to admit that my sister and I never really measure our ingredients, we really just go by taste. When recipes call for 6 big cups of icing sugar we often find that it turns out too sweet. We've experimented and have come to find that once we start with our base of a stick of butter and 1-2 cups of icing sugar, we can kind of be free and have fun. In this case, I added about 5 big scoops of Nutella and mixed it all together adding tablespoons of icing sugar as I went. I stopped, each time it had blended in, to taste and when it was smooth enough to get through the piping bag and taste delicious, like a slightly sweeter Nutella I was done. :) So have a bit of fun and play around with the frosting. If you don't need to pipe your frosting or it doesn't need to be stiff and you would prefer to spread it on, then you could always add less icing sugar and therefore someone with not so big of a sweet tooth might indulge more. You just never know! :) 

Before frosting! :) I had been speaking to my Mum while making these cupcakes, she was on speaker phone, and I was so giddy when they turned out scrumptiously spongy and soft and fluffy! It had to be Mum's extra love! :)
And after frosting! :) I added mini eggs to make it more Eastery! :)
Hope you enjoy them!
Here's a picture of my surprise Easter gift from my younger sister, Jenny. She is the best and included all my favourites! I miss the Easter chocolate you can get back home!
What are your favourite Easter treats? :)
Have a beautiful day and keep smiling!
Love Lulu. xxx

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