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Giveaway: YolkFish Egg Separator

yolkfish egg separator by Peleg Design from Mocha

yolkfish egg separator by Peleg Design from Mocha

Have you ever tried to separate the white of an egg from its yolk? If so, you’ll know what a messy business it can be trying to juggle the yolk between two eggshell halves.

But now there’s a new accessory that not only makes it easy. It also makes it fun!

YolkFish is a clever egg separator. Designed by Peleg Design, it is shaped to look like a cute kissing fish.

The squeezable YolkFish will suck up the egg yolks from a bowl. And then effortlessly drop them into another container. (Check out this short video to see how it works.)

It’s perfect for making recipes like chocolate mousse, meringues, mayonnaise or egg white omelettes.

We’ve got two YolkFish Egg Separators to give away. Would you like to try and win one?

Entering is very easy. All you need to do is complete the entry form below. In addition, there are bonus entries when you like us on Facebook, pin this Giveway onto Pinterest, or Tweet it on Twitter.

Two winners will be chosen at random on Tuesday 4 March 2014 (after 10.00pm UK time)

Good luck!

PS: As always, this competition is open to international readers too :-)
 


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Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes

Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes MochaUK

Note from Sarah: This is a post by Tatiana of Delicia Designs

Not only are cupcakes a crowd-pleaser, they are also super easy to make. There is an endless possibility of delicious autumn flavors – gingerbread, pumpkin, carrot – to name a few. But my favorite would have to be apple cinnamon.

These cupcakes paired with yummy cream cheese buttercream make such a perfect fall treat!

Cupcakes Apple Cinnamon from MochaUK

Ingredients:

For the Cinnamon Cupcakes:
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups shredded apples

For the Cream Cheese Buttercream:
225 gm. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
4 cups icing sugar /confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/ 175 degrees C. Line two standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl. In another bowl cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy for about 5 minutes. Mix in eggs one at a time and vanilla extract.

With mixer on low, add shredded apples. Add flour mixture, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until just combined.

Fill lined cups halfway with batter. Bake until tops are springy to the touch or toothpick inserted comes out dry, about 18- 20 minutes. Remove from tins and let cool on a wire rack.

To make the icing (frosting), in a medium sized bowl beat the butter until smooth. Add cream cheese and beat until fully incorporated and smooth. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Add vanilla extract while mixing on low. Increase the speed to medium and continue beating for 30 seconds until light and fluffy.

Yields 2 dozen
Adapted recipe by Martha Stewart

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family has. And perhaps it will inspire you to try some fall baking and indulge yourself with a scrumptious treat. Happy Autumn!

About the Author: Tatiana is a cake artist with a passion for creating custom couture cakes and confections. For more recipes, tutorials and eye candy visit her blog at Delicia Designs. You can also follow her on Facebook.
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Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Scones

Pumpkin Spice Scone - Mocha UK

Note from Sarah: This is a post by Tatiana of Delicia Designs

Fall has arrived! It’s the perfect time to get cozy and start baking. The aroma of baked pumpkin and spices is pure Autumn bliss. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the crisper weather than sitting down with a nice hot cup of coffee or tea and a warm, out-of-the-oven fresh scone.

Pumpkin Spice Scone Recipe - Mocha UK blog

Ingredients:

For the Scones:
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cups cold butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Maple Cinnamon Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Autumn Recipes Pumpkin Spice Scones - Mocha UK Blog

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Using a fork or a pastry blender, mix the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture is crumbly.

In a separate medium sized bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, milk and vanilla extract. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients to form the dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough 10 to 12 times. Cut the dough in half and form two disks with the palm of your hands. Each circle should be approximately 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Cut each disk into 8 wedges and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until light golden brown. Place on wire rack to cool.

While the scones are cooling, make the glaze by mixing the powdered sugar, milk, maple syrup and cinnamon together. When scones are cool drizzle the glaze over them and let set.

Recipes Pumpkin Spice Scones - Mocha UK Blog

Yields 16 scones
Modified recipe by Delicia Designs inspired by Starbucks’ famous pumpkin scones.

Enjoy!

About the Author: Tatiana is a cake artist with a passion for creating custom couture cakes and confections. For more recipes, tutorials and eye candy visit her blog at Delicia Designs. You can also follow her on Facebook.
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7 Easy Ideas for Centrepieces and Table Decorations

Origami Napkins

With the festive season fast approaching, I thought you might enjoy some inspirational ideas for centerpieces and table decorations.

Adding a few decorative touches to your table creates an impact and can totally transform it. You can use table centrepieces and decorations to add some drama, elegance or help create a party atmosphere.

The best thing about all these ideas is that they are all easy to recreate yourself.

Origami Napkins

Origami Napkins

Napkins are a really simple way to add colour and interest to your table. Experiment with some origami folding techniques and then style a few together to create interesting shapes and effects.

(image: Alon / Mocha)

Fruit and Vegetables Table Runner

Fruit and vegetables table runner

Create a table runner out of fruit and vegetables by laying them down the length of the table gives it such a fresh look (and it’s all edible afterwards!). You could even create something of a rainbow effect by grouping fruit and vegetables together in different colours going from purple onions to red tomatoes.

(image: Styled)

Stacked Centerpieces

Stacked centerpieces

A stacked centerpiece will make a real feature on your table and is sure to be a talking point. The idea on the right has been created using three silver plates decreasing in size, scattered with evergreen leaves and each balancing on three glasses filled with coloured fruit.

On the left, gift boxes in the same colour but different patterns are simply stacked up in decreasing sizes on a cake plate and wrapped with a velvet ribbon. You could use gifts for your guests as a table decoration like this; and then give them all out afterwards.

(images: pinterest digsdigs )

Dress up Your Chairs

Chair decorations

You can also decorate the backs of your chairs to add to the sense of occasion. This idea is so quick to do and creates quite a dramatic effect. Just add some seasonal pine cones and greenery tied up with red sash ribbons.

(image: Centsational Girl)

Vase Feature

Magnetic Vases as centrepiece

Instead of a traditional flower arrangement, create a more contemporary look by making a feature of your vases. Arrange them in groups like these thin aluminium silver vases, each decorated with a single red stem.

(image: Mocha)

Bauble Centrepiece

Bauble centrepiece

Fill a large glass vase with baubles and beads, then give it a modern twist by using a teal and turquoise colour scheme.

(image: weddingbee)

What is your favourite table decorating idea?
Please tell me below in the comments.