HALLOWEEN THINGS TO DO IN BEDFORDSHIRE

Hello there. It’s not already Halloween but this year, more than ever, we have that desire of celebrations in the air. If you’re looking for things to do over the School holidays this half term 2020, well you’re in the right place. I’ve put together a list of Halloween things to do in Bedfordshire… Ah before I forgot, have a Spooky Halloween!

Spooky Wrest Park

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This even will be available from Sat 24 October until Sunday 1 November 2020 (10am-5pm).

A unique occasion to follow the trail to solve creepy clues and gather round to listen to spooky stories. There’s a frighteningly fun fancy dress competition every day – just go in your scariest outfits to be in with a chance of winning.

Pumpkin Carving Willington – Frosts Garden Centre

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I love this Garden Centre in Willington and from the 26 October until the 31 October you can join Pumpkin Carving sessions and get in the spooky mood. In the event social distancing rules will be followed and the event will be held outside so please if you go remember to wrap up warm. 

Included in the price is a pumpkin, your own individual pumpkin scooping tool kit, a battery operated tea light, a frighteningly good activity sheet and a chocolate treat.. sounds fab!

Jordans Mill

The Jordans Trust, a local Mill Museum in Bedfordshire will be holding its first children’s haunting Halloween tours during half term. This event will run from the 23rd – 27th October at 10.00am or 1.00pm and takes children through the spooktastic tales of years gone by.

Booking is essential and tickets are £3 per child (accompanying adult free). Tours will last approximately 30 minutes.
In addition to the children’s Halloween tour parents and families can take part in the Rotten Rhymes Trail and solve clues in order for children to get a prize. The gardens have been transformed for some spooky fun!  £1.50 per child – you don’t need to book for this, just turn up between 9am – 4pm during the 20th – 31st October.

Herrings Green Activity Farm Bird of Prey Centre – Wilstead

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Herrings Green Activity Farm Bird of Prey Centre will also be running halloween activities. You can also join the Autumn Fun on the Farm event that is going on from 10 October 2020 until 23 October 2020. Your visit includes a pumpkin that you can choose from the patch and feeding some of the lovely farm animals. Hope you’ll have lots of fun in the nature.

If you have any other recommendations let me know, both on here or instagram. You can find me here.

One Night Stay at Cbeebies Land Hotel

Can I just say that we had a lovely one night away in the Cbeebies Hotel at Alton Towers, and despite the price I think it was something totally deserved, especially after this long lockdow, both for the little one and mummy and daddy.

It was extremely nice to see Sophie being able to run around and just enjoy something again. And despite my initial anxiety for this covid situation and the fact that it was really busy, I can tell you that it felt like a safe environment and it was good to feel somewhat “normal”.

FULLY EQUIPPED ROOMS

We opted to stay for one night in one of the standard Bugbies Rooms (this is the themed suites with the yellow Cbeebies mascots and it looked awesome and also way cheaper than the other rooms).

After the check in, that was super, we took the lift up to our room and it was such a nice experience with the happy go lucky music played and with the colours changing lights.

It felt like living in a magical place and it was sad to come back home to “normality” and magnolia walls 🤣!

The rooms were spacious with a double bed and a separate children’s sleeping area.

It had everything you needed and you could tell and here’s are a few things I particularly liked:

  • Black Out Curtains (for a well deserved sleep after a long day at Cbeebies Land)
  • Interactive Play Wall in the kids room area
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Toilet seat with little mini seat attached
  • Hair dryer
  • Bottle Warmer
  • Fridge for storing snacks and milk
  • Tea and coffee facilities – Especially because they offer quality biscuits! Love a biscuit with my coffee! (everything was sealed in an envelope)
Credit Alton Towers

FOOD & DRINK

We took some food of our own to eat in the main chill out area, I don’t know for certain if this was allowed but everyone seems to be doing it and no one was stopping us so… fill up on snacks!

There was a cafe area to grab sandwiches and coffees from too though if you run out.

The Windmill Restaurant

We ate dinner in the Windmill Restaurant which was really nice. It wasn’t really cheap but I guess it’s nice to experience something similar, with all colours and Cbeebies’s characters around we paid around £40.00 for the 3 of us.

We had two burgers and Sophie had a lovely pasta with a garlic bread side (I’ve tasted it and it was yummi). As a dessert we asked to share a choco brownie and vanilla ice-cream.

Takeaway

We also ordered some room service later and have a really nice pepperoni pizza!

Breakfast

Breakfast was included in the package and was served in the same place, The Windmill Restaurant.

There was everything you could think of.. Sophie a toast and banana and we got a couple of muffins, orange juice and coffee to get ready for our second day exploring Cbeebies Land and the actual Alton Towers.

For breakfast you can also have a full cooked breakfast and a Continental buffet with fruit and cereal and unlimited hot drinks.

Just a little reminder to book your breakfast and dinner slot after booking – I actually forgot to do this, but I manage to talk with a member of staff at the restaurant reception and booked for 7:15am (lovely time as it wasn’t really busy).

After breakfast we decided to head to our favourite attraction, which was The Sea life – Sharkbait Reef.

I leave you our vlog on Youtube of our two days at Cbeebies Land and Alton Towers.

Have you stayed at the CBeebies Land Hotel before? or maybe are you planning to? Come and let me know on instagram or just here in the comments. For any questions, I am happy to help out.

Pixi Beauty Get Ready to Go and Glow

Pixi has a history of 20 years and yet they are still an independent and family-owned brand. I absolutely love their products as they’re made using the best quality products for all ages at an affordable price.

Today I want to share with you the Summer must-haves for your most radiant glow yet (I mean what a great combo – tan and glow 😍).

The first product is the summer Glow Palette. Oh my, this palette has the most beautiful silky-smooth shadows, both with a matte & glowing finish. Perfect to achieve a sin-kissed and sheer glow. You can shop it here at £ 14.40.

The Large Lash Mascara is something I really need to try as I am always on the search for the perfect mascara (I am not really luck with my eyelashes, even though at the mom I found the Maybelline Mascara Lash Sensational is doing a good job).

This mascara with an oversize brush, has been defined as a do-it-all mascara that delivers extreme volume and intense colour with a smudge-proof finish, ideal to enjoy any summertime activity! You can find it here, at £ 9.33

Ready for a fuss free and flawless in a flash makeup? So here we have two infused with Green Tea and Chamomile shadow sticks, in the shades “copper glaze” and “matte cocoa”. What I love about these products is that they’re paraben-free and they’re simply to swipe and blend, which is a plus especially when on holiday and want to avoid carrying lots of brushes and keep your travel bag minimal. You can find this product here at £ 12.00

Last but not least, the Liplift Max. This “Sweet Nectar” lipgloss is one of the Pixi best-selling, perfect to enhance your lips with an infusion of peptides to plump, Jojoba to moisturize, Aloe to heal and Chamomile to soothe. You can simply wear the lip plumping gloss alone or over your favourite lip colour. You can find it here at £ 9.60

Let me know what are you favourite Pixi Beauty products and don’t forget to share your GLOWING secrets!

Sara x

Flying With A Toddler | 5 Solo Travel Top Tips

When I travel I like to have everything planned, and this is something you carefully need to do especially when travelling with toddlers. Today I want to share my experience with you, since travelling solo with only two hands and a toddler with an unpredictable temperament can be something really tough to manage if you’re not prepared. And let me say that I totally understand also our little ones, since long hours of flights, trains and the time spent in new places can be something that overwhelm them somehow.

With plenty of preparation, it’s totally possible to  execute my flying with toddler tips successfully.Having said that, let’s move to my tips based on my experience as a mum 😊

1. Take the pram on the plane

Trust me here, I fought with the thought of taking another weight with me, especially now that my little is capable of walking. However, you cannot believe the relief of hanging my on it, or when Sophie wants to have a rest and be pushed around the airport. And it can be a life safer when they go for a nap, which is something rarely happened with Sophie, but you never know 🤣.

We usually fly with companies like Easy Jet or British as if you are travelling with a child you can bring two items for free with you.  These include not only a pushchair, but also of choice between a travel cot, double pushchair, buggy, car seat, collapsible or non-collapsible pram, booster seat and/or baby back carrier.

2. Snacks. Snacks, snacks, snacks… did I mention snacks?!

Along with little activities, snacks are a way of keeping your toddler busy and happy, especially because you have to choose their favorite snacks. Sophie is particularly travel sick and I found that giving her bland food is the right answer to this problem, so I always opt for like A pain au chocolate (that sounds more like a treat), un-buttered toast, crackers, raisins, dry cereal, yogurt or a fruit.

3. Activities Packs

When I plan my little one’s activities to do at the airport or on the plane, I always think about what my toddler likes, what are her preferences and something is simple and easy to travel with.

Our all time favourite activity are stickers and the one I show you in the picture are my lifesaver in all occasion. I bought them on Amazon and they came in a package of 1000 thousands stickers. Here is the link if you want to have a look 😊

I also bring with us a small fluffy notebook, bought in Poundland at just £1 and I cannot tell you how many times Sophie asks for it. Something so small and simple that keeps her so entertained… Try it and see.

The whole idea of these activities is to reduce screen time which I love. However, I do bring a Lenovo Tablet with us as a last resort, it can be quite handy to get our little ones to snuggle down to sleep, especially for long flight with toddlers. I have Apps like Netflix or BBC iPlayer that I use to download cartoons that Sophie loves like Bing, The Night Garden (so that you can watch them while offline on the plane) or some activities apps.

4. Potty Training Toddler

Sophie is now potty training and when we are out and about there is one ongoing question: where’s my potty? So, after an accurate research online I found this travel potty on Amazon, at £ 19,00.

Amazon source

If you’re travelling with a toddler who’s potty training is important to stop for a last potty break, before boarding the plane. A pre-plane toilet visit means one less trip to the tiny tiny airplane lavatory, that in all honesty is something I want to avoid with my little one.

I really recommend you the travel potty we got from Amazon (click here if want to have a look). As it’s foldable and easy to carry around. For the rest of our trip I always put a nappy, until a safer poo and pee environment occurred. It’s better to be safe than sorry (and stinky🤣).

5. Selfcare tips for Mama or Papa

Make sure you don’t forget about yourself, especially travelling with a toddler on a plane can be double exhausting. So remember to stay well hydrated, take time for lots of leg movements and try to get your head down for a sleep while your little one is. Once arrived, enjoy your destination 😊

Flying With A Toddler Checklist

Below is a Flying with a toddler checklist that you can use.

Would you add anything else to our flying with a toddler checklist? Let me know.

Sara xx

Lonely mums: an app for beating this feeling

Hello there . I just want to tell you that I perfectly know how you feel. I have been through this for quite a long time after giving birth to my loved daughter. Not only a new life as a mum, but moving from Scotland to England and adapting to a new life and a new body was something really difficult, that had an impact on who I was before.

I have never had problems of socialising and having friends (before I had Sophie I was attending University in Scotland where I used to take part to lots of social and touristic events and making friends was not a problem at all, and probably this is why I have suffered a lot after becoming a mum and becoming a new version of myself).

But instead of falling in this tedious abyss, known as loneliness, I decided to overcome this feeling and this is why today I want to share you my experience with Peanut regarding how I did this (please bear in mind that this is something I really experienced on myself and is not sponsorship – I like to highlight this).

Credit: Peanut Website

Peanut App

I will make you laugh, but this is considered the Tinder for mums, same concept of swiping up and down, but without blokes asking for casual sex (or at least this didn’t happened to me on this app, lol 🤣).

I have to be honest I never thought I would ever use something like this, but I did after finding this app on my app store looking for only God knows what. I mean the old me thought that mums meet at playgrounds or school events. But only once you’re in you realise how tough is to find friends with things in common than the age of your kids.

So I started to use this app, and eventually, I did make several connections and some shorts and interesting chatting. After few connections, I finally went on my first mum date. Have to admit that the fist one wasn’t nothing special and probably this is because I wasn’t mentally and physically there, but this doesn’t mean that you cannot keep trying (actually, you have to!).

I went out with other mums and I was surprised at how nervous I was when this moment finally came. I packed a few good snacks and stickers to share (that the kids ended up loving). After a few awkward introductions, we ended up having a wonderful time getting to know each other and having our toddlers playing at the park.

If there is something I learnt from my experience is that you never give up.

How I feel now?! Less lonely and more positive and determined to know more mums and I’ve actually got a few other ladies I’m trying to find time to meet (work and life permitting) and it feels so good to be putting myself out there – all of this by using a free app. I know that lots of you out there never imagined having to find friends in this way, but hey, it’s 2020, and I am personally grateful, especially after this lockdown, to use this app and meeting some cool mums.

I really hope that my experience can help other mums out there.

Go on Peanut, give it a try and have fun swiping!

Lots of love, Sara.

One day trip to Bath

If you’re looking for the perfect destination to spend a lovely day in the county of Somerset, Bath is your answer. Fall in love with Bath is easy, a unique city combining vibrant contemporary culture with a rich history and heritage.

One day is more than sufficient to visit and of course you can then decide how much you want to stretch that by in order to spend longer in some places. you can opt for bus tour, walk round, 2 hours in the Roman Bath, lunch and an evening meal – all to fit in one day.

So if you’re wondering what you can see and do within a quick 24 hours in Bath then read some of our ideas including what you should see and where to stop for a nice cake, coffee and lunch.

The Roman Baths

This is where you can see the Ancient Roman baths after which the city is named. Have to say that I was impressed by the Architecture (I know I’m Italian, but I’ve always been fascinated by the Roman History and this is a real authentic gem in the middle of this gorgeous city).

You will have the chance of wearing Roman customes, and I took this chance without even thinking twice.

Bath Abbey

After the magical experience with the Roman Baths, we decided to head over Bath Abbey and enjoy the beauty of this place.

There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated (Suggested donations are £4 per adult). It is open to visitors the Summer with the following times: Monday to Saturday 9 am – 6pm, Sunday 1pm – 2.30pm & 4.30pm – 5.30pm pm.

In Winter, open Monday to Saturday from 9am – 4.30pm, Sunday 1pm – 2.30pm & 4.30pm – 5.30pm.

Mokoko Coffee, 6 Abbey Churchyard, Avon

Ensure you head to Mokoko Coffee, which is literally in the same street as Bath Abbey (2 min walk). Their coffee and vegan cakes are something you need to experience, especially with the beautiful view it offers, with its outside seats.

Royal Crescent

We then head over to Royal Crescent, a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a semi-ellipse that was built in the mid 18th century and overlooks a well manicured park. Really weird as I felt I was back in Edinburgh, the area close to St Mary’s church.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a brilliant example of the Georgian architecture that you will find throughout this part of Bath. And yes sorry for the cheeky touristic pose! 😊

Spend a couple of hours looking round the city and shops

We recommend a visit to Milsom Street. This place has lots of stores and restaurants under cover. Another historic shopping alternative is Bartlett Street. This is where you’ll find the Bartlett Street Antiques Centre, full of antique gems to discover.

Milson Place, Bath. Credit: Visitbath.co.uk (c) Bath Tourism Plus / Colin Hawkins

Bath Street is also a good place to admire the architecture while you shop. Ah and watch out for Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, worth a look if you’re a book lover – as it’s an award winning independent bookshop.

Tasty lunch at Smash Burger

To conclude our lovely day we went to Smash Burger, the classic beef burger was absolutely amazing probably one of the softest best cooked I ever had. Also liked the idea of unlimited drinks using the cup provided and using the self service machine. Maybe not somewhere really for a special dinner but definitely somewhere to grab a tasty lunch.

I really hope you liked this short experience. Both my husband and I love Bath and cannot wait to be back there, especially after these crazy times due to the pandemic.

Feel free to contact me on instagram if you need further info.

Come scrivere un Curriculum vincente in Inglese 2020

Ciao ragazzi. Qui sotto voglio darvi 5 consigli da tenere ben in mente quando scriverete il vostro curriculum in inglese. Sono consigli che mi sento di dare in quanto lavoro in HR qui in Inghilterra e so bene cosa viene ritenuto successful e cosa viene “scartato”.

In fondo alla pagina vi lascio il link al video su Youtube dove vi mostro un esempio concreto di CV e tutte le sezioni con le varie descrizioni.

Passiamo ai consigli…

  1. Quando scrivi il tuo CV ricordati che dall’altra parte i recruiters dell’azienda impiegheranno 10 secondi per farsi un idea e decidere se tenere o meno quel curriculum. Questo e’ un dato dimostrato da molti studi nel settore e pertanto ricordati che il tuo CV deve mostrare chiaramente di cosa ti occupi e presentare i dati scritti correttamente.
  2. Inizia il tuo CV con un breve Personal Profile dove andrai a fare un riassiunto delle tue esperienze e competenza. Evita troppi aggettivi e ricorda: breve e sostanzioso.
  3. Quando scrivi il tuo CV e’ bene includere le parole chiavi che il recruiter ricerca nel ruolo lavorativo. Queste sono le skills che possono relazionarsi a quel dato lavoro. Un esempio di Skills per un customer service role potrebbero essere: Complaint Handling, Transaction Processing , Languages utilizzando l’elenco puntato come vedrete nel video pubblicato su Youtube.
  4. Quando scriverai la sezione Career Summary ricordati di scrivere le tue esperienze lavorative dalla piu’ recente alla meno recente. Sempre per un aspetto di coerenza cita i lavori rilevanti per il ruolo richiesto. Deve esserci contintuita’ nel CV. Stesso ordine cronologico vale per gli studi fatti (Scuola Media, Superiore ed Universita’ da citare).
  5. Ultimo consiglio riguarda la lunghezza dei CV. I Curriculum generalmente non devono superare le 2 pagine. Il concetto di piu’ scrivo meglio e’ non funziona qui e dopo aver inserito le varie informazioni nelle sezioni che vedrai nel CV mostrato nel video, e’ bene inserire eventuali certificazioni ottenute (se vuoi dai un occhiata online ce ne sono molte e tante free) ed esperienze di volontariato fatte in Italia o che farai qui in UK.

Anche se riceverete tante porte chiuse, non preoccupatevi e mandate richieste e piu’ non posso.

Ti lascio qui il video per un curriculum inglese perfetto e ricorda:

Non arrenderti mai, perchè quando pensi che sia tutto finito, è il momento in cui tutto ha inizio.

Jim Morrison

5 Books To Educate Children On Race and Diversity

I like to think and I am pretty sure that the generation to follow us are more aware and open minded. I come from a mixed race family and I am raising myself one and I am confident in saying that we have a responsibility to teach the next generation how to become anti racist especially in a system that is still (sadly) institutionally racist.
Sadly racially charged commentary and behaviours can be passed down on to the impressionable minds of children and more than ever our actions and words need to be examples on how to treat every human being equally.
Below are 5 books on anti racism for children that will make a huge difference in our lives, with price and where you can find them.

Last Stop On Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street by
Matt de la Peña
and Chistian Robinson

“It’s also the warmth of their intergenerational relationship that will make this book so satisfying, for both young readers and the adults sharing it with them.” The New York Times Book Review

Age Range: 3 – 5 years

Price : £13.67

Available on Amazon

The Skin You Live In


The Skin You Live In (Hardback)
Michael Tyler (author), David Lee Csicsko (illustrator)

In this book you’ll find themes associated with child development and social harmony, such as friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity are promoted in simple and straightforward prose. Lots of vivid illustrations of children’s activities for all cultures, such as swimming in the ocean, hugging, catching butterflies, and eating birthday cake are also provided to help discussing important social concepts with their children.

Age Range:  4 – 8 years

Price : £16.99

Available on Waterstones here

Antiracist Baby

AntiRacist Baby
Book by Ibram X. Kendi

This book uses bold art and thoughtful yet playful text to introduce the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism. Antiracist Baby is the perfect gift for readers of all ages dedicated to forming a just society.

Age Range:  Ideal for toddlers

Price : £6.55

Available on Amazon here

In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored—from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.

Age Range:  4 – 8 years

Price : £6.15 Paperback Version

Available on Amazon here

Pink Is For Boys

Pink Is for Boys Hardcover
by Eda Kaban (Author), Robb Pearlman  (Author)

Parents and kids will delight in Robb Pearlman’s sweet, simple script, as well as its powerful message: life is not color-coded.

Age Range:  4 – 8 years

Price : £9.56 Hardcover

Available on Amazon here

Father’s Day Gifts Ideas 2020

Father’s day 2020, Sunday 21st of June, and of course it will be a weird one this year, with all this sad covid-19 and lockdown situation. We want to make feel Dads or Grandads special for this Father’s day 2020 and so here are five gifts ideas, all affordable and I can say this: cool 😎

Source: MountainManDraws

Tiger King – Netflix Personalised Card

Start with the most affordable way to celebrate and share some thoughts with your dad on Father’s Day throughout lockdown and send a card. The first gift idea is perfect if your budget is low and you have a Netflix fan can be the option of gifting a personalised card. This one is from Etsy by MountainManDraws and you can find it here (£3.00 included pp). These cards are hand made and you just need to request personalisation on checkout, providing your message in the box provided.
Just make sure to order in plenty of time due to increased pressure on Royal Mail. Usually you will get it within 1-3 days.

Personalised BBQ King Apron by Jonny’s Sister

BBQ King Apron by Jonny’s Sister

Well this is the perfect gift for any master of the grill that deserve respect. This personalised apron comes in two different colours, blue and green. These personalised gifts can be received within 7 days. Ah, I forgot to mention the price: only £21 and you can find it on Next Official website.

I love My Daddy Book

This is such a lovely gift that comes either as board book or paperback version. I honestly bought this for my husband and I think it’s a book that every dad can relate too as it’s about the special relation between father and child. You can find it here on Amazon at £6.98.

Father’s Day 9 Beer Bundle

HonestBrew Monthly Subscription

Does the dad love a good beer? So there’s 9 of them; delivered to his door, with a super comfy pair of socks and a limited-edition HonestBrew glass to enjoy 😊

In the box you’ll find:

-9 x beers, including 4 HonestBrew exclusives that you won’t find anywhere else. Dad’s bound to discover some new favourites and these beers are also cool in their packaging, as you can see in the photo below


-1 x exclusive limited edition tasting glass
-1 x pair of socks from HS by Happy Socks
-1 x £10 beer voucher
Here the link of HonestBrew Website.

Grooming Products


One last gift idea, I am sure every man would fine useful are grooming set and the one I want to propose you is the ‘Hero Edit’ grooming set on Mankind. The set includes:

  • Dr Botanicals Coco Noir Sensuous Night Repairing Moisturiser (50ml) – worth £59.90
  • ECOOKING Clay Mask (100ml) – worth £26
  • ARgENTUM L’etoile Infinite Twin Enhancing Face Oil (30ml) – worth £82
  • Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste (75ml) – worth £7.50
  • ZIRH Shave Gel (100ml) – worth £12
  • Aveda Men Pure-Formance Grooming Clay (75ml) – worth £23

The price of this box is £50 but you can get 25% off its , using this code MSEXMANKIND at the checkout until 11.59pm on Sat 13 Jun. The set usually costs £50 (it would cost £171 in total if bought separately from the cheapest retailers) and b using this code I found online it’ll be £37.50. Delivery is free.

I hope this list will be helpful and isolated or not, enjoy this 2020’s Father’s Day everyone 😃

Homemade Victoria sandwich cake with chocolate ganache

Welcome back to my blog, today I want to share an easy recipe for a cake that you can prepare for birthdays or parties to surprise your loved ones. Prepare your whisks and bowl and let’s start 😊

Photo taken without filters

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar
  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour  
  • 2 tbs baking powder
  • 225g/8oz butter at room temperature
  • Optional filling with apricot jam
  • Raspberries or your favorite fruits to decorate at the end

CHOCOLATE GANACHE:

  • 200g dark chocolate (roughly chopped)
  • 300ml double cream

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease and line your 20cm/8in cake tin. Rub a little piece of butter around the inside of the tin until the sides and base are lightly coated.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, break the eggs, add sugar, flour, baking powder and butter. Mix everything together until well combined using either an electric hand mixer or a wooden spoon.
  3. Poor half of the mix in the first tin and gently smooth the surface of the cakes.
  4. Bake the cakes on the middle shelf of the oven for 25 minutes. Remember to check it after 20 minutes.They’ll be ready when they start to have a nice golden colour on top. Set aside to cool in their tins for 15 minutes.
  5. To assemble the cake, place one cake upside down onto a plate and spread it with plenty of apricot jam and top with the second cake, top-side up. Before doing this. I like to “pierce” the base of my cakes with a fork and use a few spoons of lemon syrup. To prepare this just add water and lemon juice in a small sauce pan (I avoid using other sugar in this case), and bring to boil. I use this syrup to brush both sides of the cake layers.  
  6. Finally for the chocolate ganache you’ll need to roughly chop your dark chocolate bar. Heat the cream to below boiling point (make sure to remove the pan as soon as it start to boil!). Pour the cream on the chocolate and stir until even. Wait until the ganache cools to room temperature before using. And then work your magic, poor your mixture on top of the cake. You can use fresh fruit to make it even prettier, like with rasperries or stawberries…

et voilà! Enjoy this delicious cake with the rest of the family or friends 😊

Check my Youtube channel for delicious Italian recipies