Get your Bake On: Rainbow Swirl Buttercream Icing

Here’s a little ‘How to’ YouTube vid I made showing how to make, and pipe, rainbow coloured buttercream swirls.

Rainbow swirl icing

This icing technique is a really easy way of creating an eyecatching topping for celebration cakes and cupcakes. It’s so easy, even I managed it – and that’s saying something! Piping is not my strong point!

I don’t include the basic vanilla buttercream icing recipe in my video because everyone has their own way of making it, but my go to recipe (which makes enough buttercream to top about 16 cupcakes or fill and crumb coat a celebration cake) is;

2 tsp – Vanilla extract

500g – Sifted Icing Sugar

160g – Unsalted, softened butter

20ml – Milk

You can adapt the recipe to use any colours you wish and I always use gel colours rather than liquid ones because the colour is more vibrant and it doesn’t change the consistency of the icing.

Happy Baking!

Dinosaur Week! Day 2 – Get your Bake On: Dinosaur Footprint Fossil Shortbread

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My kids are all Dino mad.

The big one is Jurassic World obsessed, the middle one loves visiting the Natural History Museum, as well as looking at and doodling on his rather snazzy new wall stickers from Stickerscape, and the toddler, thanks to a certain pink talking pig and her Dinosaur mad little brother, loves them now too.

Dinosaur! Grrrrrrrr!”


Seen as it is the summer holidays. we have been doing lots of baking and crafts at home. This is one of those many baking activities.

I made some shortbread the other day and gave half the mixture to the kids to get creative with.

They washed up some dinosaur toys they had and gave them a dry (good training for dish washing I say!) and then they used the Dinosaurs to make footprint ‘fossils’ in the shortbread dough. Once baked, the Dinosaur footprints are preserved in time forever more, well, by forever I mean until they get scoffed!

Here is the recipe for the shortbread biscuits.

Happy baking Dinosaur discoverers!


(Makes approximately 20 Shortbread Rounds)

150g Softened Butter

80g Caster Sugar

150g Plain Flour

75g Semolina

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

(extra flour for dusting the surface)

(Toy Dinosaurs, cleaned and ready for Stomping!)


1 – Pre-heat the oven to 160’c (fan)

2 – Place the softened butter and caster sugar in a bowl.

3 – Mix until light and fluffy.

4 – Add the vanilla, flour and semolina. Mix with a fork until incorporated and the mixture forms a dough like ball.

5 – Place the dough on a lightly floured surface

(TIP: I always place cling film over my worktop and roll the dough out on that so when it comes to clearing up, I don’t have anything to do other than fold the cling film up and throw it in the bin) and roll it out until it is 5mm thick.

6 – Using a circular cutter, or a cutter shape of your choice, cut out the shortbread and place on a baking tray covered in greaseproof paper.

7 – Now take your Dinosaurs and carefully, but firmly, push them down until their feet sink into the dough and leave a footprint when removed.

(Tip: Dipping the Dinosaur’s feet in some flour before stamping helps to stop them getting stuck in the dough!)

8 – Once done, place in the oven and bake for approximately 25/30 minutes. Keep an eye on them from 25 minutes as you don’t want them to colour very much, just a very light brown colour around the edge is perfect.

8 – Remove from oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.


Chomp away!

If you have a go at this recipe, do share it with me over on my Facebook Page or on Instagram by tagging me, @lifeisknutts


Disclosure: The links to Stickerscape in this post are part of my Dinosaur Week I am running with them and Kali Stileman. I was sent some of their Wall Stickers to review. All words, thoughts, opinions and ideas are my own.

My attempt at Creme Egg Cookies by Britt @ ‘She who bakes’

My first attempt at Creme Egg cookies by the amazing Britt at She Who Bakes.

I didn’t have any orange coloring to hand so just went with chocolate on the top and they still taste super yummy, they just don’t look quite as lovely as Britts! 

They’re basically cookie dough covered mini creme eggs and the recipe is over on Britts blog page.

Give them a go in the run-up to Easter – they’re delicious!!

I’ve already eaten 2… 🙈🙊😂

Find Britt and her amazing creme egg recipe here!

National Squirrel Appreciation Day: 21st January

Here is my contribution to ‘National Squirrel Appreciation Day’.

Who doesn’t love a squirrel?!

Especially when said Squirrel has the Kahunas to do a full frontal streak on the Great British Bake Off.

Mary was so shocked she spat out her Spotted Dick….