Monday, August 21, 2017

Recipe: Easy Vanilla Cupcakes!

Hey cupcakes! I recently decided to bake some cupcakes, so I found a random recipe on Pinterest and thought to try it out (see original recipe here). This vanilla cupcake recipe was AWESOME, so I wanted to share it with you all today! It isn't over-sweet, the batter is super simple to whip up, and it makes more than two dozen cupcakes! I would definitely recommend you give this a try :D

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What You Need
-2 1/2 cups flour
-2 cups sugar
-3 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp salt
-1 cup milk
-1/2 canola oil
-1 tbsp vanilla extract
-2 eggs
-1 cup water

How To Make
1. Preheat oven to 350 degress and place cupcake liners into muffin tin.
2. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixer bowl and combine. Set aside.
3. Add milk, oil, vanilla extract, and eggs in a medium sized bowl and mix together.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Beat until combined.
5. Slowly add the water to the batter and mix on low speed until combined (batter will be pretty runny).
6. Fill cupcake liners about half way and bake for 15-17 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs).
7. Remove cupcakes from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
8. When cool, frost with any frosting you like! Ta-da, tasty treats!!! :D

What my cupcakes ended up looking like! :D

What is your favorite cupcake flavor? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Love,
Jenna the Baker

Saturday, August 19, 2017

How To Style: T-shirt Dress

Hey cupcakes! I have been seeing t-shirt dresses everywhere recently, so I wanted to make a lookbook on three unique ways to style them. :D Let's get started!


Outfit #1 (Sweet and Simple) - In this look, pair your t-shirt dress with your favorite pair of Keds/Converse and a simple black purse. So effortless but so chic!

Outfit #2 (Cool and Casual) - This is my favorite way to style t-shirt dresses! I'm not a big fan of how they look without a belt, so I love to put on a belt and my denim jacket to create an outfit that is perfect for a casual day out on the town.

Outfit #3 (Rocker Chic) - If you want to go extreme with the belt, put on a corset belt! These belts are so cute, and I love how it looks with some cute booties. :)

How do you style t-shirt dresses? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Love,
Jenna

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Recent Book Reads and Random Food Reviews

Hey cupcakes! I have been doing some reading (and eating!) recently, so I thought I would combine a book review post with some random food reviews as well. :) If you enjoy these posts and would like to see more of them, please let me know in the comments!

Recent Books I Have Read

1. The Search for Nefertiti by Dr. Joann Fletcher

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As you could probably tell from my last book review post (read it here!), I am into reading nonfiction books because I love to learn about random topics that I discover in the library. Ever since I was a young girl, I have always been obsessed with Ancient Egypt and the amazing civilization that thrived so long ago. I started to have the urge to read some more books about Ancient Egypt, so I thought this book would be interesting. The book basically tells the story of Dr. Joann Fletcher and her journey to try to figure out if a random mummy walled up in a tomb is the mummy of Nefertiti. The book is quite informative and goes into so much depth about the time of Nefertiti, before her, and after. While there is no actual conclusion at the end of the book (because we will never truly know if the mummy is her or not), I totally believe that the mummy of Nefertiti has been found! This book can be dry at times if you aren't into history, but I would definitely recommend.
Rating: 8/10

2. The Mysterious Death of Tutankhamun by Paul Doherty

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This book was fantastic!!!! I was lucky enough to see the actual treasures from King Tut's tomb when it was a traveling exhibit in Chicago, and the death of King Tut has always been so interesting to learn about. Most people think he was murdered by Ay, but this book looks at the physical features of King Tut to hypothesize that the "boy king" had Marfan syndrome, which would explain why he was always depicted as a child when he lived to be 18 years old (way past the average Egyptian's life span). This book was explained in "normal people terms" unlike the Nefertiti book, so I loved it! Great book to keep your mind thinking!
Rating: 10/10

Recent Food I Have Tried

3. Stroopwafel

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I saw these in a foreign supermarket and just had to give it a try! As you could probably tell from my last taste test post (read it here!), I have a sweet tooth :P And I loved these cookies/biscuits/whatever these are! The layer of caramel in the center was basically fused with the thin waffle, and it was the perfect amount of sweet. I will definitely be trying these again! 
Rating: 9/10

4. S'mores Tart from Tim Hortons



I was in the car with my family, and we decided to stop at Tim Hortons... I saw this homemade "poptart" and just had to get it! While I am not a big s'mores fan, I thought this was pretty good. The dough of the tart tasted like pie crust, and it was filled with fluff and chocolate (so it was pretty sweet). I don't think I would buy it again just because it was too expensive for such a small tart, but if you love s'mores then you should give this a try!
Rating: 6/10

5. Bauducco Triple Chocolate Wafer Cookies

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I was in Big Lots the other day and saw these, and they reminded me of those orange wafer cookies I used to eat as a kid. These were only $1 and were made in Brazil, so I gave them a try... They were actually really tasty! You can definitely tell they are chocolate, but you don't taste the three different types of chocolate like the package says. If you like the orange wafer cookies, you will like these too!
Rating: 8/10

6. Inka Plantain Chips

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I also found these for $1 in Big Lots, and I wanted to try them out. Plantains are basically the cousin of bananas, so I thought they would taste a lot like banana chips.... But they actually taste more like potato chips! They were really good, and I think they are more natural/healthy than a fried potato chip, so I will definitely be on the look out for more of these! 
Rating: 9.5/10

What books have you read recently and food have you tried? Comment below your thoughts on what I should read/eat next and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Love,
Try Anything Once Jenna

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My 5 Current Favorite Beauty Products!

Hey cupcakes! It has been SO long since I wrote a post about makeup and beauty products, so I thought I would change things up today and write a fun post about my latest beauty obsessions. Let's get started! :D

1. elf's Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara


I barely wear any makeup in the summer (usually just mascara and powder), so I love wearing a simple mascara that is also waterproof for summer fun! While this mascara is honestly not the best with water, I still love the brush and how it makes my lashes look!

2. NYC Smooth Skin Translucent Powder

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This is perfect for a summer day, and I love how light-weight it is! :) This is by far my favorite powder, and it is also super cheap... Definitely would recommend!

3. Boots Extracts Coconut Body Butter

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In the summer I, unfortunately, have to shave my legs a lot more than usual. To keep my skin healthy and hydrated, this body butter is my fav! It isn't thick like some body butters can be, so I love to use it after the shower. Such a great scent too!

4. Viva La Juicy La Fleur

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I have wayyyy too many body sprays/perfumes, so I decided to get rid of the ones I have before I purchase new ones. I ran out of my Viva La Juicy perfume in this double roller a long time ago, so I thought I would try out Viva La Juicy La Fleur... and I love it! The scent is super florally and perfect for summer!

5. eos Honeysuckle Honeydew Lip Balm

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Lol - this is totally random, but I LOVE this lip balm. It keeps my lips moist all day,

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Haha sorry not sorry :P

and I love the scent/flavor.

What are your current favorite makeup products? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake (lol - you just have to after that A Cinderella Story gif)!

Love,
Jenna
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