From marble chopping boards to the most adorable cookie jars. There's something for everyone this Christmas. All families have that one baker that make the most delicious cakes, cookies, biscuits, you name it. With Christmas fast approaching and the stress of finding the perfect gift, we thought we'd make your life a little easier during this festive fun with a unique but straightforward gift guide. This will indeed make that special one of yours say 'wow!'. From marble to holographic beauties, let's go!
1. Iridescent Cutlery Set
You've seen your Instagram feed go crazy over anything rainbow and iridescent! Let this cutlery set bring a pop of colour to mealtimes. With blue, purple and gold, this piece includes teaspoons, forks, knives and tablespoons. Who said your Christmas dinner has to be traditional? Also perfect for those uni students! Who wouldn't want to eat a slice of Victoria sponge with one of these forks?
2. Marble Chopping Board
We LOVE all things marble and our house would be plastered in it if we had a choice. Classy and sassy, this worktop chopping board is super stylish and would look perfect in any kitchen. The white marble creates a modern look, just get those hands dirty and get chopping that chocolate!
3. Teacup Cake Cases
A little novelty stocking filler never harmed anyone. Get all British and really prove that you are here for afternoon tea with these adorable cupcake cases. Available in a variety of patterns from butterflies and fruits to beautiful rosebuds. Don't forget your scones and cream!
4. Pusheen Cookie Jar
How could we not mention anything cookie related? Store your cravings safely in the belly of the Pusheen Jar! This cute kitty will protect your goodies from cheeky fingertips. A great addition to any worktop, just pop her head off when you want to grab a bicky!
5. Unicorn Sprinkle Shaker
We currently live in the land of unicorns, they're taking over. Our secret recipe for our Funfetti Cake Batter Dough is that we use this majestic unicorn sprinkle shaker to add a dash of colour to our delicious treat. She is the reason it tastes so delicious. (Shhh, make sure you don't tell anyone!) Scatter on your cakes to see them transform into masterpieces.
6. Honeycomb Holder
A baker should always reward themselves, so what is better than a rose gold wine rack holder? The Honeycomb beauty has a distinctive design and is a real focal point of your kitchen. Only for the best bottles of bubbly.
Young or old, there is a gift that suits everyone. Merry Baking!
Lewis is an online health & fitness influencer based explicitly on Instagram who thrives on spreading knowledge and health facts to his followers through easy to read, visual posts which are suitable for the experienced, not only gym-goers but also newbies who are looking to get into a fitness lifestyle.
Tell us about your Ebook!
My eBook was one of my first ever adventures on Instagram; it was my mission to create a small recipe book which would contain fantastic tasting desserts that people could consume while following ANY diet. The whole purpose was to make every recipe rich in protein and as low in calories as possible so that you can enjoy more bang for your buck. I'm still proud of my eBook to this day, but the journey has not come to an end just yet as I am coming back after massive demand of new recipes, soon I plan to announce my ProteinDesserts 101 v2.
What are your favourite ingredients to work with?
My favourite ingredients to use are going to be the following:
Xanthan Gum - This is an excellent agent for thickening recipes, typically in protein-based recipes, they struggle when it comes to rising. This is because the mixture is quite runny and thin, but Xanthan Gum fluffs everything up.. complete life saver!
Whey Protein - Anyone who is active in the fitness industry and wants to build some Muscle knows how vital Protein is in the diet. This is why It's one of my favourites, not only does it pack a punch with 20+ grams of protein, but it tastes fantastic if you get the perfect flavour. Mine has to be the birthday cake flavours; I don't know anybody who hasn't enjoyed that one yet.
Sugar-Free/Fat-Free Jello Pudding Mix - This is MAJOR KEY, mixing this with specific ingredients is the icing on the cake. I have major love for this stuff; it's excellent on its own and even better using some secret ingredients from my recipe book.
Do you have a favourite recipe?
My favourite recipe has to be the Protein Fluff that is in my eBook, the texture and volume of the calories are actually insane, sometimes I question if it's legit! But It is, and it's the best thing you can eat when you have minimal calories to spare. Especially when you need to get your protein up for the day.
Seeing as you're Insta-famous, what are your top tips?
When It comes to Instagram, I don't like to refer myself as a "Guru", but I consider myself someone with a deep understanding of how the platform works and how to grow at a reasonable rate. My tips to people looking to push their Instagram accounts to the next level would be to invest in some proper quality equipment. I recommend a good DSLR camera & some time to spend on Image/Video editing software alongside things like Photoshop. But other than that, the primary two keys I tell EVERYONE is first, staying consistent & secondly sticking to a theme. Absolutely nothing can beat consistency, sometimes the journey is slow, but it will eventually pick up, and your hard work will pay off in the end!
Do you incorporate your love for graphic design into your dishes?
I would like to say I keep my Graphic Design & Baking brain separated mostly! But I do want to get a little creative with my dishes from time to time, making them look "Insta Worthy".
Your pictures always look delicious! How do you get the perfect shot of a dish?
When it comes to the perfect picture of a dish, I give all my credit to the Camera & Image editing software... Yes, seriously! I use a large 75-300mm Lens on my Canon DSLR camera to achieve fantastic quality close-ups as it allows me to zoom in very close to my objects. I then import it into my apps such as SnapSeed, and I edit it using the premade features inside the app, it really bumps up the quality and brings the colours out.
What's your favourite flavour of Gookie Dough?
My favourite flavour of Gookie Dough is the Red Velvet flavour, something about it is entirely unbeatable. However, it is closely followed by the Funfetti Flavour, who doesn't love sprinkles!? Of course, you can’t beat the original dough with all of the chocolate chip goodness. I can eat a whole pot in a day without even knowing, it’s so more-ish! The monster tubs are absolute heaven when I’m in need of that chocolate fix; I undoubtedly turn to the Triple Chocolate Fudge dough. The fudge instantly melts on your tongue. It’s divine.
What's your goal as a social media influencer?
My goal as a Social Media Influencer is to educate and to BUST all of the fitness myths out there, many people diet incorrectly, train incorrectly and fall into the marketing and traps set out by the so-called 'Industry Professionals' and 'Personal Trainers'. I keep it 100% real, genuine and straight to the point in hopes that people learn the right way of doing things. I get great satisfaction from educating people in the Fitness & Health industry as I know I'm potentially helping and improving the lives of thousands of people.
Also, I wish to stay true to my roots but also monetise my account to benefit not only my customers but also to create a source of income so that I can have more spare time during the day to create original content for my followers. None of this would even happen if it weren't for them, so I owe it all to my 160k+ followers out there.
Good luck on your second Ebook, we can’t wait! You can find Lewis' Ebook here to check out all of his recipes and desserts. Make sure you follow him on Instagram @LewFitness!
If you want to get in contact with Lewis for some fitness tips and guidance, then don’t be shy to slide into his DM’s on Insta!
Here at Gookie Dough, we're pros at how to make your mouth water and have a fountain of knowledge all about your beloved cookie. We thought we'd share our weird and wonderful facts with you, so that you can brag to your friends that you are an expert when it comes to the delightful treats. Here are all the useless facts about the cookie!
Chocolate chips cookies were invented in 1937 when Ruth Graves (American chef) decided to add cut up chunks of semi-sweet Nestle chocolate into her cookie recipe. From then on, it was history. We thank you, Ruth!
So we know that initially, chocolate chips were made from semi-sweet chocolate but the horizon has broadened. Flavours now range from dark chocolate, peanut butter chips, mint chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and white chocolate chips. And now, thanks to the ultimate food trends, we are even starting to see funfetti!
August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day here in the UK. Anything as an excuse for eating ridiculous amounts of dough! Make sure you sweeten your Instagram feed up on this special day with hashtag #ChocolateChipCookieDay.
The worlds biggest chocolate chip weighed 40,000 pounds and had a diameter of 101 feet! It was created in 2003 in North Carolina byThe Immaculate Baking Company. Damn, UK, we need to up our game in cookie making.
The first name for chocolate chip cookies was actually 'Chocolate Crunch Cookies', and it instantly became an American favourite. Ruth went on to publish a book called 'Toll House Tried And True Recipes', to this day, it's still a best seller.
If you pop your cookie dough mix in the fridge for 24 hours, it gives it more flavour. Personally, we would grab a spoon and decide to eat the dough instead. Especially if it is red velvet flavour!
Queue the language lesson! “Cookie” comes from the Dutch word koekje which means “small cake.” They’re called biscuitsin England (of course, unless we're on about Gookie Dough!), galletas in Spain, and keks in Germany.
Want to make the best melt-in-the-middle chewy, gooey cookie ever? The chips melt best a temperatures between 104 and 113°F. The melting will begin at 90°F, but the cooking temperature should never be higher than 115°F for milk and white chocolate cookies. Dark chocolate chips are a tougher cookie and shouldn't exceed 120F°. We don't want to waste precious chocolate after all!
Chocolate chip cookies are now a worldwide favourite and are most popular in America, Europe and Australia! What's even weirder is that other countries have different eating habits that surround our cookie. The Middle East top their cookie with chocolate sauce and then eat them with a knife and fork (very fancy!).
The chocolate chip cookie is one of the four foods which are acceptable according to fussy eaters. (The other three being chicken, chips, and macaroni cheese. Very nutritional!)
Your average rounded tablespoon can hold an average of 50 chocolate chips (I wonder who calculated that). To be fair, I'm delighted when I have the maximum of 6.
Baking a batch of fresh cookies is one of estate agent's finest techniques for making a house feel like a home. Pretty smart!
What cookie facts do you know about? Throw a few more chocolate chips into the mix and let us know. Of course, you can never beat our Gooey Chocolate Chip Tub of dough!
How do we celebrate the weekend? We stuff our faces. What's better than cookie dough and cupcakes slathered in buttercream? All of them combined of course! If you're looking for a melt in the middle creamy doughy filling and a sickly sweet icing with a vanilla sponge then you've come to the right place. As these are the ultimate Gookie Dough Cupcakes!
To make the sponge you will need:
110g/4oz butter softened at room temperature
110g/4oz caster sugar
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g/4oz self-raising flour
1-2 tbsp milk
Preheat the oven to 180C or Gas Mark 4 and line a 12 muffin tin with paper cases. Cream the butter and sugar together until it becomes pale and beat in the eggs bit by bit. Add your vanilla extract to flavour. Next, fold in your flour and add a little milk. Fill your cases until they are half full. Pop them in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until they are golden on top!
Here's the fun bit
While your cupcakes are cooling, leave your Gookie Dough at room temperature to ensure that it's easier to work with. When ready, slice the top of the cake (like you're making butterfly cakes) and then grab a skewer to dig a generous hole. Grab your favourite flavour of dough (in my case it was red velvet and original) and roll it into a delicious ball of goodness. Pop it into the hole you've just dug and voila, a beautiful combo!
Lastly, it's time to ice those beauties. To make your buttercream you will need:
140g/5oz butter softened
280g/10oz icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
Combine all of these ingredients and get whisking until it's a smooth creamy mixture. If you're feeling extra creative, add a few drops of food colouring to make super snazzy snacks! Get icing away (and try not to eat all of the leftover buttercream plus Gookie Dough! I felt rather sick) and guess what, you're the perfect baker!
When slicing into these gems, be warned as it's major food porn alert! Who says cookies and cake can't mix? Not us! Make sure you follow @SugarcoatHope on Instagram here!