Christmas Tree Farm Cake πŸŒ²πŸŒ²

Hello world! Happy new year!!!

Hey guys! So…. After my terrible attempt at blogmas went completely wrong, I decided to just post now some of the blogs that I’ve already wrote/ planned (like this one) and move on! I’m excited for the future. Anyhow! I decided to make another Taylor Swift related post, and share with you how I made a Christmas cake inspired by Taylor’s Christmas song, Christmas Tree Farm!! I used my mum’s recipe, so it turned out really well. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

(for the cake)

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 bag of vanilla extract powder (100g)
  • 1 1/2 cups of self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cups orange juice

(for the icing) by CupcakeJemma

  • 150g unsalted butter, soft
  • 340g icing sugar, sifted
  • 3-4 tbsp whole milk/milk infusion/juice/other liquid

Step one-

Pre- heat the oven to about 180C. Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Put the yolks on the side in a small bowl, you’ll need it later. Put the egg whites inside of the mixer, and add the sugar. Mix it, until it looks something like this.

Step two-

Now, slowly but surely add the rest of the ingredients (including the egg yolks), while still mixing. It should take a few minutes, mix everything until all of the ingredients blend with each other. Mine turned out looking something like this (see picture). Afterwards pour your mix into a rounded tray (you can use a different shape if you’d like of course, obviously it won’t change the cake in any way lol). You can pick up the tray and gently drop it or tap it in order to release air bubbles. Mine wouldn’t go away and the cake still turned out fine so don’t worry about it too much πŸ™‚

Step Three-

Take your tray and place it in the pre-heated oven for at least 20 minutes. Wait until the cake looks golden, and poke it with a butter knife or a toothpick to see that it’s ready. Mine ended up looking like this.

Step four-

OKAY, now your cake is ready! You can let it cool down and leave it as it is, or continue to decorate it with me. I left it to cool down for about 30-40 minutes , and in the meantime made my icing. I followed CupcakeJemma‘s recipe. Basically take the butter and mix it until it’s all fluffy and about twice its’ size. Then, slowly add the icing sugar, a little bit at a time, while still mixing. If needed, add a bit of milk until everything looks like you’d want it to. It should be looking like this.

Step five-

Now, decorate it!! You can do whatever you want. Because I’m making a “Christmas Tree Farm” inspired cake, I used green and red food coloring to color some of the icing, while leaving some white icing in a different bowl. Then, I leveled the cake until I was satisfied with it, and covered it with white icing.

Step six-

Now I simply decorated the cake- I took the green icing and drew big pine trees using a toothpick. I then wrote on the cake “Christmas Tree Farm” using the red food coloring. The cake is delicious, and so is the icing, so even though it ended up looking funny I really liked it- and so did my family! I hope you enjoy / enjoyed making your version of this cake as well :))

AND THAT’S IT!

Happy new year everybody! I had the best time ever with you this month, and this year. I’m really happy with how this blog has done this year. I’d like to thank you all so much for everything! <33 TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! If you go out to celebrate, take a mask! Wear it! Drink water! I love you, you’re doing amazing.

Toodles! See you in 2021!! πŸ₯‚

-Ocean girl

Evermore- My First Impression πŸŒ±

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day eleven!

How are you all? Let me start off by saying sorry for not keeping up with blogmas- I literally had the most stressful week ever. However, I’m back now, and I think that I’ll be posting the days the I’ve missed anyway, just late. I had so many great ideas for blogmas, and I even started writing some of them. It’ll be a shame to let that all go to waste πŸ™‚ anyways, two days ago Taylor freaking Swift announced that her 9th studio album, “evermore”, would be out soon. WTH?? I think that I made it quite clear that I am a swiftie, so hearing that was insane to me! You can probably guess how excited I was.

Last time, when “folklore” came out, I live twitted my thoughts on the album. It was probably the best thing I could’ve done, as it was really cool going back and reading my first thoughts on the album. For example, I didn’t say too much about “august”, which ended up being my favorite song. It’s funny seeing my first impression of it. So I decided that today’s blogmas would be my first impression of the tracks of “evermore”! Then in a month or so I will post another blog, reacting and updating this one. I thought that I could be fun, so hopefully you will enjoy this as much ❀ But well, here we go! If you’re also a fan of taylor’s work, let me know your thoughts on the album in the comments below.

willow

Okay so first of all the music video is insanely good? Dude I literally teared up, I love how she kept the “folklore” vibe and references. The “invisible string” made me so happy, and I absolutely love how magical everything is. 10/10 no doubt. The music- holy cow.. she did it again. I really like the lyrics, and the music is so magical and mysterious. I read on twitter that someone said that this song kinda reminded them of “I think he know“, and I totally agree! I also love how she went from “is it cool that I said all that” to “that’s my man”. Definitely loved this one <33 My favorite lines from the song at the moment are “show me the places where the others gave you scars” and “I’m like the water when your ship rolled in that night, rough on the surface, but you cut through like a knife”.

champagne problems

AHHH I think that so far this one is one of my favorite. I love the happy piano, along with the sad lyrics. I also read online that this song is about someone with mental illness, who had trouble committing to a marriage. That’s so sad! But any who, I don’t even know if that’s true- I just simply love the song. At first I thought that Taylor broke up with her boyfriend lmao but nah. So yes, I love this song so much. My favorite lines from the song at the moment are “”this dorm was once a madhouse” I made a joke, “Well, it’s made for me””, “she would’ve made such a lovely bride, what a shame she’s fucked in the head” and “you won’t remember all my champagne problems”.

gold rush

I like “gold rush” as well, but it ain’t my favorite. I love how she says the word “folklore” in it, and I love the lyrics ’cause they’re incredible as always. I feel like this song would be a good one to clean my room and do my chores to? Just because it has a good beat, but also it’s soft so it won’t distract me from my work. My favorite lines from the song at the moment are “I don’t like that falling feels like flying ’til the bone crush” and “my mind turns your life into folklore”.

’tis the damn season

So I haven’t listened to this enough to say that this is my favorite song or anything, but I do think that it’s quite cool. I love the title, especially considering the fact that this song came out during December. The lyrics also hit close to home, and now listening and hearing them is kind of making me sad in a good way lol. This song for some reason reminds me of “illicit affairs“, maybe because of the lyrics and the vibe. I need to listen to this more before I can have more of an opinion on the song πŸ™‚ My favorite lyrics from the song at the moment are “and wonder about the only soul who can tell which smiles I’m fakin'”, “the heart I know I’m breakin’ is my own” and “to leave the warmest bed I’ve ever known”.

tolerate it

I actually only listen to this song about one or two times, so I don’t have much of an opinion on it yet. I know that since it’s track number five, it means a lot to Taylor and it’s quite emotional. And well after going over the lyrics again, it really is! I love the lyrics so much, but I’ll have to listen to it some more before I can fully express my love to it. My favorite lines from this songs are “I notice everything you do or don’t do”, “use my best colors for your portrait”, “I know my love should be celebrated” and lastly “I sit and watch you”.

no body, no crime

THIS SONG IS SO GOOD I CANNOT STRESS IT ENOUGH. I love true crime and I listen to so many podcasts about it daily. So I was super excited when I heard the song. I love the storyline, the lyrics, the music, the vibe, the background vocals, EVERYTHING. Truly. It’s so amazing and viby and I enjoyed listening to it all day today during a car ride. I love it. My favorite lines from the song are “I’ve cleaned enough houses to know how to cover up a scene, good thing Este’s sister’s gonna swear she was with me”, “(She was with me, dude)” and “they think she did it, but they just can’t prove it, she thinks I did it, but she just can’t prove it”.

Happiness

Again, this one isn’t one that I’ve listened to too many times. What I do remember from the times that I’ve heard it is that it’s really sad! I definitely will be listening to it a few more times for the next blog, reacting to this one. My favorite line from the song is “There’ll be happiness after you, but there was happiness because of you”.

dorothea

So I haven’t listen to this one as much as well (lmao I really need to work on that, don’t I) but people assume that this song is written from the “’tis the damn season” speaker’s lover. So it sound really cool. I kind of like it so far, but I’ll have to listen to it some more before making up an opinion about it. My favorite lines from the song are “but are you still the same soul I met under the bleachers?” and “you got shiny friends since you left town”.

coney island and ivy

So “coney island”, along with “ivy”, are the songs that I’ve listen to the least. Like, I don’t even have favorite lines or lyrics at the moment- I can’t even remember any! I’ll definitely have to listen to both of them more times before forming any opinion about them.

cowboy like me

I actually kind of expected this one to be similar to the song “betty” from “folklore”, but honestly I don’t really see it now. I need to listen to it more, but I like the storyline and I feel like I’d love this person’s point of view once I get to know them. My favorite line from this song at the moment is “takes one to know one, you’re a cowboy like me”.

long story short

So I actually listen to this one a few more times then the rest of the songs! When I first heard it I thought that this was another song from August’s point of view, because the music at the beginning really reminded me of the music at the beginning of “august”. The lyrics also made sense for it to be true. But Taylor said that there is not song from Betty/James/August’s point of view, so it’s not lol. But either way, I love this song so much, and I can already tell that I will love it even more. My favorite lines from this song at the moment are “long story short, it was a bad time” and “long story short, I survived”.

marjorie

So if you didn’t know, in “folklore” the 13th track was written about Taylor’s grandfather. So the 13th track in “evermore” is written about her grandmother. Honestly, this song hit really hard, it’s so beautiful and yet sad. It made me think a lot about my grandparents and my relationship with them. I love it, and will probably love it even more in the future. My favorite lines are “never be so politΠ΅, you forget your power. NevΠ΅r wield such power, you forget to be polite” and “I should’ve asked you questions”.

closure and evermore

So with both of these songs- I haven’t really decided what I think about them, I’ll have to listen to them over and over again. “closure” is sad, and relatable. “evermore” is also kind of sad I think, though I only listen to it once. It was weird for me hearing another Taylor and Bon Iver song, though it’s probably only because I’m not used to it yet. I currently don’t have favorite lines from either song.

THAT’S IT! This is today’s blog. It’s really long, so I’m super grateful if you choose to read all of it. I came back strong! lmao. But anyway, I really need to go to sleep. So let me know what you thought of the album if you’ve listened to it! What are your favorite songs? I hope that you’re taking a good care of yourself. See you tomorrow, hopefully!

Toodles! πŸ‚

-ocean girl