CLOSED In the mix – A giveaway

February 13, 2013 42 Comments

If you’ve been reading for a while you’ll know I’m a bit of a wanna-be baker. I’m not saying I am any good {and my performance at Iron:Cupcake would be a testament to this} but I do love baking. Ask me to cook a meal that’s more than beans on toast and I’m stumped, but ask me to bake and I’m happy. I have my ‘go to’ recipes that I love and can whip up easily, but I’m all for trying something new – they just sometimes don’t quite go to plan! I once tried to make a mixed berries frosting with still slightly frozen berries, and summer warmed butter – that was a huge curdled mistake!

And if you have ever tried to make a smooth buttercream, even with a hand mixer, you are going to appreciate my giveaway this month.

The people at Argos have kindly given me a Tefal Compact Kitchen Machine to giveaway to one of you. It comes with a 3.5ltr bowl, a whisk, dough hook and K beater attachments, a splashguard {which is insanely necessary if you are making frosting – it stops that icing cloud mushrooming}. It’s also got 4 speeds and a pulse control. And just in case you need something to cook your creation is they also sell a range of gas cookers, and you can even get an integrated dishwasher from Argos to help with the washing up!

To Enter

  • To be in with a chance of winning this mixer, all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me your favourite thing to bake, or leave me a recipe {it doesn’t have to be one of your own}. 

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– The winner will be picked within 3 days of the
competition finishing.
– Delivery will be
within 28 days of Argos receiving the winner’s address, and the competition
prize may vary at the discretion of Argos

– The prize as described will be supplied direct from Argos, and there is no
cash alternative
– This competition is open to UK residents only.


  • Unknown February 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

    This is my fave recipe – I've made it a couple of times for work and it goes down a treat – so easy and so tasty 🙂

    125g/4½oz butter
    500g/1lb 2oz dark brown sugar
    120ml/4fl oz milk
    250g/9oz crunchy peanut butter
    1 vanilla pod, seeds only
    300g/10½oz icing sugar

    Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat.
    Stir in the brown sugar and milk, and bring to the boil for 2-3 minutes, without stirring.
    Remove from the heat, and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla seeds.
    Place the icing sugar in a large bowl, and pour the hot butter and sugar mixture on top. Using a wooden spoon, beat the mixture until smooth.
    Pour into a 20cm/8in square baking tray, and set aside to cool slightly, then place in the fridge to chill completely.
    Cut the fudge into squares with a sharp knife, turn out of the tin and store in an airtight container.

    • Emma February 13, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Ummmmm. these sound so great – and they look super easy too.

  • Gina February 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I love making chunky cookies filled with anything – chocolate, oats, raisins, caramel, honey – anything sweet and yummy.

    My favourite cookie recipe at the moment is The Londoner's choconut chip cookies, the full recipe is here:

    Would love to make these with a mixer!

    • Emma February 13, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      With you on that one – I made a batch of cookie dough and froze it so i could have cookies on tap without making it each time.

  • Unknown February 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I love ALL the food from any Nigella recipe book ever. Honestly, my love for the woman is borderline inappropriate.

    My absolute though?
    I'd lick it off anything.

    Even Nigella. (Too much?!)


    • Emma February 13, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      You know my feelings on this comment! Love it. And will be round to steal the salted caramel sauce stat!

  • Sadie February 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway – I'm glad I found your blog, it's full of all the things I love! My favourite recipe recently is Nigella's banoffee pie, found here 🙂

    • Emma February 13, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      I. Love. Banoffee.
      Thank you for bringing this to my attention!

  • Lisa February 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Another Nigella! Pistachio and chocolate fudge – so yummy!

    • Emma February 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      This was a dangerous thing to ask – this just sounds amazing. Added to the must make list!

  • Natalie February 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    These are the best ever chocolate chip cookies by No 2 Pencil. Try them out!

    • Emma February 13, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Ooooh, I've been looking for a choc chip recipe for a while. Will defo give it a go.

  • Erin February 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    My new favourite thing to make is bagels. I made cinnamon & raisin ones the other day & they were so yummy, and infinitely better than shop bought. Lots of flavours to experiment with next!

    • Emma February 13, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      Oh. Wow. Bagels. I'd love to try making bagels – do you have a recipe?

  • sphynx February 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    My favourite thing to bake is red velvet cupcakes, the food colouring can ruin my whole kitchen though!


    • Emma February 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      haha. i know that – ever since i discovered gel colours my kitchen has changed!

  • Jenny February 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

    This would be great to start off round 2 of our office baking competition!

    our cake blog – yeah we really like cake here – probably too much! 🙂
    and leader board

    my favorite recipe of the competition Mike's Ellevenses 😀

    • Emma February 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Oh, wow. YOu do like cake – thats such a great facebook page. Love it.

  • Helen February 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Carrot cake – just throw all the ingredients together and it comes out a treat. And cream cheese icing on top, yum…

    There was a recipe on Susannah Conway's blog last week for chocolate chip, sea salt and Nutella cookies – I really want to give those a try!

    • Emma February 17, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      My mum makes the BEST carrot cake – it's one of my favourites. Those cookies look amazing too.

  • Unknown February 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm


    looking forward to book – uncanny off to Germany in May…

    happy Skyping with Mr & hope your Valentine Day is heart filled

    THANK YOU! noodleBubble x

    • Emma February 17, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      So, so happy that you liked the parcel. So glad that I got to 'meet' you too. x

  • Gemma C-S February 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    My favouritest favourite thing to bake is my Nan's cherry cake which was always a family favourite as was super moist and quite tart from the cherries. My nan used to have an old mixer like this one too! As I am a total muppet, I lost the family recipe book with her version of this written in it… but here's a link to Delia's which is v similar. Also, another Nigella lover here – the buttermilk chocolate muffins? Nargghsgdhg (the noise of putting my metaphorical face in them.) Also, seconding the call for a bagel recipe?? x

    • Emma February 17, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      my nan has some amazing recipes that we need to get written down, but this sounds so yummy!

  • Susan Barrie February 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I love a good citrus kick, and Tania Ramsey's lemon drizzle cake recipe is one of the best I know!

    • Emma February 17, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      mmmmmmmm. lemon drizzle cake.

  • Little Miss Hungry February 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    My favourite almost-fool-proof recipe is chocolate cake with white chocolate frosting. I tried an amazing courgette and ginger cake yesterday, though, so my next baking mission is to try and figure that recipe out!

    • Emma February 17, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      you can't tease me with details of that and not share…..

  • Lisa February 18, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I love making my banana cake, all the ingredients in one bowl, mix it up and bang it in the oven. 50 minutes later all done. So this mixer would really speed it up!!

    My other go to cake is Jamie Oliver's carrot cake with lime mascarpone icing. I've never quite perfected the icing but it is delicious if not a little bit fiddler than the banana cake.

    • Emma February 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Banan bread is one of my 'go-to' recipes too. So easy. But carrot cake is my fav of my mum's recipes. She always used to make me one when I returned from my travels.

  • Unknown February 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

    My favourite thing to cook is Ginger Nut Biscuits! As a pregnant woman, these have been lifesavers with this first pregnancy!

    340g/12oz plain flour
    1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
    2 level tsps ground ginger
    100g/4oz butter
    160g light brown sugar
    4 tblsp golden syrup
    1 large egg, beaten

    It's Paul Hollywoods recipe and i heart whatever he makes!

    Bundana xxx

    • Emma February 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      He is certainly worth the hearting! I'm going to pass this recipe on to my prego friend too.

  • pinklittlebean February 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    My favourite recipe is a Gizzi Erskine one – Fizzy Lemon & Cola Tart ☺

    It's pretty time consuming but definitely worth the effort! ♥

    My blog post about it is here:

    Clare x

    • Emma February 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      This sound *interesting* how about you make one and I'll come try it? That would work for me 😉

  • Vonnie February 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Lemon poppyseed cake is my hands-down absolute favourite thing to bake – my idiotproof recipe is here on my blog if you'd like to try makin it for yourself 🙂

    • Emma February 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      I worked with a lady that made the best Lemon & Poppyseed cake. I love everything citrus, so defo going to try this one! (I also like idiot proof things)

  • Life Of Bairn February 19, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Granny boyd's biscuits in the Nigella Domesic Goddess book. Handful of ingredients and delicious chocolatey melt-in-the-mouth biscuits that are perfect with a cuppa and are v quick to make!

  • Rachel K February 20, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I love to bake anything that will be enjoyed and gratefully demolished with only full tummies, smiles, and a few crumbs left behind 🙂 I bake a lot from Jo Wheatley's A Passion For Baking (Blackberry & Apple Loaf, Stromboli loaf, honey & mustard sausage rolls) and have just started a new blog which will feature baking heavily (Just joined my local Clandestine Cake Club too!!) x

    • Rachel K February 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Oh, and the fact that this is compact is AMAZING. My kitchen is insanely tiny and my mixer is older than me (by about 20yrs) and vibrates the whole kitchen when it mixes… my toddler is actually scared of that beige beast! I'll be checking this out, even if I don't win!

  • Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Ooh i'd love to win this. I mad buttercream icing by hand the other day and my muscles are still aching!
    My favourite recipe is an easy one that always seems to work out, it's the banana bread recipe from nigellas domestic goddess book. Super tasty, quick and makes the house smell amazing!

    Vic x

  • Anna, Oh yes! I like that. February 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I like making absolutely massive cakes! Does that count? That should definitely count.

  • Erin February 23, 2013 at 10:19 am

    The recipe was from the Sunday Mail (I feel obliged to make it clear I did not buy this paper, just read the magazine bit of someone else's!). They were really simple & so tasty 🙂

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