Baking Koala Cupcakes! 15 November

Yesterday’s free activity should have been baking koala cupcakes, but sadly the oven decided it was a good day to break!

Teacher Serena and her morning group were unaware of this until they’d made the cupcake mixture, put them in cases,  into the oven and waited patiently for them to bake!

It was only upon checking on them that they realised the oven was just blowing cold air, resulting in this being as far as their koala cupcakes got…

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Luckily I had time to come up with a back up in time for the afternoon, running to Woolworths to buy cakes for us to decorate! They were all out of cupcakes though, so we had to go with muffins instead!

We still got to do the fun part, decorating :), and while they maybe didn’t look that great the muffins and icing tasted amazing!!

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For anyone who has a working oven and would like to make them at home, here’s the recipe!

Koala Cupcakes Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

For the choc-almond cupcakes:1 cup self-raising flour

½ cup plain flour

1 cup raw sugar

4 Tbsp cocoa

½ tsp bicarb soda

Pinch of salt

65g butter, melted

1 cup almond milk

½ tsp vanilla essence

 

For the buttercream icing:200g butter, softened

2½ cups icing sugar

Grey food colouring:
5 drops blue + 5 drops red + 2 drops green

1 Tbsp almond milk, as needed

 

For the koala decoration:

Desiccated coconut

Pink marshmallows

Licorice

Choc chips

 

DIRECTIONS:

For the choc-almond cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius and line cupcake tray with cupcake papers.

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Mix in melted butter. Combine milk and vanilla together, then add to dry ingredients and mix well.

Spoon the mixture evenly between prepared cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle of the cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 15-20 minutes.

For the buttercream icing:

Using a fork, beat the butter until it is pale and fluffy.

Gradually beat in icing sugar, half a cup at a time.

Add food colouring and mix through well. Add milk, if needed to thin the mixture.

For the koala decoration:

Sprinkle the icing with coconut then assemble the features of a koala face – use pink marshmallows for the ears, licorice slices for the nose and choc chips for the eyes.

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Koala Cupcakes! 19th July

Today at Lexis Byron Bay we made Koala Cupcakes!!

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We started by baking delicious chocolate almond cupcakes……..

Then while we waited for these to bake we played scattergories and some Table Tennis doubles to pass the time!

Once the cupcakes had cooled we added our butter cream icing we had earlier prepared and made grey by mixing green, red and blue food colouring!

The last step was to decorate them to look like Australia’s native animal, the cute koala!

I think the students done a great job!!!

 

 

If you’d like to give it a try yourself here’s how!

Koala Cupcakes Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

For the choc-almond cupcakes:

1 cup self-raising flour

½ cup plain flour

1 cup raw sugar

4 Tbsp cocoa

½ tsp bicarb soda

Pinch of salt

65g butter, melted

1 cup almond milk

½ tsp vanilla essence

 

For the buttercream icing:

200g butter, softened

2½ cups icing sugar

Grey food colouring:
5 drops blue + 5 drops red + 2 drops green

1 Tbsp almond milk, as needed

 

For the koala decoration:

Desiccated coconut

Pink marshmallows

Licorice

Choc chips

 

DIRECTIONS:

For the choc-almond cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius and line cupcake tray with cupcake papers.

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Mix in melted butter. Combine milk and vanilla together, then add to dry ingredients and mix well.

Spoon the mixture evenly between prepared cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle of the cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 15-20 minutes.

For the buttercream icing:

Using a fork, beat the butter until it is pale and fluffy.

Gradually beat in icing sugar, half a cup at a time.

Add food colouring and mix through well. Add milk, if needed to thin the mixture.

For the koala decoration:

Sprinkle the icing with coconut then assemble the features of a koala face – use pink marshmallows for the ears, licorice slices for the nose and choc chips for the eyes.

 

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

 

February Activity Calendar!!

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We have another month of exciting activities planned just for our Lexis students!

Every Monday you can stretch out and relax doing Yoga with Stef in the garden from 11-12 and with Fee in Room 8 from 2:15 to 3:15.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays we alternate the popular activity of Coffee Lounge, which gives students the chance to get to know each other while practicing English, with other fun activities. This is every week except for the week of the 13th when we will instead have a special Valentines Day BBQ on the Tuesday! This will be at 12.15 in the front garden.

We have our monthly Job Club on the 9th. I’ll be in Room 8 at 11am and 2pm to help you write resumes/cover letters, look for jobs, apply for TFN’s and give you advice on gaining your RSA or Barista license!

We have a few competitive team sports in there as these are always popular! This kicks off with Soccer on the 2nd (in the garden), followed by Volleyball on the 10th (11am in the garden and 2pm at the beach), then Cricket on the 23rd (11am in the garden and 2pm at the beach)!

We also have our monthly Table Tennis Tournament on the 15th! Last months winner, Thomas, has now left so it’s time to find our new champion!!

We have fun day planned at Tallows Beach; we’ll all ride our bikes there together and play some beach games!

Cooking this month will be Baking Koala Cupcakes on the 16th (in the Student Kitchen)!

Other great activities include Boomerang Painting on the 22nd and then Pizza and Pictionary on the 24th!

Beer Tasting on the 3rd is sure to be very popular! This will be at 11am and 2pm in the garden.

Aswell as all of this we have Flavio coming in to teach you how to Skateboard on 7th and there will be a 1 hour Surf Lesson for just $20 on the 28th! Please come see me in reception if you’d like to book this!

GIL (Guided Individual Learning) runs every day from 12-1pm and 2-3pm in Room 8. Come along to get help with anything from homework to vocabulary to writing your resume.

We will also continue to enjoy our Student Nights at Cheeky Monkeys every Tuesday night – meet at BWT @ 8pm first to get your drinks, food and fun!

Don’t forget that you can book your 3-hour surf lessons with us anytime at Reception for just $50!

Have a great month!🙂

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Making Raw Koala Treats! August 24

Today we spent the rainy afternoon making Raw Koala Treats!

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First we made Cookie Dough balls…

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Then we coated them in chocolate…

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Then we decorated them to look (kind of) like Koalas, as well as some other shapes and decorations.

Here is the recipe to try it yourself at home:

Cookie dough balls

1/2 cup softened coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
4 Tablespoons brown sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups almond meal
pinch sea salt
pinch baking soda

Melted chocolate

3 cups dark chocolate pieces
2 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 Tablespoon rice syrup

Koala decorations

Desiccated coconut
Pink marshmallows
Silver balls
Writing icing
Any other decorations you fancy!
For the cookie dough:

Whisk together the coconut oil, rice syrup, sugar and vanilla, until it’s well combined and fluffy.
Mix in the almond flour, salt and baking soda.
Roll small pieces (about a teaspoon) of dough into balls and place on a tray lined with baking paper. Put them in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up, which will make dipping them in the chocolate easier.

For the chocolate: 

Melt all the ingredients in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and whisk together until smooth and well combined. Using a toothpick, dip each ball into the chocolate and then place back on the tray. (You can either leave the toothpick in or take it out after you’ve dipped it in chocolate).

For the Koala decorations:

Decorate the balls like Koalas! For example, cover the chocolate with coconut for the fur, use pink marshmallows for the ears, silver balls and/or writing icing for the eyes, nose and mouth. Or get creative and decorate however you like!

Put the koalas in the freezer until the chocolate is set, then eat them all!

 

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

August Activity Calendar!

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Next week is the start of AUGUST and we have an exciting month of free activities planned especially for our Lexis students!

Every Monday you can stretch out and relax doing Yoga from 2:15 to 3:15 in Room 8.

On Tuesdays we have alternating weeks of Coffee Club with coffee, TimTams and conversation, and Learn to Skateboard with Flavio for beginners wanting to learn or more experienced skaters wanting to learn some extra tips and skills.

On Wednesdays we will start the month with the popular 1-hour Surf Lesson for just $20! Make sure to sign up and pay at Reception to secure your spot. In the following weeks we will get into the kitchen to do some Thai Cooking and Baking Koala Cupcakes. We will also get artistic and learn a bit about Aboriginal Australian culture and art while doing some Boomerang Painting. Then we will finish off the month with an afternoon of Beer Tasting!

Every second Thursday there will be a Movie with free popcorn and Job Club in Room 5. There will also be a special Blockbuster Movie screening with free pizza one week and a Mindfulness session on the last Thursday of the month.

On Fridays we will get active with Volleyball in the garden, a session with Olmo to Learn to Slackline, and a Soccer match in the garden. On the last Friday of the month we will have a big afternoon planned for a Lighthouse Photo-Scavenger Hunt with prizes!

GIL (Guided Individual Learning) runs every afternoon in Room 1. Come along to get help with anything from homework to vocabulary to writing your resume.

We will also continue to enjoy our Student Nights at Cheeky Monkeys every Tuesday night – meet at BWT @8pm first to get your drinks, food and fun!

Don’t forget that you can book your 2-hour surf lessons with us anytime at Reception for just $50.

Have a great month! 🙂

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.