Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

It seems my birthday presents had a very distinct theme this year…. not that I’m complaining in the slightest.  Food, and more specifically chocolate seemed to be the order of the day.   A very delightful birthday treat indeed! To celebrate it was only logical that I bake a chocolate cake, or in this case, cakes…

The Monkey Cake, Part Three: Constructing a monkey

You’ve seen the recipes(here and here).. and read the story… but here is a visual guide to how we created the Monkey Cake.  Above is the namesake himself…. and below… we’ll you’ll get the picture!

The Monkey Cake, Part Two: The Decoration & Buttercream

So today is all about how to make the icing on the cake…. literally! And this is where Sonia came into her own on the cake making….without her I probably would have been in tears as my butter was too soft and I was struggling to get the consistency I needed to be able to…

The Monkey Cake, Part One: The Cake & The Story

We had a birthday in our house this month, and along with that, a special visitor from Adelaide, my friend Sonia.  The combination of the two was perfect, as Sonia was an old housemate of mine, someone who has a mutual love of food and also someone who has been spending a bit of time…

Strawberry and Cream Sponge

Having waxed lyrical in an earlier post about not needing equipment in my kitchen, I got a wonderful treat for my birthday/Christmas this year.  I will admit to eyeing it off for a long time in kitchen stores, but always considering an electric mixer a bit of a luxury.  When my parents offered to buy…

Banana & Apricot Bread

I was fortunate enough to receive Donna Hay’s latest recipe book (Fresh & Light) earlier this month as a birthday present.  I’ve been a fan of her work for well over a decade.  Her recipes are always simple (not too many ingredients) and easy to follow, encouraging you to mix and match ingredients and learn…

Passionfruit and White Chocolate Cake

We had a birthday in the house last week so it was time to break out the cake baking skills.  After my last efforts at baking a cake on a special occasion (see this post), I thought it was actually quite bold of me to leave this to the night of the actual event to…

Kath Lyon’s Caramel cake a la Pam

My wonderful friend, and the original source of this recipe,  has kindly created this cake for me so that you can all see how it should have been made.  The good news is that the birthday boy still ended up getting his cake anyway! Kath Lyon’s Caramel Cake a la Pam  1/4lb butter (114g)  1…

a baking disaster of epic proportions….

I like to think most days I could turn out a decent cake without too much trouble.  Particularly if I follow a recipe. Yesterday, however,  proved to me that some days its just never, ever, ever going to happen, no matter how many times you try to do it over. I had a very specific…

Chocolate, Hazelnut and Banana Muffins

Yup…..once again I have mushy banana’s in need of saving on my kitchen counter.  One would think I am not very good at shopping to our needs….or maybe I have an ulterior plan in place…. So combined with leftover easter chocolate still tempting my household, I thought once again I would turn them into a…