The Easiest Cake You’ll Ever Make

This is possibly the easiest cake you’ll ever make.  As easy as using a packet mix but with the pride of knowing you made it from scratch and know each and every ingredient in it.  I’m pretty sure its the best foundation cake I’ve happened upon and will certainly be getting a work out to…

What Katie Ate: Blood Orange and Rosemary Cake

I love an interesting and unusual combination of flavours that sparks the imagination.  When I saw this cake in What Katie Ate, by Katie Quinn Davies, and it happened to be blood orange season I knew that I should give it a try as part of this month’s The Cookbook Guru.   Using the whole orange…

Country Cardamom Cake

I’m sure I’ve mentioned my passion for the spice Cardamom.  There is something about the smell and flavor that appeals to my senses.  I’m pretty sure the love affair started when I first tasted Swedish Kanel Bullar (cinnamon buns) which are actually cardamom buns with cinnamon sugar scrolled through the dough.  So when I was…

Torta Rustica di Noci e Caffe: Rustic Coffee and Walnut Cake

Some flavours are just meant to be together and one of them in my opinion is walnuts and coffee.  There is something quite magical about the combination and in particular when added to cake generally results in a winner.  Having baked this cake I can honestly say that opinion has not changed yet. This recipe…

Spiced Carrot, Pistachio and Almond Cake with Rosewater Cream

  Recently I was invited along to a book club of the very best kind known as The Cookbook Club.  The group chooses a cookbook from which they all prepare a dish and then come together to share a meal with each other.  For anyone who is a regular follower of my blog you would…

Mrs Beeton’s Thick Gingerbread

I had the pleasure of having my parents come up for a visit for Mother’s day.  It was a wonderfully relaxed catchup filled with good wine, good food and great conversation.  It wouldn’t be a visit without us spending some time in the kitchen together and it was a great opportunity to chat about The…

Baked Plum and Almond Cake

Spending this month browsing and contemplating recipes from Karen Martini’s Cooking At Home for The Cookbook Guru has got me going off on all kinds of tangents.  Her food is really quite fragrant, easy to produce and very flavourful.  This cake had me at almonds and baked plums but what really got me was the…

Mixed Berry Coulis

Back in the late 80’s, early 90’s when I was starting out my life in the food industry in Melbourne, berry coulis was all the rage.   It was the era of  lemon curd tart,  chocolate mud cake and tiramasu adorning every cake fridge across the city.  If you bought a piece the chances are…

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…

Lime Marmalade Cake

Some of you might remember just over 12 months ago I found myself with a massive stash of limes, and consequently a huge batch of lime marmalade on my hands.   The good news is that the stocks are starting to dwindle, but there is still a few jars lurking in the back of the pantry. …

Banana and Walnut Bread For Everyone

I love that food starts conversations, and fuels sharing like nothing else I know.   A previous post of wheat free peanut butter & chocolate chip cookies resulted in a number of conversations about catering for a growing number of allergies and intolerance for the people I know and love around me.   So much so…