• Baking fails!

    So I spend some weekends baking up a storm, and then forget to take photos to add to the blog.  So when I go to publish recipes that I have either created or amended from their original (it’s not often I will not play with a recipe when I bake) I have no photo.  So, because of this I have a bunch of draft posts, with no photos… I also have some massive baking (and decorating) fails, and I usually remember to take photos of them.  Anyway, it’s hard to…

  • Hummingbird cake

    This cake is a favourite – it’s sweet and moist, but not over the top.  It has that fulfilling ‘tea cake’ feel to it, which I think comes through with the cinnamon and fruit taste to it.  And if you like Banana Bread, then you should absolutely love this too! Ingredients 1 cup plain flour 1/2 cup self raising flour 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp bi-carb soda 3/4 cup caster sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 bananas, mashed 200g crushed pineapple in juice, not drained Method Preheat…

  • Carrot cake

    There is absolutely nothing better in autumn than home made carrot cake, made with the carrots you’ve pulled out of your garden.  Autumn is the season I associate with apples, carrots, pumpkin and falling leaves – this is mostly because I always forget to plant my carrots until mid-end of spring! The cake itself is dairy-free and nut-free, but if you would like to add Cream Cheese Frosting or walnuts, then you absolutely have that option (I like both!). Ingredients 1.5 cups self-raising flour 1.25 cups brown sugar 1 tsp…

  • Cream cheese frosting

    There is NOTHING better than a super delicious frosting for a cake, and there isn’t a frosting much better than cream cheese frosting. I could be super biased, but I think this is best cream cheese frosting I’ve ever made.  This frosting is best on citrus and berry based cakes, such as orange and poppyseed cake, carrot cake, or even a sneaky swipe on banana bread. Ingredients 250g cream cheese 1/4 cup orange juice 1 tbsp orange rind 5 cups icing sugar Method Literally just throw it all in your…

  • Orange and Poppyseed Cake

    There is nothing I like better than a tart citrus-based cake…  Well, except a really good chocolate cake!  But orange and poppyseed is definitely one of my favourites. Ingredients 50g butter 2 tbsp grated orange rind 1 cup caster sugar 1 eggs 1/4 cup orange juice 1 cup self-raising flour 2 tbsp poppyseeds 1/3 cup milk Method Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced), and grease a 6cm/2″ deep, 22cm/9″ round cake tin. Add butter, rind, sugar, egg, orange juice, flour and milk into a large bowl and mix well. Add…

  • Goals for 2017

    I am relatively new to blogging.  I’ve wanted to do it for a long time, but just never quite got around to finding the time.  You know, we’re all so busy with life that we just keep adding things to our “I should do that” list, and if you’re like me, that list just keeps getting longer and longer. In 2017 I want to make that list shorter.  Here’s some of the things I want to achieve this year: Blog: write my book reviews and recipes, but blog about real…

  • Vegan buttercream frosting

    Now, it is a little known fact (which I like to tell people about) that Oreo cookies are vegan-friendly.  I’m not sure if this is by design, or by accident, but it certainly make decorating (non-butter) buttercream frosting easier!  You can chop Oreos in half and add them to the top of the cupcakes for that little bit of extra ‘oomph’! These recipes go perfectly with my vegan chocolate cupcakes, and you can amend it to have several variations. Vanilla Ingredients 125g Nuttlex Buttery Spread 1.75 cups icing sugar 2…