• 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…

  • 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…

  • Apple and cinnamon tea cake

    My parents have a small hobby farm where we grew up.  On the farm we had some cattle, horses, chicken and the occasional sheep that escaped from the neighbours.  We also had an small orchard, as my mum is great with plants.  There were peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and apples. Every year when the summer was finishing up and the leaves were starting to turn we would collect the apples into milk crates and bring them into the house, where we would peel, core and chop them.  Then we would…

  • Chocolate Brownies

    Brownies are one of those magical things that have migrated from the US, along with Coca-Cola, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Hallowe’en.  And the best brownies are slightly gooey in the middle… just like these ones! Ingredients 125g unsalted butter, melted 3 eggs 1.5 cups white sugar 3/4 cup plain flour 1/4 cup cocoa powder (Dutch cocoa powder is the best) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract pinch of salt 125g dark chocolate, chopped Method Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced). Grease a 20cm or 9″ slice tin and line with baking paper.…

  • Rocky road

    Rocky Road

    I can’t eat whole nuts, so I generally just don’t eat nuts at all because there’s a fine line between what I can eat and what will make me sick (I’m not anaphylactic, but it’s not pleasant).  What I can get away with (luckily) is eating foods that may contain traces of nuts.  However, I know that this is not the case for some – and I sympathise entirely. It’s also really hard to get rocky road not just without nuts, but without peanuts (the worst kind if you have allergies).…

  • Baked Chai Cheesecake

    So I have this policy at work where I tell my team mates that they can pick any type of cake they want for their birthday and I will make it.  It’s never actually backfired yet, but there have been a few times where I think they just like to test me.  Case in point – E asked me if I could make her a chai cheesecake for her birthday.  There are NO recipes I could find online at that stage… so I made up my own. It was pretty…

  • Nan’s Rock Cakes

    My grandmother taught me to bake when I was a child.  I remember going to her house after school and on weekends (she was a substitute babysitter) and we would bake all kinds biscuits, cakes and slices.  Mostly these were sold at the local church fête, or for the Country Women’s Association (CWA). One of her most famous baked items were her Rock Cakes.  Unlike most rock cakes I have had the displeasure of eating, they were soft and a little bit crumbly, sweet but not sickly.  They are what…