Chocolate Sponge

One of the wonderful things about writing a blog about cooking, is people sharing their recipes with you. I love nothing more than collecting recipes people love and want to share. I have a book of recipes which friends, co-workers and acquaintances have passed on. Each proclaiming these recipes are easy and provide flawless results. It…

Green and Gold Olympic Cupcakes

Today is the last day of the XXX Olympiad. I know many cooks have found inspiration in the cuisine of the host nation, England, for their celebratory baking. I have taken a more patriotic approach, though ironically the base recipe comes from Nigella Lawson, one of England’s best loved cooks! These ‘Green and Gold’ cupcakes…

Autumnal Birthday Cake

I recently turned 25; knowing I’d like to make a cake for my family, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make the Autumnal Birthday Cake from How to be a Domestic Goddess. This cake looks inviting, however it required 475ml of maple syrup. In Australia maple syrup costs over $8.00 for 250ml so…

Gateau A L’Orange Et Aux Amandes (Orange and Almond Spongecake)

I recently enjoyed four days off work. On Tuesday, after having lunch in the city with Mum, we wandered in one of the department stores. I say wandered, because I practically dragged mum to the Kitchen Appliances. I could never afford a Kitchen Aid; they are expensive and up until recently I was only casually employed. In the…

Monte Carlos

I will have to admit, I don’t have fond memories of Monte Carlos. In Australia, made by Arnotts, Monte Carlos are quite  hard biscuit with an unusual icing in the middle. They are part of many biscuit trays and always are  the last left on the tray (along with the poor Kingston). When I saw this recipe…

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over My Kitchen

In March  I was meant to assist a friend cater a Kitchen Tea where the bride to be was lactose intolerant. The afternoon had an Alice in Wonderland Theme and I had been given the task to make cupcakes. Frequently a number of different cooking blogs, I had always heard glowing recommendations for the book…

Coffee and Walnut Layer Cake

I was feeling in a generous mood so decided to make a cake to share with my colleagues at Monday morning tea. Having plenty of walnuts in the house, I decided to make this delicious looking sponge from Nigella Lawson’s Kitchen. Though the recipe calls for the batter to be made up in a food…