Pear and Walnut Bundt Cake

With three pears going soft in the fruit bowl and a new bundt pan to test run, this recipe jumped out at me. The simplicity of preparation and ingredients meant I could whip this up on a quiet Saturday afternoon with no effort at all. The result is a moist, flavoursome cake that also keeps…

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…

Cocoa Apple Cake

Sometimes you just need to bake. This week wasn’t ideal; I wasn’t well, and I was coming home from work frustrated and tired. I had also been waiting impatiently to try out my new Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Tin. You may also remember Alex very generously gave me the Nordic Ware Fleur de Lis Bundt…

Hummingbird Cake

With such a lovely name, this is a cake for the tropics. Packed with pineapple, banana and coconut; topped with a cream cheese icing, it is a great cake to make for any occasion but especially good for afternoon tea on a sunny day. If you have a couple of blackened bananas you are thinking…

3 Milks Cake or Pastel de Tres Leche

This was a cake made purely out of curiosity because I honestly could not imagine what it would taste like or that the 600ml of milk would actually soak in to such a small cake. In origin, it is a fairly recent Latin American celebration cake. Essentially, it creates a very soggy, sweet cake –…

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…

Peach Blossom Cake

This recipe rose to prominence as challenge on the 2011 season of Masterchef Australia. It seemed that the challenge was in it’s simplicity. I was enchanted by the name of the cake. I loved Merle. As her cake was in the oven, she sat down with a cup of tea and started knitting. However, this cake, is a…

Huguenot Torte (Apple and Pecan Torte)

It’s a Saturday night; I’m at home, I’m baking and I’m preparing blog posts. While some may not publicise this activity on a Saturday night, I am reveling in the peace and quiet. I have the kitchen to myself, Diana Krall is playing and I couldn’t feel more comfortable right now, or with my future…

Chocolate Cupcake Bites (or Cake Pops in disguise!)

Birthdays are always a special occasion and this one was no exception. We celebrated on ANZAC day but I started these cakes last Saturday. They’re not very difficult, but they are time-consuming and have quite a few steps. The end result are the most spectacular little cake bites; truly indulgent and the perfect celebratory dessert…

Venetian Carrot Cake

I’m back (Mel that is!). The last two months, I haven’t been as active as I would have liked. My mother has been ill, and is due for surgery on Tuesday. Combined with my jobs major events taking place in January I’ve been barely functioning. Unfortunately all my creative outlets have suffered. On a day off, I…

Jam and Cream Roulade

Today’s post is once again inspired by the Great British Bake Off. Why do I love that show? I think it’s not only because it’s about baking, or that I adore Sue Perkins; it’s that it is such a sharp contrast to Masterchef Australia. Where the contestants in the latter are locked up for 6 months, in the…