Soft & fluffy wholemeal blueberry oat streusel muffins

Soft & fluffy wholemeal blueberry oat streusel muffins

These rustic muffins are relatively healthy and wholesome and I gave them a fluffy texture by using wholemeal cake flour (basically just cornflour added to plain wholemeal – makes for a really soft crumb but with added fibre and such). These are packed with blueberries and a bit spicy with a light crunchy topping; they’re just the thing for morning tea.

Peanut butter chocolate chunk muffins

Peanut butter chocolate chunk muffins

These are so easy to whip up.  I love how the chocolate chunks were all melty warm from the oven. I used a friand tin to make them a bit fancier but a normal muffin tin will do.

Citrus poppy seed loaf cake

Citrus poppy seed loaf cake

I don’t bake with poppy seeds enough so thought I’d throw some in a citrus loaf cake I baked a while back.  Poppy seeds give a tiny little satisfying crunch in this zesty loaf in which I replaced some of the flour with almond meal; almond meal adds a soft texture I love in cakes. Initially I planned[read more…]

Woodland flourless chocolate cake

Woodland flourless chocolate cake

I spotted a magical cake recently and for fun, really wanted to recreate my own; I then became sucked into a vortex of cuteness on Etsy and before I knew it, I’d purchased a few woodland animal figurines for Christmas decorations.  You’ll probably be seeing them perched randomly on top of cakes and things down[read more…]

Lemon cherry ricotta loaf cake

Lemon cherry ricotta loaf cake

Ricotta makes a beautiful cake; soft with a delicate crumb.  So I decided to use some to make a lemon cake with soft, sweet cherries dotted throughout and a thick, fudgy berry icing.  Jam, preferably a decent, mostly fruit filled one, is perfect for whipping up a quick icing (I made this icing a while back) although this time[read more…]

Cherry coconut muffins

Cherry coconut muffins

Some sweet treats I made recently.  Cherries are lovely in cakes and muffins as they’re so darkly luscious but also, the coconut and vanilla flavours really shone through in these.

Lime raspberry friands

Lime raspberry friands

I’ve been neglecting my friand tin lately.  It’s really just the egg yolks left over that throws me a bit but it’s always a good excuse to make luscious, home made custard or crème brulee. Anyway, raspberry season is in which I love because I enjoy baking with berries more than anything and these look[read more…]

No bake lime strawberry cheesecake jars

No bake lime strawberry cheesecake jars

I love eating little things; tiny packs of cheese, fun-size choccie bars, small packs of chips, that type of thing.  Naturally I end up eating way more than I should (instead of you know, eating one big packet) but there’s something about smaller portioned food.  So I had some cream cheese in the fridge to use the[read more…]

Cinnamon roll cakes

Cinnamon roll cakes

These are exactly like cinnamon rolls except in soft, fluffy cake form.  They really are decadent.  And oh the cream!  It makes for such a gorgeous cake.  And aren’t saturated fats good for us now or something?  Hah. They’re at their best warm out of the oven with the icing slightly soft and drizzly, however I froze the remainder[read more…]

Berry yoghurt cake

Berry yoghurt cake

This cake doesn’t rise much but the crumb is so soft and rich (I guess this is what happens when you throw in an extra egg and more butter).  It’s one of those every-day, not overly sweet cakes you can make from ingredients you’d have around, like frozen berries and Greek yoghurt.  It’s super easy to[read more…]

Lemon coconut layer cake

Lemon coconut layer cake

I made a cake a while back for a birthday.  I don’t know how people can make those perfect looking layer cakes, I find it bizarrely stressful.  I tried ombré icing but failed at that however, it’s more my icing skills that were sub par, rather than the colours which looked quite pretty.  In the end, I gave up attempting[read more…]

Raspberry crumble loaf cake

Raspberry crumble loaf cake

I suppose this would be called a coffee cake in the US; I love that name actually, coffee cake always brings to mind sunny, friendly mornings with friends.  In this case, it’s a morning tea cake, rustic, plump and soft, perfect to freeze if you prefer, to take to work buttered for morning breaks or to have at home when you[read more…]

Easter baking: no bake Caramel Tim Tam cheesecake with toffee

Easter baking: no bake Caramel Tim Tam cheesecake with toffee

Tim Tams.  Are they available in lots of other countries other than Australia?  You’re missing out if they’re not!  Tim Tams have gotten me through many a break-up and Swotvac week in my teens and 20s and I’ll always be fond of them.  There are all sorts of fancy flavours these days but my favourite is the[read more…]

Chai spice strawberry crumb cake

Chai spice strawberry crumb cake

So I made a cake a while back.  I am very fond of cake however don’t make them that often because I tend to go overboard and have two pieces in one go.  The spices in this cake are lovely and reminiscent of Chai flavours with fresh strawberries and a crunchy topping. This cake is really nice on its own; fluffy[read more…]

Blackberry lime muffins (vegan)

Blackberry lime muffins (vegan)

I make muffins quite often to freeze for morning teas and such, so thought I’d use some blackberries I had in the freezer and a few limes left over from gin and tonics on a recent weekend to bake some summer inspired, vegan little cakes. There really isn’t any difference between these and muffins using eggs and dairy; they[read more…]

Lemon raspberry trifle with Limoncello

Lemon raspberry trifle with Limoncello

Well it’s just not Christmas without some sort of trifle so this year, I made a lemon flavoured trifle with my favourite berry, raspberries.  You don’t have to make this only at Christmas either, it’s an easy yet pretty summertime dessert which you can make ahead and also, anything with layers of different things looks like you went to[read more…]

Birthday cake: berry, coconut and white chocolate muffins with lime icing

Birthday cake: berry, coconut and white chocolate muffins with lime icing

I love these sweet little rustic cakes dolloped with snowy icing.  I made them for Ant’s birthday this year instead of one big cake. Fluffy inside, studded with berries, some coconut for texture and flavour and a bit of sweet white chocolate, they’re a cupcake/muffin hybrid, but without the faffing about whipping butter and whatnot. [read more…]

Nigella’s lime chocolate cheesecake

Nigella’s lime chocolate cheesecake

In support of Nigella, whom I love (and I won’t hear a bad word about her, or read it for that matter), I thought I’d make one of her classics on the weekend. I really enjoyed the combination of chocolate and lime in this!  Also, this recipe is pretty basic in that there’s no flour or sour cream[read more…]

Brown butter orange vanilla bean madeleines

Brown butter orange vanilla bean madeleines

  Guess who purchased a fancy new madeleine tin?!  I’m a sucker for cake tins and when I spotted this one I decided I had to have it.  I’d never tried madeleines before but their description here of “elegant cakes shaped like scallop shells are the perfect thing with a cup of light, floral French tea” really[read more…]

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate fudge icing

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate fudge icing

It seemed like a chocolate day so I made some chocolate cupcakes for absolutely no reason at all.  Is there anything better than biting into a soft, squidgy cupcake and getting icing all over your face?  I don’t think so!  The batter in this recipe is very thick but it somehow results in a soft crumbed, tender,[read more…]

Lemon streusel muffins with home made lemon butter

Lemon streusel muffins with home made lemon butter

I felt like something super lemony the other day, you know? So these little cakes are fluffy, soft and citrusy with a buttery streusel topping; they’re perfect with a cup of coffee.  I just love lemon desserts with coffee, it seems a perfect match. Of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone so I made lemon butter to go with[read more…]

Happy cupcake Friday

Happy cupcake Friday

Boo. It was my birthday a while back and here are some delicious cupcakes I was given!  They were almost too pretty to eat (almost) but I managed quite well. So go out and have a cupcake, or whatever you fancy, and have a lovely weekend. Oh and they’re from the Cupcake Parlour for anybody from Brisbane (also,[read more…]

Date and nut roll cake with maple butter

Date and nut roll cake with maple butter

I realise a lot, if not most people, wouldn’t have nut roll tins in their cupboards.  I also realise that this traditional Australian recipe is really old fashioned, in fact my grandmother used to make these when I was a kid.  Despite that, I love this cake precisely because of it’s lack of foodie coolness, and[read more…]

6 easy and delicious ways to introduce more omega 3 into your diet

6 easy and delicious ways to introduce more omega 3 into your diet

The omega 6 -v- omega 3 debate is something I’ve been reading about recently, including lots of conflicting, alarming information.  One thing seems certain; whether we’re talking about heart health or general well-being and preventative health, most of us need more omega 3 fatty acids in our diet and not only that, we also need to[read more…]

Lemon berry bundt cake

Lemon berry bundt cake

I baked this pretty, tender-crumbed, berry studded, lemon scented bundt cake a few weeks months ago and loved it.  Let’s face it, lemon is the new chocolate; chocolate will always be my first love however lemon has become so much a part of my cooking repertoire, it’s hard to imagine life without it. The first time I made[read more…]

Strawberry walnut loaf cake

Strawberry walnut loaf cake

The toasted walnut crunch combined with soft little sweet berries is a delicious, if unusual combination in this loaf cake.  It tastes fantastic toasted under the grill and served with butter (but doesn’t everything really?) and it has a lovely soft texture. I toasted the walnuts after tossing them through a little maple syrup for some added crunch and sweetness,[read more…]