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vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing

vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing

Everyone has their favourite cupcake recipe. Our’s is one from Magnolia Bakery. But the thing about these cupcakes is they are labour intensive. You really do need to set aside the time to make them, and for that reason we don’t make them very often. So what…

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May 17, 2017
jam drops

jam drop biscuits

Jam drops are the sort of biscuits that are great to make with kids. Nothing like getting them in the kitchen early, making culinary delights for the family to share. These are particularly good because they get to use their hands a lot, which…

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April 26, 2017
coconut raspberry slice

Coconut Raspberry Slice

Coconut raspberry slice is a delicious slice, perfect for afternoon tea, dessert, or a special treat addition to any lunch box. The combination of a soft cakey base, and a layer of raspberries topped with coconut, which goes just a little bit crunchy when…

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March 29, 2017
easy chocolate cake

Easy Chocolate Cake

This is an incredibly easy chocolate cake to make. Throw all the ingredients in a bowl, mix for five minutes, bake for 45 and you’re done. No faffing about with creaming butter and sugar and slowly adding eggs. This is like making a cake…

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March 22, 2017
Upside-down plum cake

Upside-Down Plum Cake

It’s nearing the end of stone fruit season, which is good and bad. On the one hand it means autumn is coming and that makes me very happy. On the other, there won’t be any peaches, nectarines or plums at the fruit shop for…

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March 9, 2017
raspberry pear cake

Raspberry Pear Cake

What better way to enjoy the humble pear than in this delicious cake. The combination of pears, raspberries and almond meal makes a sweet but sour cake with nutty undertones. Served warm with a little whipped cream on the side, it makes a great dessert or…

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February 22, 2017
Chocolate raspberry cake

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

The birthday cycle has started again and that means the birthday girl gets the choice of any cake she wants. This January birthday was made complete with a chocolate raspberry cake. A rich, dark, fudgy chocolate cake filled with raspberries. Topped with a good dusting of…

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February 15, 2017


What are lamingtons? Cake covered in chocolate, covered in coconut. But there’s more to it than that. They are fairly dense vanilla sponge baked in a rectangular tin then cut into squares; dipped into a chocolate sauce which is runny and very chocolatey and really…

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February 8, 2017
scones with jam and cream

Scones with jam and cream

Sometimes there’s nothing better than afternoon tea, and by afternoon tea I mean a fabulously brewed pot of tea and a batch of scones served with strawberry jam and cream. Feather-light scones are quick and easy to prepare, but a gentle hand is required to make…

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January 18, 2017
Date, coconut and puffed rice balls

Date, Coconut and Puffed Rice Balls

There are so many things to love about these simple snacks. The ingredients are minimal; they are super easy to make; and they satisfy that afternoon craving for something sweet when chocolate just isn’t an option (remember October challenge?).…

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January 11, 2017