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Cherry Muffins

I love Christmas mornings. It is the one time in the year that I don't detest waking up at the crack of dawn. We are usually awake just before 5:00am, teeth brushed, face scrubbed and curtains about to be drawn open when a note slides under our bedroom door from the boys who we have been hearing whisper quite loudly for the past few minutes. A little impromptu Christmas sketch of a beardless skinny Santa with big teeth and a few lines of scri... Read More >>

Lamington Cake

A delightful picnic cake fashioned after the iconic Australian Lamington Slice has layers of tangy butter cake squashed together with homemade roasted rhubarb jam, drizzled with chocolate ganache and topped with coconut. Hard to stop at one bite! The easiest layer cake you will ever make! Earlier this year I collaborated with CSR Sugar to invite baker’s across Australia to share their favourite sweet recipes and memories to be compiled and... Read More >>

Trashy Chestnut Brownie Cake

Having only used chestnut flour to make pancakes in the past, I really had a hankering to bake with it on Sunday to create a really naughty brownie that was gooey and chewy and had that more-ish flavour from the nutty chestnut flour. To make things exciting I added some chopped up Mars bars into the mix. In all fairness, I was only sticking to my resolution of using up most things in my pantry. It was handy then that I had a few mini bars han... Read More >>

Tara’s Blueberry And Poppy Seed Snacking Cake

More than a decade ago when we moved to Australia from Singapore with a couple of suitcases and a cranky baby, it was on the eve of Nick’s birthday. Hungry and exhausted from the tumultuous flight with our 11 month old, who had just undergone invasive surgery, the only available dinner option near our service apartment was 7/11 sandwiches. And a little bakery that was miraculously open at that time of the night for us to bring back with us th... Read More >>

Friday List And Mr Wilkinson’s Carrot Cake

I always get excited for long weekends. It usually means living in pyjamas and indulging in some slow kitchen cooking and baking projects while sneaking away every now and then to sip some hot tea and play hide and seek with the soft winter sun poking through the bare branches. I try and get the kitchen all shiny and organised for the 3 days of mess I plan to make in there. Sometimes, it amazes me how much a spot of good cleaning and a cu... Read More >>

Caramel Grape Pound Cake

Back in the good old days, a pound each of basic baking ingredients was quite literally mixed in a bowl to get what became known as the pound cake. One can never go wrong with an old-fashioned pound cake. Soft, pillowy and yet firm when warm from the oven, a pound cake tastes even better unadorned and stale a couple of days later. With the Aussie grape season fast coming to a close in the end of May, I tend to buy grapes even more and use... Read More >>