Category Archives: cake


That most luscious of pastries, the Paris-Brest. This isn’t authentic because it has no praline in the pastry cream, but I had to make a nut-free version, so… I made a double batch of the pastry to make 12 Paris-Brests, … Continue reading

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Chocolate and vanilla swirl mini panettoni

I am completely enamoured with festive breads. So much Pandoro and Panettone get devoured round here every year that I can barely keep up supply. This year, I picked up a pack of gorgeous little pandoro basso molds and my … Continue reading

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  These certainly won’t win any beauty contests… but they taste spectacular! Makes 14 mini cakes Ingredients Cake 125g (4 1/2 oz) good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used 64%) 125g (9 tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature 125g (1 cup … Continue reading

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Banana and brown sugar muffin tin rolls

Fluffy and sweet, a perfect lunchbox or after school treat. Or breakfast, because they’ve got fruit in them? A friend of mine posted a comment on a social media site recently that said, “On average I spend $50 a year … Continue reading

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Prague Kolach

A show-stopper of a dessert from Prague!  Pastry cream 240ml (1 cup) whole milk, divided 2 tbsp cornstarch 75g (6 tbsp) granulated (white) sugar 3 large egg yolks 1 tsp vanilla extract 75ml (5 tbsp) double, heavy or whipping cream, … Continue reading

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Triple chocolate muffins

Yep, another chocolate thing. Not very inventive on my part, but a classic which never goes out of style. I use a standard muffin recipe as a base for all my muffins, but I generally vary the liquid portion to … Continue reading

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Strawberry & cream muffins

Back to school means back to baking lunchbox treats. I had a mind to make muffins and as I was browsing the kitchen for ideas, I found a tub of double cream in the fridge that I’d bought for another … Continue reading

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Chocolate & vanilla surprise cupcakes

  These are soft and moist and delicious, and the polka dot is a fun surprise for kids and adults alike. Makes 12 Polka dots You’ll need a 12 hole cake pop mold 85g (2/3 cup) all-purpose (plain) flour 1/2 … Continue reading

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Convent cake

So soft, moist and flavourful. And it’s butterless, so I can have 2 pieces, right?  😉 According to the site where I first saw this cake, Aisha Kandisha, (I have translated it and converted the measurements), it gets its name … Continue reading

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Cocoa Krispies cake bars

The cereal in these bars goes by many different names – Coco Pops, Cocoa Krispies, Choco Krispies, Choco Pops depending on the country you’re in – but who can resist chocolate flavoured rice cereal?! I have an early morning routine … Continue reading

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