Best Ever Vanilla Cake

Best Ever Vanilla Cake

I know it’s a big call to call this the “best ever”, but I’ve found my two base cake recipes and I’m not changing for anyone. This is the little sister to the Best Ever Chocolate Cake – a cake I’ve been told by quite a few people really lives up to its name.  This vanilla cake doesn’t disappoint either – a combination of butter and oil brings the best of both worlds, and a good quality vanilla takes it from good to spectacular!  If you can, aim for an…

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Caramel Oat Slice

Caramel Oat Slice

I hope you don’t mind me reposting previous recipes, but I needed something quick for afternoon tea today, and when I looked at the recipe I posted for this last year I was sad about the photo. A bad photo puts people off trying a recipe, and I really want you to try it.  This is delicious and squishy while warm, and equally as addictive once cool.  The edges of the caramel go chewy and dark and may well be the best part. I got lots of comments about this…

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Three Layer Neapolitan Cake

Three Layer Neapolitan Cake

I’ve made one of these a couple of years ago and didn’t blog about it, but this time I wanted to make an ‘easy’ version. This one involves one cake mix which is then flavoured, so you’re not baking three different cake batters for one cake.  It also uses strawberry flavouring that you’ll either have at home, or will only cost you a couple of dollars for a pack. There are a lot of instructions I’m afraid.  The recipe isn’t really compilcated, but when you’re doing three different cake flavours,…

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Caramel Mud Cake with Salted Caramel

Caramel Mud Cake with Salted Caramel

This cake is DELICIOUS!  You only need a small sliver thanks to the sticky caramel on top. The cake itself is dense and fudgy, but still melt in your mouth.  If you make just one thing on this blog, let it be this! If you want a tall cake, make two and sandwich them together, or double the recipe and bake it in three batches.  It’s better to bake it in smaller layers so you don’t dry it out too much on the outside before the inside is cooked.  I…

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Madeira Cake

Madeira Cake

A quick, traditional cake that always goes down well!  This recipe can be doubled (or tripled) and baked in a round or square pan.               Madeira Cake 225g butter 3/4 cup sugar Grated zest and juice of one lemon 3 eggs 1 3/4 cups flour 1 1/4 tsp baking powder Lemon Glaze 1 1/2 cups icing sugar 2 Tbsp lemon juice Preheat oven to 180C and grease an 8″ loaf pan. Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add lemon zest. Add…

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Caramel Slice

Caramel Slice

A soft and buttery biscuit base, gooey caramel and chocolate icing… one of life’s winning combinations! Make it, you won’t be sorry. Ingredients: 185g softened butter 80g white or castor sugar (sorry, it’s a weird amount in cups) 285g flour 1 can condensed milk 2 Tbsp golden syrup 60g butter 45g butter 1 1/2 C icing sugar 2 Tbsp cocoa powder 1 Tbsp water Preheat oven to 180C (160C fanbake).  Line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper, leaving it to overhand for easy removal. Beat the butter (185g)…

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No Chocolate Fudgy Brownies

No Chocolate Fudgy Brownies

A last minute decision on Valentines Day to make something sweet (after my failed cake) resulted in me stumbling across this recipe.  No chocolate means you can usually make them with what’s in your cupboard and they’re super quick!  The texture is a bit like a pre-mix boxed brownie which is still really good, and for a fraction of the price so you really can’t complain. This is the sort of recipe which is great to get the kids in the kitchen.  There is almost no way to mess it…

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Salted Caramel Cookies

Salted Caramel Cookies

A buttery biscuit which serves as a bowl for thick, rich salted caramel?  Don’t mind if I do. These thumbprint style cookies are amazing.  I’ve made them at least twice now, and I think about them often.  The biscuit is my favourite style of cookies, so buttery and soft and it balances perfectly with the caramel.  If you insist, make your own caramel, but it’s much easier and just as delicious to buy it pre-prepared. You can subsitute caramel for any type of filling, ie. jam or curd.  I’ve even…

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Chocolate Mint Brownie

Chocolate Mint Brownie

Brownie is good as it usually comes, but why not add peppermint filling and chocolate ganache?  This is a real adults brownie… so rich you really will only eat one piece! Chocolate Brownie 200g butter 400g good quality chocolate (I used Whittakers 50% dark block) 1 1/4 C soft brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 Tbsp cocoa powder 3/4 C flour 3/4 tsp baking powder 3 eggs Melt together butter and chocolate either in the microwave, or over a gentle heat on the stove. Remove from heat and allow…

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Christmas Baking: Brandy Snaps

Christmas Baking: Brandy Snaps

  It’s that time of year!  If you’re wanting to get some Christmas Day desserts sorted early, why not try making your brandy snaps at home?  They’re actually really easy and taste delicious! Brandy Snaps 55g butter ½ cup brown sugar 3 tbsp golden syrup ½ cup flour ½ tsp ground ginger Melt together butter, golden syrup and brown sugar in a pot over medium heat.  Set aside to cool for a couple of minutes.  Stir in flour and ground ginger until combined. Place teaspoonfuls on a tray lined with…

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