blackberry swirl cake

IMG_8950IMG_8945I am biased* but this is my favourite time of year. The sky takes on a different shade of blue, contrasting perfectly with all the orange of the falling leaves, and it’s usually pleasantly warm, not-quite-coat weather, that no one quite expects {even though it happens every year} which makes it even better.IMG_8928The boyf and I headed out a couple of weekends ago on a favourite walk to a nearby village, Tupperware in tow. Between us we managed to pick around 2 kilos of blackberries during a couple of hours. Seeing as this walk normally takes around 20 minutes, it was blissful – nearly meditative – to just wander along, with the sound of other walkers’ conversations and birdsong in the background and focus on picking the best berries.  Continue reading

brownie-filled cookies

IMG_8819Hey all, it’s been a little while hasn’t it?IMG_8833I’m not a believer in setting myself schedules or targets when it comes to blogging, as there’s a danger of losing the fun in it. I’ve still been baking over the past few months –  mostly bread as I try to perfect focaccia {which as it turns out, one of my friends reckons is my middle name}.IMG_8783IMG_8777To be honest I also felt a bit jaded by social media and tech after all the stuff about Facebook in March, so I’m trying to make a conscious effort to reduce my screentime and pick up a book instead of my phone.IMG_8780IMG_8785 Continue reading

rhubarb crumble muffins

IMG_8749I’ve spent most of this week away from home at a work conference and seeing as the cold weather is back {#minibeastfromtheeast – which by the way makes me think it’s a ladybird from Russia or something; who else remembers lessons about minibeasts in primary school?} I am in full hibernation mode today and plan to do blog admin, drink tea and not really leave the flat unless I have to. IMG_8741IMG_8766I’ve just been updating the recipe list pages and realised I had no links to add to the Muffins + Puddings page, so it’s just as well that the recipe I have for you today is for these lush rhubarb crumble muffins, and I can happily tick both of those boxes. IMG_8747As I’ve noted before, fruit is not really a strong point of this blog so it always feels like a win to get some into a post. Hopefully I’ve not missed rhubarb season entirely so you can still have a go at these or my other rhubarb recipeIMG_8757 Continue reading

zebra cake

IMG_8733IMG_8700*No zebras were harmed in the making of this cake

This is my virtual entry to this year’s Canberra show, where the special category was a zebra cake {although I read the rules after I baked it, and it was supposed to be just one layer and undecorated #rebelwithoutacause 🤘}IMG_8726IMG_8711I come from a line of show bakers and so Mum tasked me with giving this a go pre-show so that I could report back to The Fam. It’s a riff on a marble cake with a delish chocolate buttercream icing. I unashamedly ate the icing at work during a Monday morning slump in productivity and the resulting sugar high was glorious. Both recipes are courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction.IMG_8727 Continue reading

Katherine Sabbath’s Persian love cake

❤ ❤ ❤IMG_8684I have been wanting to make a Katherine Sabbath cake for soooooo long! I was one of the funders for her amazing pop-up cookbook which arrived last Autumn and every so often I open it and ooh and ahh / show it off to unsuspecting visitors like an overly proud grandma with her brag book. I think she’s almost sold them all so if you know a baker in your life who deserves a beautiful present, check them out!

The recipe did not disappoint. I’ve had a few trials and tribulations with mud cakes in the past but I think the addition of almonds to the cake batter made it a lot lighter and it only took half an hour to bake. IMG_8679It has been a busy week this week. I started going to beginner tap classes in November, and I have absolutely loved them. They resulted in a routine to Puttin’ on the Ritz as part of the dance society’s annual show this week, which was essentially all of my dance dreams come true. There are gemstones from my sparkly waistcoat all around the flat, and I even found some stuck to my arm {who knows how long they’d been there}. Continue reading


IMG_8565IMG_8560Bread is so great ❤

It’s never top of my to-bake list though, and I think that’s because it’s never quite as visually impressive as a fancy layer cake. Let’s be honest, these photos are a whole lot of brown. But get bread right, and you can eat it for every single meal with a fraction of the guilt/toothache that you would for cake.IMG_8549There’s something so satisfying about making it yourself as well. Getting some little microorganisms to do your bidding for a few hours {sorry, clearly a little bit drunk on power there} is one of life’s simple pleasures. It’s also a lot less effort than you think it will be – I reckon hands-on time for this recipe is probably only 25 minutes max. – which makes this perfect for chill Sunday mornings in your PJs. IMG_8557New year’s res that I might actually stick to: bake more bread! Continue reading

funfetti layer cake

Here is the antidote to all things January.IMG_8500Happy New Year all! I had a month of holiday in Australia over Christmas which was fab, but I’m now trying to get my head around y’know, going to work again and it being dark and cold 😥IMG_8510I’ve had this massive jar of rainbow sprinkles sitting in the cupboard for a few months now, and thanks to Molly Yeh’s extensive funfetti research, this was the perfect cake to combat the grey weather and dip my toe back in the water. IMG_8476Also I think I may have finally found a good backdrop / lighting situation in the new flat! It only involves moving the sofa across the room, so totally worth it 😉 IMG_8495IMG_8497IMG_8512 Continue reading