Red Velvet Cupcakes

I’ve never really understood the fuss about red velvet cakes and couldn’t figure out what could be so special about a normal cake batter that has some red colouring added to it. Hence, I’ve never been inspired to bake a red velvet cake, but my niece recently turned sixteen and  asked for a batch of … Continue reading

Lemongrass Coconut Cake

This is a lovely moist cake that is wonderful both as a dessert or a coffee cake. The moistness is due in part to the coconut but it’s mainly the lemongrass syrup that is poured over the cake once it’s cooled that makes it super soft and luscious. I love cakes that are doused with … Continue reading

Chocolate & Coffee Semifreddo

Semifreddo is an Italian ice cream dessert which literally translates as “half-cold” and is basically a partially frozen ice cream. I really enjoy the texture which is softer and more mousse like than normal ice creams and unlike traditional ice cream, semifreddos have the added advantage of not requiring an ice cream machine. Whilst I do own … Continue reading

Pistachio & Rosewater Cake

A couple of months ago I was looking for a cake to serve for Persian New Year that would have a slight Middle Eastern feel to it and came across this recipe from Nigel Slater which fit the bill perfectly. This is an amazing cake, moist and so flavourful with just a hint of the exotic … Continue reading

Gina De Palma’s Amazing Hubba Hubba Apple Cake

Gina De Palma is the ex pastry chef of iconic New York restaurant Babbo and the author of a fabulous blog. Gina says this apple cake is one of her all time favourites, hence the name, and that’s high praise from someone whose profession is all things sugary. Apparently the recipe is one that Gina’s … Continue reading

The Village Bakery’s Berry Ricotta Cake

I’ve never had the opportunity to sample the delights of the Village bakery in LA, which isn’t surprising as I live on the other side of the world, but Adam Roberts of the Amateur Gourmet blog is fortunate enough to have the Village Bakery as his local cafe. He loved their berry ricotta cake so … Continue reading

Banoffee Pavlova

Granted it’s not the prettiest looking dessert but I can’t think of a more delicious combination than caramel, cream and bananas. Banoffee is normally served as a pie but it also makes a wonderful topping for pavlova, in fact I almost prefer it as it’s somewhat lighter and not as sweet. This is a very easy dessert to … Continue reading

Rockpool’s Date Tart

The iconic date tart served at legendary Sydney restaurant Rockpool was originally created by Lorraine Godsmark and whilst Lorraine has long since departed Rockpool to start her own Patisserie (where she also sells this date tart) it’s still on the menu at Rockpool and I couldn’t imagine ending a meal there without it. There’s a good … Continue reading

Chocolate Angel Food Cake – A Fat Free Cake

Yes, that’s right, fat free! I’ve made Ina Garten’s black and white angel food cake before and just love the idea of a cake that doesn’t incorporate any fat – no butter, no oil, no egg yolks. In fact you shouldn’t even grease the baking tin. In this version even the chocolate is fat free as … Continue reading

Authentic Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert comprising of coffee soaked savoiardi (lady finger) biscuits that are layered with a whisked filling of mascarpone cheese, eggs and sugar. It’s totally delicious and addictive and I don’t think there was a date night in the 80’s when this wasn’t ordered for dessert! Don’t be fooled by all … Continue reading