No-bake Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

This recipe is almost embarrassing but I was compelled to share it with you because it tasted like cheesecake pudding. I had lofty ideas of a sky high layered cake but the darn humidity had other plans. Because there was no way a meringue nor the baker would survive 89% humidity. So a recipe for…

Pistachio Fig Yoghurt Cake

  My first taste of fresh figs was years ago. I’d bought some from the supermarket out of curiosity. Without knowing any better, I bit into an unripe one which tasted so terrible that it left me with a distaste for figs for a long time. Then a few months ago at the Auckland Food…

Brûléed Citrus Pound Cake

  Last weekend, we took a trip up north to the Mahurangi Peninsula and drove around Matakana, Warkworth and Scandrett Regional Park. It is the ideal weekend getaway just an hour drive from Auckland Central with many interesting local primary industries like cheese and honey factories, the famous Matakana Farmers’ Market and tons of regional…

Decadent Chocolate Banana Loaf

What do you do when you return from a holiday to find a bunch of overripe bananas staring at you? This bunch of bananas were almost blackened and squishy but not spoilt. There’s only one solution-make banana cake, of course! This banana loaf recipe stands out from the other countless banana loaves I’ve made as…

Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Ganache

Psst! If you haven’t heard, it’s Mother’s Day (everywhere except the UK) this Sunday. If you’ve forgotten because you’re too busy enjoying Spring (un/fortunately it’s coming into Winter here in NZ) or got just too caught up with the results of the big fight, who can blame you? And if you haven’t gotten round to…

Very Crumbly Coconut Rhubarb Cake

  I’ve no life event or personal anecdote to go with this post, except for this recipe. I’ve kept it a secret and not blogged about it for the past week. And so bit by bit it has been savoured with coffee over breakfast, elevenses, tea and as a midnight snack. I couldn’t help it….

Orange and Poppyseed Syrup Cake

It’s the time of the year when Singapore becomes a ghost town and the occasional clanging of cymbals and drums from the lion dance troupes are the only signs of life. Yes. I’m talking about Chinese New Year. Most shops would be closed for at least 2 days and so people usually stock their homes…

Plum Crumble Cake

Hello again. Not to make you jealous or anything if you’re from the other side of the world but the New Zealand summer has been nothing but spectacular. Despite being from the tropics, I see the beauty the sun in a completely different light. Sunrise and especially sunsets are glorious every single day and in…

Nigella’s Nutella Cake (Torta Alla Gianduia)

I owe you a massive apology for being away for so long. Since August, I’ve been busy studying for my TESOL exams and preparing for a move…We’re temporarily moving to Auckland, New Zealand for the whole of 2015 ! It’s been a longtime coming as we’ve been preparing for this for years but it’s crunch…

Moist Strawberry Loaf Cake

  Growing up, I remember having an extreme dislike for strawberries. Actually, not strawberries, but strawberry-flavoured ice-cream. They were a pale, calamine lotion-pink (Yuck!) that bear no taste resemblance to real strawberries. None. So for a long time, I never had anything made with strawberries until I’d tasted the actual strawberry fruit when I was…

Lavender-Berry Bundt Cake

Happy Easter / Happy Holidays everyone! It’s been a lovely week here in Singapore as the very humid afternoons have often been accompanied by a beautiful respite of rain or thunderstorms. I love rainy weather , especially just before it starts to rain- the birds start flying back, the clouds gather threateningly in the distance…

Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting and Salted Candied Peanuts

Of late, I’ve an extreme weakness for cookbooks. I cannot stop buying them. Usually, I find that at the bookstore I’m very excited to read it from cover to cover and when I buy them back, I just enjoy looking at them from my sofa. Terrible. A few new year’s resolutions have been made to…

Flourless Citrus Cake

  Many moons ago, I was watching an Italian travel and cooking show and was very intrigued by a cake the host was making. She boiled an entire orange and chopped it and used all of it in a cake. An entire orange. Most citrus cake recipes only call for the zest or juice of…

Marble Pound Cake

  A pound cake always reminds me of my childhood years when my mum used to stash Sara Lee pound cake in the freezer. It was a treat, especially during the school holidays. I ate it cold or toasted. Have you tried lightly toasting your cake slices on  a pan and then finishing it off…