Plush toy snakes for little people

I’ve made these cute plush toy snakes for little people before. They are wonderful for kids to wear as scarfs or use as neck or body pillows or even just to be dragged around and jumped on! For Christmas this year, I’ve decided to make one for each of my daughters and my godson. You…

Dark chocolate and beetroot cake

I’ve just pulled out the last of our beetroot crop from the garden and with smaller bulbs I decided to make a chocolate and beetroot cake; the original (& the best) red velvet cake when beetroot was used instead of red food colouring. My daughters have been quite adamant that they do not and will not…

Cornflake Crackles – a healthier version

Cornflake crackles or honey joys used to be a staple party food of kids parties during the seventies in Australia. They’re super crunchy, sticky and sweet but also really easy to make. I was feeling a bit nostalgic for the good old days (I’m very old obviously) when kids parties consisted of fairy bread and…

Chocolate fairy cupcakes

A lovely friend gave my daughter a beautiful kid friendly cookbook for her birthday. It’s called The Great Fairy Bake Off (of course) and it is full of yummy sweet treats that my daughter can make. My daughter chose to make these chocolate fairy cupcakes first as she absolutely LOVES chocolate! There are fortunately other…

A Doll Cake: every little girl’s dream birthday cake

When I was little, my idea of the perfect birthday cake was having a beautifully decorated doll cake. My Mum did make me one once, which looking back was probably the pinnacle of my childhood. Though she did traumatise me a bit by cutting my doll in half to fit the cake. My daughter loves…

Coconut and Macadamia Cheesecake 

It was Father’s Day last week, so of course my husband requested his usual celebratory evening meal consisting of chicken Parmigiana followed by cheesecake for dessert. He absolutely loves my classic no bake cheesecake with just a hint of lemon, but I decided to twist it up this time by adding another of his favourite…

Apple and blueberry muffins

In my quest to try and get my kids to eat less sugar, I’ve come up with these easy to make low fat and low sugar muffins. Considering that they are both little biscuit, cake and chocolate connoisseurs, it’s a miracle that they liked them at all. These muffins are perfect as an afternoon post…

A Tree of Life Birthday Cake – a how to guide

My sister has just turned forty and wanted to hide under a rock and tell the world to go away! But the family were never going to let her do that! We decided to surprise her with a lunch at her favourite pub and I made a celebration cake (of course). My sister isn’t into…

A Princess Cake (Prinsesstårta) for Mum

It was my Mother’s birthday recently so of course I had to make her a special cake. Her all time favourite cake is a Swedish princess cake as she loves a good sponge cake and she also loves marzipan. A princess cake is essentially a dome shaped sponge cake with strawberry jam and cream covered…

A headband stand fit for a princess

My daughter has managed to accumulate multitudes of headbands, necklaces and bangles which is pretty amazing considering she is only going on five years! She unfortunately also likes to leave them strewn all over the floor so that I can step on them and hop around on one foot trying not to swear. To try…

Banana ricotta pancakes for a lazy Sunday morning

I do like a nice breakfast as it always seems to set how well the day will go. If I skip breakfast, I always get so drained and tired by the end of the day. So healthy nutritious banana and ricotta pancakes drizzled with honey seems like the perfect way to start a lazy Sunday…