Christmas, Dessert, Sauces

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Sauce

As far as Christmas goes, I still think home-made gifts are the best. None of us really has a fortune to spend on gifts and to be honest, are they truly appreciated? You might say that home-made presents may not be appreciated either, but for me, personally, I would far prefer something that someone has taken the… Continue reading Old-Fashioned Chocolate Sauce

Biscuits / Cookies, Fudge, Lunch-box Ideas, Sweet

Coconut Fudge Balls

This past week a friend and I were chatting and she told me I've become a true Soccer Mum. We laughed at the time, but I suppose she's right, and I'll wear that badge proudly. Growing up all I really wanted was to be a Mother. I used to watch all the other mothers of kids… Continue reading Coconut Fudge Balls

Christmas, Dessert, Sweet

Strawberry Double Chocolate Christmas Mousse

Merry Christmas one and all! I can't quite believe it's already come and gone for another year. Time is whizzing by and I'm happy to say that while holidaying at home, I've been able to spend a lot of time in the kitchen baking, cooking and experimenting until I've literally been too tired to stand… Continue reading Strawberry Double Chocolate Christmas Mousse

Cupcakes, Icing

Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with Chocolate Sour Cream Icing

Last weekend we went away to explore parts of this beautiful country that we haven't seen before. Our neighbour's little boy (not so little anymore) looked after the house and our kitty children so in order to thank him, I baked him these gorgeously delicious moist chocolate cupcakes.  They are definitely my favourite chocolate cupcakes.… Continue reading Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with Chocolate Sour Cream Icing

Cakes, Dessert

Baked Vanilla Cheesecake

Now who doesn't like cheesecake? Not many people I know, to be sure. My husband is a huge fan but to be honest, I haven't mastered the fancy ones yet. If you're new to baked cheesecakes, this is probably the easiest one to start off with and is very tasty, although I have to admit… Continue reading Baked Vanilla Cheesecake

Biscuits / Cookies, Lunch-box Ideas

Oat, Raisin and Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have recently found myself in the position where I have a little more time on my hands than usual so I'm in happy heaven when able to spend that time creating in my lovely kitchen. With it being school holidays, little man and I are enjoying baking together again, like the old days before… Continue reading Oat, Raisin and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dessert, Slices, Sweet

Decadent Chocolate Brownie

I finally tried my friend's recipe this weekend and I am very pleased to confirm it is every bit as delicious as she said it would be.  Decadent is the right word to describe it.  There is a shocking amount of chocolate in it, but I was pleasantly surprised to note that only half the… Continue reading Decadent Chocolate Brownie

Cakes, Cupcakes, Sweet

SPCA Cupcake Day – Vanilla Cupcakes

The 26th of August is a very special day in New Zealand - it is the day we bake our hearts out for a fantastic cause known as Cupcake Day and all proceeds from selling cupcakes go to the SPCA, visit http://www.spcacupcakeday.co.nz to see what it's all about. Last year a lovely lady asked me… Continue reading SPCA Cupcake Day – Vanilla Cupcakes