Saturday, 16 April 2011

Easter Cupcakes

Easter is coming up, here is a great recipe to make if you're having an Easter party or looking for an activity to do with your kids during this holiday. 




  • 325g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (225g) self-raising flour, sifted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
  • 3 cups (450g) icing sugar, sifted
  • Food colouring of your choice
  • 24 coloured chocolate Easter eggs, to garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C. Line a 12-hole, 1/3-cup (80ml) muffin pan with paper cases.

  • Place 225g butter in a food processor with the caster sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla extract and 1/4 cup (60ml) milk. Process until the mixture is smooth, then divide among the muffin cases. Place an unwrapped egg in each of the filled muffin cases. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until risen and golden.

  • Meanwhile, to make the icing, place the icing sugar, remaining 100g of butter and remaining 1/4 cup milk in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes or until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add a few drops of food colouring of your choice and beat to combine.

  • Remove the cupcakes from the oven, allow to cool slightly, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. When cakes are cool, scoop the icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle, then use to ice cakes. Garnish each one with one of the leftover Easter eggs, then serve.

  • Friday, 8 April 2011

    Tim Tam Cheesecake

    This is a new recipe I've not yet tried for myself but I'm looking forward to hearing how it turns out for you guys!


    350 g Tim Tam biscuits 
    80 g butter, melted 
    375 g cream cheese, cubed and softened 
    ½ cup caster sugar 
    1 teaspoon vanilla essence 
    1 cup thickened cream 
    3 teaspoons powdered gelatine, dissolved in ¼ cup boiling water 
    200 g white chocolate, melted, cooled 


    1. Place 250 g of the Tim Tams in a blender and process into fine crumbs. 
    2. Add the butter and process to combine. Press the mixture into spring-form baking pan and refrigerate 30 minutes. 
    3. Beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth, then beat in the cream. 
    4. Stir in the gelatine mixture and white chocolate. 
    5. Chop the remaining biscuits and stir into the cream cheese mixture then pour over the Tim Tam base. 
    6. Cover and refrigerate until set.

    I'm baaaaack!

    I apologise for my unexplained absence over the past few weeks, I moved out of state temporarily and my internet access became very limited. But I'm back and ready to share more great treats with you all!

    Monday, 14 March 2011


    This is awesome!
    Thank you guys so much :)
    I hope you look forward to many more posts to come.

    Cappuccino Muffins

    It is said that people of the 21st Century have some of the highest calcium intake because of all the fancy coffee and milk drinks we consume. But is it the flavour we love or the caffeine intake? I think you can guess. This recipe is inspired by seeing business men rushing around in the morning to get a takeaway coffee before work while I sleep in.


    1 eggwhite
    2 tablespoons caster sugar, extra
    2/3 cup thickened cream, whipped
    cocoa powder, for dusting
    basic muffin mix
    2 2/1 cups self-raising flour
    1/2 cup caster sugar
    1 1/4 cups of milk
    1 egg, lightly beaten
    90g of butter, melted
    1 tablespoon of espresso coffee powder


    Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Lightly grease a 6-hole, 3/4 cup capacity non-stick muffin pan.
    Make basic muffin mix. Sift flour into a large bowl. Add caster sugar and stir to combine. Make a well in the centre. Combine milk, egg, butter and coffee* in a jug. Pour milk mixture into the well. Using a large metal spoon, stir until just combined (don't over-mix).
    Spoon mixture into muffin holes until three-quarters full. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for 1 minute. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
    Using an electric mixer, beat eggwhite in a small bowl until soft peaks form. Add extra 2 tablespoons of caster sugar, a little at a time, beating constantly until think and glossy. Using a large metal spoon, fold meringue mixture over muffins. Dust with cocoa power.

    * To dissolve the coffee powder, mix it with the melted butter.

    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    Zucchini Slice

    This is another quick and easy recipe that will last for a few nights. It is popular with people of all ages as it is made of commonly used ingredients and is very tasty!


    375g zucchini, grated
    375g carrot, grated
    1 large onion finely chopped
    3 rashers bacon finely chopped
    1 cup tasty cheese grated
    1 cup self-raising flour sifted
    Half a cup of oil
    5 eggs
    Parmesan cheese grated for top


    Preheat oven to 180 Celcius.
    Combine zucchini, carrot, onion, bacon, flour, oil and lightly beaten eggs thoroughly in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper. Pour into a well greased lamington tin (or similar) Grate parmesan over the top.
    Bake for 35-40 mins until golden and set.
    Allow to cool slightly before cutting.
    Adjust the amount of oil depending on the fat content of the bacon.

    Saturday, 12 March 2011

    Daria: The Complete Animated Series

    Since I was a very young girl, rushing home from school on a wednesday afternoon, waiting patiently by the tv until 5:30 and cursing myself the next day if I missed it, Daria has always been a favourite of mine. I don't quite know what at the time intrigued me about this sarcastic, monotone, uncaring angsty teen but something about her kept me from returning a VHS of hers to the video store for over 10 years now.

    So in July of 2010, a great friend of mine purchased Daria: The Complete Animated Series (which had come out two months earlier) for me as a birthday present. I have watched the series through now probably about 8 or 9 times and it is even better than I remember. The jokes feel more relevant, the ideals make more sense to me and the whole show just really makes me pine for the 90s. Speaking of, it's a bit disheartening that for the release of the set it was going to cost too much to use all the original music from the show so the only song kept was the theme song and replaced the other music with some computerised knock-off. But overall this is a great set. It was $49.99 (as seen in the ad to your left) and includes the full five seasons of the show and the two films Is It Fall Yet? and Is It College Yet? As well as bonus features.

    I recommend this to any Daria fan or television lover.