How to Make a Titanic Birthday Cake

A ship of Titanic proportions

As soon as Archie announced the theme for his party, my mind raced to the cake and I knew instantly, there was no way of avoiding the issue.  It had to be the ship.  As daunting as this sounded, the good thing is a few years ago, a friend asked me to make a ship […]

Shark Attack Birthday Cake

The birthday cake arrives on the table

Alfie has just celebrated his ninth birthday with a shark party where nine boys watched Jaws in his bedroom then had pizza and jelly cups followed by a Mintie scramble and a shark attack birthday cake. Hooray!  It’s all over for another year.  That probably sounds a bit mean but I’m currently organising a 21st […]

Raspberry Praline Meringue Cake – A Gluten-Free Dessert

A gluten-free dessert

Thanks for all your lovely comments regarding the ladybird cupcakes.  The children in Alfie’s class just loved them but there was one boy who went up to Alfie and said, ‘I have to be honest, I didn’t like the icing; it made me feel sick’.  There’s one in every crowd!  There were no mishaps with […]

Ladybird Cupcakes

Ladybirds out on the lawn

It’s Alfie’s birthday on the weekend and he’s going to be nine.  At his primary school, when it’s your birthday, you’re allowed to bring in something for the class to share. The school does suggest that you order cupcakes from the canteen or that you can bring in a box of ice blocks and I […]

Rosewater Meringues with Raspberry Sauce and Cream – Gluten Free

Sandwiched with raspberry sauce and whipped cream

If you’re going to be vain, you have to have a very high pain threshold. A few weeks ago I went to a dentist for a long overdue overhaul.  While pretty much unable to speak due to my tongue and both sides of my mouth being numb, I decided to mention, through slurred and barely […]

Tropical Meringue Roulade and it’s Gluten-Free

Tropical Meringue Roulade

Yes, I know it’s a shock but yes, I’m finally back in the kitchen. I thought I’d ease back into the food blogging genre by sharing with you how we spent Australia Day. There were two functions.  The first was at Mr Competitive’s house.  He hosts an annual BBQ lunch after the Palm Beach to […]

Mum’s Christmas Sugar Cookies and…Archie Goes to School

A mixed platter of hearts, angels, Christmas trees, Christmas Bells and stars

When Archie was in high school he went to one of those schools where at the end of the year, they broke up two weeks before the public schools and as such, he had a lot of time to fill. One year when Archie was at home having finished school for that calendar year, he […]

A Gluten-Free Christmas Cake

A Christmas Cake guarded fiercely by Santas

I mentioned in my November In My Kitchen Post that I had dried fruits, glace fruits and nuts soaking in brandy and orange juice in preparation for making two Christmas cakes.  Here is one of the cakes and this one if gluten-free but if you don’t need to have a gluten-free cake all you need […]

A Birthday Cake with a ‘Day of the Dead’ Theme

'Day of the Dead' inspired 21st birthday cake

One thing I never had to worry about is having too much spare time.  Because if my schedule looks like it’s lightening up, Miss Arabella will fill the gap.  This time it was her friend’s sister who was turning 21 and would it be at all possible for me to make the cake.  ‘I told […]

Gluten-Free Choc-Nut Cake

Gluten-free chocolate nut cake

September is always a busy month for my family; so busy that as usual, this year we didn’t have time to get together to celebrate my sister’s birthday, my daughter’s birthday, my father’s birthday, my niece’s birthday and a nephew’s birthday that had been even a little bit earlier than the others. So in October […]