Raspberry Praline Meringue Cake – 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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Sour Cream Black Forest Cake

I would love to have a nice and tidy scheduled life but it’s just never been that way. Today is a classic example where for a few weeks I’ve known that tonight Carl was going to be at a wine appreciation night.  It’s just that somehow the communication containing the details broke down and it […]

Vodka O Birthday Cake

Arabella has just celebrated her 19th birthday.  While this was not a birthday carrying the weight of other milestone birthdays like an 18th or 21st, it still had huge significance to Arabella who was keen to ensure the date didn’t slip by without a loud splash. We booked a clubhouse on Balmoral Beach that has […]

Pinata Birthday Cake

Over the weekend, Alfie has had his birthday party.  Before you get all complimentary and think I’m ‘Mother of the Year’ for having hosted children’s birthday parties multiple times every year for over two decades, I should let you know that Alfie’s birthday was nearly six months ago. Well, in my defense; we couldn’t have […]

Mum’s Baked Cheesecake and…JAS058

A few posts ago I let you know that Archie now has his full licence and as such, can legally drive a V8.  And he has been looking forward to this for many years, given his father has a V8 and it’s a 1967 Mustang. When I was growing up with my four sisters my […]

The Birthday

After an excruciating wait for a little boy and many, many repeated questions of ‘How many sleeps?’ Alfie finally woke this morning to the day he had been waiting on for so many nights. Yes, it was finally his birthday and being one of the youngest in his Year, he was excited to now be […]

Caribbean Christmas Cake and…An Autopsy

My mother’s birthday was a few weeks ago and a celebration was certainly due so I invited mum and dad over for dinner.  At the time the invitation went out I had no idea what I would cook and as much as I tried I couldn’t focus on the event because the annual council clean […]