Carrot banana muffins

This is another experiment that was inspired by the curiosity of whether carrots and bananas make sense in a cake. The verdict? Yes they do! Google helped me out with the recipe which I got from Homemade Ginger. I did also consider using a recipe from Running with Spoons but given the quantities of ingredients…

Apple cake (with cinnamon and ginger)

The inspiration for this particular recipe came from having too many apples in my fridge. I wasn’t in the mood for apple crumble or apple pie so I decided I would make a cake. Instead of hunting for a recipe, I decided to just use a tried and tested one that already had fruit as…

Cherry Banana cake

One random day I decided the words “cherry banana cake” sounded good, literally. I hadn’t seen it anywhere nor had I heard anyone mention it. Took to Google and as usual it had all the answers. I found a simple recipe on Food.com and got down to business. Ingredients 2 cups flour 3 teaspoons baking…

Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe was my first attempt at making a yeast based bread. Ever since my home economics class in high school I have been afraid of yeast based breads. We were required to make plain buns and mine completely flopped, so I decided to lay that part of my cooking adventures to rest. However, All…

Orange and Pineapple Muffins

I had a ton of oranges laying around in my fridge so I decided to find a quick muffin recipe in order to use one or two of them. I found this recipe on All Recipes and given the good reviews I decided to give it a try. I changed it a bit because I…

Favourite old fashioned Gingerbread

During the past few weeks while I was drowning under school work, I had no time to bake. I actually really missed it. At the Food and Wine show I attended recently, I bought a chocolate cupcake and I got a little mad at myself for not making my own, ridiculous. So I got inspired…

To die for Blueberry muffins

Some time back I watched a video by Chef John on AllRecipes.com on how to make blueberry muffins so when I saw fresh blueberries in Pick n’ Pay I immediately picked them up. However when I got home and looked at Chef John’s recipe in detail, a lot of reviewers didn’t seem to like them…

Mel’s Peaches and cream cake

Upon the suggestion of a friend of a friend on Facebook I decided to give this recipe a try because the photos looked really good on the website and it had peaches and cream cheese as ingredients, what more does one need? The cake is structured in 3 layers: the base is a plain vanilla…

Mum’s red velvet cake

A couple of days ago a friend of mine posted a yummy picture of red velvet cupcakes on Facebook and at that moment it occurred to me that I had never tried making a red velvet cake or cup cakes for that matter. Mostly because my mama has made white velvet cake a staple in…

Sweet and sticky Pineapple cake

So the other day I felt the urge to bake a cake and it had to have pineapple in it since I had a tin of pineapple pieces laying around. So I hopped onto my favourite cooking site (All recipes.com) and found a pineapple cake recipe. It uses so few ingredients and is so quick…

Cooking fails: Pavlova and Strawberry cake

Cake baking should be a science…..or at least part of a science, chemistry I think. In my cake baking endeavours I have found that recipes often emphasize the need for accurate measuring of ingredients, specific oven temperature and baking times and specific ingredients. Unlike cooking where you can play fast and loose with timing or…

Banana cake or Banana bread?

I am not a fan of bananas. However, during my early tertiary years, I had a friend whose mum would make her banana cake as a mid morning snack and that banana cake is one of the best cakes I have ever tasted! I got the recipe from her but unfortunately the measurements are in…