Vanilla Crescents

  Summer may be in full swing here in Australia, but if this is the first December, January, February etc.  you’ve spent living on the Southern hemisphere it’s hard to completely forget the little winter notions these months bare. And one of those traditions are definitely these almond/vanilla crescent cookies. Covered in the little bits of icing…

Mermaid Cake

Finally got those marble macaroons right, and what better way than to put them on a cake with turquoise marble drip. Chocolate cake, dark chocolate and raspberry filling, dark chocolate mousse on the outside and white chocolate turqoise colored drip. And the macaroons? Dark chocolate ganache, to make them nice and firm to decorate this…

The Best Autumn Crumble Ever

What  do you do when you have some almond croissants filling left in the fridge and too many ripe pears in your garden? You put Apple Crumble and Pear Tart with Frangipane together and are absolutely amazed by the result. Definitely the best crumble I’ve ever made, and definitely worth those extra minutes of preping the pears in advance for…

Rainbow Cake

After the last cake for my friend it was time to make one for my little sister and that is how this 5-layer rainbow cake came to be. Cakes are definitely one of my favorite things to make in the kitchen – they always present a little challenge, plus, exploring and trying new ways to decorate them is just…

Vanilla Ice-Cream With Toppings

The days were nice, warm and sunny. There was lavender blooming in our garden and the apricots on our trees were getting nice and ripe. Thanks to my friend who takes frequent trips to Madagascar and then showers me with the most amazing vanilla beans ever, the drawer was still packed with them and well, what better way…

Birthday Cake

This one is not a recipe but just a little photo series of the cake I’ve made recently for my dear friend. I’m not a big fan of sugarpaste and buttercream (the only butter thing that I don’t like probably:))  so I refuse to use them which does make my job a bit more difficult, as these…

Triple Chocolate Muffins

I don’t make muffins that often but I sure do buy those cute little paper models waaay too many times. And when my storage box gets too full of them it’s time to make some. Cupcakes or muffins, they’re both great but as I’m not the biggest fan of different creamy fillings I usually opt…

Pear Tart with Frangipane

My love for fruit pies and tarts is ever-growing and if they have a special twist like this one… well even better. The secret of this pear tart lies in the frangipane, a delicious almondy sweet layer between the pastry and the pears which gives the tart a crunchy sweet texture (and it is similar…

Sachertorte or Sacher Cake

This was one of the first cakes I ever made (still a teenager then), it is really easy to make and is still one of my favorite chocolate cakes. This recipe is an improved version of the recipe from my mom’s old cookbook and definitely my favorite version of the famous Austrian cake. What I particularly like about…

Tita’s Red Pie

  Berries galore is what this pie is all about. My friend Tita first made a pie like that ages ago, and we all loved it so much, we’re always begging her to make it. I’ve been craving it so many times and finally thought about making it. It’s fairly easy and won’t take much…

Lemon Tart

I know lemons and other sour and refreshing fruits are usually more popular in summer, but with this one, I never really care which time of year it is. Whenever in need of sth sweet & sour this tart is perfect – refreshing but still so rich in flavor. You can add another meringue layer…