Sweet As.

I'm Louise, a New Zealand born baking enthusiast.
I share everything i make.
and I make everything with love x

Enjoy!

Oh hey guys! It’s been a while huh? Since I last posted on here, a fair bit has happened… Long story short, I spent a whole lot of time on the road (14 countries in six months, phew!) and have ended up in London. It’s taken me a bit of time to get settled but now that I’m comfortably housed I have no excuses to not bake for any longer!

I’ll admit that I haven’t been particularly ambitious with my cooking ventures since moving in here… I’ve made a few banana cakes and other such simple (but delicious) morsels, but on Saturday I finally had a good reason to make something a little bit special.

You see, Saturday was the end of an era. My workmate and friend and partner in dancefloor crime, Sabrina, finished up at the cafe where I work. The day before I scrolled through recipes for ages before it came to me - the ultimate and most decadent and diabetes-inducing sweet I’d ever eaten before - Donna Hay’s “Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Peanut Butter Frosting”.


These had been made by my friend Nicole for a “Girls” season premiere viewing party in Melbourne aaages ago, and then again for the morning tea we hosted for the Cancer Council in 2012. They are so crazily good that you can’t stop at one… But they are so crazily rich that even after one you feel loopy and light headed and kind of ill - BUT YOU PURSUE BECAUSE, LET ME REITERATE, THEY ARE THAT GOOD.

They are pretty easy to make too, a simple brownie recipe using melted and raw chocolate (70% cocoa!) so you get nice big chunks with every bite. The peanut butter frosting, well, I could eat a bowl of it as a main course if I was any less concerned about my waistline…

Will definitely be whipping these out again. 10/10!

Recipe found here: https://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/sweets/biscuits-cookies/brownie-cookies-with-peanut-butter-frosting

I don’t think my housemates realised what they were getting themselves into when they put me in charge of dessert for our Christmas dinner.The idea was inspired by a similar concept found on Taste.com.au, however the pavlova was made using Jo Seagar’s butterscotch meringue recipe, which my mum and I have been using for years. You can find the recipe here: http://cattaylornz.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/butterscotch-meringues.html

I don’t think my housemates realised what they were getting themselves into when they put me in charge of dessert for our Christmas dinner.

The idea was inspired by a similar concept found on Taste.com.au, however the pavlova was made using Jo Seagar’s butterscotch meringue recipe, which my mum and I have been using for years. You can find the recipe here: http://cattaylornz.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/butterscotch-meringues.html

For my best friend’s birthday, I felt the pressing need to create something marvellous. This little gem sure was a crowd pleaser, although it was almost too pretty to slice up!The cake itself was a two tier chocolate buttermilk cake, the same recipe used for my own Oreo-heavy birthday cake (see earlier post). The preparation for this involved purchasing 16 Kit Kat bars from Coles… I have never been more grateful for self-service supermarket checkouts.

For my best friend’s birthday, I felt the pressing need to create something marvellous. This little gem sure was a crowd pleaser, although it was almost too pretty to slice up!

The cake itself was a two tier chocolate buttermilk cake, the same recipe used for my own Oreo-heavy birthday cake (see earlier post). The preparation for this involved purchasing 16 Kit Kat bars from Coles… I have never been more grateful for self-service supermarket checkouts.

I think last month’s baking course really took it out of me. However, you’ll be pleased to hear I have bounced back and rustled up these little beauties last night.
Monte carlos, made the ol’ fashioned way with vanilla buttercream and strawberry jam. 

I think last month’s baking course really took it out of me. However, you’ll be pleased to hear I have bounced back and rustled up these little beauties last night.

Monte carlos, made the ol’ fashioned way with vanilla buttercream and strawberry jam. 

This is what happens when you devote two full days to baking.

The next 5 days will be devoted to the gym. And salad. 

I was beginning to fear that I was the only person on earth who was aware of the existence of marshmallow slice. To prove that I wasn’t suffering from some kind of food-based delirium, I made some for my friends last Sunday. I believe the first response was, “There’s a party in my mouth”.

Mission complete. 

Recipe thanks toTaste: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/18012/marshmallow+caramel+slice 

Is it normal to make your own birthday cake?
Is it normal to make your own birthday cake which takes 18 hours to prepare?
Is it normal to make a cake with half a kilo of butter in the icing alone? 


Probably not. 

You might say I’m a stressed out/anxious person 99% of the time, so you can only imagine how wired I become when hosting a party. I decided, weeks beforehand, I needed a distraction. And what better distraction than the construction - yes, construction - of a two tier chocolate cake with German buttercream frosting… With Oreos! The 2x chocolate buttermilk cakes were made on Friday night (as I nervously sipped whiskey). I was up at 7.30am the following day to start the buttercream - an incredibly long and drawn out process which involved lots of pouring and heating and straining and pouring… By the time everything was complete, at about 3pm, our bench was freshly decorated with a thick layer of Oreo crumbs and splatters of icing from my numerous piping-bag disasters.

Thankfully the completed cake was not a disaster. Looked good, tasted even better.

Will make again. 

Recipe thanks to Butterhttp://butterbaking.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/cookies-and-cream-cake/

You can’t go past a home baked pie in the middle of winter. Serve with red wine and good company.


Recipe thanks to Mix & Bake by Belinda Jefferey.