A collection of easy and delicious baking recipes. Cakes, cookies, pavlovas, brownies … there is something here for every occasion! Included are birthday cake recipes and gluten-free cake recipes.

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

These soft peanut butter cookies are chewy and deliciously addictive and best served with a dollop of raspberry jam! They keep really well and are a hit with kids and adults alike. Peanut Butter Cookies Like most children, I grew up addicted to peanut butter sandwiches. These days, one of my favourite ways of consuming peanut butter is in cookie form. And these peanut butter cookies are simply addictive; they are totally moreish

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Rhubarb Custard Cake

A stunning Rhubarb Custard Cake with a thick custard layer baked in the centre of the cake. Delight your family and friends with this beautiful rhubarb cake. Bee-Sting Cake My parents used to sell a cake in their bakery, called a Bee-Sting Cake, which was made of two brioche-like sponges, sandwiched together with a thick, bright yellow custard and sprinkled on top with flaked almonds.

Easter Egg Nest Cake

A decadent and fun Easter Egg Nest Cake decorated with sugar-coated chocolate Easter eggs. Gluten-free recipe. Easter Cake This is a chocolate cake which I love to make when we have guests over, and this Easter cake is an extra chocolatey version which will make both adults and children swoon.

Hot Cross Buns

Light and fluffy Hot Cross Buns with delicious spices and raisins. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Hot Cross Buns For as long as I can remember, Easter has always been celebrated in my family with a batch or two of Hot Cross Buns. This sentiment only amplified when I moved to Switzerland and discovered that these spiced buns were not as universal as the religious festival.

Ham and Cheese Hand Pies

Tasty Ham and Cheese Hand Pies which are a great way of using leftovers. These hand pies are filled with ham, béchamel sauce and vegetables, but you can use any leftover meats and vegetables you like. Cooking with Leftovers My mother is someone who can effortlessly create a delicious three-course meal from a simple fridge raid, with an uncanny ability to never let anything go to waste. Sadly, I did not inherit this

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Ginger Snap Cookies

Crunchy and slightly chewy Ginger Snap Cookies, spiced with ginger and sweetened with honey. They are deliciously addictive and so easy to make. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Ginger Snaps There is a book shop in Zurich which has a large section filled with English books, and a curiously large section filled with American and British food for the expats. I use the term “food” loosely because it is really only snack food (or,

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Welsh Cakes

welsh cakes on white plate with spoonful of jam

A delicious and authentic recipe for Welsh Cakes which are gently spiced and filled with raisins for sweetness. These Welsh Cakes are lovely served warm with some butter and jam, or simply with a sprinkle of sugar. What are Welsh Cakes? The next time you think about making scones, perhaps you might like to try your hand at these Welsh Cakes. Both recipes require more or less the same ingredients but, with Welsh

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Chocolate Caramel Slice (Millionaire’s Shortbread)

An easy recipe for Chocolate Caramel Slice (or Millionaire’s Shortbread) using sweetened condensed milk to produce a lovely, thick caramel. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Chocolate Caramel Slice My parents ran a busy bakery while I was growing up in Australia, and one of the staples they always had behind the glass counters were Chocolate Caramel Slices, otherwise known as Millionaire’s Shortbread in other parts of the world. As soon as my step-father would

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Profiteroles with Chocolate Ganache

profiteroles with chocolate sauce on white plate

A classic and foolproof recipe for Profiteroles served with a vanilla pastry cream and drizzled with a decadent chocolate ganache. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Profiteroles with Chocolate Ganache If I had to name one dessert as my “desert island dessert”, it would probably have to be profiteroles. It seems most people are abuzz with French macarons these days (which I also adore) but, to me, the profiterole is what encapsulates a typically French

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Pound Cake with Oreo Cookies

cookies and cream cake on wooden board

A delicious and fun Pound Cake with Oreo Cookies. This is a vanilla pound cake baked with crushed Oreo cookies to give a delicious texture and chocolate flavour. Great for birthday parties and entertaining! This post has been prepared in collaboration with Tchibo (Schweiz) AG, but the content and opinions are my own. Pound Cake This pound cake with Oreo cookies solves the dilemma of whether to have cookies or cake at afternoon tea

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Mont Blanc Chocolate Pavlova

A delicious chocolate pavlova with sweetened chestnut purée. This dessert is the combination of a Chocolate Pavlova and Mont Blanc dessert. Here is an easy chocolate pavlova recipe, plus a homemade chestnut purée recipe. Chestnut Desserts As soon as the weather in Switzerland starts to take a dip, the roasted chestnut carts magically appear and I know that my favourite dessert will soon be in all of the pâtisserie shops. Roasted chestnuts alone

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Easy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

An Easy Banana Cake recipe which uses yoghurt to make it light and moist, and topped with a generous layer of Cream Cheese Frosting. Perfect for using overripe or frozen bananas. Easy Banana Cake My husband and I tend to agree on most things, but something we cannot convince each other of is the perfect stage of ripeness for a banana. I like my bananas to be somewhat ripe – no hint of green

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Cinnamon Doughnuts

Nothing beats hot and fresh cinnamon doughnuts, and this is an easy donut recipe using yeast to produce light and fluffy doughnuts rolled in cinnamon sugar. Hot Cinnamon Doughnuts I love, love doughnuts. I particularly love them hot, fresh from the vat and sprinkled with lots of sugar and ground cinnamon. Give me a doughnut and a cup of coffee for breakfast and I’m a happy camper.

Easy Chocolate Brownies

An easy chocolate brownie recipe using real chocolate and rich cocoa powder. Moist and fudgy with just the right gooey centre and a beautiful flakey crust. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Lindt Chocolates They say that anyone can buy a good house, but good neighbours are priceless. We happen to be blessed with the most wonderful neighbours in our whole building.

Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

The ultimate Sticky Date Pudding (also known as Sticky Toffee Pudding) which is baked as a cake and served with a decadent Butterscotch Sauce. Delicious served warm and with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Sticky Date Pudding Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce is a popular café dessert in Australia, one which I dream of frequently but seldom make. But the recent snowy weather in Zurich has prompted much stoveside activity in our

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Plain Scones

An easy scone recipe with step-by-step photos. These plain scones are light and fluffy, and go perfectly with jam and cream for a gorgeous afternoon tea. Plain Scone Recipe When I was in London a few years ago, I was reminded of my fond affection for Devonshire Tea, which is essentially a plain scone served with jam and cream. As scones are not widely available in Zurich, I made it my mission to eat as

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Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze

Recipe with step-by-step photos for an Apple Spice Cake studded with chunks of apples and walnuts, and covered in a delicious Caramel Glaze.  Apple Spice Cake Recipe There is something irresistible about the timeless pairing of apples with cinnamon, and this apple spice cake is no exception.

French Crêpes

A simple and delicious recipe for basic crêpes, or thin French pancakes. Recipe with step-by-step photos. French Crêpes Recipe My husband hails from the French region of Brittany where crêpes are thought to have originated. And so it goes without saying that, in this part of the world, it is completely acceptable to have pancakes at breakfast every morning, or even as a goûter, the French equivalent of afternoon tea.

Carrot Cake with Orange Cream-Cheese Frosting

A deliciously moist Carrot Cake with a light and fresh Orange Cream-Cheese Frosting. This carrot cake recipe is sure to become a favourite with your family and friends! Carrot Cake Recipe One of my favourite past-times is chatting online with my foodie friends. We talk about a whole manner of things, mostly food-related, frequently veering off-topic but somehow always circling back to the matter at heart.

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

This Sour Cream Chocolate Cake is the only chocolate cake recipe you will ever need for birthdays and celebrations. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Sour-Cream Chocolate Cake This is the chocolate cake recipe I turn to for every birthday party celebration in our family. And even if there is not a birthday event in sight, if I just simply have a craving for chocolate cake, this is quite simply, the best chocolate cake.

Cinnamon Cake

An easy recipe for cinnamon cake with step-by-step photos that is fast and simple to make, and perfect for breakfast or dessert. Cinnamon Cake I love a simple cinnamon cake at afternoon tea but, the truth is, I love it even more at breakfast. The combination of vanilla cake topped with a generous sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon reminds me of eating a donut, especially when the cake is still warm from the

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Easy Raspberry Scones

Quick and easy Raspberry Scones with Almonds which are baked in one large cake and sliced up to share. Recipe using fresh or frozen raspberries. Easy Raspberry Scones I wasn’t planning on making raspberry scones today, but with the dreary weather we have been having in Zurich lately (why is it often sunny during the working week but not on the weekends??), I needed to find a way to entertain the children once

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Kugelhopf

Kugelhopf recipe with step-by-step photos. A kugelhopf is a yeasted bread, similar to a French brioche, which is perfect at breakfast or morning tea. Make this kugelhopf plain, with raisins or other dried fruits. What is a Kugelhopf? A kugelhopf is a yeasted bread which has been baked in a special mold, and it is typically served at breakfast in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The taste and texture of a kugelhopf is quite similar

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Queen of Sheba Cake (Reine de Saba)

Recipe with step-by-step photos for a Queen of Sheba Cake (or Reine de Saba), made famous by Julia Child. It is a French chocolate and almond cake which is light, moist and gluten-free. Queen of Sheba Cake (Reine de Saba) I am conscious that I have quite a few recipes for chocolate cake on this blog, but I suppose one more can’t hurt … This recipe for Queen of Sheba Cake (or Reine

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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A moist and addictive Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with the tasty addition of peanut butter. The perfect banana bread recipe for any overripe bananas. Banana Bread Recipe I know it sounds cliché, but there really is no better use for over-ripe bananas than to make them into a banana bread of some sort. I usually reserve such bananas for my Easy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, but as I wanted something a

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Sunken Chocolate Amaretto Cake

nigella sunken chocolate amaretto cake

A gluten-free Sunken Chocolate Amaretto Cake served with whipped cream and amaretti biscuits. Easy to make and perfect for entertaining. Amaretto Cake If you have been following my Instagram Stories, you will have noticed that I have made this Sunken Chocolate Amaretto Cake no less than three times in the last month – it is that good!

How to Make Choux Pastry (Pâte à Choux)

How to make choux pastry (pâte à choux) perfectly every time to use in recipes for profiteroles, éclairs, cream puffs and so much more. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Pâte à Choux Pâte à choux is the French term for choux pastry in English. And in case you were wondering “choux” is pronounced like shoe in English 😉

Chinese Almond Cookies

These Chinese Almond Cookies are a delicious way to celebrate Chinese New Year and to end any Asian meal. Chinese Almond Cookies I grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia, and our ritual every Sunday morning was to visit my mother’s favourite Chinese restaurant for Dim Sum.

Marble Bundt Cake

marble bundt cake

A delicious and easy Marble Cake, perfect for any occasion. Step-by-step recipe for a moist marble cake, which looks spectacular baked in a bundt pan and topped with a chocolate glaze. Marble Cake A traditional marble cake, baked in a loaf tin, is something which my husband’s great-aunt frequently makes whenever we visit her in France. But I thought I would give my own spin on a gâteau marbré by baking it in

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Pavlova with Cream and Passionfruit

pavlova with cream and passionfruit on cake stand with cut passionfruit on wooden board

Make the perfect pavlova every time with this easy pavlova recipe with step-by-step photos, served with cream and passionfruit. Tips on how to make a pavlova dessert with a crisp meringue shell and soft marshmallow centre. Australian Pavlova There is nothing which reminds me more of Australia than a classic pavlova. This was something I grew up eating at parties and celebrations, and a backyard BBQ was never complete without a pavlova dessert

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Easy Chocolate Cake

easy chocolate cake on wire rack with cake knife

An easy chocolate cake recipe that is moist and delicious, perfect for birthdays and celebrations. This easy chocolate cake recipe includes instructions for different sized cake pans. Easy Chocolate Cake I am mindful that I have already shared quite a few chocolate cake recipes here on this blog, and that they all happen to be recipes which I frequently return to whenever a special occasion arises. But recently, it occurred to me that

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Gingerbread Man Cookies

Easy gingerbread man cookies with step-by-step photos, including tips for making a gingerbread man garland. These gingerbread cookies are perfect to give as gifts or to decorate around your home! Gingerbread Man Cookies For me, no Christmas is complete without at least one batch of gingerbread man cookies. I say “one batch” but what I really mean is “one baking session” with maybe a triple batch! As a child growing up in Australia,

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How to Make Crème Pâtissière (Pastry Cream)

creme patissiere or pastry cream or vanilla custard in white bowl with whisk

An easy to follow recipe for Crème Pâtissière, also known as pastry cream or vanilla custard. Comprehensive recipe with step-by-step photos. Pastry Cream Recipe Pastry cream is a popular component of many French desserts. It is a thick, vanilla custard which you will often find inside Profiteroles or Éclairs, spread between the layers of a Millefeuilles, or used as the filling for fruit tarts.

Raspberry Friands

Delicious Raspberry Friands with step-by-step photos, including notes for making Mini Raspberry Friands. Friand Recipe If you are someone who, like me, makes a lot of custard, pastry or shortbread, you might find yourself with a lot of leftover egg whites. I follow Nigella Lawson’s tip to freeze egg whites in small zip-lock freezer bags – usually in pairs – which means that I always have egg whites on hand to make pavlovas,

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Butter Cake with Peaches and Raspberries

A delicious recipe for Butter Cake with Peaches and Raspberries, with step-by-step photos. Plus a review of The Cook’s Atelier cookbook. I received a copy of The Cook’s Atelier cookbook to review, complimentary from the publisher, but the content, opinions, and photos below, are my own. The Cook’s Atelier My husband’s family live in the far north-western corner of France in a region called Brittany. In summer, we often make the long journey

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Strawberry Cobbler

Make the most of summer with this delicious Strawberry Cobbler, made with fresh strawberries and a lemon scone cobbler topping. So delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream! Strawberry Cobbler Recipe It has been an extremely hot summer this year in Zurich. In fact, I feel like I am in Australia in the midst of their annual January heatwave, but minus the much-needed air-conditioning. Due to strict regulations in Switzerland governing energy consumption,

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Apple Galette

red love apple galette

A delicious and easy apple galette recipe which will impress your friends and family. Use any type of apple in this rustic apple galette, or special varieties such as Red Love Apples. Apple Galette We always have a basket full of apples at home, ready to be turned into an apple compote which we eat religiously at breakfast each morning. It used to be my job to make the week’s apple compote, which

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Coffee and Walnut Cake

A homely Coffee and Walnut Cake with a luscious coffee frosting that is delicious and easy to make. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Coffee Cake In some countries, there exists what is called a coffee cake which actually does not contain any coffee but it is called such because it is intended to be eaten with a cup of coffee. This Coffee and Walnut Cake is actually a coffee cake, in that it is

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Twin Peaks Cherry Pie

Recipe with step-by-step photos for Cherry Pie, inspired by the cult TV series, Twin Peaks. This recipe uses homemade pie pastry, as well as fresh cherries but you can substitute with frozen cherries. Cherry Pie To me, nothing sounds more American than a cherry pie. If you have read the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich, you will no doubt be familiar with (if not envious of) Stephanie’s calorie-infused, sugar-laden diet. This bounty-hunter’s

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How to Make a Lattice Pie Crust

How to make a lattice pie crust. Tutorial with step-by-step photos, plus a foolproof and easy pie crust recipe. Make professional-looking fruit pies in no time! Lattice Pie Crust One of my favourite things to make in summer is a Cherry Pie. And this year, for something a bit different, I thought I would try my hand at a fancy lattice pie crust. And while a lattice pie crust might look fancy and

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Apricot Crumble Cake

A delicious apricot cake topped with a cinnamon crumble topping. This Apricot Crumble Cake is perfect for using seasonal apricots, but you can easily substitute with other fruits. Apricot Crumble Cake With apricots in season at the moment, the best way to enjoy them is to simply eat them as they are when they are juicy and ripe.

Chouquettes (French Cream Puffs)

Recipe with step-by-step photos for Chouquettes, which are French cream puffs (or pastry puffs) sprinkled with pearl sugar or chocolate chips. They are a delicious bite-sized snack made from choux pastry. Chouquettes Something which I love to bake throughout the year are these little French cream puffs called chouquettes.

Gluten-Free Lemon Cake

A delicious dairy-free and gluten-free lemon cake using whole lemons which are gently cooked until tender and then blitzed to produce a wonderfully moist cake. Gluten-Free Cake One of my favourite cakes to make at this time of the year is the Clementine Cake from Nigella Lawson’s How to Eat, a cake which Nigella has quoted as being one of the most popular from her first cookbook, one which happens to be a

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Aussie Meat Pies

Nothing is more Australian than an Aussie Meat Pie, and these party pies are a must at any gathering. An easy meat pie recipe using minced beef. Aussie Meat Pies You can’t get more Aussie than the meat pie. Those who know me would probably be surprised that I would even venture near something that can only be applied to the face with your hands (no knife and fork, please), but the truth is, I

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Ultimate Chocolate Cake

This is the Ultimate Chocolate Cake! Layers of rich chocolate cake flavoured with real chocolate, cocoa powder and coffee, covered in a Chocolate Ganache Frosting and decorated with chocolate chips. Epic Chocolate Cake In deciding how to celebrate Eat, Little Bird’s first blog anniversary, chocolate cake instantly came to my mind, but I knew that it had to be a special one. For quite some years now, my online foodie friends have been raving

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Chocolate Mousse (Mousse au Chocolat)

Recipe for Chocolate Mousse with step-by-step photos. A classic recipe for a decadent Chocolate Mousse served with cocoa nibs or chocolate chips. A great dessert to make ahead when entertaining. Chocolate Mousse With summer in full swing in Europe at the moment, a chilled dessert is the ideal way to end a nice meal. That or a big bowl of ice-cream. And one can hardly go past the quintessential French classic, a mousse

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Cannelés

Cannelés are golden and crispy cakes with a custardy centre, flavoured with a hint of rum and/or vanilla. Recipe for Cannelés with step-by-step photos, with instructions for using copper cannelé moulds or silicone cannelé moulds. Cannelés If you have ever travelled to France, you may have come across these little specialty cakes called cannelés (or cannelés or cannelés Bordelais). Unlike their more successfully exported cousins, the madeleines and macarons, cannelés are not so

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Recipe with step-by-step photos for a delicious no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake, using a chocolate biscuit base and an easy filling with crunchy peanut butter. I was recently watching an episode of Nigella’s Kitchen where Nigella was making a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake, a calorie-laden recipe which is quite true to her kitsch junkie style, not to mention that she made the whole thing whilst wearing a black satin nightrobe, all the while

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Swiss Carrot Cake (Rüeblitorte)

A delicious and wholesome Swiss Carrot Cake (Rüeblitorte or Rüeblicake) which is popular in Switzerland. It contains lots of fresh carrots and ground almonds to keep it moist. A classic recipe from Betty Bossi. It came as a bit of a surprise to me to learn that carrot cake was popular in Switzerland, mostly because I always associated this succulent cake with the US, the land of indulgent and tempting sweets.

Chocolate Coconut Bars

These Chocolate Coconut Bars are a classic recipe from the Australian Women’s Weekly. No fancy ingredients (just good quality cocoa). Perfect for school bake sales or to bring to work for morning tea. Recipe with step-by-step photos. With Australia Day approaching, my thoughts have been turning to traditional Aussie cakes and pastries, and these Chocolate Coconut Bars are hard to go past. Perhaps these slices are not what one would think of eating on Australia

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