Baking, Cakes, Lunch box goodies

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

choccupcakechoccupcake1I try and bake what I can for the kids lunch boxes. I prefer giving them homemade goodies rather than the store bought packaged snacks. If I end up running out of baking time during the day, I will bake them something at night. Once we have had dinner and washing the kids down is done, I will head into the kitchen and make something. I try to pick out a recipe that is not too involved and is simple, easy and has a quick cooking time.

I jumped on Google and found these simple Chocolate cupcake recipe. I didn’t have enough butter so these were perfect as they have oil in them instead. I cut back on the sugar quantity and didn’t add any icing. I don’t like adding icing to the kid’s snacks when I cook them for the lunch boxes. The less sugar the better. And it saves me wiping out their lunch boxes!

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes
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This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.
Recipe type: Lunch box goodies
Serves: 12
  • I cup plain flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp granulated coffee powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanillla essence
  • ½ cup boiling water
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced/180°C
  2. Place cupcake liners in muffin tin
  3. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and coffee powder to a mixing bowl. Mix with together with a spoon or use a mixer.
  4. Add milk, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla essence to flour mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Slowly add the boiling water and carefully mix until combined. The mixture will be runny.
  6. Fill up cupcake liners evenly.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. Test with a cake skewer, it should come out clean.
  8. Once cooked remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a cake rack.
  9. You can put icing on them if you wish but I left them plain. Better for the lunch boxes.
  10. Enjoy!
This recipe has been adapted from the recipe over at Add a Pinch


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Baking, Crafts

Easter holidays


Over the school holidays I baked some lovely treats for the kids: Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Muffins, Cinnamon Rolls and Garlic and Cheese Knots.

On Good Friday I made some yummy homemade hot cross buns: Traditional Hot Cross Buns and for the kids Chocolate Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns.

We also celebrated my birthday with the family and had a lovely lunch together. I really enjoyed making my birthday cake as it was covered in chocolate icing and decorated with Kit Kats, maltesers and Chocolate cream Oreos! Everyone loved it and there wasn’t much left.

I have joined in with a DIY postcard swap and have nearly finished making the 10 postcards. It has been fun making them and can’t wait to post them off to their destinations.

I hope you all had a great Easter break/holidays x




Baking, Breakfast

French Toast Roll Ups

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French Toast Roll Ups
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This recipe makes 8 French toast roll ups.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ­⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 8 slices bread, crusts removed
  • 120g cream cheese, softened
  • raspberries or any other berries that you would like
  1. On a plate, beat together eggs, milk and vanilla. Place that to one side.
  2. On another plate, combine sugar and cinnamon. Place that to one side.
  3. Once you have cut your crusts off the slices of bread, use a rolling pin and flatten them just a little bit. I went over the bread just a couple of times.
  4. Spread the cream cheese over just one side of the bread and then place on top near the edge of the bread your berries. I fitted 6 small raspberries across my slice of bread.
  5. Bring the longest side (if you don't have a square piece) of the bread over and tightly roll up the bread to the other side.
  6. Repeat this with the remaining slices of bread. Then dip the bread rolls into the egg mixture.
  7. Melt the butter in a pan over a med-high heat.
  8. Add bread rolls to the pan, a few at a time and cook until evenly golden brown, about 2 mins on each side.
  9. Once brown, immediately roll the bread rolls in the cinnamon sugar mix until coated.
  10. Serve immediately.
  11. Enjoy!
This recipe was adapted from the recipe over at Damn Delicious




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Baking, Cookies

Vanilla pudding chocolate chip cookies

These are a really easy and delicious choc chip cookie. I don’t really like my cookies too dry or crunchy especially when they have yummy choc chips in them. The cookies from this recipe are nice and soft. You can definitely eat more than one.

Cream butter and sugars until they are a light colour and creamy


Then add in vanilla pudding mix, 2 eggs and vanilla


Add the sifted flour, baking soda and salt


Mix in a cup of chocolate chips, until just combined


all mixed and ready for the tray

Place a tablespoon of dough on a baking tray and bake for 10-12 mins


Take out of the oven when they are lightly golden and cool on a cooling rack



You can wait until these cookies are cool before you eat them but every once in a while grab one after they have been out of the oven for a few seconds. They are very nice warm and it is very hard to stop eating them.

Vanilla pudding chocolate chip cookies
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This recipe makes about 24 cookies.
Recipe type: Cookies
  • 250g butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 100g packet Vanilla Instant pudding mix (I use Cottee's)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced/ 180°C normal oven. Line baking tray with baking paper then set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugars together until they are a light colour and creamy.
  3. Then add in vanilla pudding mix, 2 eggs and vanilla, mix until combined.
  4. Add the sifted flour, baking soda and salt, mix together.
  5. Mix in a cup of chocolate chips, until just combined.
  6. Place a tablespoon of dough on a baking tray and bake for 10-12 mins.
  7. Remove cookies from the oven and let cool slightly on tray. Then transfer cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.
This recipe was adapted from the original recipe at Two Peas & Their Pod

Baking, Cookies

Gummy Bear Thumbprint Cookies

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I have really wanted to get back into baking goodies for the kids lunch boxes. Over the christmas school holidays I stopped baking cakes, slices etc. The kids didn’t eat as much and I found it was a waste if I baked something every second day like I do for when they are at school. I did bake a cake here and there but not as often.

To ease myself back into baking, I wanted to make something that was quick and easy. I found this recipe on pinterest and decided to give it a go.

Gummy Bear Thumbprint Cookies
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This recipe makes 15 cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 8
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence/extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • gummy bears, I used 2 per cookie
  1. In a bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Add egg yolk and stir in vanilla. Mix in flour and salt until combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 10 minutes. This will help by preventing the centre of the cookies from cracking.
  2. Preheat the oven to 150°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  3. Roll cookies into a tablespoon sized ball. Arrange on tray making sure you leave some space between each cookie. Using your thumb, press a deep hole in the centre of the cookie. Make it big enough so the gummy bears won't spill out once melted.
  4. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until they are almost done. Take them out of the oven and them place 2 gummy bears in each cookie. Then put the tray back in the oven and cook for a further 2 minutes until the gummy bears have melted.
  5. Let the cookies cool on tray for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
This recipe was adapted from the original recipe at The Baking Robot
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8