Apple pie

Apple pie

Lovely recipe . Very easy . Great way to use excess or old apples . Recommend not cutting down sugar as the recipe is not too sweet which is great. Will try using the guided sweet shortcrust pastry next time .


Best ever carrot cake

Carrot cake
Carrot cake

Easy afternoon tea , this recipe from the community has 220  favourable comments and very simple. Took less than a few minutes to whizz up for the oven. Unlike the guided Caribbean carrot cake in the BCB it has fewer ingredients and only one spice . So when time poor is a great alternative to that one  . Halved sugar as some suggested and was sweet enough , iced with lemon icing . Moist and light, will definitely use again. Checked at 60 minutes baking  and was done.

Poor photography , only just managed  to take one photo before the cake was eaten !

20 minute chocolate cupcakes


Piece of cake literally, tried this top rated cupcake recipe from the community , wanting a 5 minute prep time this is the one,  they’re ready for the oven. No need to ice, taste lovely and moist as is. We like the melt butter and add other ingredients recipes. Didn’t pulverise the chocolate too much so it’s like chocolate chip cupcakes. Ready for lunch boxes .

Banana cake and chocolate cupcakes

Birthday banana cake and chocolate cupcakes
Birthday banana cake and chocolate cupcakes

Miss 9’s birthday banana cake and chocolate cupcakes. To my girls : Recipes are

Banana cake 20cm tin

Banana cake recipe is same as one posted above except used normal flour and 1 tsp of baking powder and 1 tsp of baking soda instead of self raising flour and baking soda in the above recipe. Iced with lemon icing.

Chocolate cupcakes ( recipe posted previously ) makes 12 muffin tin 

  • 3/4 c flour (100g)
  • 1/4 c cocoa (35g)
  • 1/2 c sugar (100g)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 80g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c milk
  1. Preheat oven to 160 C. Line 12 muffins trays with cases.
  2. Add all dry ingredients to TM bowl, pulse a couple times on turbo then add wet ingredients and mix on speed 5-6 till combined. ( can double or triple qtys ) nb heat butter to room temp first
  3. Bake 160 C , 15-20 mins for normal size cupcakes, 10-12 mins for mini cupcakes

30 second cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes
Vanilla cupcakes

This recipe is close to the recipe given to us by our lovely neighbour many years ago which was our standard go to recipe , the only difference is a bit extra milk and baking powder. To adjust to our favourite recipe , I take out baking powder , reduce milk to 6 TB and bake at 200C for 15-20 mins rather than cook at lower temperature of 160 C . Easy peasy. Made half the quantity so we don’t  overload on sugar today  and iced with lemon icing.

Dairy free Egg free Chocolate Cake

Dairy free Egg free Chocolate Cake Another fantastic recipe from Chelsea Winter, this is super quick, less than 5 minutes literally,  to make in the thermomix. Adapted for the thermomix, reduced amounts of chocolate for ganache because 100g chocolate is more than enough for the icing. Crazy Italian chocolate cake (Chelsea Winter)

  • 1 ½ cups standard flour (210 g)
  • 1 cup caster sugar (180 g)
  • ½ cup dark, good-quality baking cocoa (look for ‘dark’ on the label for best results) (35 g)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (65 g)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tsp pure vanilla essence
  • 1 ¼ cups water (290 g)

Add dry ingredients to TM bowl, turbo twice to sift, add wet ingredients, blend 5 sec, speed 5.  Bake 40 mins 180 c. Allow to cool. Chocolate ganache  (followed guided recipe as a base)

  • 100g chopped dark chocolate 
(60-70% cocoa solids – use dairy-free if needed
  • 70g butter (or dairy-free olive oil spread, or 2/3 cups coconut oil) we used olivani

Grate chocolate 10 sec , speed 8. Add olivani (for dairy free) . Heat 2min , 50c , speed 3. Allow to cool before spreading.

Moist Banana Cake

Banana cake
Banana cake

Mmmm yum banana cake. This recipe from the recipe community was so close to our family recipe except for the use of self raising flour instead of flour and baking powder, we had to give it a go. 85 positive comments,  and it turns out lovely and moist just as everyone says. I might substitute flour and baking powder and leave bananas in when mixing, as suggested by a few members, next time but very happy with this cake as is. Sometimes our cake would fall in the middle but this one stays nice and high. Maybe because it’s cooked at 160C instead of 180C for an hour.