30 Second Whole Orange Cake

Mandarin  and poppyseed muffins
Mandarin and poppyseed muffins


30 seconds to make a cake, or in this case muffins. The famous 30 second orange cake from the recipe community is made from one whole orange, peel included, and literally takes 30 seconds to make in the thermomix. We used 3 whole mandarins and made muffins instead. Baked in 15 minutes at 180c fan bake. Awesome recipe, can see why it had 300 + glowing comments. Followed some of members’ suggestions and reduced sugar from 200g to 130g and butter from 225g to 200g. Added 2 TB poppyseeds. Fantastic recipe, crunchy top moist centre and lovely flavour.

Nb best eaten fresh or on the day otherwise freeze to retain softness.

Vietnamese Beef Pho

Vietnamese Beef Pho



This Vietnamese Beef Pho recipe by Annabel Langbein Free Range in the City ( see link above from “my little chequered kitchen”) is delicious, not exactly the same flavour profile because we used TM homemade  chicken stock instead of beef stock. But the heroes of the dish are the ginger, spices, huge amount of coriander and the melting sirloin just cooked as the broth is poured over the finely sliced strips. Here is the recipe adapted for thermomix. Also included a recipe from the recipe community which was used as a base to convert the Annabel Langbein recipe.

Quick and Easy Beef Pho (serves 2)

  • 100g dried rice vermicelli (glass noodles) or fresh rice noodles
  • 1 1/2 litre beef stock
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice mix
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf (used two dried leaves)
  • 8 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, bruised ( used a 1/2 tsp from jar)
  • 100-150g beef (used sirloin  sliced as thinly as possible across the grain
  • 2 spring onions, sliced into thin strips or matchsticks (julienne)
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced into thin strips or matchsticks (julienne)
  • handful of mung beans (used lettuce)
  • 1 lime, cut in half
    to serve …
  • coriander leaves
  • peanuts.
  1. Add ginger to TM bowl, chop 3 sec, speed 7.
  2. Add beef  stock, fish sauce, five spice, cloves, chilli, kafir lime leaf , lemon grass to TM bowl , cook 20min, Varoma temp, reverse speed 2. ( until boiling)
  3. While broth is coming to boil, prepare other ingredients. ie Pop fresh rice noodles or vermicelli noodles into a  bowl and cover with boiling water, finely slice steak, julienne carrots to matchsticks , slice spring onions, slice mushrooms or other vegetables you would like to use.
  4. Place vegetables into serving bowls, drain noodles and divide into the serving bowls  , place beef strips on top.
  5. Ladle boiling stock over the beef and noodles. Top with spring onion and coriander, squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of peanuts.

Simple, fresh, light and warming. The steak is divine like this! Must get onto making the TM beef stock.

Magic Bean Chocolate Cake

Magic Bean Chocolate Cake
Magic Bean Chocolate Cake


The Magic Bean chocolate cake recipe from the recipe community (link above) is probably one of the community’s most popular recipes, it has 408 positive ratings with everyone raving about how moist and how chocolatey it is, and it’s made from a tin of  kidney beans!

Well our verdict is….. it is quite incredible, just like everyone says you can’t taste the beans ( I used a tin of 4 bean mix ) and either can the kids. Haven’t told them as it might influence their opinion. And the batter was very moreish, normally licking the bowl is reserved for the kids but today I couldn’t stop myself.  It’s very good, moist, chocolatey and delicious and loving the fact it’s made from a tin of beans, adding some good protein to this treat.  I’m reprinting the recipe below because one member shared a simpler method in the comments section below which I followed to make these cupcakes. Only takes a minute to whip this cake up in the thermomix so heat the oven first.  Here it is :-

Magic Bean Chocolate Cake 

  • 420 g can kidney beans or butter beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon water or coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or more to taste
  • 70 g raw cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon GF baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 125 g Butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 140 g rapadura or coconut sugar
  1. In the Tm bowl,  puree the beans, water/coffee, sugar, butter and vanilla until smooth. (speed 4)
  2. Add the eggs & beat for 20 seconds, speed 4. 
  3. Add the cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt ( didn’t add salt) and blend 10 seconds, speed 4. Use the spatula to scrape down and ensure thorough mixing.
  4. Pour batter into greased ring tin pan or lined cake tin and bake Moderate oven, 160*C, for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean or it springs back when touched in center. Muffins bake 180C for 20 minutes.

Apple cake

Apple cake
Apple cake (three apples)
Apple cake (four apples)
Apple cake (four apples)

The guided recipe for apple cake is so simple and here is the result….a lovely tea cake, deliciously light and crisp on the top. It’s done in 20 seconds in the Thermomix  and the only hard part is peeling and quartering three apples to lay on top. The sponge is light and the apples are soft but still firm. Can imagine with whipped cream, it would make an awesome dessert. This afternoon  dinner is cooked (sweet and sour fish) mac and cheese with tuna cooked for kids afternoon tea and this apple cake made for lunchboxes. Would not have attempted more than one of these dishes before we had the Thermomix. Even had time to clean up the kitchen while the Thermomix did all the work.  Notes for next time : no need to push apples into cake or reduce sugar, use four apples instead of three.Some apples work better, pacific rose too crunchy and granny smiths too tart, gala works well, best not to slice too thick so the apples soften while cooking.

Apple cake
Apple cake

Torta caprese (Gluten free chocolate cake)

Torte caprese

We tried this gluten free chocolate torte at the last thermomix course and it was delicious and decadent. So it was definately on the list to make. It is an almond flour based chocolate torte and another simple another guided thermomix recipe. Was a little sweet, should reduce sugar next time. Chocolate ganache not set because  we couldn’t wait for the cake to cool so it was spread into a hot cake. A lovely cake for afternoon tea and kept in fridge for lunchbox treats.

Caribbean carrot cake

Carrot cake with cream cheese icing
Carrot cake with cream cheese icing

This is a carribean carrot cake, made using the guided recipes, super quick because the thermomix grates the carrot and mixes all the other ingredients with carrots, I reduced sugar and used assorted activated nuts instead of walnuts. Great recipe and made up two loaf tins instead of one round cake, reduced cooking time slightly. Here is the pic of the very last slice before it was demolished.

Chocolate cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes
Chocolate cupcakes

Our favourite chocolate cupcake recipe converted for the thermomix, so quick to make up 3 trays of chocolate cupcakes made for concert baking.  One batch of 36 all done in one bowl! And the best part is the quick self clean bowl  and   very few dishes as all ingredients are measured directly into the bowl.

Simple Chocolate Cupcakes (makes 12)

  • 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 then add wet ingredients and  mix on speed 5-6 till combined. ( can double or triple qtys )
  3. Bake 160 C , 15-18 mins for normal size cupcakes, 10-12 mins for mini cupcakes