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Dinosaur Birthday Cake, Raaaaar!

For Michael’s (Steve’s Brothers) birthday I decided to make a cake around something he loves – dinosaurs! I didn’t want to make a shaped cake but instead little dinosaurs like the ones that I found on http://www.abakedcreation.com/2009/06/dinosaur-birthday-cupcakes.html.

To make these I used a packed of white icing / fondant from the supermarket. Broke it up into batches, then dyed them different colours for each type of dinosaur.

This was my first time making fondant models. I found that once I kneaded in the colours in it had softened way too much from the heat of my hands so I popped them back in the freezer for a few mins so they could harden up so they were more clay like to play with.

Here’s the t-rex…

dinosaur head mould

dinosaur mould parts

dinosaur model

Here’s the spikey dinosaur…

dinosaur mould body

dinosaur mould spikes

here’s the spotty dinosaur…

dinosaur spots model

& here they all are…

dinosaur fondant models

With the left over fondant I made some dinosaur eggs that also worked as candle holders – cute!

dinosaur egg candles

On top of making something that looks real cool, I still wanted to make something that tasted yum so I made the same cake I made for his dad last year – a Lemon Sour Cream Cake from the Edmond’s cook book. I’ve made this a few times now and I knew I wanted it to be bigger so I doubled the following recipe.

lemon sour cream cake


  • 125g butter, softened
  • 2 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 1 C sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 C plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ C sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C
  2. Cream butter, lemon rind, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy
  3. Sift flour and baking powder together
  4. Fold sifted mixture into egg mixture alternatively with sour cream, mixing until smooth
  5. Spoon mixture evenly into a greased and lined 20cm round cake tin
  6. Bake for 45 mins, or until the cake springs back when lightly touched
  7. Leave in tin for 5-10 mins then transfer to a wire tack to cool down before decorating


As I doubled the recipe I cooked the cake longer, it took approx. 1 hour and checked on it every 5 mins till ready. I think next time I’ll cook each batch separately and do this as a double layer cake as it wasn’t as light as it usually turns out – but in saying that it was still SO delicious.

If you ever want to use this recipe, instead of icing it, it’s really nice just squeeze some lemon juice over the top while it’s still warm. Then once cooled just sprinkle over a light dusting of icing sugar, mmmmmmm!!!! BUT for this time, I iced it with a lemon butter icing.

lemon butter icing


  • 100g butter
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 ½ C icing sugar
  • 2 T water


  1. Cream butter and lemon juice
  2. Add icing sugar and water and beat until you get the consistency that you desire

I dyed the lemon butter icing green so it was like ‘grass’ that the dinosaurs were walking around on. Before placing the dinosaurs on the cake i brushed them with edible glitter (it’s called rainbow dust) just to give them an extra touch – and because I just ordered a pack of the edible glitter and i REALLY wanted to use it.

So here it is, my (well Michael’s) dinosaur cake!! Rar!

I popped the candels by the ’28′ when it came time to serve…

Maree’s Mini Vanilla Cupcakes

Maree came down from Sydney and we caught up with her to celebrate her birthday at Madame Brussels (p.s. those jugs of espresso martini’s will keep you awake ALL night – seriously, I couldn’t sleep till 4am!!).

Athina and I decided to give her mini cupcakes so I went around to her house during the day – packed with my piping sets and sprinkles!! And Briar helped us bake and decorate too.

The great thing that I have found with having this website is that I have my recipes on hand wherever I go. We used the basic cupcake recipe from the Edmond’s cookbook that I used when I baked with my nephew’s.

mini vanilla cupcakes


  • 125g butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ C caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ C milk


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C
  2. Cream butter, vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
  4. Sift flour and baking powder together
  5. Fold into creamed mixture
  6. Stir in milk
  7. Spoon mixture evenly into the prepared mini cupcake pan that has been lined with paper cases
  8. Bake for 8 mins or until cakes spring back when lightly touched (note: bake for 15 mins for standard cupcakes)
  9. Transfer to a wire tack to cool down before decorating

While we were baking we decided to make them EXTRA vanillery (is that a word?.. is now) so we used more like a tablespoon (if not more) of vanilla essence.

butter icing


  • 1 T butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp food colouring
  • ½ C icing sugar, sifted


Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth. Like the cupcake batter, we decided to put a good splash more of the vanilla essence into the icing too. I was a little nervous that they were going too much with all the vanilla we put in - but it worked and they tasted SO good.

Because we used pink and yellow mini cupcake paper cases, we dyed the icing pink and yellow too. We swirled the icing on top and sprinkled silver balls over the top (I think more bounced off and went all over the floor haha).

We popped them in a gift box and ta da! Mini vanilla cupcakes



Best Rocky Road EVER!

The best cooking magazine have come across to date is Super Food Ideas – It’s full of good recipes (and not like the Masterchef magazine that’s full of ads).  The March issue had a range of chocolate slices, one of which has now become a favourite in my office, Steves office and amongst our friends. Everyone that has tried it has called it the best rocky road ever.  It makes a great birthday treat!

I do tweak the original recipe slightly. It did suggest to use Turkish delight but I swap it with raspberry jellies or snakes and I add a bag of marshmallows. Sometimes I use all dark choc instead of a mix of dark & milk choc too.  

rocky road


  • 250g packet scotch finger biscuits
  • 180g packet raspberry jellies
  • 100g packet pistachio nut kernels
  • 100g packet marshmallows
  • 450g dark chocolate
  • 200g milk chocolate
  • ½ C golden syrup
  • 250g butter, chopped


1. Line a 20cm x 30cm pan with baking paper

2. Roughly chop biscuits, raspberry jellies, pistachios and marshmallows (or use mini marshmallows)

3. Place chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a double boiler* and stir with a spatula until smooth

4. Pour melted chocolate mixture into biscuit mixture and stir gently till combine


5. Pour mixture into a prepared pan, pressing down with the back of a spooon to level

6. Cover with glad wrap an refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm before cutting into squares.

* A double boiler (aka bain Marie) is a saucepan filled partially with water. Place a bowl on top of the saucepan, ensuring the bowl is not touching the water – I use either a glass or metal bowl.

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