Indulge your sweet tooth with our scrumptious collection of dessert recipes. Whether you’re craving a luscious, velvety cheesecake or a warm, gooey brownie, we’ve got something to satisfy every dessert lover.

Our delectable assortment ranges from classic favorites to innovative creations, promising to add a sweet finishing touch to any meal. Explore and enjoy the sugary delights that await you in our dessert wonderland! With our extensive collection, you’ll find inspiration for every occasion, be it a special celebration, a family gathering, or simply treating yourself after a long day.

Dive into our delightful dessert recipes and watch your kitchen transform into a sweet oasis of heavenly aromas and flavors.

Pineapple Christmas Cake

Pineapple christmas cake

This Pineapple Christmas cake recipe is well known to New Zealanders, and has been ever since our pre-eminent chef Alison Holst first made it on national television 30 years ago. It has received thousands of positive reviews and comments over the years and many look to it as the tried and true ‘go-to’ Christmas cake. … Read more

Raspberry Lamingtons

Raspberry lamingtons

For the May challenge Marcellina from Marcellina in Cucina dared us to make Lamingtons. An Australian delicacy that is as tasty as it is elegant. Question: Is there anything so good as a fresh lamington? Answer: Absolutely, flippin’ not! For us New Zealanders, lamingtons are about as Kiwi as you can get. The fact that they apparently originated in … Read more

Appelflappen (Dutch Apple Fritters)

Appelflappen (Dutch Apple Fritters)

I have such fond memories of New Year’s Eve parties when I was a kid growing up in the 60’s and 70’s. Crowded rooms filled with my parents’ friends engaged in conversation (a lot of it in Dutch), cigarette smoke filling the air and the clinking of crystal glasses. And, in the kitchen, buckets loaded with Appelflappen (apple … Read more

Louise Cake Slice

Louise cage recipe

Louise Cake, with its shortcake crust slathered with raspberry jam and crowned with a delicately crisp coconut meringue, has been part of the New Zealand landscape for a very long time. Where does it come from? Its origins aren’t very clear, but rumour has it that it was created for the wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter, … Read more

Flummery (Jelly Whip)

Flummery jelly whip

If you grew up in Australia or New Zealand post-World War II, you’ll likely be very familiar with the frothy mousse-like confection called Flummery. It bears no resemblance at all to old English flummery, other than the fact that gelatine is used, so how the name got adopted is anyone’s guess. All I know is … Read more

Oliebollen (Deep-fried dough balls)

Olienbollen deep fried dough balls

New Years Eve just wouldn’t be the same without Dutch oliebollen. These deep-fried dough balls studded with rum soaked raisins and doused in icing sugar is the way Netherlanders ring in the New Year. It’s  a centuries old tradition and it’s said that oliebollen were likely the precursor to the modern day donut, thanks to the Dutch settlers … Read more

Baumkuchen (Tree Cake)

Baumkuchen tree cake

The January 2014 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Francijn of “Koken in de Brouwerij”. She challenged us all to bake layered cakes in the tradition of Baumkuchen (Tree Cake) and Schichttorte (layered cake). Wow, this was a fun challenge! And a fairly labor-intensive one! You need to have a good measure of patience, given … Read more

Festive Pavlova Wreath

Take a peek at any Kiwi dinner table on Christmas Day and you’ll almost always find that iconic, and most Kiwi of desserts – Pavlova. If you haven’t tried Pavlova, you’re in for a real treat – clouds of sweet marshmallow encased in crunchy meringue, topped with lashings of cream and tart fresh fruit. Simple, … Read more

Peanut Butter Semifreddo with Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Peanut Butter Semifreddo with Chocolate Fudge Sauce

My love of all things Italian continues with this Semifreddo recipe, combining the best qualities of ice-cream and gelato. Though Semifreddo can be made in a number of ways, I prefer the traditional method of cooking a sabayon (a cooked custard using egg yolks), to which you add flavourings and whipped cream. It’s a little … Read more

Healthy Nut Butter Chocolate


I can’t lie. The idea of ‘healthy’ chocolate has always pretty much left me cold. That is until now. When it came time to sample this health enhancing chocolate I was, as always, prepared for the usual disappointment. Let’s face it… chocolate’s chocolate – there ain’t no prizes for second place. And it is true… you’re … Read more

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream & Caramel Sauce


You gotta love technology! Up until this last weekend, I’ve made do with a hand beater during the three years I’ve been writing this blog. And, I never figured it was a big deal… That is, until my hand beater gave up the ghost, and I was forced to buy a replacement. This time, though, I … Read more