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Sweet Things

Sweet Things


The recipes on this page are sure to satisfy all your sweet cravings: cakes, bakes, biscuits and more!
Cinnamon Star Bread

Cinnamon Star Bread

One of my favourite Christmas bakes is Cinnamon Star Bread. With the delicious flavour of cinnamon rolls, this sweet bread recipe makes a beautiful loaf to feed a crowd. It is also actually much simpler than it looks, relying on clever cutting and twisting of the layers of dough to achieve the beautiful design.
Cinnamon Star Cookies – Zimtsterne

Cinnamon Star Cookies – Zimtsterne

The ultimate German Christmas cookie, Zimtsterne of Cinnamon Star Cookies should be in every Christmas bakers arsenal.
New Zealand Louise Cake

New Zealand Louise Cake

Made from crumbly, buttery shortcake topped with a layer of tart berry jam and crispy coconut meringue. Louise cake is one of New Zealand’s favourite sweet treats!
Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

With perfect spirals of chocolate and vanilla, my melt-in-the-mouth Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies are as good to look at as they are to eat. Made from crumbly, buttery shortbread they make a perfect and beautiful Christmas gift, though they are delicious any time of year!
Chocolate Hazelnut Babka

Chocolate Hazelnut Babka

With layers of sweet yeast dough, lavishly smothered with chocolate and studded with crunchy hazelnuts, my Chocolate Hazelnut Babka is completely irresistible.
Classic German Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake)

Classic German Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake)

Sweet yeast dough, vanilla custard cream and a crunchy honey almond topping – it can only be a Classic German Bienenstich or Bee Sting Cake. This most beloved of German cakes is perfect for afternoon tea.
Soft Honey Vanilla Caramels

Soft Honey Vanilla Caramels

Lusciously soft, chewy and gently flavoured with a hint of honey, Honey Vanilla Caramels are pure pleasure. Homemade candy is easier to make than you might think!
Fig and Honey Tart

Fig and Honey Tart

Fig and Honey Tart with fresh figs and almond frangipane wrapped in buttery short pastry and drizzled with honey is the perfect sweet recipe for autumn or fall.
Beeramisu (Tiramisu with Dark Beer)

Beeramisu (Tiramisu with Dark Beer)

Hold on a minute, beer-a-mi-what? You heard right, a Beeramisu is a traditional Italian Tiramisu with a generous helping of dark and fruity stout or porter beer. Perfect for the beer lovers in your life! It might sound strange at first, but this light and flavoursome Italian dessert is delicious with beer added.
White Wine Poached Pears

White Wine Poached Pears

Tender and sweet, White Wine Poached Pears filled with creamy mascarpone are a light and fragrant dinner party dessert.
Gingerbread Hearts ‘Lebkuchenherzen’

Gingerbread Hearts ‘Lebkuchenherzen’

My easy recipe for making traditional Oktoberfest Lebkuchenherzen or Gingerbread Hearts at home. Hang these brightly decorated hearts around the neck of your sweetheart (or eat and enjoy!)
Apricot Puff Pastry Braid

Apricot Puff Pastry Braid

Whenever I need a sweet or dessert in a hurry, I always make a Puff Pastry Braid. The combination of flaky puff pastry, juicy apricots and sweetened cream cheese is always a winner, and only takes minutes to prepare.
Farmhouse Apple Cake

Farmhouse Apple Cake

Crumbly, buttery, nutty streusel tops this moist and tender apple cake. This rustic farm-style cake is made with no special equipment, just a couple of bowls and a whisk.
German Apple Strudel

German Apple Strudel

With a tender, flaky crust, crisp apples, and rum-soaked raisins, my easy recipe for homemade apple strudel is sure to become one of your ‘favourite things’ too! Possible the most famous German dessert of all, strudel is perfect for fall baking with orchard fresh apples.
Deep Dish Apple Pie

Deep Dish Apple Pie

With buttery, flaky pastry, fresh apples and fragrant cinnamon, my Deep Dish Apple Pie recipe is a crowd pleasing classic.
Berry Pavlova Slice

Berry Pavlova Slice

My Berry Pavlova slice is a totally delicious combination of light and airy meringue, piled high with juicy berries. The perfect sweet and tasty summer dessert.
Zwetschgendatschi – Bavarian Plum Tart

Zwetschgendatschi – Bavarian Plum Tart

Zwetschgendatschi or Bavarian Plum Tart is a glorious late summer baked treat made from crumbly sweet pastry and a topping of juicy Zwetschgen or Prune Plums.
Apricots Poached in Rosé Wine

Apricots Poached in Rosé Wine

Gently cooked in rosé wine, scented with vanilla, served with a big scoop of ice cream and some buttery homemade shortbread cookies, my Rosé Vanilla Poached Apricots are truly heavenly.
Nectarine Tart

Nectarine Tart

Tender sweet pastry, silky creme patisserie, all topped with ripe and juicy nectarines? Oh yes, my easy Nectarine Tart is the perfect summer dessert for showing off beautiful ripe fruit.
Iced Coffee Panna Cotta

Iced Coffee Panna Cotta

Cool, creamy and with a wake-up kick, Iced Coffee Panna Cotta are a fantastic sweet to serve after a heavy meal. Prepare the night before for a no stress dessert!
Classic Australian Lamingtons

Classic Australian Lamingtons

An Australian icon, Lamingtons are made from squares of tender sponge cake dipped in chocolate and coconut. These delicious tea-time treats have been popular for generations and are a guaranteed hit for afternoon tea or at your local fair.
Buchteln (German Sweet Dumplings)

Buchteln (German Sweet Dumplings)

Buchteln or German Sweet Dumplings are pillowy soft rolls made from a buttery yeast dough and filled with fresh fruit or jam. Sometimes known as Rohrnudeln, my Buchteln recipe is a family favourite. Serve these sweet yeast rolls with plenty of vanilla custard sauce. Yum!
Käsekuchen – German Cheesecake

Käsekuchen – German Cheesecake

Perfectly tangy, light and fluffy, a traditional German cheesecake or ‘Käsekuchen’ is a true baker’s delight. My tried and tested recipe works every time and is ideal for serving with coffee or as a dessert.
Red Currant Crumble Cake

Red Currant Crumble Cake

A delicious combination of tangy summer red currants and buttery, crumbly streusel. This classic German Red Currant Crumble Cake is perfect for serving with a cup of strong coffee.
French Vanilla Custard Tart

French Vanilla Custard Tart

French Vanilla Custard Tart or Flan Parisiene is a heavenly treat made with creamy egg custard and tender pastry. My easy recipe will show you how to make this tempting sweet at home.
Kiwi Granita

Kiwi Granita

Tangy, refreshing and bursting with kiwi fruit flavour, this simple recipe for Kiwi Granita requires only three ingredients: fresh kiwis, sugar and lemon juice. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a scoop of Greek yoghurt for a light and refreshing summer dessert.
Raspberry and Almond Friands

Raspberry and Almond Friands

Raspberry and Almond Friands must be one of Australia’s best-kept culinary secrets. These incredibly delicious little almond cakes are one of the most popular sweet treats sold in Australian cafes and are perfect with a strong cup of coffee or afternoon tea.
Black Forest Cherry Cake

Black Forest Cherry Cake

Possibly the most famous of all Germany’s cakes, the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, or Black Forest Cherry Cake is a retro favourite that never seems to go out of style.
Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows

Making marshmallows is a type of kitchen magic. With only 5 ingredients you can create mountains of fluffy, springy, delicious marshmallows. Try the recipe yourself to see how easy it is!
Cherry Almond Frangipane Tart

Cherry Almond Frangipane Tart

With luscious, juicy cherries, surrounded by moist and fluffy almond frangipane and tender sweet pastry, this French-style Cherry Almond Frangipane Tart is guaranteed to impress.
Peach and Ginger Pie

Peach and Ginger Pie

Peach and Ginger Pie is the perfect bake for those long, lazy, late summer days when the trees are full of ripe, juicy fruit. Ideal for taking on a picnic, or serving for dessert.
No Churn Pomegranate Sorbet

No Churn Pomegranate Sorbet

Looking for the best way to make Pomegranate Sorbet without an ice cream maker? Look no further! This easy recipe works every time.
Union Jack Sponge Cake (Platinum Jubilee)

Union Jack Sponge Cake (Platinum Jubilee)

My Union Jack Sponge Cake is the perfect cake to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee! This gorgeous tray-bake is made from layers of light and fluffy sponge, rich custard cream and loads of fresh berries. Ideal for garden parties and feeding a crowd.
Elderflower Cordial (with just 3 ingredients!)

Elderflower Cordial (with just 3 ingredients!)

Sweet, floral and so refreshing, my 3 Ingredient Elderflower Cordial recipe is simple to make. This delicious syrup is perfect for cool drinks on hot summer days.
Pink Champagne Panna Cotta

Pink Champagne Panna Cotta

Pink Champagne Panna Cotta with a layer of creamy, delicious vanilla panna cotta, topped with a bright, jewel-like rosé jelly is a wonderful after dinner treat, and the perfect dessert for a party or a special occasion.
German Strawberry Cake

German Strawberry Cake

German Strawberry Cake or Erdbeerkuchen is made from a heavenly combination of soft sponge cake, creamy vanilla custard, and fresh spring strawberries, all topped with a sweet, clear jelly. The most beautiful of all summer cakes.
Fresh Blueberry Pie

Fresh Blueberry Pie

With sweet, plump summer blueberries encased in a flaky all-butter pie pastry, my recipe for Fresh Blueberry Pie is always a winner. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for guaranteed smiles at the table.
Easy German Apple Cake

Easy German Apple Cake

My easy German Apple Cake recipe is a tried and tested favourite. Known as Versunkener Apfelkuchen (sunken apple cake) around these parts, this simple cake is ever popular and totally delicious.
Simple Lemon Bundt Cake

Simple Lemon Bundt Cake

My Simple Lemon Bundt Cake is bursting with fresh, citrus flavour. Made with yoghurt and oil, it has a soft and tender crumb. Perfect for coffee or morning tea!
Marshmallow Easter Eggs

Marshmallow Easter Eggs

Made from light, fluffy homemade marshmallow smothered in rich, dark chocolate, these Marshmallow Easter Eggs are sure to delight children and adults alike. The perfect homemade Easter treat.
Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Deliciously sweet and sticky, my easy Hot Cross Buns recipe is perfect for baking this Easter. Serve generously slathered with salted butter.
Torta Caprese al Limone

Torta Caprese al Limone

Torta Caprese al Limone is a classic chocolate cake from the Italian island of Capri. With a mouthwatering combination of almonds, lemon and white chocolate and a soft and fudgy interior. Bonus: Gluten-free! .
Old Fashioned Cherry Cake

Old Fashioned Cherry Cake

My Old Fashioned Cherry Cake is a lovely, dense, rustic cake, full of deliciously tart sour cherries. Perfect for afternoon tea or to pack for a summer picnic.
Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Easter Bunny Cupcakes are possibly the cutest Easter treat around! These deliciously moist carrot cake cupcakes are topped with tangy cream cheese frosting and marshmallow bunny ears. No special equipment required!
New Zealand Peanut Brownies

New Zealand Peanut Brownies

Soft, chewy, salty and chocolatey, New Zealand Peanut Brownie cookies are quick to make and utterly moreish. One cookie is never enough! A Kiwi classic recipe.
Gin and Tonic Jelly with Lemon Granita

Gin and Tonic Jelly with Lemon Granita

This is definitely a dessert for the grown-ups! This is a beautiful recipe for a dinner party as it is a wonderful palate cleanser. Wobbly, glass clear Gin and Tonic Jelly cubes, served with bright, fresh and tangy lemon granita.
Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Is there anything more tempting than a fresh, warm donut? My tried and true recipes guarantees light and fluffy, perfect cinnamon sugar donuts every time.
7 Perfect Valentine’s Day Desserts

7 Perfect Valentine’s Day Desserts

Any of these irresistible desserts is perfect way to finish a romantic Valentine’s Day meal for two. They’re all made in advance so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your date!
Christmas Fruit Mince Tart

Christmas Fruit Mince Tart

There’s nothing quite like the delicious aroma of a freshly baked Christmas Fruit Mince Tart to let you know the festive season has really begun. With brandied fruit mince and a buttery almond pastry, this recipe is perfect for a Christmas feast.
Speculaas – Dutch Spice Cookies

Speculaas – Dutch Spice Cookies

Speculaas or Dutch Spice Cookies are a wonderfully old fashioned Christmas treat and so delicious! These light and crisp cookies are full of fragrant and exotic spices, perfect for the festive season.