Friday, January 13


Each night I write in my diary, a small manageable list of things I want to get done the next day.  It not only helps me remember what I want to achieve (otherwise I'm likely to forget) but keeps me focused too.  On my list of things to do yesterday was to cook with the girls.  I haven't really felt like baking much over the holidays after Christmas and the hot weather here too has made it almost unbearable to turn on the oven.  Yesterday the oven was turned on and some baking was done. The big girl and I made a batch of these jam drop biscuits, perfect timing too since we made a visit to a friend's house today and the jam drops have all been eaten.
Lucky Miss 7 and I made a cake so we still have that left to eat but not for too long.  I found the recipe in my Donna Hay Chocolate Cookbook, a simple melt and mix, my favourite type of recipe.  We made the Melt and Mix Chocolate Coconut cake and iced it using this chocolate frosting recipe. Here's the recipe if you feel like trying it for yourself.

250 g butter, melted
¾ cup cocoa powder, sifted
1⅓ cups caster sugar
4 eggs
1½ cups self-raising flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
¾ cup milk

Preheat the oven to 160℃.  Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.  Pour all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.  Pour into a 20cm square cake tin which has been lined with non-stick baking paper.  Bake for 1 hour, or until cooked when tested with a skewer.  Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn onto a wire rack.  When completely cool, spread with icing. Enjoy.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend


  1. I haven't baked much these hols either. It must be the heat. I think a choccie cake might change my mind, though! x

  2. I know what you mean, Christmas really uses up all the cooking mojo doesn't it - I have made a thing either but hope to soon. Looks yummy!

  3. Right! If it gets me baking like this, I'm going to start writing in my diary too! ;)

  4. Oh, yummy! I write a list of "to dos" each night too, although I have to put it on the refrigerator so that I actually look at it the next day ;)

  5. i think I need to get more organised aswell and start writing a little list!
    have a yummy weekend, looks like it is already ♥

  6. Yummy yum yum! I love a good melt and mix!

  7. You sound like me - I make a short 'to-do' list each night too. I've learnt to keep it to only a few manageable things. That cake looks scrumtious, exactly the type of thing I feel like right now... definitely bookmarking this one :) Enjoy your weekend lovely xx

  8. In our house that chocolate cake would have been gobbled up in moments :) We recently made a Donna Hay cake mix which we blogged about. It tasted like a real fair dinkum cake which is always a bonus too unlike most cake mixes xo

  9. I'm trying to get back into baking and yesterday made a batch of Mary Berry's scones. They were delicious - I can never make scones well. I must admit I made them with no children about! (p.s. check my blog there is a little something there for you....)

  10. Yum! I do love seeing baking on blogs and those recipes look wonderful.

  11. Gosh that cake looks good. Thanks for getting back to me- my email is thanks melx

  12. I too love jotting down a small list of things that I'd like to accomplish - it seems to keep me focused... :)

    All of those jam drops in a row look abasolutely delicious - I bet your girls really love baking with their Mum...

    Cheers - Jodie :)

  13. looks like wonderful memories were made and lots of deliciousness eaten.

  14. Can't live without my daily list so glad you make one too, hate been so forgetful. Love this divine chocolate recipe. Hope you have an amazing week my friend.

    Always Wendy


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