Cake Walk 1

Lyttleton Terrace (next to Bendigo Wholefoods)
Bendigo, VIC 3550
P: (03) 5442 3499

The Cakewalk shop front is barely two weeks old. Julianne, the owner, has been making custom cakes from home for over a year and has now expanded with this neat little bake shop next door to Bendigo Wholefoods. Continue reading

Mister Nice Guy’s Easter Specials

I know, I know. You’re probably starting to think I have some kind of affiliation with Mister Nice Guy – but I swear, I don’t. I just really love these guys. When it comes to trashing my body with delectable sugary sweets, this place makes my heart sing.

Caramel Choc 1
Caramel Chocolate Cupcake – gluten free

I had to pop in to the bake shop to taste my winning flavour suggestion and it was worth the two hour drive. I bought half a dozen of these – afterall, what’s the point in winning if you can’t share the glory. Am I right? Also – don’t you just love the muppet babies plate? It’s from when I was a child; I found it when rummaging around in my parents’ kitchen and couldn’t resist using it for the photo. Continue reading

Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes at Mister Nice Guy!

Mister Nice Guy held an Easter inspired cupcake flavour competition last week and my choc-caramel suggestion was the winner! The prize was a $50 hamper from Radical Grocery, and the cupcakes are being made & sold over the Easter period. Yay!

MNG Easter Competition

The new (possibly limited edition) gluten free flavour will be available from Thursday until Sunday. Store locations and opening hours are below.

Mister Nice Guy’s Bakeshop
151 Union Rd, Ascot Vale

Good Fri: 8am-4pm
Easter Sat: 8am-6pm
Easter Sun: 8am-1pm
Easter Mon: Closed

Mister Nice Guy Cupcakes
Prahran Market, Aisle one, Stall 98
163 Commercial Rd, Sth Yarra

Good Fri: Closed
Easter Sat: 8.30-5.30
Easter Sun: Closed
Easter Mon: Closed

RGS Prize

My prize from The Radical Grocery Store in Melbourne.

Gasometer Hotel & Fritz Gelato

On Saturday, we made a late afternoon trip to Melbourne for lunch with friends followed by dinner & a show with other friends. After seeing Cindy & Michael from Where’s The Beef? write about Gasometer so many times (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – yep, I wasn’t exaggerating!), I was convinced that I needed to pop in and check it out.

Gasometer 1
Gasometer Hotel
484 Smith St (cnr Alexandra Pde)
Collingwood, VIC
P: (03) 9417 5538

Of course, I sussed out their website first, and found the below information. While Gasometer isn’t a dedicated veggo venue, they’ve gone to great lengths to make veg*ns feel welcome. For a start, they have a vegan-only deep fryer! Hello, possible heart attack. I never thought we’d meet again! The pub-style food has an American theme/influence that’s great for a treat and/or a hangover.

“We have a vegan-only deep fryer. We only use ethically treated meat. All poultry is free range. All sausages are made by award-winning Andrew’s Choice. We don’t use any pre-made products. Please note that all meals are made to order so patience during busy times would be greatly appreciated. GFO = gluten-free option available VG = vegan VGO = vegan option available.” Continue reading

Has No… Aldi’s Gluten Free Range

Aldi Has No...

Hi everyone! Sorry for being a bit slow to post this week – things at work have been really busy and I’ve had commitments every evening… So here I am, up at 7am blogging for y’all (and I’m not a morning person!).

Last week was celiac awareness week and Aldi used that opportunity to launch their gluten free range of products, “Has No…”. The double page spread in their catalogue was hard to miss and I’ll admit I was sucked in, even though pre-packaged foods generally aren’t my thing. The range extends far beyond my purchases and includes gf/vegan versions of coco pops and fruit loops, plain and self-raising flours and a variety of other gf (but not vegan) items such as pancake mixes, wraps and gummy lollies. Continue reading

Coconut Palm Sugar (Coconut Crystals) & Turning It Into Syrup

Let’s talk about coconut palm sugar. It tastes rich and caramelly like soft brown sugar, has a low GI (35) & is the most environmentally sustainable sweetener in the world.

Coconut Sugar

Coconut palm sugar is not technically “raw”, but its only processing is evaporation and it maintains an impressive mineral profile. It is, however, still a sweetener. So take it easy on this stuff, ok guys?

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Baking Product Reviews: Wilton Icing Colours, LorAnn Oils & CK Products Decorations

First up, in case anyone is wondering about the photo (which is clearly not mine), it was taken by a close friend of mine. He’s a total perfectionist; LOOK AT THE RESULTS! They don’t lie. If you’re looking for someone to take some photos for you, drop me a line. I might just put you in touch with him.

Wilton Icing & CK Decorations 1

Wilton Icing Colours
I tried the leaf green, sky blue, lemon yellow & red. My favourite thing about these is that they’re in the form of a thick paste, rather than a liquid – meaning controlling how much you’re using is a lot easier and if you add too much, it’s easy to scrape it out before it soaks into everything. All the colours were impressive. If used in small amounts, they yield pastel coloured results but with heavier colouring, you can get some amazing and very bold colours. Two thumbs up, would definitely use these again.

LorAnn Oils
I only had a chance to try the bubblegum flavoured oil, and I’m pretty sure I used too much of it. That being said, though, the smell and taste was magnificent. I’d definitely love to explore using more of these in the future (the range is vast and exciting!) and at the very least, can recommend the bubblegum flavoured one!

Thank you very much to Sandie from The Greedy Pepper for showing these to me and telling me where to buy them. For anyone interested, you can purchase these (and the other products mentioned on this post) online at Baking Pleasures. I’ve also been lucky enough to find the Wilton Icing Colours at a local homewares store.

CK Products
The “Jimmies” are what we (Australians) would call sprinkles; CK Products is an American company. The jimmies were pretty impressive and one of the most affordable brands of vegan sprinkles I’ve been able to find – and unbelievably, they come in a decent range of colours. I’m keen to get my hands on some chocolate ones but both times I tried, they were sold out! The “Candy Beads” are exactly what you’d expect. Hard balls of sweet, brightly coloured candy. They look gorgeous but watch out – they’ll break your darn teeth if you’re not expecting them to be hard!

Wilton Icing & CK Decorations 2