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Hi I'm Ann, food scientist, dietitian, wife, mum to 3 boys. Join me each week for desserts, chocolate and cakes.

Spaghetti Birthday Cake

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I get lots of requests for easy birthday cakes, this one is so easy that my kids made it for their dad’s birthday. His favourite meal is spaghetti and his cake of choice is carrot cake. Spaghetti Birthday Cake Recipe … Continue reading

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Giant Gummy Bear Kit Kat and m&m cake

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“I made a giant gummy bear Kit Kat and M&M cake today while you were at school, do you want to see a photo?” “Woooaaahhh that’s awesome, can I have some when we get home?” “I gave it away” “What!!! … Continue reading

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How to Make Chocolate Easter Eggs Recipe

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Learn how to make home made chocolate Easter eggs with a surprise inside.  Easter egg hunts are so much fun, with the biggest egg always last.  One year when I was a child my mum carefully set up an Easter … Continue reading

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Divergent Movie Cake

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Which Divergent movie faction are you? Candor: I don’t want to write out this recipe tonight, I want to go to sleep. Honest Abnegation: Someone may want to make this cake and they’ll need the recipe so you must help … Continue reading

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Pet Dragons & Castle Cake Tutorial

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The best pet is one that sheds no hair, makes no mess and is not too noisy.  Meet my pet dragons.  They live inside the castle cake but will be just as happy residing anywhere in your home. To make … Continue reading

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Top YouTube Cooking Channels

Your guide to the top youtube cooking channels. Listed here in order of most subscribed are the top ten YouTube cooking channels for 2014. We’ve added in some other interesting stats, their channel blurb and an example of a recent … Continue reading

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How To Make a Fire Truck Cake

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Chocolate Bridge Sydney Harbour

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Imagine the Sydney Harbour Bridge collapsing on national television. That was my fear as the TV show went to air live.  Hot TV lights shining down on a chocolate bridge as a million people watched on.  Thankfully, the bridge stood … Continue reading

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Chocolate Oscars

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The Academy Awards go to the best of the best each year, a golden  Oscar to recognise an outstanding performance, film or soundtrack.  I actually think more industries should follow suit, because for us non-actors, there’s simply not enough trophies … Continue reading

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Olaf Cake Frozen Disney Movie

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“Hi, everyone. I’m Olaf and I love warm hugs!” Just like the hilarious character from Disney’s blockbuster movie Frozen, this Olaf cake will light up the faces of everyone at your next birthday party with his big smile. And when … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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There aren’t many guarantees in life but here’s one … if you use my secret recipe for chocolate chip cookies, you’ll need to hide them or they’ll all be gone before the day is out. Rich, chewy, chocolatey, with a … Continue reading

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Heart Cupcake

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Valentines Day is just around the corner so how about giving these ‘surprise’ heart cupcakes a try.  Unlike most love-heart cupcakes, where you have to cut at a specific point to see the design inside, these little beauties will show … Continue reading

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Surprise Cakes App

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Welcome to How To Cook That Surprise Cakes App Bringing your cakes to life. Download the How To Cook That Surprise Cakes App to bring these markers to life. or PRINT your marker, PLACE it on your cake and PRESS the clapper icon on the Surprise … Continue reading

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Princess Castle Cake with FIREWORKS

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This castle cake is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, it has a 3D fireworks show over the top of it.  You really need to see it to believe it so watch the video to see it in action. To … Continue reading

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Worlds Biggest Snickers Bar Recipe

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What’s even better than a delicious Snickers bar?  The world’s BIGGEST Snickers bar of course! The Guinness Book of World Records lists the largest Snickers ever made at 1LB, which everyone would agree is pretty big.  However, today’s Snickers bar … Continue reading

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How to Make Chocolate Scrabble

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This iconic chocolate Scrabble set is laden with potential as you create the perfect hand-made gift for your special someone this Valentines Day. Instead of an overpriced greeting card or red roses, you can craft your own personal message, package … Continue reading

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7 Best Frosting Recipes Taste Tested

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A good frosting completes the cake. The best frosting recipes give that moist mouthfeel, enhanced flavour and burst of indulgence with every bite. Today we are putting seven frosting recipes to the test to find out which frosting tastes the … Continue reading

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A Sweet Tweet Surprise Twitter Dessert

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Dinner tonight was greasy burgers from a take-away joint that’s been going since 1957 … there goes my new years health kick! #isittoolatetostartagainagain? And yet somehow, the thought that families have been eating from the same diner for almost six … Continue reading

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Chocolate Garden Recipe

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If Willy Wonka had a chocolate garden, then these amazing chocolate mushrooms would have held pride of place.  Your dinner guests will gasp in delight as you nonchalantly float to the table with a platter of lifelike mushrooms and toadstools … Continue reading

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Have a Wonderful Christmas

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Christmas is always so much fun with kids in the house.  My 2-year-old excitedly yells ‘Christmas Tree’ every time we go to the local shopping centre, but just don’t ask him to talk to Santa Clause. And he gasps with … Continue reading

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Chocolate Decorations For Cakes

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Here’s how to make chocolate decorations for cakes. Some people just don’t like fondant and if it is their special day then you need an alternative so you can make a cake that they will love. In this post we … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree Cake Macaron Tower Dessert Recipe

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Instead of a simple Christmas tree cake, how about a tower of chocolate-coated macaroons in the shape of a tree! If you’re dreaming of a white christmas, this tree features macarons topped with brandy ganache, coated in white chocolate and … Continue reading

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3D Thomas Train Cake Recipe

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Would your Thomas obsessed pre-schooler love a themed birthday party with an amazing cake in the shape of the famous little blue train? Well, you’re not alone. Thomas the Tank Engine toys are amongst the best-selling preschool items in the … Continue reading

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Easy Christmas Cookies Recipe

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The smell of gingerbread wafted through the house. “Can we put the Christmas tree up mum?” “It’s a bit early, but why not” You can make this delicious gingerbread Christmas cookies recipe part of your families holiday traditions too, use … Continue reading

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Chocolate Food Art Starry Night

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This might be the yummiest painting ever! Edible chocolate paint in cute homemade silver paint tubes. Plus a solid chocolate palette and thin white chocolate paper. What masterpieces will your guests create and then eat? After I posted the chocolate … Continue reading

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