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10 ways with cake

You don’t need to wait for a birthday to bake a cake!  Here are our top ten cake recipes -including chocolate cake, cheesecake, banana cake and vanilla cake.

Chocolate tres leches cake

Known in Latin countries as Three Milks Cake, this delicately luxurious “self-saucing” cake can be made the day before or two hours ahead of the family arriving…

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Sour cream chocolate swirl cake

Warm cake and chocolate sauce – what a great combination!


Queen’s tea cakes

These traditional tea cakes use dried fruit. In the summer, make this with fresh berries instead.


Swiss apple cake

Ready in 1 hour including baking, serves 8. This original cake recipe was given to me by Sydney-based chef Dietmar Sawyere – twice named New Zealand Chef of the Year in 1984 and 1985.


Mum’s yoghurt cake

Years ago, my mother Jacqueline White discovered a yoghurt cake recipe in an old British newspaper.


World’s easiest summer fruit cake

This cake is best eaten the day it’s made. Serve warm with a mixture of whipped cream and unsweetened plain yoghurt. We added a few blueberries to the mix for contrasting colour.


Moist chocolate cake

¾ cup milk 1 tbsp white wine vinegar 1 cup caster sugar 1 large egg ½ tsp salt ½ cup vegetable oil such as sunflower or rice bran oil 1 tsp vanilla essence 1½ cups self-raising


Layered fresh strawberry meringue cake

You can make the meringue discs in advance, then assemble the cake just before eating.


Frozen lemon cheesecake

This tart cheesecake is easy to make and will be a hit with the whole family.


Simply wonderful banana & raisin cake

This recipe makes two cakes. You can easily halve the recipe if you want just one, but it freezes well and is the perfect gift for a friend.


Fresh mango and vanilla cake

If you’ve never baked a cake, this is a great “no fail” recipe to start your baking career with.


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