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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake with Cream cheese Frosting Author: Katrina Ingredients 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs pinch salt ½ teaspoon bicarb soda 2 cups self raising flour 2 cups carrot, finely grated (approx 4 large carrots) ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg Cream Cheese Frosting 300g icing […]

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  • SamK

    Hi Katrina,
    I made this yesterday. Very yummy and so moist. The only thing I did differently was to leave out the nuts so it is school friendly and, also, anyone who wants nuts at home can add them to the top of the icing before eating. This will very quickly become a family favourite. Thanks so much!
    SamReplyCancel

    • Great idea leaving the nuts out to make it school friendly, so pleased you enjoyed it!ReplyCancel

How to make a Rainbow Layer Cake

My youngest recently celebrated her birthday. We didn’t have a party, just spent the morning in the park with friends and had family over for dinner later that evening.  But, Miss now 9 had one request, she wanted a rainbow layer birthday cake.  Initially I panicked, thought that exceeded my cake making ability, however researched […]

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  • Jac_CommonChaos

    Love it Kat! I made a Monster High layer cake and had no idea those cake slicer things even existed! Took me a while to get even layers with a knife so I am totally grateful for that tip! Her cake looks fantastic, you did an awesome job.ReplyCancel

  • Gemma Harper

    Looks awesome – all the way from the UK. x :-) ReplyCancel

  • Jkirbs

    Kat,it looks great.But what size cake pan did u use?ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Yummo Kat!
    Where’s our piece? Perhaps The Organised Housewife needs a birthday party too? Those who live locally can then get to meet you = maybe have a picnic in the park and we all bring a plate from a recipe we found on your site…. grin!
    On a totally different tack – I heard a really great quote on the radio this morning on my way to work which I’d love to share….
    “Help teach your children how to be happy, not rich. That way when they are older they will have learned the value of things not the price…”ReplyCancel

  • Whoa! That looks amazing! I did a layered snickers cake last year but it’s not as impressive as that!ReplyCancel

  • Siham Theccvillage

    That looks yummy !ReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    Thanks so much. Birthday’s coming up, this post is just in time!ReplyCancel

  • Barbi Bradbury

    I did this cake for my son’s 5th birthday but with m’nm’son the outside.ReplyCancel

  • Barbi Bradbury

    He was very happy.ReplyCancel

  • […] How to Make a Rainbow Layer Cake The Organised Housewife […]ReplyCancel

  • cinnamum

    Can you let me know where you bought the cake cutter? am having trouble sourcing one. with thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Falzon

    Hi, I’ve made a rainbow layer cake before and apart from being a bit fiddly and needing lots of room to store the cakes as they were cooling, it was pretty easy! And my daughter absolutely loved it as she is somewhat obsessed with rainbows and colours!
    Just going to get a bit picky though with your text…. you have a couple of small grammatical mistakes which I just had to point out…. In this paragraph “I used 2 x of this buttercream icing recipe, it made just enough, if I used anymore the cake would of been too sweet.” This should say “would HAVE been too sweet”. This is also repeated somewhere else in the text. I’m not doing this to be negative or anything but I just think it shows a bit more care to get little details like this right. I love your blogs and will definitely keep reading them though, don’t worry!ReplyCancel

Buttercream icing

Buttercream icing Prep time 5 mins Total time 5 mins   Author: Katrina Ingredients 125g butter, softened 1½ cups icing sugar mixture 1 tablespoon milk Instructions Place butter in electric mixer, beat on medium until light and fluffy (do not over mix). Add in icing sugar and milk, beating well until combined. Add more milk […]

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2 Ingredients Fruit Salad Cake

I am slowly going through my pantry and using up all the food that I don’t want anymore, particularly the bad food!  I don’t want any temptations. I had an over supply of tinned fruit and packet cake mixes and I saw this recipe on  Love, Shoes and Cupcakes which I had to try. I say it’s […]

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  • I am doing the same thing and cleaning out my pantry. I do this a few times a year, and this is a great suggestion.ReplyCancel

  • Becci Sundberg

    I made this into muffins a couple of years back. Think it was in one of the 4 Ingredient books. A quick and easy recipe if you have the ingredients. Also a good one to make if you holiday in a caravan like us.ReplyCancel

    • That’s a clever idea for a caravan Becci, might have to share it with my in laws they love caravanningReplyCancel

  • Bella

    I’ve come back to this post to say that I LOVE this. I’ve made it with tinned fruit (mash up the big pieces) and with stewed fruit and it comes out really well. Lovely and moist and lasts for ages. I usually add in half a packet of choc chips if I’m making a lunchbox cake, but if I’m making a cake to take to church I add in some spice – ginger or something like that. I especially love that it’s so quick. Makes those “hmm everyone’s in bed but there’s no snack for the lunchboxes” moments less of a disaster. I’ve taken to buying packet mixes just to have some in the house to make this with.ReplyCancel

{Recipe } Fruit Loaf

I purchased a bag of mixed dried fruit recently to put in the kid’s school lunch boxes, but they really didn’t like them, which was surprising, usually they enjoy dried fruit.  Rather than the pack going to waste I used it in this really simple fruit loaf recipe. Please note with this recipe, you will […]

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How to make heart shaped cupcakes

As I have mentioned previously we don’t ‘do’ Valentines Day here.  But… maybe I’m wrong, maybe ‘I’ do do Valentines, I like to put a little note in the kids and hubbys lunch boxes along with a little red heart chocolate.  Just something simple to let them know they are loved.  I’m actually going shopping […]

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  • Awesome idea Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Prerna

    Oohh.. LOVE this.. Thanks for sharing, Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    These look fantastic. I am going to make them for my youngest daughters birthday next month. I have only recently started following your blog and LOVE it!!!! I am even keeping up with the daily tasks.ReplyCancel

  • terry

    I tried the heart shaped cupcakes but they did not come out that way . do you only use 1 marble? Do you put it in the pan before the batter or after?ReplyCancel

  • […] can’t beat gorgeous heart cupcakes, and you only need a muffin tin and some marbles or […]ReplyCancel

  • Sydney Simmer

    These look amazing!! I might give them a go this weekend. Now to find a marble substitue..? :-) ReplyCancel

Easy Christmas Candy Cane Chocolate Cake

We had a family BBQ recently and I was asked if I could bring along some of my caramel tarts, but after hearing that over 20 people would be there I thought I’d make a few extra goodies.   Earlier this year I made a super easy kit kat cake which was fun to make with the […]

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Apple and Apricot Loaf

Apple and Apricot Loaf Cook time 1 hour 10 mins Total time 1 hour 10 mins   Author: Katrina Ingredients ½ x 825g can apricot halves in fruit juice 2 x 120g tubs apple puree ⅓ cup brown sugar 2 eggs, lightly beaten ¼ cup buttermilk 2 tlb olive oil 2 tlb lemon rind, finely […]

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  • Tinkster

    The recipie mentions oil but there’s none in the ingredients. Mines in the oven now, looks good!ReplyCancel

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

During my pantry raid session prior to cleaning the pantry I found some ice cream cones.  We don’t particularly use the cones as much during the winter months.  So before they go stale I thought we would try to use them up.  The girls and I baked some cupcakes in ice cream cones.  I first saw […]

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  • Katrina Allan

    i’m always looking for new ideas for my little miss….might have to give this a try…ReplyCancel

  • Tane Philp-Reid

    So cool, have Miss 9 birthday coming up, will be a great surprise. Thanks for the ideaReplyCancel

  • Fantastic idea, I’m going to make some of these with my kids this weekend :D ReplyCancel

  • They just look wonderful!! I love that idea, thanks so much for sharing, I think I have some icecream cones in the back of my pantry too and I’ve run out of cupcake wrappers – double woohoo!!ReplyCancel

  • Love this! I am the same with some cones & cake mix in the pantry that needs to be used. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • sarahbraaksma

    I am going to make these with my kids they will love them!ReplyCancel

Kit Kat, M&M Birthday Cake

A few weeks ago we had some friends visit to celebrate their youngest little mans 1st birthday.  I offered to make his birthday cake, as I love decorating cakes.  I spent some time searching for the right cake to make, but then a few days before my oven stopped working.  Eek. Our friends were on […]

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  • brella

    this looks awesome :-) ReplyCancel

  • Vcupitt

    I LOVE THIS IDEA!
    Even “I” could manage this one.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Nitz

    How did you manage to get the kit kat’s to stay in place before you put the ribbon on?ReplyCancel

    • Kathryn

      I just leant them up with a slight slant and then when you wrap the ribbon around it brings them all up standing tallReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Looks awesome, although I would use real cjocolate not yucky white stuff.  What a great idea, think I’ll be using this one.ReplyCancel

  • michelle

    this is great but yes do u put icing mixture around the cake for the kit kats to stay in place?? also for the ribbon?ReplyCancel

    • Nani

       The instructions say to put a ribbon around the cake to keep the kit kats in placeReplyCancel

  • This looks divine!! I saw a picture of a cake like this online and was wondering just how it was made. I love white choc too.ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    I’ve seen this with jelly beans in the middle and a Dora figurine to ‘kidify’ it. Looks so simple. ReplyCancel

  • Hannahshorney

    Fantastic idea.ReplyCancel

  • Sunshine n Giggles

    WOW! What a fantastic idea! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Busymumto5

    LOL I made a cake similar for my daughters birthday in June.. Except I bought 2 mud cakes, cut the icing off one and added whipped cream and mini m&m’s!!ReplyCancel

  • disturbed_angel89

    Awesome I am so going to do this for my 23rd birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Abanannagirl

    That was out of one of Donna Hay’s kids annuals, with a basic chocolate buttercake as the base.  I made it and used chocolate biscuits around the edge as they were cheaper (the Woolworths brand malt sticks, or you could use tv sticks if they were on special too)ReplyCancel

  • Shanballin

    I have also made this cake!! Got an awesome reaction! I made a red cake to surprise my 3y/o who loves red and iced it thickly with buttercream icing that I then stuck the kit kats (used milk choc) to! Then filled with m&m’s and Maltesers! Eyes nearly
    Popped out of the kids heads!!! ReplyCancel

  • My question is what did you do with the 2cm from each piece?? ;-) ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I have made this too… super easy and super effective :) ReplyCancel

  • omg so making this!ReplyCancel

  • Donna @ NappyDaze

    Love this! Will be using this very soon for the husband’s birthday xReplyCancel

  • Ive made this one too. It was a hit! But I used choc mud cake and original kitkat. I also iced the sides of the cake so the kitkats would stick to it.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Wow, looks divine, I am so doing this for my hubby’s bday in a couple of weeks!  How did you get the kitkats to stay up prior to the ribbon going on?
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    • Julie, get a little bit of icing sugar add a few drops of water to make a gluey paste, it should then stay together.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny L

    Awesome idea….a favourite for young and old :) ReplyCancel

    • I love some of the other example being shared, use Maltesears instead of m&m’sReplyCancel

  • Emma

    I love this, I might make it just cause I canReplyCancel

  • Hello….I made this yesterday for hubbies birthday was so easy…but just need to say i needed 3 blocks of kit kats….. I love you, you have the best ideas. hope you are having a great day…. FB follower AnneReplyCancel

    • It such a simple cake, I hope your hubby liked it JReplyCancel

    • Kathryn

      I made it today actually and needed 3 blocks also. 2 just didn’t go all the way around. So glad I bought a 3rd block “just in case” b/c the checkout queues were looong! Was a huge success! Thank you for the idea. ReplyCancel

  • karennarelle

    Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou. I am going to make this for my little girls 4th birthday on Wednesday! ReplyCancel

  • MummyToFive

    I did this cake for hubby last year and it was chocolate overload and he loved it! I love how did it with white chocolate though, it looks so yummy! ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Showed my hubby this a few days ago and he made me one for my birthday yesterday. No white chocolate here though – yuck! ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    I “made” this cake today for my Miss3. It was a huge success. I did need 3 packets of the Kit Kat family break though. 2 blocks didn’t make it around the Woolworths cake. Thankful I bought 3 ‘just in case’. Phew! Also I used smarties because they have purple and pink in the packet unlike the M&Ms. The scattering of pink & purple smarties amongst all the other smartie colours then matched the purple ribbon holding up the kit kats. I also did a ‘double decker’ cake so that I didn’t have to cut the kit kats. I did Chocolate mud on the bottom (cut icing off to make cake flat) & white mud on top with jam and cream in the middle. Keep icing on the top cake to secure the kit kats & the smarties/M&Ms. LOVE LOVE LOVE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INSPIRATION. I love reading all your posts. ReplyCancel

  • Manda-Kate

    “Furry Friends” chocolates (upright – smooth side out) also look great as a border around a square or rectangle cake.ReplyCancel

  • My

    Thanks so much for sharing this idea.  My kids and my husband made me one of these cakes for my birthday.   They put tim-tams around the outside.  I loved the idea so much I am making one for my brother-in-law.  I’m going to try some of the suggestions from the comments and use malteasers on top and furry friends as the border.  ReplyCancel

  • SheenyB

    I made this cake for Mr 14 for his birthday, instead he wanted “Nans” chocolate cake, Skittles and the white Kit Kats (way too sickly let me tell you). It worked out beautifully and I had a very happy big boy.
    :) ReplyCancel

  • [...] the most colourful and simple birthday cake, a Kit kat M&M birthday [...]ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    These are also great with fruit instead of m&m’s. For Xmas I made it with cherries on top. Next time I ‘ll try using strawberries.ReplyCancel

  • Deb - Blessed mum of 6

    I did the same with white Tim Tams for both my sons who turned 22 and 13 last week. So easy with the woolworths white choc mudcake, 2 pkts white choc tim tams, one large block of homebrand white chocolate and those little happy birthday chocs only less than $3 for about 16, I didn’t use them all and then sprinkles in the colours of the party decorations and those little etable silver things :) ReplyCancel

    • this is a fabulous idea, I just saw the Adrian Zumbo has a new Tim Tam range, white choc and raspberry, that would add a nice touch to the cake too!!ReplyCancel

No method banana bread

Bec’s no method banana bread Cook time 60 mins Total time 1 hour   Author: Reader: Pretty Well Covered – Stylish and discreet breatfeeding coverlets Serves: 1 Ingredients 1.5 cups plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp bicarb 125g butter, melted 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 2 large ripe bananas, mashed ½ cup milk […]

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  • Jane

    Best banana bread ever! Love this recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Love this, super easy recipe! I only used half the sugar and substituted half of the plain flour for wholemeal. My young daughter is Type I Diabetic, so this is a little more friendly for her. Even my son who ‘doesn’t eat cake’ came back for seconds! Thanks so much for sharing! :) ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Love this! So easy to make, everybody loved it! Used half wholemeal flour and a little less sugar, perfect!!ReplyCancel

1, 1, 1, 1 Cake

image credit: 4 ingredients 1, 1, 1, 1 Cake Prep time 10 mins Cook time 40 mins Total time 50 mins   Author: Reader: Louise Di Trapani Ingredients 1 cup sr flour 1 cup sugar 1 cup coconut 1 cup milk Instructions Mix all ingredients together Spoon into a lined loaf tin 40 minutes Bake […]

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  • RachPates

    I’ve seen a varient of this recipe on the Simple Savings webpage and it truly is the most versatile recipe. Try these variations I came up with:
    Take 1/3C hazelnuts/ almonds/ macadamias, and blitz in the food processor into ground nuts.
    But before you add them to your cake mix, give nuts a shake to bring the larger pieces to the top and remove them. Reserve them for sprinkling on top of the cake with some raw sugar just before baking.
    Add 2/3C sliced tinned pears. Reduce the milk to 3/4C to allow for the moisture in the pears, or you can give the cake a more intense flavour by replacing the milk with 3/4 cup of the tinned pear juice and 4 teaspoons of milk powder. Add a dash of spice – cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves go well with pear (and apple). About 1/2 tsp.

    I’ve served this at many “bring a plate” events and it has gone in preference to some very flash and complicated cakes. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked for the recipe. Also works with tinned apricot, peach and apple.ReplyCancel

  • BE&EM

    I’ve been using this recipe for years except mine is a 5 cup cake – adding a cup of diced dried apricots – if I’m feeling fancy I’ll add some flaked almonds on top before baking. Done with grated apple and sultanas too! I have also used plain flour when out of S/R and its great, turns out more like a slice :) ReplyCancel