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This post is sponsored by Coles We celebrate Easter with extended family, each bringing along some food, morning tea, salad and/or dessert and my Dad usually cooks a huge salmon on the BBQ.  I’m usually asked to bring something sweet.  Last year Miss 12 made a Triple Chocolate Cheesecake from My Kitchen Rules, it was absolutely delicious and […]

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  • SmittenKitten

    Great cake, I have made a few variations before, a good tip is to plan ahead and buy your chocolate in the weeks before when they come on sale. Buying it all in one go can be quite surprising!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is a good idea, the cakes too can last in the fridge for 2 weeks or so.ReplyCancel

  • WOW!! This is so easy and yet it looks like you’ve spent hours making it. I love the Coles magazine – I’m always grabbing it for easy dinner ideas!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      There is some really delicous meal ideas in the magazine this month Lucy, I’ve got the chicken pie tagged to make soon!ReplyCancel

  • Kay Cockram

    You are one special lady! I might not get to liking or sharing your contents but I do love your suggestions and recipes. I am in the 70+ year age group and pass on your wonderful hints to my daughters when I think they have the time to participate.
    Keep up the fantastic work.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you so much, Kay! It is so lovely to hear.:) And i just love hearing feedback from my readers xReplyCancel

  • Heidi

    I love the Easter kit Kat cake. I’m always looking for fun and easy projects to make with my 5 year old daughter. This cake will make the perfect mommy daughter project to add to our Easter this year!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness, I don’t think I can choose between the cheesecake, kit kat cake and snickers cake! Too much yum!ReplyCancel

  • Niocle @ The Builder's Wife

    I cannot thank you enough, I’ve been wondering what to serve for dessert on Easter Sunday, and just like that you’ve saved me!! xxReplyCancel

  • Megan McCormick

    Great cake idea! My favourite Good Friday is soup (spicy lentil, pumpkin or creamy vegetable) with crusty bread for lunch. For dinner I always make a pasta feast – veggie lasagne, spinach & ricotta cannelloni plus baked gnocchi with napoletana sauce. One of my favourite cooking days of the year and even the most staunch meat eaters we know love the spread. Delish!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Clark

    What a great idea – definitely have these ingredients on my shopping list….do you mind me asking where did you get the floral eggs and the little ceramic rabbit…they are so cute.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Amanda, I got these a few years ago from Bed Bath and Table, I went there a few weeks ago and they have ones if not the same but very similar in their current easter range :)ReplyCancel

  • Omigosh Kat, you are so clever. What a great looking cake! I love it. No way you can burn this cake!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    Hi I have 3 teenagers 14-15& 17 I would love ideas on there bedrooms storage & for there lunch for this age group I’m finding it’s harder for me the primary school
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My Miss 12 made these Easter Cupcake Nests last year,  she really loves baking and creating.  This is an easy Easter cupcake that the kids will enjoy making… and eating!!  I have found some more clever decorative easter cupckae ideas which I have shared below. It’s as simple as making some chocolate cupcakes and icing, Miss 12 used […]

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  • KC

    Can you please removing the RSS truncating from your feed. I liked being able to read your blog in my feed reader; I’m mostly just skipping over your posts now.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi KC, I’m so sorry for the time being I need to change it to RSS, I will reassess it in the next month, I am sorry for the inconvenience.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat, thank you so much for featuring my Malteser Bunny Cupcakes. Gosh you’ve chosen so many cute ones! I think I need to try the marshmallow ear ones next. Wow your daughter is going to be the next Masterchef – she did such a great job on her cupcakes!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you, Lucy!.:) Yes she just loves to bake.:)
      The malteser bunny cupcakes are just adorable! I couldn’t resist them.:) xReplyCancel

  • I just want to eat them all! Not only do they look cute, but yummy too!! Thanks for sharing them. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Nicole! They are all so cute!.:) xReplyCancel

  • peggy

    have u tried a packet of dried noodles mixed with peanut butter (optional) and chocolate for chocolate nests
    the kids love ’emReplyCancel

Miss 11 was on a roll the other day.  She made a batch of plain muffins and decorated half as Christmas Bauble Cupcakes, she then got a little creative and decorated the rest to resemble a wreath.  I think she has done really well. Spread green icing over cupcakes, place 7 m&m’s flat around centre of cupcake, […]

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We love freshly baked cakes, slices and cookies in our house.  So I thought I would share with you a collection of cakes that we have made in our kitchen over the  years.  Click on the image to view the recipe. Ice cream Cone Cupcakes Heart shaped cupcakes Kit Kat, M&M Birthday Cake and here is […]

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  • Oh ma GAWSH!!! I’m now starving and craving CAKE after seeing this post! THANK YOU for sharing – it’s always motivating to see cake recipes that are actaully do-able! Love the look of all of these.
    C xReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      They are so delicious and look lovely, i agree!.:)ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Western Star Butter There are occasions that I feel like cooking at the spur of the moment, however many of the recipes that I love to cook and the one below require butter at room temperature and I tend to keep my butter in the fridge (it get’s too soft here in […]

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  • Maree

    Your daughter is so lovely, I wish mine wanted to cook more I agree there are many benefits, will look through those recipes you suggested and will get them to make a few things these holidays.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Maree, she is beautiful. There are some great recipes on the site, hope you can find one that can enjoy cooking with your kids!ReplyCancel

  • Julie R

    Love this post Kat seeing how much your daughter is enjoying the independence you have given her in your kitchen. Mine have made smoothies and a delicious carrot cake so far these holidays.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      There are so many easy recipes available in the cyber world Julie, maybe a kids cookbook could make for a nice Christmas gift :)ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    Just love your daughters smile, such a lovely young girl. Our 11 year old granddaughter makes us dinner once a week. Its great to see her excitement to choose a recipe and then prepare and cook it. We make a special effort to make her feel great and tell her that she did such a wonderful dinner. I wonder how long it will be until the novelty will wear off. One thing though you have to allow extra time for the meal to get to the table not quite as fast as me her oma. lolReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s right Yvonne, they are slower but they have so much fun. Yes, my daughter sits and wait ooh so patiently, like she is on My Kitchen Rules waiting to hear our verdict… always love it. Such a positive thing that she is enjoying cooking and baking in the kitchen.ReplyCancel

      • Yvonne

        We had our 6 year old grandson over so our 11 year old granddaughter both made a Banana Cake, with cream cheese icing. The only problem we need two bowls to lick out lol. one not content in having anything else, utensils etc. to lick. more washing up lol.ReplyCancel

  • Lovely Photos Katrina. Miss 11 looks right at home in the kitchen. The future of the organised housewife empire is in good hands. Love the cake stand too 😉ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that cake stand is gorgeous Melissa, I borrowed it from a friend, was so reluctant to give it back LOL 😉 Yes, she has been a wonderful help these school holidays while my assistant has been on holidays, it’s such a delight to see her grow and blossom.ReplyCancel

  • What a great school holiday activity, I think it’s great teaching kids about food and to show their creative side. She looks as proud as punch, I would be too if my cakes looked like that!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      She is so proud Tee, she loves cooking and baking, it’s her happy place.ReplyCancel

  • suman sidal

    Nice apple cake n very healthy.send
    More kids n family enjoyed
    Thank u so much .

    Thank u.sumanReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Glad you enjoyed the Healthy Apple Cake.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    So buttery, very nice, will make again. I replaced the 200gm maple with 100gm honey, used half wholemeal, half white self raising flour and grated a small carrot and small red apple (using blender) rather than a Granny Smith. Lovely, thanks.ReplyCancel

I bake healthy snacks for my kids through the week, but occasionally I do like to treat them to something ooey, gooey and utterly yummy as a Friday after school treat. I found a recipe online for a Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Icing… I’ve never tried Chocolate Cream Cheese icing before, and must say, this […]

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  • Amanda

    How come we cant access recipes???

    Very disappointing and time wasting!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah

    Thank you for sharing! I love your website and I don’t even have kids, but I am learning some awesome tips and tricks and so much creativity along the way :) keep it up!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thank you Hannah, I am so pleased you are enjoying the website, this cake is so yummy, no kids means more for you!!ReplyCancel

Ooh my, this trifle was absolutely delicious.  It was hard to get a good photograph, because when served and spooned into a bowl it’s just a big blog, but wow blob or not the custard, butterscotch and cream all mixed together with the banana and cake tastes so good. My brother popped around when I made […]

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  • Donna Copen McKinnis

    yum! we are at the big Grandfather games in North Carolina. look forward to trying this once home. Ta. ReplyCancel

  • Marina

    Hi, got a bit stuck with your banana butterscotch trifle recipe. It doesnt state or imply whether the custard is 500g of straight custard powder? This seemed like a lot, so I thougdistinguish have supposed to say 500ml.

    I did a bit of internet searching and found a similar recipe using a 500g carton (premade) which is what I went with. thats an error aswell as cartons onlt come in mls so hard to distinguish which product it’s referring to.



  • Briode

    Hi, just wondering if the cream/ custard mix is suppose to be thick?ReplyCancel

    • Hi Briode, It depends on the type of custard you are using. I used a cold pouring custard, it had just the right consistency.ReplyCancel

      • Briode

        Yeah I used the same but for some reason it’s really runny. I was wondering how I could make it a bit thicker?ReplyCancel

Last week I suggested to my youngest that I will make the kids a cake for an after school treat, her request was coconut and pink icing.  Yum, I am going through a coconut phase at the moment, love anything coconutty!! The kids absolutely loved this cake, the cake itself was really nice and light with a […]

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  • Smaggle

    This looks amazing! I love your coconut obsession. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Savvy Spice

    This looks so delicious!! I love Ice Cream cakes and coconut too because it’s such a light nice flavor especially in the summer!


  • Rachel Keyte

    Considering there’s raw egg in the icing, how long do you think this cake would keep? Or would it need refrigerating?ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Clancy

    This was yummy but took over an hour to cook at 160 (fan-forced). I would do it at 180 next time, and then it would probably be the 40-45mins. I used berry yoghurt too, was delicious!ReplyCancel

  • OMG I love coconut ice! It was one of my favourite school fete treats 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      love food that brings back childhood memories!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Katrina, I love the sound of this recipe, I think I will make this with my little ones tomorrow. They keep asking for cake. I am the same as you and love coconut.ReplyCancel

  • Alina Milczarek

    Looks nice will make it todayReplyCancel

  • Oh yes I love coconut too!! Mmm good old finger buns – I;m definitely going to have to try this one!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is really lovely with a cuppa.:)ReplyCancel

Carrot Cake with Cream cheese Frosting Serves: 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 sugar […]

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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!

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

  • Katrina,
    Sounds yummy! What width cake tin do you use?

    Love all your hints, tips and recipes!

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Judith, just a standard round cake pan.ReplyCancel

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

  • Marjorie

    Hi Katrina – can I ask where you bought the sugared confetti? Thank you. This cake looks amazing. I am going to attempt it in July for my daughter’s 6th birthday party.ReplyCancel

  • June Harling

    If you are making these cakes in the future, use Sugarflair gel rather the Wilton as the colour is much more intense and you will be able to use less.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Gusa Nugent

    Going to give this a go for my Daughters Birthday….. wish me luck :p

  • Nadia Bernardis

    Is the recipe on the cake packet?ReplyCancel

  • kayla djssf

    what shop did you buy the cake leveller from? i am from Australia and i can’t fine a cheap one.ReplyCancel

  • kaylla djdf

    what shop did you buy the cake leveller from? i am from Australia and i can’t fine a cheap oneReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Kaylla, i purchased it from Cake Bitz.:)ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    Can you please tell me which Wilton Gel colours did you use exactly? I would love to achieve the same shades of colour in each layer that you did. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    Hi Caroline, i brought them in a box of 8 Wilton gel from a cake shop and i believe you can also purchase them from spotlight.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina V

    Hi Katrina – I love this cake, do you think it suitable for a 1st birthday. Seriously considering it. Thanks Kat (Love your name :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Katrina, LOL thank you.:)
      Yes i think it would be a lovely bright beautiful cake for a 1st birthday cake.ReplyCancel

  • ?????

    Marvelous content, thank You !!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    Hi Kat, beautiful cake, thanks for sharing and I’m very excited to try this for my girl’s 3rd birthday soon. Did they really only need 10 minutes each? I’m a terrible cook, just wanted to make sure!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jackie, Yes they only took 10 minutes but also keep in mind it will depend on your oven. I’m sure your little girl will love this cake!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Claire

    Love the cake! I’m going to do this for my Miss 6. What size tins did you use?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Claire, I used a standard round cake tin. Hope your daughter loves her cake :)ReplyCancel

  • lisa


    how do you store the cake after you have frosted it? can you leave it out, if so for how long? or does it need to be refrigerated?


    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I iced it about 3 hours before we cut it and left it on the kitchen bench uncovered, it was deliciously fresh.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Thank you so much for this post. I made it for my daughter’s fourth birthday and it turned out really well. Everyone was very impressed and my daughter was over the moon. I also found the cheap vanilla cake to be quite delicious. Great tip!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is, I’m all for making muffins and biscuits from scratch, but this mix tastes so good, perfect!! So pleased it came together well for you :)ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    HI there

    Love the cake and I’m going to make it for my daughter’s 5th birthday. Did you get the sprinkles from Woolworths as well? Thanks, MReplyCancel

  • Sebahat

    Hi. My daughters birthday is coming up and I was thinking of making this amazing cake however the cake will be taken to school (kindergarten). My question is how would I cut this cake? Because at schools they only give children a small pieceReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sebahat, I have found over the years that as much as we would like to take a beautiful cake to school to celebrate our child’s birthday it’s just not a feasible option. Cupcakes are a friendly choice, as the teacher does not have to cut it, or worry about too much clean up and mess.ReplyCancel

Buttercream icing Serves: Prep Time Total Time 5 mins 5 mins 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 or icing […]

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  • […] Butter cream icing coloured to match the characters, black, green, white, orange and red.  Find buttercream icing here […]ReplyCancel

  • pauline

    Just a tip, I have been baking (not professionally) for quite a few years and have always had problems with this type of icing recipe. I found, whilst watching a cooking show (Anna Olsen – fantastic Canadian Chef) that using a substitue like copha – it is flavourless – (used in the old fashioned chocolate crackles) prevents the icing from melting – espcially in our hotter climate. You simple replace the amount of butter required with the copha. all the rest of the ingreds (quants, etc,) remain the same. I works a treat and the icing does not slide off the cake as soon as it is added…..I an not very good at explaining things so I hope that this makes sence and that you will be able to use it in futureReplyCancel

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 2 ingredient cake on Love, Shoes and Cupcakes which I had to try. I say […]

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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

  • Nicole McRae

    Belinda Pattison how about this one?ReplyCancel

  • Jenna Knight

    Do you drain the fruit? Just the instructions say that you do but the picture looks like it’s not drained? Thanks ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Miller

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  • Sarah

    Do you follow the packet cake recipe or just add the mix and fruit and stir? Just want to clarify. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Sarah, Yes i just follow the packet recipe and then mix in the fruit mix, so super easy.:)ReplyCancel

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  • Susan Milgate

    Original recipe from the link above is as follows:

    Tropical Fruit Salad Butter Cake

    You will need:

    1 pkt of Butter Cake Mix
    425g tin of super well drained tropical fruit salad mix (the one I use is a mix of pineapple, peach, banana and passionfruit, but I pick the seeds out!)

    Pre-heat oven to 180C and grease your desired size cake tin. If I’m making it for dessert I make it in one large round cake tin or if I’m making it for afternoon tea I make it as two cakes so I can sandwich them together with whipped cream.

    Prepare the butter cake mix as per the packet directions.

    Stir through the drained fruit salad.

    Pour the mixture into your cake tin and bake for 40-50 mins for one large cake or 30-40 mins for 2 smaller ones. The cake is done when golden in colour and bounces back when touched.ReplyCancel

  • Every Thursday night my family get together and it was wonderful to have this cake as our dessert. Mum had seen your FB page and thought she’d give it a go. It’s SO delicious and perfect for my little girl who has an egg allergy. Thanks Kat for sharing this.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh so glad you all enjoyed it!.:)ReplyCancel

  • cheryl

    Ack! I followed that recipe and had a bowl with drained fruit and floury cake mix. There was no liquid to make it into a batter so I ended up adding the liquid back in. That made a batter but my hopes are not high this is going to work. Now I notice in the comments I was supposed to make the packet cake mix adding the eggs and oil etc?ReplyCancel