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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake with Cream cheese Frosting   Print 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 […]

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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

Spiced Chicken Noodle Salad

This is a great quick and easy midweek meal, can be made ahead of time if needed and is filled with loads of crispy vegetables. Spiced Chicken Noodle Salad   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 40 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Salad Serves: 5 Ingredients SALAD 400g chicken […]

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  • Narelle

    Yay, a recipe fit for the healthy, no artificial ingredients and made from whole foods. However, brown sugar is just processed white sugar with the molasses added back in (all these years I thought it was less processed) a good addition would be rapadura sugar (dried sugar cane juice) and check the label of the fish sauce for MSG. Thanks, will make this one on the weekend. Have a good one : ) x xReplyCancel

  • Narelle

    Learning from each other inspires us both : )ReplyCancel

Apricot Balls

Over the years I have purchased the yummy little fruit bites from the healthy food section at the supermarket to include in the kids lunchboxes.  But looking more closely I’ve realised they are filled with so much sugar, coated in sugar in fact.  We are on a mission to eat healthier and this is certainly […]

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Fast Midweek Meal – Spaghetti and Meatballs

 This recipe is for those nights that you want to have dinner cooked and served fast.  I enjoy making my own meatballs, for occasions like this it’s handy having some in the freezer (defrost through the day) or you can purchase them prepared for you in the meat section at the supermarket. Quick Spaghetti and Meatballs […]

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  • Sue Nicholls

    Would love your recipe for the actual meatballs – it’d be great to have a few batches in the freezer (I need gluten free so the supermarket ones are no good for me).ReplyCancel

    • Sue I cheated on this recipe and purchased them from the supermarket.ReplyCancel

      • Sue Nicholls

        I ended up mixing up a big batch of meatballs yesterday, as I had just bought mince and wanted to have some ready in the freezer. I’m using 1/3 in your recipe tonight so if they pass the test I’ll post my recipe. I was low on breadcrumbs so they may end up falling apart but we’ll see.ReplyCancel

Nigella Lawsons Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

I LOVE Nigella, she is beautiful, her style of cooking is so homely and she has such a clever way with words it draws me in every time.  The family were wanting something gooey and chocolately recently and I have wanted to try Nigella’s Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie for awhile.  It’s completely naughty and […]

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Apple Fruit Leather

My kids love the addition of fruit leather to their lunchbox or to have as an after school snack.  I don’t see the need to add any sugar or further flavours, they are delicious just as simple pureed fruit.  I use the oven to cook my fruit leathers, takes between 3-4 hours.  Alternatively you could […]

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  • Jenny S

    What should the oven temp be for these? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Raewyn

    Do you need to put them on baking paper or something or just on the oven tray?ReplyCancel

    • Lauren

      The recipe says to use baking paper.ReplyCancel

    • I put them on baking paper so it’s easier to slice up and avoid it sticking to the pan.ReplyCancel

  • Lukataya

    Have you tried this in the thermomix? How do you store it and how long will it last (if not eaten right away…)ReplyCancel

    • Lukataya

      Oops… I just scrolled down and found the thermie instructions…. my bad. :( ReplyCancel

      • no worreis Lukataya, I am trying as much as possible to include both recipes these days :) ReplyCancel

  • lj

    how long do they last?ReplyCancel

    • They can last weeks LJ, but in our household, they are usually eaten within days.ReplyCancel

  • tj

    :( Was so excited to try this but mine stuck to the baking paper! What did I do wrong?ReplyCancel

Banana Chocolate Energy Balls

I found this Raw Vegan Energy Balls recipe on Not Quite Nigella, I’ve renamed them to Banana Chocolate Energy Balls (more enticing for the kiddies).  These balls are a great way to use up some over ripe bananas and it’s a wonderfully healthy after school snack for the kids. Ingredients: 2 very ripe bananas, peeled and […]

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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

  • 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
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  • 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

Buttercream icing

Buttercream icing   Print 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 […]

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Chocolate Coconut Custard

I must confess, I’m a little addicted to this chocolate coconut custard.  It’s super easy to make in the thermomix (links to regular recipe included below), a great dessert to make the family, which they all love.  Thankfully, this recipe only makes 5 serves so there is usually no left overs, which I say is […]

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  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Yum! I am loving my thermomix and have been on the lookout for lots of new recipes. Can’t wait to try this one! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    This was delicious!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      so glad you liked it Lauren, we have this all the time, might have to find a new flavour!!ReplyCancel

Super Easy Yoghurt Cup icy poles

  It has been so hot here in QLD the past few days and we have done all we can to stay cool.  These heat waves come and go with no warning and there are times when I don’t have any icypoles ready in the fridge. Often I grab some yoghurt tubs, push in a […]

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  • zose designs

    So easy and healthy. We will be making these this week for sure, during the next heatwave in Victoria!ReplyCancel

    • Poor Australia! And of course it’s right at the start of school! These are perfect for after school.ReplyCancel

  • Eva Lavelle

    Brilliant idea!!! So going to put some in the freezer for this weekend….another scorcher here in Tassie too!ReplyCancel

  • angelic_ky

    I wonder if you could do the same with custard tubs (yogo etc). Maybe not as healthy thoReplyCancel

Ham and Corn Muffins

Lunch doesn’t always have to be a sandwich, you can switch it up with a salad, wrap or a savoury muffin.  This is a delicious muffin, especially if you are introducing the kids to the world of savoury muffins.  It’s easy to make and freezeable.  I take them out of the freezer in the morning, […]

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  • Di

    Why does this need sugar?ReplyCancel

  • lindsey

    Hi, I have never heard of creamed corn? Could I just blitz normal corn in food processor? Or add in whole corn?
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Lindsey, yes just mash some up with a fork or blitz it in the food processor, it will help the dough to stick together :) ReplyCancel

  • lindsey

    Thanks katrina, will try these this weekend. Trying to think of different snacks/lunches for my mr 3. Love your blog lots of great ideas and organising tips :) ReplyCancel