Saturday, June 03, 2023

Weekend Cooking: What I Baked (In My Kitchen) in May

The first Saturday of the month is when I share all the things that I baked in the previous month. I did manage to do some baking again this month. What I didn't manage to do was to take photos of everything I made! Whoops!

A couple of years ago during lockdown I attempted to make 2 ingredient cake which was made of cake mix and a can of soft drink. I tried to make a couple of flavours. One was vanilla and passionfruit and the other was chocolate and cola. Neither was particularly successful, which you can read about here.

Recently, I heard about another 2 ingredient cake, and this time I have been pleasantly surprised. The two ingredients this time are a packet of cake mix and 400 grams of canned fruit. I used vanilla cake mix and a can of mixed fruit. I have seen a number of different versions of this recipe. Some say not to use the juice from the fruit, others say that you do need to use it. I kind of hedged my bets and put some juice in, and then added a bit more as the mix looked a bit dry. You basically dump  both ingredients in a bowl and mix it, then put it in the oven.

I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one. It is perfect for a mid week treat and you could easily mix up the flavours with different cake mixes or fruit flavours. Add some custard and/or cream and you are ready to go!

The next recipe I made was from Emelia Jackson's First, Cream the Butter and Sugar which I posted about a couple of weeks ago.

This month I tried making Blueberry Galette. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of this one. I liked it, especially the blueberry filling but I was a bit distracted and left the galette in the oven too long so the pastry was a bit overdone. I will be trying this one again at some point.

I mentioned in last week's post that I put on an afternoon tea for my husband's birthday. I made my grandmother's Melting Moments, banana bread and scones

I didn't do any baking last weekend as I was away for the weekend. I attended a readers retreat organised by Australian author Rachael Johns. There were many readers and authors in attendance which was awesome. 

The retreat was in a small town in the Adelaide Hills called Hahndorf. There are lots of foodie experiences to be had in the immediate area around the town, but I didn't have a huge amount of town so I was only able to visit Beerenberg Farm where I picked up some jam samples and a jar of goulash sauce which  I am looking forward to trying. I also picked up the spatula which has a conversion chart on it which is interesting.  I haven't seen that before!

Here was the food and drink related haul from the weekend. I also got pens, notebooks, bookmarks and all sorts of other goodies!

I am sharing this post with In My Kitchen hosted at Sherry's Pickings.

Weekly meals

Saturday - 
Sunday - 
Monday - 
Tuesday - 
Wednesday - Kebabs, baked potato and slaw
Thursday - Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Mayonnaise
Friday - Takeaway

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book reviews (novel, nonfiction), cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs, restaurant reviews, travel information, or fun food facts. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page


  1. What a lovely idea, an afternoon tea for your husband's birthday. With delicious crumpets! Mine would probably wonder where the meat was.

    1. I did think about making sausage rolls Claudia but that was enough!

  2. Your week was very productive! Lovely assortment for the Birthday Tea, have a great week ahead.

    1. this was a month otherwise I would be exhausted Melynda!

  3. I looked up and saved a recipe for Melting Moments online (I needed something that used American terms for Your recipe for it reminds me of a favorite recipe for sabl├ęs by Dorie Greenspan in Paris Sweets.

  4. I've been to Hahndorf, a great little town.

  5. Your melting moments look fab. Now I want to try a 2 ingredient cake!

  6. oh a readers' retreat sounds marvellous!! Yes i am always a bit wary of those 2 or 3 ingredient dump cakes; glad your latest one turned out well. I love Hahndorf . Haven't been for years tho. One day we will get there again. Thanks much for joining in IMK this month. cheers Sherry

    1. I have been to Hahndorf twice in the last year!

  7. I've been watching a YouTuber who does dump cakes and dump everything recipes. So funny!

  8. Weekends away are always a good thing! I am not sure about trying the 2 ingredient cake concept as I never have cake mix at home :)

  9. I love a good shortcut cake and never heard of the packaged cakemix/ tin of fruit option, I'm fascinated by it now and want to make one :)



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