Mrs.Fancypants recipes

Better than Any Bundt

Do you like having picnics at the park? I didn’t when I lived in the Philippines, mainly because of the heat. When I moved to Australia, there are so many beautiful green spaces that it was just unacceptable not to have picnics!

Raspberry Panna Cotta

In Australia, February is the hottest month of the year. Obviously, I’m inclined to keep the oven off as much as I can. Enter superb panna cotta recipes.

No Bake “Lamington” Cheesecake

What is a Lamington? It’s an Aussie bakery staple of sponge cakes sandwiched with a raspberry jam filling dipped in chocolate then rolled in coconut.

Citrus & Poppy Seed Cake

Winter always posts a challenge to me recipe-wise because of the “limited” fresh produce availability. But lately, I’ve learnt that it might just be me who is limiting my creativity.

Chocolate Bundt Cake

My chocolate bundt cake recipe is soft and fluffy, with intense chocolate flavor, can be made in one bowl and to top it all off it’s low fat and vegan! Definitely best in class.

Ube Cheesecake à la La Viña

I was born in Manila, and as a chef, I wish I could say that I cook amazing Filipino food, but I’ve mostly cooked Western food my entire life.


These days so much of our way of life is influenced by what we see on social media. Take food trends for instance, bakeries get a cult following from people posting their products and rating it as “lit” or whatever the new word for cool is.

Glazed Blueberry Lemon Cake

There’s so much available citrus recently, so I have buckets of lemons, navel oranges and cara cara to consume, so pardon my very colourful citrus bundt cake series, I’m obsessed with how simple bundt cakes are to make and so easy to photograph!

Raspberry & Lemon Trifle

So you made my Lemon Drizzle cake but didn’t finish it? You’ll be the first, but don’t throw out your leftover cake just yet, make it into another dessert that you could enjoy!

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Let’s be honest, intricate bundt cakes look so amazing. But there’s always that risk that because the design is so intricate your cake will get stuck.

Hazelnut Chocolate Cake

If you’re looking for an alternative flourless cake, try my hazelnut chocolate cake! I made this for a girlfriend’s birthday, I wanted something more “adult” if that makes sense.

Ube Butter Cake

In my Strawberry Cheesecake Post I discussed what a ganache is, and mentioned that it has plenty of uses. My recipe today also uses a ganache but with a different ratio and I use this to glaze my Ube Butter Cake.

No-bake Strawberry Cheesecake

You have not met a cheesecake as pretty as this! Lighter than your average cheesecake, this is set with chocolate ganache.

Baked Chocolate Tart

Chocolate tart is probably one of my favorite desserts to serve. It never gets old, it’s a crowd pleaser and goes well with anything from fresh berries, berry puree, vanilla ice cream, salted caramel, and the list goes on.

Classic Lamingtons

I’ve been covered in desiccated coconut over the last few weeks, and I find them in every nook and cranny of my kitchen.

Burnt Cheesecake à la La Viña

You might have heard and seen photos of a burnt cheesecake in your social media in the last couple years. This was made famous by a small bar in San Sebastian, Spain called La Viña.

Dairy-free Flourless Chocolate Cake

I understand that sometimes, dietary restrictions prevent us from enjoying the well-loved classic chocolate sponge cake with chocolate filling, so here is a gluten-free & lactose-free option!

Chunky Chocolate Cookies

These are my favorite cookies ever, the chunky chocolate in every bite and the soft vanilla dough is just divine. the dough can be rolled to make a slab or portioned into 12 balls.

White Chocolate Cheesecake

I love a good cheesecake, and a lot of people I know do too. The only problem is, they say they get disappointed each time they order a cheesecake for dessert.

M&M Cookies

Kids are on school holidays and parents are trying to find time between them and wrapping presents plus heading to the supermarkets to shop for their Christmas menus.

Christmas Cookie Tree

If you can’t order my Christmas Cookie Tree Kit, you don’t have to miss out on all the fun! I am sharing the recipe and the video for assembly so you can make this at home too.

Traditional English Scones

Growing up, my mom loved watching The Food Network and there was an episode about making scones. After watching the episode, she was obsessed with them.

Classic Tiramisu

Keep your ovens off with this most-loved classic dessert. It’s the dessert I can’t say no to when I go to an Italian restaurant. It’s also the one I use as a criteria to decide if I will come back.

Mummified Sugar Cookies

Oh I love holiday posts, and I’m lucky that I’m in Sydney so I feel like I have more time to post my holiday baking because even if it’s now the 1st of November here, it’s still Halloween in the US!

Halloween Horror Cookies

I wasn’t going to do a Halloween post because there’s so much going on. However, it was just too tempting not to post!

Rich & Creamy Flan

There are a few versions of custard desserts cooked in a bain-marie (water bath) with caramel. To name a few, there’s creme caramel, creme brûlée and flan.

Banana Nut Muffins (gluten-free & dairy-free)

I’ve been baking for people with gluten and lactose intolerance lately and it’s a welcome challenge to be able to adapt my recipes for them.

Ultimate Chocoholic’s Muffins

I have been craving for chocolate baked goods lately. Like my flourless chocolate cake, which I haven’t uploaded here yet and my gooey brownies.

Rich & Gooey Brownies

I never considered sharing my brownie recipe earlier because I thought it’s one of those made-to-your-preference kind of food.

Gluten-free & Dairy-free Brownies

I never really tried making my recipes gluten-free and dairy-free, but for some reason I woke up today and thought I should try making my brownie gluten-free & dairy-free.

Fluffy Banana Cupcakes

If bananas bread is too dense for your taste, but you want to use your overripe bananas for baking, this is a great recipe for you.

Cherry Ripe Tart

What is a cherry ripe you say??? Well, you see, I also didn’t know until I moved to Australia.

Coconut and Purple Yam Cake

My husband recently celebrated his birthday, and despite going to the gym everyday and being fit, he has a massive sweet tooth.

S’mores Cookies

What are s’mores? It’s a sandwich of 2 biscuits, toasted marshmallows and chocolate. Perfect for when you have campfires and fireplaces, but what about the days when you don’t?

How to make a Pavlova

I didn’t know what a pavlova was until I moved to Australia. And man, was I missing out big time.

Bread and Butter Pudding

My mom & husband loves bread & butter pudding, hence, I had to learn how to make the perfect bread & butter pudding.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

When life gives you lemons… Make this zesty lemon cake! I was thinking of something bright to post to lift all of our spirits, and then I saw lemons on 4 for $2 special and it all just clicked!

Ube (purple yam) Muffins

What is ube? Ube is purple yam grown in the Philippines. It has a distinct bright purple colour and belongs to the sweet potato family.


These French classic small cakes are a perfect accompaniment to tea or coffee. Quick and easy recipe that doesn’t require a stand mixer!

Mrs.Fancypants Banoffee

Yesterday, my high school classmates and our families, had a picnic at Centennial Park. Getting set-up and finding a spot was a tad challenging, but we got there in the end!

Pan de Sal & Spanish Bread

I remember the local bakeries in the Philippines, there would be one in every corner, and they would sell the same type of bread.

Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s winter in Sydney now, and much as I like the cold weather, I wish we could have more colourful produce to make my baked products prettier.

Fairybread Cake Doughnuts

Fairybread is originally, sliced white bread topped with 100s and 1000s. It’s a snack served in Australia at kid’s parties.

Banana Bread

This is a classic, and one for the books. Tried and tested a thousand times, and always a winner, you can’t go wrong with this fail-proof banana bread recipe!

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberries (and other berries) are an excellent source of vitamin C. They also contain a decent amount of soluble fibre, and are often touted as ‘superfood’.

Pavlova with Lemon cream, Peach and Raspberries

A pavlova is a baked meringue with a crispy shell and a soft marshmallow-like center. Normally served with some kind of cream and fresh fruit, it’s a popular dessert in Australia and New Zealand.


Today, I did my first IG Live with Filipino Food Movement. I cooked Filipino sweet and sour fish, or escabeche. And no, I didn’t use cornstarch, or pineapple or ketchup!

How to Serve Risotto on Your Next Dinner Party

Risotto is a dish that people try to avoid when having guests over. Why? Because as the host, you also want to spend time with your friends and risotto has a reputation for being time and attention consuming to cook.

How to Make Honeycomb

This tutorial has been a loooooong time coming. Since I published my banoffee pie recipe, I’ve had readers and friends asking me to make a honeycomb tutorial.

Lobster Spaghetti

Lobsters are known as a luxury food item globally, and if you go to a restaurant and order a live lobster from the tank, you should be ready to pay a hefty price by the end of dinner.

Glazed Meatloaf

Here in Sydney, everything is starting to feel more relaxed, and as we approach Christmas, restaurants and hospitality venues have increasingly become busy.

Braised Lamb Shanks

This fall off the bone, super tender lamb shanks is a perfect dinner option on a rainy weekend. I love this with my velvety mash potato recipe or if I’m serving it straight away, my creamy polenta.

My Mom’s Beef Caldereta (Filipino Beef Stew)

I think every Filipino family has their own version of every Filipino dish. This is then passed down to offsprings and so on. I say this a lot because it’s true, food has a very big role in Filipino culture.

Teriyaki Salmon & Coconut Rice with Asian Greens

My husband loves this meal. It’s one of his favourite meals, and I love it because it’s simple, easy and quick to make but super delicious.

Prawn & Fennel Salad

As we are now moving on to warmer months in Australia, I am slowly transitioning my cooking from roasted and braised to grilled and tossed.

Melt in Your Mouth Beef

Let’s face it, if you buy an expensive cut of steak, you wouldn’t use it for a stir-fry. So what is the secret to that melt-in-your-mouth beef that won’t cost you a fortune?

Beef Stroganoff

When I was in uni, I would often go to The Chocolate Kiss cafe at the Ang Bahay ng Alumni in UP Diliman and order a plate of this yummy beef strips in cream sauce served on top of egg pasta.

Braised Beef Cheeks in Red Wine Sauce

I love cooking for family and friends, for me it’s the best part of being a chef. Sharing my food with people and seeing them enjoy it gives me so much happiness.

My Favorite Lasagna

Someone asked me before, “if there was only one food you could eat everyday, for the rest of your life, what would it be?” And I didn’t even gave it a second thought, and answered, “Lasagna!”

Beef Bolognese

I’m here to share my bolognese recipe! I hope you’re excited, because it’s pretty straight forward, and I’ve even made a video to serve as a guide.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe

“But first you need… a pumpkin!” ~fairy godmother to Cinderella. Fortunately, you won’t feel like Cinderella in her rags with this no-peel pumpkin soup recipe!

The Only Mac & Cheese Recipe You’ll Ever Need

The perfect macaroni & cheese to me is one with plenty of melted cheese & sauce, perfectly seasoned, not soggy pasta and a gratinated top.