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! Don’t you agree?

Centennial park is such a great location, it has unlimited parking, a bicycle rental, a few playgrounds, BBQs, picnic tables, plenty of trees, a number of well-maintained gardens, coffee kiosks, and public toilets scattered around. It’s a great place to host a picnic. So I did just that, and it was a lovely sunny day perfect for a gathering with friends.

The food was simple and stress-free. I prepared salmon, green beans, chicken and pesto, plus a variety of desserts. The standout dessert was my version of Better than Sex Cake. Which I called Better than Anything because there were young children present and I didn’t want to be the bad aunt!

To be honest, I don’t get why anyone would say anything is better than sex, but this cake is better than any bundt I’ve made or had! So should I call it Better than Any Bundt? Hmm.. Yeah, I’m sticking with it! Better than Any Bundt!

The recipe is pretty easy, there are a couple of components, like the Chantilly cream, salted caramel and crushed flake bars. Read the notes section for substitutes and vegan option! Now here are some photos from our picnic!

Difficulty: Easy

Better than Any Bundt

Makes 1 x 10-cup bundt


    Chocolate Cake
  • Caramel sauce
  • Chantilly cream


0/10 Instructions
    For the cake:
  • Preheat oven to 170C. Grease a 10-cup bundt pan with softened butter diligently then dust with cocoa powder.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bi-carb soda. Mix in salt and sugar. Make a well in the center.
  • Add the eggs, yogurt/sour cream, oil and vanilla and mix until smooth. Whisk in the boiling coffee. The batter will be runny, so don't worry.
  • Pour the batter in the pan and bake for 65 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and cover with a plate. Leave for 10 minutes.
  • Remove plate and gently pull the sides of the cake away from the pan. Invert the cake onto a cooling rack and it should slide out easily. Cool completely.
  • Make the caramel
  • Place sugar in a heavy-based sauce pan. Leave it on medium heat until it melts and starts to colour.
  • Once sugar turns amber quickly whisk in the diced butter. If it separates, remove from heat and keep whisking. Once it comes back together return to the burner and cook for 1 minute.
  • Turn heat off then add the cream slowly. It will sputter so be careful. Then add the salt and cool down.
  • Make the Chantilly cream
  • With a cold and cold whisk, whisk the cold cream until stiff but doesn't look grainy. Whisk in the vanilla until incorporated. Set aside in the fridge.
  • Assembly
  • Once the cake is completely cool, pour the cooled down caramel sauce in the middle of the bun then cover with the whip cream. Drizzle remaining caramel sauce on top with the chunks of flake bars.


  1. You can use other chocolate that you like, I've tried Malteser and Twix
  2. Sour cream and yogurt work well in this cake, although I like the result with yogurt better.
  3. For a vegan version: replace the cream with plant-based cream for the Chantilly cream and the caramel, replace the butter with Nuttelex, the flake bars with vegan chocolate bars and use my vegan chocolate cake recipe here.
  4. For tips on preventing your bundt cake from sticking, please read this post.
I’ve been craving for chocolate cake, and I wanted to make one that wouldn’t make me feel as guilty as my normal recipe but still taste as great. 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 ????

If you don’t have any dietary restrictions, feel free to use large eggs and buttermilk and omit the vinegar. I used chickpea flour instead of eggs and oat milk instead of buttermilk. If you don’t have a bundt pan, you can bake this pan in a 23x33cm brownie pan too, just need to reduce baking time to 35 minutes! Is there anything not to love yet?!?!

The recipe below has notes and written as detailed as possible to help you get the best result. As usual, bundt cake baking best practices are recommended to prevent getting your cake stuck in the pan. Grease your pan well and dust with flour, or in this case cocoa powder because flour leaves white spots on the cake. If you’re not fussed about the white spots, please feel free to use flour as normal. Finally, use a plate to cover the pan for 10 minutes after removing it from the oven. Invert onto a cooling rack and cool completely before starting the glaze. The glaze was made from Valrhona Amatika, which is a vegan chocolate. The glaze is the same glaze I used for my sachertorte recipe. I made a sugar syrup then poured that into the chocolate. I then mixed it until it cools and thickens slightly then drizzle on top of cake. Let it set slightly before finishing with the chocolate shavings. Then you’re ready to serve.

If you make this recipe, tag me using on social media or use #mrsfancypantsrecipes or #mrsfancypantsbakes so I can see them! If you have other questions or comments, please feel free to use the comments section below. Now time to get your whisk out and give this recipe a try! I promise you won’t regret it. Happy baking!!!

Difficulty: Medium

Best Chocolate Cake

Makes 1 x 10-cup bundt


1 x 33x23cm brownie pan


    For the cake:
  • For the glaze and decoration


0/8 Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 170C. Mix the milk with vinegar and let stand for 15 minutes. Grease bundt pan with oil and dust with cocoa powder. If not using a bundt, see notes.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bi-carb soda. Mix in salt and sugar. Make a well in the center.
  • Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and mix until smooth. Whisk in the boiling coffee. The batter will be runny, so don't worry.
  • Pour the batter in the pan and bake for 65 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and cover with a plate. Leave for 10 minutes.
  • Remove plate and gently pull the sides of the cake away from the pan. Invert the cake onto a cooling rack and it should slide out easily. Cool completely.
  • Make the glaze only when your cake has cooled. In a small sauce pan, mix together water and sugar. Bring to the boil, and keep boiling for 3 minutes. Take off from heat and let cool until the bubbling subsides.
  • Slowly pour the sugar syrup on the chocolate and mix with a wooden spoon until glossy. Keep stirring until the mix thickens and cools slightly. If it becomes too thick add 1 teaspoon of hot water at a time until your desired consistency.
  • Drizzle the glaze on top of the cake and leave until the glaze stops dripping. Sprinkle with shaved chocolate and serve.


  1. If you have no dietary restrictions, you can use buttermilk and omit the vinegar.
  2. Any vinegar will do.
  3. 2 chickpea eggs is 2 tbsp chickpea flour mixed with 2 tbsp water. If you're not after a vegan recipe, you can use 2 large eggs instead.
  4. Any oil will do, just keep in mind that strong flavored oils will lend a hint of its flavor to the cake.
  5. If you're using a rectangular pan, simply grease the pan and line with baking paper. Bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

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. I’m sure the younger generation can’t imagine what life must have been life before Facebook or Instagram or Tik Tok, but the recipe I’m sharing with you today pre-dates social media. It became famous all over the world that they kept the recipe in a vault–or so the story goes.

My recipe has been adapted from the recipe published on Hotel Sacher’s website, Hotel Sacher is a world famous hotel in Austria. It was built by Eduard Sacher, the son of pastry chef Franz Sacher who developed the cake recipe. The cake is made of a generous helping of apricot jam sandwiched between two sponge cakes and covered with a shiny chocolate glaze. There are plenty of recipes out there, most of them have almond meal, but I’m a stickler for tradition, so I went straight to the source and worked on that recipe.

I tried the sachertorte at Hotel Sacher in Salzburg. Pictured above is Mirabell garden in Salzburg.

The sponge cake is a chocolate genoise, meaning the recipe does not use a chemical leavener. Egg whites are used to give the cake height, so it’s important to gently fold them in. The generous apricot jam helps moisten this otherwise dry chocolate cake, and the chocolate glaze also protects it from further drying out. A word of caution, cool down the cake before even starting the glaze. The glaze sets quickly and will form a skin if left out too long, so it’s best to make it when the cake is ready to be glazed. You don’t need fancy piping techniques, just an offset spatula. Oh and try not to move the cake until the glaze is completely set, otherwise you will get cracks, just like mine below. The glaze should set in a couple of hours in room temperature or an hour if chilled.

Again, this is a very basic recipe, quite easy to follow and make at home, so please, if you are just starting off baking cakes, give this one a try. The cake is traditionally served with a big helping of whipped cream, but my recipe calls for white chocolate chantilly cream. However, vanilla ice cream also pairs well with this cake. Or just have it as is with coffee is great too.

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Finally, like I said, if you’re looking for a super moist chocolate cake, this is not the recipe for it. But this is delicious and easy to make with no frosting involved. Below is a photo of the original sachertorte that I had in Salzburg, and next to it is my homemade version, finished in 2 hours. I enjoy it by itself with coffee, and I didn’t find it too dry at all. Let me know what you think if you give this recipe a try. If you post photos, feel free to use #mrsfancypantsrecipes or tag, this helps me see your creations and gives me feedback on what recipes I should post. If you also have any questions, comment below and I’ll make sure to respond. That’s it for my sachertorte recipe. Again, if you’re after a simple, delicious and quick cake recipe, don’t wait any longer. Preheat your ovens and bake away! Happy baking!

Difficulty: Easy


Makes 1 x 24cm cake


    For the cake:
  • For the glaze:
  • For the white chocolate cream


0/12 Instructions
  • Place milk, chocolate and sugar in a small heatproof bowl and place on top of a pot with simmering water, making sure the water doesn't touch the bottom your bowl. Once chocolate is melted, take the bowl of the heat then mix in the cream. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 170C. Greases and line a 24cm cake pan.
  • In a medium bowl, make a meringue by whisking the egg whites and sugar together on medium until glossy. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add yolks one at a time mixing after each addition. Add warm melted chocolate. Fold in flour then fold in meringue.
  • Pour batter into the cake pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely. Remove from the pan and cut in half so that you have a sandwich. Place the halves on a cooling rack, cut part facing up.
  • Warm the apricot jam until smooth. Using a palette knife or brush, spread the jam onto the cut side of each layer of the cake. Put the cake back together like before, the jam should be in between the cake sandwiches. Place the cake on a rack and put a tray underneath the rack. Set aside.
  • In a small sauce pan, mix together water and sugar. Bring to the boil, and keep boiling for 5 minutes. Take off from heat and let cool for 2 minutes until the bubbling subsides.
  • Slowly pour the sugar syrup on the chocolate and mix with a wooden spoon until glossy. Keep stirring until the mix thickens and cools slightly. If it becomes too thick just use an offset spatula to spread it.
  • Cover the whole cake with the glaze, use an offset spatula if the glaze is too thick. Leave the cake to set until the chocolate glaze is hard. If you move or touch the cake at this stage it will crack. You can place the rack in the fridge of you want it to set faster.
  • When you're ready to serve, whisk the white chocolate cream until stiff. Place in a piping bag with a large star nozzle.
  • Dip the blade of a knife in hot water and cut cake slices. Pipe the white chocolate cream on the side.

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. Less sweet, and easy to put together but still delicious, moist and pretty. Perfect with a cup of tea or an espresso martini!

When I make this cake, I like to use whole hazelnuts and roast them then grind them in a food processor. You can use store-bought hazelnut meal for your cake, if you can find it in your local grocery store. I use real hazelnut paste with no sugar added, these are sold in specialty baking stores, but I’ve also used Nutella and it worked too. If you don’t want to use alcohol, you can substitute 50 mL of strong coffee or espresso.

You can make this cake as simple or as special as you want, I recommend finishing it with the crunchy pearls or chopped hazelnuts for texture but a few ideas if you don’t want to bother with making a ganache:

  • You can serve the cake by itself with just a dusting of cocoa powder.
  • You can top with Chantilly cream then dust with cocoa powder.
  • You can whip some cream and icing sugar together then fold in some cocoa powder to make a chocolate cream.

If you bake this cake, make sure you let me know what you think in the comments section below or tag on your social media post! Happy baking everyone!

Difficulty: Easy

Hazelnut Chocolate Cake

Makes 1 x 20cm cake


  • Dark Chocolate Ganache


0/8 Instructions
    Make the ganache:
  • Chop chocolate and dice butter. Place in a medium bowl.
  • Bring the cream to the boil and pour on top of the dark chocolate and butter. Let stand for 2 minutes then stir vigorously until smooth and glossy. Set aside until fully set.
  • Optional step: If you want your ganache to be lighter. Whip the set ganache with a hand mixer or in your stand mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Make the cake:
  • Preheat oven to 170C. Line a 20cm cake tin.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix brown butter, sugar, salt, frangelico and hazelnut paste.
  • Add eggs one at a time, incorporating well after each addition. Pour into lined cake tin and bake for 30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove cake from oven and let cool on a rack for 30 minutes. Remove cake from tin and cool down completely. This will take about 1 more hour.
  • Using an offset spatula, dollop and spread the ganache on top of the cake. If you're feeling fancy, you can choose to use a piping tip. Sprinkle with crunchy pearls or chopped hazelnuts.


  1. Hazelnut paste is sold in specialty shops, but I have tested this with Nutella, and it works as well, its just has a stronger chocolate flavour.
  2. Callebaut also has crunchy pearls, and both Valrhona and Callebaut are sold in specialty shops, however, chopped hazelnuts can also be used as a replacement.
  3. If you don't feel like making chocolate ganache, don't fret, top the cake with some chocolate cream by whipping 1 cup cream and 2tbsp icing sugar until medium then folding in some sifted cocoa powder.

I’ve been covered in desiccated coconut over the last few weeks, and I find them in every nook and cranny of my kitchen. Why? Because I wanted to experiment with different flavoured lamingtons and when I started, I just couldn’t stop!

When I go down these baking rabbit holes, I have a base recipe I work with. And today I’m sharing my recipe for this Aussie beloved mini cake and bakery staple. I hope you give it a try. My base cake is a vanilla sponge, I use dark chocolate for the ganache and dust with fine desiccated coconut.

Make sure eggs, milk and butter are room temperature. And if you’re wondering where the jam is, that’s for another recipe, because if you’re new to making these beauties, it could be a little overwhelming. So I thought, best to keep it simple and you can move up to a different flavour after your first try! I am going to be honest before you move ahead, if you’re not an avid baker and cook, this is a bit of work.

So how do you make lamingtons?

First, you need a really good cake base. I use a sponge cake as my base and it’s buttery and yummy. Actual vanilla pods or a high quality vanilla paste will help you get the best vanilla taste.

Second, you need patience. There’s a lot of waiting around, because you should never work with a hot cake straight from the oven. Let it cool down completely before you do anything else with it, then when it’s cool enough, you cut it and freeze it for 30 minutes so the cake is easier to handle and doesn’t crumble when you start covering it in ganache.

Third, you need persistence. It takes a little practice to get into the groove, don’t give up on your first try because these are so much better than store-bought lamingtons. The extra effort will all be worth it in the end when you take that first bite!

Lastly, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the recipe, feel free to spread the preparation time between two days, there is no pressure making everything in one day. You can bake the cake and cut the squares first then freeze it overnight and assemble the next day. Most of all, have fun! Baking is a lot of work, and if you don’t love it and have fun with it, it will feel like work. So just remember to smile and play some music while you make these scrumptious treats!

Australia Day Classic Lamingtons

Difficulty: Medium

Classic Lamingtons

Makes 12


    Chocolate Ganache:
Almond sponge:
  • Coating


0/7 Instructions
    Make the ganache:
  • Place the dark chocolate in a bowl. In a small pot, bring the milk for the ganache to the boil then pour on top of chocolate. Let sit for 2 minutes then stir until smooth and glossy. Set aside to cool down.
  • Make the sponge:
  • Preheat oven to 180C (no fan). Grease and line a 23cmx33cm (9inx13in) cake tin. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes on med-high speed. Meanwhile in a medium bowl sift together flour, almond meal, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  • When the sugar and butter are light and fluffy, add the eggs one at a time, incorporating each time. Turn the mixer down to low-med speed then alternately add the flour mix and the milk ending with the flour mix. Pour batter into the pan and bake until the cake springs back and a skewer comes out clean (about 45mins).
  • Remove the cake from oven and cool down. When cake is completely cooled, cut the cake into 12 equal squares then place in the freezer for 30mins.
  • Assembly:
  • Pour 1/3 of the ganache onto a shallow tray. Place the coconut in another tray.
  • Remove the lamington pieces from the freezer, place them on the flat surface of chocolate, and spoon chocolate over the top and down the sides.
  • After letting the chocolate drip slightly, use an offset spatula to carefully transfer onto the coconut tray and coat the lamingtons in coconut. Keep refrigerated in a sealed container until ready to serve.


Who doesn’t love a good chocolate cake? But 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! My dairy-free, flourless chocolate cake is made from Valrhona Guanaja 70% but you can use any good quality baking chocolate like Callebaut 811 which is also lactose-free. Most baking dark chocolates are dairy-free, but if in doubt, just check the label. A good thing to note when checking ingredients, is that cocoa butter is a lactose-free product.

Another dairy-free ingredient is Nuttelex buttery, which I used in place of butter. Nuttelex is a vegan, lactose-free butter alternative here in Australia, but if you don’t have Nuttelex in your local store, you can use any dairy-free margarine or coconut oil. I prefer using coconut oil because it tastes great, but of course your cake will have a hint of coconut. So for this recipe, I decided to use Nuttelex buttery.

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I love this chocolate cake because it’s easy to whip up and to decorate. It’s great to take to pot lucks and also a nice grown-up birthday cake. I love serving this with raspberry or coconut sorbet, and when I have time, I make my own using Gelato Messina’s recipe, which I will share here when I find extra time. It’s a great recipe and works so well! If you can have dairy, feel free to pair this with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, and it’s absolutely delicious too. There’s only one thing you could do to mess up this super easy cake, and that is too leave it in the oven for too long. The last thing you want is to dry this out, so make sure you set a timer and check on the cake 10 minutes before it’s meant to be done, especially if you’re oven runs hot. Cool down on the kitchen bench for 15 minutes then transfer to the fridge to set completely for at least an hour.

If you try this recipe, let me know how you went by leaving a comment below or tagging me on social media. I’m always excited to see your work and always keen to answer any questions.

Happy new year everyone and thank you for all your support last year, cheers to the future of Mrs.Fancypants!

Difficulty: Easy

Dairy-free Flourless Chocolate Cake

Makes 1 x 20cm cake


  • Toppings:


0/5 Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 170C. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper.
  • Melt the chocolate and butter together and whisk until smooth. Set aside to cool down. Meanwhile, in the bowl of your stand mixer or with a hand mixer, whip egg whites and sugar together until stiff peaks.
  • When the chocolate is cooled down to room temperature, add the egg yolks one by one, incorporating well before each addition. Sift the cocoa powder and mix until smooth.
  • Carefully fold in the meringue in 3 additions into the cake batter. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 30 minutes. The cake should feel set but still soft in the centre. When you shake it, it should jiggle a little in the centre. Do not over bake or the cake will dry out.
  • Cool down on a rack for 15 minutes then move to the fridge for 1 hour to completely set. To serve, take out of the cake pan and peel off the baking paper. Sprinkle cocoa powder on top and decorate with berries and edible flowers, if using. Serve with a scoop of coconut or raspberry sorbet.


  • Nuttelex Buttery is actually margarine but I use this brand because the taste is not like other margarines. You can also opt for coconut oil and other dairy-free butter substitutes.
  • Pure cocoa powder (dutch processed or not) should be gluten-free
  • Make sure the 70% chocolate is dairy-free, I used Valrhona Guanaja 70% but there are plenty of good quality baking chocolate that are dairy-free too, like Ghirardelli & Callebaut.