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.

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.