47. Scotland – Strawberry Vanilla Scones

Scones originally came from Scotland in the 1500’s according to Webster’s Dictionary. They were originally made of oats and griddle baked. There’s two ways to pronounce it – skon vs skoon and there is debate about whether the name is derived from a Dutch word ‘schoonbrot’ which means beautiful bread or from the Stone of…

38. Mexico – Chocolate, cinnamon and chilli cake

Well after an almost 2 year hiatus, Around the World in 80 plates is back! Life got super busy and while this blog was always on my list of ‘things to do’, it inevitably got pushed down the priority list which was a real shame as I love doing it! But I’ve recently made some…

36. New Zealand – Sour Cream Plum Cake

Today was Waitangi Day in New Zealand, so that means a day off work. It was a gorgeous sunny day so we made the most of it and went on a picnic. It is Black Doris plum season at the moment too, so I made a yummy sour cream plum cake to make the most…

32. New Zealand – Christmas Cake

Festive cakes have apparently been made for over 2000 years, however today’s Christmas cake as we know it came about in the 17th century. It was a bread-like cake made with expensive dried fruit, nuts, candied peel and wine and was part of Twelth Night celebrations. The legendary Mrs Beeton printed the first Christmas cake…

31. England – Parkin Cake

Today is Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes night as we call it here in New Zealand, so I made some Parkin, a traditional cake from Yorkshire, England that is eaten on Bonfire Night. The cake is like a ginger bread, but contains oatmeal and molasses. I first came across Parkin Cake when I lived in the…

30. USA – Halloween Cupcakes and Cake

Halloween is obviously a US tradition, but I think every year it seems to get more popular here in New Zealand. I think it’s kinda fun for the littlies to get dressed up, not so sure about the teenagers that don’t even bother and go around demanding treats! When my kids are a bit older…

Even more cake – purple ombre sprinkle cake

Amidst the cake frenzy of the last few days, was Cake Fix’s birthday! Couldn’t let it pass without making her a cake.  So I made a purple ombre layer cake using this recipe. And colouring the inside with Wilton violet gel. Which made for a lovely surprise when we cut into the cake 🙂 Then…

Let them eat cake…

Well as the title says, this week is all about cake (to be fair most weeks are, but this one in particular!) ‘Cake week’ started last Saturday when Cake Fix and I attended the most gorgeous Ruffle Cake class, run by Rachael from Made From Scratch. Rachael showed us how to make a Vanilla layer cake,…

25. Syria – Ma’amoul (Date Pastries)

Happy Eid-ul-Fitr! Eid celebrates the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. A holiday that is spread over three days, it is customary for families to get together and exchange gifts for the children and eat delicious food! We travelled in the Middle East right through Ramadan a few years ago, and it…

24. New Zealand – Lemon Poppyseed Mini Loaves

Being the middle of winter here in New Zealand, there are loads of juicy lemons going free at the moment, and I nabbed some from the in-laws beach house out on the Awhitu Peninsula. Last week I had a mega baking marathon, and I distributed the results among some family and friends 🙂 I’ve got some new…