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Layered Red Velvet, Coffee and Chocolate Cake recipe

Just one look at this cake and I want to dive right in!

It ticks all my boxes with its combo of Nespresso Ristretto coffee, chocolate and cream cheese icing. You'll spend a bit of time making it but the response will be fabulous. Definitely a special occasion dessert.

Masterchef Runner up 2012 Julia Taylor, a Brisbane gal, created the recipe.

Layered cakes used to be a bit old hat, but have become very popular since Martha Stewart featured university student Kaitlin Flannery creating the infamous Rainbow-layered Cake.

This cake doesn't have as many layers (a time blessing) but it certainly has plate appeal. Here's how to make it.




RED VELVET CAKE: 125g unsalted butter
250g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 tbs cocoa powder
50ml red food colouring
400g plain flour (2 1/2 cups)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Pre-heat oven to 180C. Grease and line two 20cm cake tins. Cream butter and sugar until li…

Ultimate Brisbane Itinerary

Ooh, what would I do in Brisbane with a full day to myself and money no object?

Here's my wish list below.

Enter your Ultimate Itinerary for the chance to spend a day your way courtesy of the Urban List but do it by Tuesday February 27.




Disclaimer - Simply sharing food love.

Noosa International Food & Wine Festival launch at Esquire

If someone had told me I would be munching on crisp, bubbly beef tendon, barley and lamb tongue, wafer thin slices of air dried beef and kim chi for lunch I would have said probably not.

But I couldn't keep my hands away from the platters at Esquire as we mingled pre launch for the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival , to be held May 16 to 19.

It's ten years since this festival started and this year they are pulling it all out for four days of foodie mayhem.




Festival director Jim Berardo says more than 200 of the the world's most prominent chefs, winemakers, food personalities, media and foodies will gather in Noosa for the program.

This year sees two days of the popular food trails, but get in quick if you want to do these as they are sure to book out. I've done the Seafood Afloat Trail and that is a magical experience but this year I have my eyes set on the Asian Food trail.

There's plenty to excite on the program but some of my top picks are

Gala Openin…

Top cuts - just the best food news

Eat up!  Here's a round up of food news to whet your appetite.  No drooling now!

BTW - Have you tried the new Oriental Yum Cha that's opened in the former Siana site on the corner of Wickham and Brookes Street in Fortitude Valley yet?


Quick lunch bargains Smart restaurateurs looking for new ways to tempt you to dine out have brought back both the business lunch deal and quick dining options.

At Moo Moo you can enjoy two courses for just $45, lunch only, seven days a week Sono at Portside has a sushi platter for $20 per person or a three course teppanyaki for $30 per person.Bucci's express lunch gives you two courses for $29.50 or three courses for $34.50, paired with a glass of wine.Aria has a fast fresh two-course lunch in February and March for $39 including a glass of wine. Turkish delights Don't know about you, but a food tour of Turkey is so on my bucket list. World Expeditions has launched a gourmet adventure to Turkey lead bu acclaimed, Turkish-born Sydney chef,…

Chinchilla Watermelon Festival

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