About Me

Baking is my passion, a passion best shared with others.


I’m in my mid 20’s, live in Sydney, Australia and love to cook and share the food that my husband and I make. Although I have many favourite foods which I cook often, I also love trying new food out as well as cooking new food and best of all trying something fantastically tasty at a restaurant and then searching the net and finding a great recipe to replicate it at home.

This is one of the reasons I have started this blog. I now visit quite a few food blogs, since my work friend introduced them to me and thought this would be a great way for me to share my cooking adventures with those who have inspired me, including family, friends and other food bloggers.

I love chocolate (I know everyone admits to that quite quickly), cake, biscuits and deserts (self saucing puddings and soft centred puddings – yum)!! I do also love savoury food – it’s not all sweets for me. My bookshelf is full of cookbooks (mainly sweet ones), food magazines and my university science textbooks – which you will be happy to hear, I do not use when cooking.

I hope you enjoy my food blog, please feel free to leave a comment, or contact me at anita [at] leaveroomfordessert [dot] com

I wish you all wonderful cooking, baking and eating! And remember, always leave room for dessert…



  1. Sarah Z says:

    is your brownie recipe on your blog! i couldn’t find it but wanted to comment about it!

  2. Anita says:

    Hi Sarah
    Just added the brownie recipe, now you’ll be able to go on and see it! Glad you like it so much, I tend to use the recipe quite a bit too 🙂

  3. Lisa K says:

    Excellent Website Anita… Can’t wait to use some of these recipes when i have the chance!!!!

  4. Penny says:

    I love your recipes! I am going to make the White Chocolate Honeycomb mudcake tonight for my daughters 1st birthday!
    I love that you are putting up your favourite recipes along with your own comments. I love cooking too and love sharing my favourite recipes with all my friends.
    Did you try the snickers brownie that was in Food Ideas back in May as well?

  5. Anita says:

    Hi Penny
    Good Luck with the White Chocolate Honeycomb mud cake – it’s fantastic! Thanks, glad you like the recipes – perhaps you too will start up a food blog (I checked out the girlygadgets blog there are some very cute products on there ) 😉
    I haven’t tried the snickers brownie… yet… have you tried it? I have been recommended the toblerone biscuits from that issue, so they are on my list of things to make.
    Thanks for visiting!

  6. Penny says:

    Hi Anita,
    I did try it…twice in the week I bought the magazine. It is very nice but very rich. I ended up only putting in 2/3rds of the chocolate in the second time. I have been wanting to try the Toblerone biscuits as well. I make the Mrs Feilds cookies quite often. Would you like me to share any of her recipes with you?

  7. Anita says:

    Hi Penny
    Wow, it must be good if you’ve made it twice in one week 🙂 If you have a favourite cookie recipe or any other great recommendations, I’d be very grateful if you’d share them with me 😛
    Thanks heaps

  8. michelle says:

    Hi anita, i found you on richard ffichiban’s website. I was the tupperware demonstrator at Sheryl’s recent tupperware party.
    Glad to know that you love tupperware. Would you be interested in a party for yourself? This month would be a great month to hold your party as there is up to $500 worth of free tupperware avaiable to hosts with qualifying sales!
    Just one question I wanted to ask, seeing that you put up lots of recipes. My son has an egg allergy, I’d like to know what can I use to substitute for eggs if i’m trying to make a cake??

  9. Auntie Liz says:

    Hi Anita,
    I remembered you had a blog with recipes when I started looking for some recipes for cumquats, as my neighbour has a tree that is dripping with them. The cockys are having a ball (but also making an awful mess) with them.
    It’s getting a bit late for me to discover all there is on your blog….but maybe when I get back from Canberra I’ll have more time.
    Good luck, and happy cooking…and eating, of course!

  10. Jules says:

    Hi Anita,
    I just stumbled across your site the other day looking at another recipe site of course. Your site is fantastic, so much easier to choose something to cook when it has been tried and tested…just love the pics for the more complicated recipes.
    Will be attemping the Croquembouche this week. Made the Swedish meatballs for tonight very yummy…I added a dash of soy…must be the japanese in me.
    Thanks again…

  11. Michelle says:

    Hi Anita

    I read with interest your post about the Masterchef chocolate delice. Would love to hear about your further attempt at it. I’m keen to make it myself but the correctness of the order/method for layering the buscuit base/creme brulee/chocolate cream/chocolate glaze has got me stumped. I’d love to hear if you’ve had success with it. Many thanks for your wonderful blog 🙂

  12. Devaki says:

    Hi Anita – I am so glad you stopped by on my blog http://www.weavethousandflavors.com THANK YOU! I am grateful when a fellow blogger takes the time to visit me because I am in the infant stages of blogging!

    Thanks for your kind words. You have a lovely site! I also LOVE Sydney so I am especially glad to meet Sydney bloggers (I went to Uni at UNSW)

    Keep in touch –

    Ciao, Devaki

  13. Janice says:

    Just found your web site Anita, it is fantastic! Just the type of recipes that I like to cook. A lot of them I have tried to perfect myself – especially the curries, pizza and now have a great recipe for a nice dark rich chocolate cake.
    Great to see the art of cooking is not a dying trade.
    Keep up the good work! ö¿ö

  14. Tracey says:

    Hi anita I love your site and plan to start trying some of your recipes, i especially love how you explain your experience in the making and the tips you give. In reading your bio you state you love self saucing puddings, I have a choc one that is a favorite in my family, would you like it? I’m new to blogs but assume that you have my email address so mail me let me know and I will post it to you. Keep up the great job!

  15. Holly says:

    Hello there Anita ! I came upon your web site while looking for a recipe from bills in Sydney( Ricotta pancakes ) and looked around and poof, there were more recipes and then you. Would you please help me with a question, what is “caster sugar” ? I noticed it in a few of the recipes posted here. I live in the U*S*A and I’m not certain what you are referring to.Thanks so much. Your recipes on here are yumolicious looking…wow..you are an artist!
    Best Regards,

  16. Angie says:

    Hi Anita, I am about to host my first ‘fine dining’ posh dinner party and have all courses planned but dessert… I was hoping to attempt ‘Chocolate Delish’ on the MC website and googled it and thankfully found your website with your recipe corrections! I would love your advice about whether it is actually as delicious as it sounds and is it worth all the work? What would you say is your all time favourite desserts for a posh dinner party??? I am lacking recipes that are tried, true & tested and am desperate to impress! Thanks so much for your time and good work on a wonderful website! Angie

  17. Gavin says:


    I had a piece of your V8 cake today (a little piece as Nick was saving the other half for himself). It was amazing! Have to get my wife to give it a go!…

    Thanks for sharing Nick.



  18. monikucha says:

    Your blog is amazing. I`m sure, I`ll try some of your recipes 🙂 Cheers from Monika from Poland 🙂

  19. Asmaa says:

    I love your blog. Try some of the resepie, wonderful. Thanks Anita for your generousity of sharing.

  20. Carol says:

    Hi Anita,

    I recently stumbled across your blog and am loving all the gorgeous recipes! Thanks so much for sharing.. the more I read, the more recipes I find for things I love to eat, and can now try to make at home.. so thank you!! 😀

  21. Paula says:

    Hi Anita, my daughter’s 24th birthday on 13 Aug and I would like to take her to have the best desserts in Sydney, we live in the East. Can you tell me where to go?
    thank you, Paula

  22. Panda says:

    Hi Anita,
    like you,I’m also a very slim young woman who lives in Sydney and absolutely loves cooking,baking and trying different cuisines and flavour profiles.I especially love making cakes,tarts,pastries and desserts,taking basic recipes and putting my own spin on them,creating something which is pleasant to my palate(and,thankfully,everybody elses’-so far).
    Lately,I’ve taken to remaking great desserts which I’ve enjoyed around Sydney,and stumbled on your blog whilst looking for a basic recipe for Ferrero Rocher(or Bon Bon Rocher gelato).I’m so glad you included the recipe from Delicious and think your blog is awesome!

  23. Janelle Wilson says:

    What a great site you have created. I’m making snowegg for my sisters birthday next week-end and feel more confident after seeing your site. Love your comments and pictures of stages. Great work, it looks like you make beautiful deserts.

  24. Anna says:

    Hi Anita, What a fabulous website you have – your recipes are just amazing and I really like your down to earth approach, well done. Just wondering if you have any ‘tried and tested’ truffle recipes – getting into the festive spirit here so am looking for delicious rum ball recipes and any others you can recommend. Thanks so much!

  25. Cass says:

    Anita – I just stumbled across your site and it is really wonderful! I am loving all your recipes and am totally with you on the whole ‘leave room for dessert’ concept!
    Thanks for the inspiration. Cass

  26. Noura says:

    Hi Anita
    I’m very exited about this site. I really liked your recipes, thankyou so much, in July I’ll visit Australia with my family, Hope it is beautiful as your site is.

  27. Hey,

    I am going to try the baci gelato! I love baking and cooking too, as my blog dictates! My latest venture is macarons. Tricky but worth it.


  28. D. says:

    What an awesome blog!
    Thanks Anita, I usually don’t look at people’s blogs much but I have really enjoyed yours.
    I am about to embark on Adriano Zumbo’s V8 cake (which is why I stumbled on your blog in the first place) and I am very grateful for all your tips.
    But now I can’t wait to try the Jocond Impriment & mousse entrements!
    Also, can you tell me what the wonderful dessert is at the top of your blog? It too looks like something that needs to be eaten at our house….
    Thanks heaps

  29. Hi Anita,

    Great Blog! I think we have a mutual friend/friend. A close friend of mine Laura went to uni with your sister ( I think thats how it goes) ? Anyways nice to meet you. That Baklava looks amazing! x

  30. ChWin says:

    Hi Anita,

    I just fond your blog last week and falling in love at the first sight.
    It is wonderfull. Thank you for sharing tips and recipes. They look delicious. I am on a beginner stage in cooking and baking. I’d like to try out some of your recipes in my kitchen too… First attempt will be your basic sugar cookies. Thanks.

    Windy Zhang

  31. Cathy Axford says:

    An amazing website – and an amazing cake you shared with us today! Thanks.

  32. Liz says:

    Wow! What a blog you have here! I’m going craving crazy just looking at it. Can’t wait to start cooking from it. 🙂

  33. Vicky Orton says:

    Hello Anita,

    I have just found your blog, I can’t wait to try some of your recipes. I have a friend coming to visit from NZ and she asked me if I knew the name of a dessert only restaurant in Sydney that opened maybe 12 months ago, also if I had heard about a very groovy lolly shop? Apparently she read about them in a foodie magazine but didn’t keep the article. I was googling for desserts/baking which is how I stumbled across your blog, a lucky find on my behalf.

    Regards Vicky

  34. Irene says:

    Hi, I have just come across your website as I was looking for a good Orange and Poppy seed cake recipe. Your’s sounds great so am going to try it. A lot of cake recipes use unsalted butter. What’s the reason for this instead of ordinary butter or margarine. It doesn’t seem to make any difference which is used or am I just not a perfectionist?

  35. Sarah says:

    So glad I found your blog – have a request from a friend to make an owl cake for her daughter’s birthday! 🙂

  36. Robyn says:

    I just found your blog.Its great!I made your pear and raspberry bread,but used a cup of blueberries instead of raspberries.It worked beautifully.I am going to try your naan bread tomorrow.

  37. Seamus says:


    You’re so gorgeous! Pity you live on the other side of the world! Do you ever come to France? Great blog. Thank you. 🙂

  38. James says:

    I have been noseying around the web for a good cheesecake recipe and came across yours – Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with Salted Peanut Caramel?! Think I’ve died and gone to heaven! Will let you know how it goes!

  39. Jo says:

    Just found your blog Anita, it’s terrific, from another Sydney sider keep it up, enjoy your cooking Looking forward to cooking some of your recipes, actually cooking the chorizo, pumpkin pasta tonight 🙂 That’s how i came to your site. Jo

  40. tizz says:

    nice èpage !!!!! hello to everyone …. Reagards

  41. Janelle says:

    I love baking too!!!! I can’t wait to try some of your baking treats!!

    The very best in all you do.
    Cheers! from Chicago

  42. Hi Anita, I’m from Brasil and i love your blog.
    Today i made a cake from your blog….”owl’s cake, was delicious and I’m very proud of mysekf and my boyfriend hauhauhauha.
    Do you have any adress online for me send to you the photos of my cake?
    SO, congrats and your blog is very nice and beautiful.

  43. Carol says:

    Hi Anita

    I am Carol from Sydney Australia, enjoying your recipes and have passed the site to my daughter.
    I made the sticky date pudding and butterscotch sauce for dessert – yum.
    My son and son in law loved it. Unfortunately my daughters are on diets so missed out. I love making desserts and spicy foods as well. I have a question to ask .. Are Graham crackers available here in Sydney Australia? I have noticed these are used in recipes. Also are these things they call biscuits similar to scones and would they be available here as well.

    Thanks for all the beautiful recipes

  44. Miranda says:

    Hello Anita,

    Wow, what a great site and indepth knowledge on the subject matter, most of all, your generiosity in sharing those recipes and the lovely pictures in the making them with the www, it sure open up my eyes and wonder how accomplish you are in the baking….. I must say how thoroughly I have enjoyed visting your site and it’s a pure pleasure to came across it by chance. I will surely return again.

    Please keep it the good work.

  45. DingDing says:

    hello Anita, It’s so nice to meet you. I’m Dinh Dinh from Viet Nam I also love baking ^^

  46. Laura says:

    Just discovered this blog and there are so many fantastic recipes. Really looking forward to trying them out. Thank you!

  47. Elma Ester Yosephine says:

    Hello, i just found this blog, and i love it!
    I love baking and cooking too. And i’m from Indonesia 😀

    just want to greet you 😀

  48. Ruth says:

    Hi Anita, took a pandemic, but finally got around to making your cinnamon scroll. Bloody brilliant. Most difficult part was finding the flour and yeast🤣
    Trust you are keeping well and safe. Ruth Lyons (still @ Garvan but working from home)

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