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I love to cook, I've always loved to cook.

As a young girl, my time was spent reading the cookbooks that mum kept in the bottom kitchen drawer. Always looking for a new recipe to try, a new food idea. Many weekends were spent making rainbow cakes with as many colours as possible – have you seen my Instagram, not much has changed, and looking for recipes that I could cook using what was available in the cupboard or from the vegetable garden.

At the aged of about 16, I remember stating that I wanted to leave the farm and travel the world. This would be followed by retiring by about 30 and moving back to South Gippsland to grow vegetables and cook. From 16 fast forward 20 years and I returned, starting Jacican Food Studio in Mirboo North, Gippsland where I grow vegetables and cook. This blog is where I share my food adventure.


Let's flashback to a past Kids in the Kitchen and my helpers.

A recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes from Jacican

The Assistant and his friends popped over to help, just the other day. I think they were hungry so I let them make their own chocolate cupcakes, filled with goodies like berries, marshmallows, choc chips and nuts. I didn't need to do a thing.

This is the recipe I let the kids make in Kids in the Kitchen cooking classes.

Chocolate cupcakes


  • 180 grams butter
  • 390 grams castor sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 105 grams cocoa
  • 450 grams flour
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 250 ml milk


Measure out the ingredients. Firstly the butter, followed by the flour. At Jacican I teach the kids to measure out the dry ingredients straight into the sifter (saving the dishes).

Measuring out the butter  Sift and weigh out the flour 

And the cocoa. Now refer back to the recipe as we all need to be able to read a cookbook in later life.

Sift the cocoa  Always read the recipe carefully! 

Cream the butter and sugar together, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Pulling a funny face as you crack the eggs, is part of making a tasty cake.

Beat the butter and sugar together  Add the eggs 

Beat the eggs well into the butter mixer. Add the sifted flour and cocoa alternately with the milk about a third at a time. Then mix the cake batter together well.

Beat the eggs in well  Add the flour alternately with the milk 

Add the flour alternately with the milk again  Add the flour alternately with the milk yet again 

Now for the fun. You can add whatever filling you like to the cupcakes. At Jacican I let the kids have marshmallows, choc chips, berries, nuts and what every else that can be mixed into a cupcake I can find in the pantry.

The kids deciding what to add to their cupcakes   The kids filling their cupcakes at Jacican 


Adding raspberries

"Mmm, I think I'll use raspberries."

Place in a 180 C oven for about 125 minutes or until cooked. Get one of the older, taller kids to do this.

Putting the cupcakes in the oven  Cooked cupcakes

If you are lucky (but not this time) you then get to decorate your cupcake in a Kids in the Kitchen cupcake decorating class.

Please note that all staff have undergone "Working with Children Checks".

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