• You won't want to miss this!


    Hello and Happy Friday!!

    It's been the quite the week. I've flown back from the quickest of trips to Australia, for my mother's 70th. Simple Cake made the New York Times Top 12 Spring Cookbooks, Yahoo!!! And wait, it just gets better... tonight at my favorite book store, Books Are Magic, I will be talking all things Simple Cake, with my favorite blogger Joanna Goddard from Cup of Jo.

    If you're in New York come!!! 7.30pm. 225 Smith St, Brooklyn 11231. 

    Be there or be square!

    Odette xx

  • Sunday Night with Simple Cake

    I'm procrastinating making dinner, but when I get this post done, I think I'll grill skirt steak and serve it with my green olive chimichurri, roast some homemade chippies and Ned just asked for my Mexican corn with cotija. He calls it "cheesy corn". I'll definitely sip on a glass of Malbec as I cook. And if I could have a slice of cake for dessert, I'd finish it off with my Milk & Honey Cake with a dollop of Honey Whipped Cream from Simple Cake. Hell yeah I would ! Hope this inspires you if you're in Sunday night dinner limbo.

    Hope you all have a great week guys!

    photo: Nicole_Franzen

    It has been so rewarding getting all these lovely messages from people baking from my book. Here was my favorite from today.

    “Last night my kid asked for cake for a little party today! He picked out lemon yogurt cake, raspberry lemon curd and marshmallow frosting and I was able to make it ALL with no stress in one night! I’m so in love with your cookbook, the mix and match aspect makes it perfect for a non cook such as myself...I feel like finally, FINALLY, after years of buying cookbooks and making 10% of the recipes, that I’ve found a trusted and true bible, ready in cake for any and all occasion!!! Thank you!!!!!!!”

    No THANK YOU @feliceeva



  • CHOCOLATE! Now That I Have Your Attention...

    Happy Friday Friends!

    I hope this baking triptych gets you in the mood to bake this weekend. The Chocolate Creme Anglaise and Chocolatey Chocolate Cake recipes are here on the blog. Both can be banged out in no time, and if you wanted to smother one with the other, I'd fully support that decision.

    If you're looking for something to watch while you double down on chocolate, checkout Free Solo or Roma . After seeing Roma, I'm wanting to get back to Mexico City asap, but in the meantime, I'll go to the Frida Kahlo exhibition. 

    Simple Cake is off to races, and I pumped to say it's #1 in Baking Desserts on Amazon. If you haven't grabbed a copy, now is the time to make your loved one's bellies happy.

    Odette x


    photos: Hallie Burton

  • Simple Cake Cookbook Trailer

    Ladies!!!! It's our day!! 

    Happy International Women's Day to you all.

    I'm super excited as NEXT WEEK my third child, Simple Cake hits shelves. I've been working away at this book trailer and a few other cutdown's with a group of very amazing women over the last month. I hope you enjoy it, and it gets you in the mood to get your cake game on.

    Because let's be honest.. it's cake and women that make life a whole lot sweeter.

    Odette x

    ps. Order now because the wait is over!!


  • A Delightful Coconut & Cardamom Cake

    I know I’m a week late, but can we just debrief about the Oscars before I get to talking about the Coconut & Cardamom Cake you should be baking this weekend? Rami Malek. Wow. Not only is he wonderful in Bohemian Rhapsody, his energy and demeanor at the Oscars was palpable. He exuded the joy. And as a voyeur to the moment, I felt so, so happy for him. I’m sure his road to this moment was full of no’s and rejections, so kudos to him for having stamina and  belief. He was childlike and unapologetic in his delight, and it was lovely to watch.

    Speaking of delight… why don’t you give this  delightfully easy cake a spin on Saturday or Sunday? It’s wonderful for morning or afternoon tea. No fancy equipment needed: two bowls and a wooden spoon or whisk and you’ve got this. It’s got two of my favorite flavors, coconut, and not too much cardamom. It’s moist, so can be simply dusted generously with confectioners’ sugar, like all my cakes in Simple Cake.  Something white and whipped on the side never hurts. If you don’t have coconut milk in the pantry, just sub in full-cream milk and it will still turn out a treat. I’ve also thrown in various baking pan sizes just in case because I want you to have cake this weekend so we can be as happy as Malek.

    Photos: Hallie Burton


    Coconut & Cardamom Cake

    Makes one 8 by 2- inch round cake Preparation: 20 minutes. Or see other pan sizes and bake times below.



    1 cup (130g) all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    ¼ teaspoon salt 
     ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
    1 cup (70g) fine dried shredded unsweetened coconut
    ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
    2 eggs, at room temperature
    ⅔ cup (160ml) well-stirred unsweetened coconut milk
    8 tablespoons (1 stick/115g) unsalted butter, melted


    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 by 2-inch round pan with butter, line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper, and grease the paper. Alternatively, grease the pan and dust with coconut, shaking off any excess.

    Place a large sifter or a sieve in a large mixing bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and cardamom and sift.

    Add the coconut and sugar to the flour mixture and whisk to combine.

    In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and coconut milk.

    Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

    Finally, add the melted butter and stir until smooth.

    Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, and the cake bounces back when lightly pressed.

    Remove the cake from the oven and let it stand for 10 minutes. Run a butter knife around the cake to gently release. Peel off the parchment paper from the sides. Invert the cake, peel off the bottom piece of parchment paper, and cool on a wire rack. Dust generously with confectioners’ sugar. 

    Try these other pan options

    One 9 by 5- inch loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes.

    One 8 by 3- inch Bundt pan. Bake for 30 minutes.

    One 10 ½ by 7 ½-inch rectangular ceramic dish. Bake for 30 minutes.

    One 12- cup cupcake pan (fill liners two- thirds full). Bake for 17 to 20 minutes. One 48- cup or two 24- cup mini cupcake pans (fill the liners half full). 

    Bake for 12 to 14 minutes.

    Tip: You can double this recipe when it’s party time - just use a 10-15-cup Bundt pan.




  • Super Bowl Weekend Essentials: Chili & Cake!

    I’ve been on a high all week. Last Sunday we shot the Simple Cake book promo and it was an absolute blast! I dusted off that acting degree of mine, and married those performance skills with my baking ones. It was a sweet moment for me personally because it was a culmination of twenty years of work. Now I just have to figure out how to do it more! I can’t wait to share the footage with you, and I hope it inspires you to bake with abandon. 
    I’m in Sundance with Nick this weekend (scratch my eyes out) and will be tuning into the Super Bowl on Sunday. I’m wanting to see terrific Tom have yet another victory. I usually make this Chili. Start it Sunday morning so it’s good to go at kickoff. But if football doesn’t float your boat, Roma is exquisite, and this Alexander McQueen documentary is apparently amazing. And if you pre-order Simple Cake you’ll receive my Lovely Lemon Loaf Cake recipe that’s a crowd pleaser and an advance peek inside the book!
    Have a great weekend!