Kia Ora from New Zealand!
We have spent 1 1/2 beautiful weeks here in Aotearoa, touring from Tauranga, through Rotorua, Taupo, and Napier, crossing the islands by ferry and ending our journey in Christchurch.
Although a lot of the hotels and motels come with small, well-stocked kitchenettes, I have to say the only cooking I’ve done is to put a slice of bread in the toaster!
But of course, we have made time for cake along the way!
Hot cross buns over Easter weekend:
– in sulphuric, stunning but very smelly Rotorua –
Tuesday last week was my dad’s birthday, we bought him a gooey caramel slice cake and couldn’t help but top it with candles!
Big slices enjoyed with a beach view, on the seafront in Napier.
A 350km drive to Wellington definitely called for a midday cake-stop. Would you believe we have stopped in this cake shop on our past 2 trips as well – two and six years ago! The Olde Plum Duff tearooms in Shannon.
What seems to be a Kiwi classic – lolly cake.
The best way to describe it is quite dense and fudgy, with big chunks of bright squishy sweets, kind of like firm marshmallows, and rolled in desiccated coconut. Yummy! I will have to look up the recipe for this when we get back.
A lot of the bakeries also sell another classic from this region – Lamingtons, although they do originate from neighbouring Australia. I didn’t manage to try one on this trip, but maybe next time…
The cake shop is set in the middle of a tiny little town called Shannon, half an hour or so outside Palmerston North. There are a lot of small one-street towns in NZ, and Shannon is no exception, but really very pretty nonetheless.
And the piece de resistance – the reason for our travel to NZ, my brothers wedding in Christchurch this weekend.
The wedding was held at a lovely little venue on the outskirts, called Sharvin Lodge. How nice to be able to hold the ceremony outside!
The wedding cake was fab and perfect for the autumn theme – how amazing are those fondant leaves.
And the loveliest part? There was a mini cake for everyone to have there or take away with them, such a nice idea.
So we leave New Zealand later today with some fantastic memories, next stop LA!