Kiai! Cooking for a Karate Cake Stall

This weekend was kinda crazy. Our weekends of late have involved the ordinary –  washing, cooking, cleaning.  Not this weekend.  Karate family fun day and a swim & dinner with good friends on Saturday, swimming lessons and a family lunch on Sunday.

Squidge’s karate academy  was celebrating their 10th anniversary and as part of the fun day were holding a cake stall.  I love cake stalls.  A few years ago I helped at a friend’s school fete.  I was amazed at the number of people who wanted to buy from the cake stall and who would interrogate us to ensure that the fodder on offer was, in fact, home-made.

For this cake stall I decided to make Karate Bread Men, using ninjabread men cutters that my good friend Jo gave me for Christmas last year and chocolate brownies.  I got the recipes for both from the primary school our boys go to.

Bruce made gingerbread men in kindy last year and brought home the recipe (thanks Mrs Lake!).  It’s delish:


1 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 egg

3 tablespoons golden syrup

75g butter, melted

Here’s how:

Combine flour, baking powder, brown sugar and spices mix together.  Add beaten egg, melted butter and golden syrup.  Stir until combined.  Turn on to a lightly floured board, knead lightly.  Roll out until thickness required. Cut with cutter.  Cook at 180 C – 200 C for 12 minutes or until golden.

Karate Bread Men - with M&Ms for the different coloured belts













Chocolate Brownies

There’s something about a 10th anniversary that makes people think cooking.  This recipe comes from a cookbook produced to celebrate this anniversary of our primary school.  Warning – it’s heart attack material.  Warning –  it’s easy to make.  Therefore tempting to make often.  See first warning.


200g butter

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

200g 70% dark chocolate

300g white sugar

125g plain flour

Here’s How:

Pre-heat oven to 180 C and line a lamington tray.  Melt butter and choc together in a microwave.  Whisk eggs, sugar & vanilla until the consistency of whipped cream.  Fold in chocolate mix to the egg mix with a large metal spoon.  Sift & fold in flour.  The mixture will still look runny – this is fine.  Pour into tin and bake in oven for 30 minutes.  The top will crack and the skewer will come out with some mix on it when you check – this is correct.  Cut in to squares and serve warm with ice cream (to really ensure you have a heart attack) or cold.  Or straight out of the tray.  STOP, this is for a fundraising event.  Don’t eat it!!


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