Sissa’s Birthday Treat

Today is my sister’s birthday. Sissa doesn’t think she is a good cook and doesn’t cook much. However, she makes the best pasta bake I’ve ever had, delicious enchiladas and a perfect chopped salad.

I love cooking for my sister and I miss randomly inviting her over so I can make her dinner and then sitting outside together, with a cuppa, gossiping. Last year for her birthday, I made her these Oreo cupcakes. I made them with a packaged devil’s food cake mix *gasp* with an Oreo in the base and a cream cheese frosting with Oreos crushed through it. Decorated with a mini Oreo, they were delicious.


Important things you should know about my sister:

  • She likes chili but not curry
  • She once convinced me to wear 12 cm peep toe heels with short shorts
  • If we are together and hear the song ‘I like Big Butts’ we must sing and dance to it
  • She drinks a lot of coffee and most often in the form of a mocha


So sissa I made you this mini mocha cake. Ummm…sorry that I am over 6,000km away and you won’t actually get to eat it. I promise I’ll make it again for you if you come visit me.


It’s a chocolate espresso cake with whipped cream and coffee syrup in between the layers and drizzled on top. I have leftover coffee syrup and I will think of you today as I enjoy it in my coffee.


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Hi! I’m Taryn. The Wooden Spoons is a food blog and collection of wooden spoons, recipes and stories. I’m a Canberra fan-girl with a passion for all things food. I love South East Asian food, fusion food done well and slow cooked anything. I don’t get quinoa, have a mild phobia of milk touching my skin and custard from a package freaks me out. Thanks for joining me on my cooking and food adventures.
  1. Rachel Granton Reply

    I’m lying in the spare bed at your mum and dads house tearing over this. I kept promising Jessie I would come on here to check out your birthday post but couldn’t admit to her that I was avoiding it knowing I would cry like a baby! So beautiful, I feel the distance beween you two from her everyday and I know how much this meant to her. I think you would have been impressed w our Italian birthday dinner cooked by an Aussie tonight at Kaleen shops! Loving the website! Lots of love to you Taryn and to my one and only Jessie x

  2. Sissa Reply

    Oh sissa! You made me have a cry at work, Miss you so much and love you even more :)

    • Taryn Reply


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