I'm Mikhaela.

I quit sugar five years ago when I was pregnant with my first son. It was making me fat, sick, lethargic and miserable. It was hard, but I got there and the reward has been incredible. For me and my family.

This is a personal blog. A place that I share #refinedsugarfree recipes and other family favourites.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sticky Banana and Date Cake

Sticky Banana and Date Cake

I thought I should share this recipe because everyone deserves to eat this cake.  I don't think I have ever met anyone that could say no to a warm sticky date pudding and adding the banana seems to make this cake 100 times better. And it all came about because I had some over ripe bananas. An experiment that paid off!

date cake.jpg


  • 2 cups of pitted quality dates
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 125 grams softened butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 free range eggs at room temperature
  • 2 cups organic self-raising flour
  • 3 large ripe bananas

Sticky sauce:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 60 grams butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp thickened cream


1. Start by putting your dates in a bowl with bi carb soda. Pour boiling hot water over the top of the dates until they are just covered (around 1 & 1/2 cups water) Leave this for a few hours. (I have left them all day or over night before) 

2. Pre-heat oven to 180 C. Line a round cake tin with baking paper and rub any gaps with butter.

3. Cream butter, sugar and essence in your mixer for 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time. Now stir in the flour and bowl of date mixture (water included)  

4. Pour into cake tin.  Break the bananas up into rough pieces and push into cake mix. Try to place the banana evenly around the cake so that every piece you cut, gets some banana.  

5. Bake for 40-45 minutes. You may find your cake will get quite dark towards the end. If you think it may get too brown, put some alfoil over the top and put back in oven until baked.

6. This cake needs a cake needle test. Directly into the middle. It is a moist cake and make sure you do not mistake uncooked cake mix for the mooshy banana!! 

7. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Sticky Sauce:

1. Simply add all the ingredients to a saucepan on medium heat. Stir well and when the sauce is thick and golden, take off heat. Transfer the cooled cake to a plate and pour the sauce evenly over it.  


This cake is a great dessert to eat straight away but will also keep for 3 days in an airtight container. Great with some cream or ice cream. Luscious!

Mikhaela x

vanilla ic.jpg
Cinnamon Sugar Scrolls

Cinnamon Sugar Scrolls

Coconut and Roast Almond slice

Coconut and Roast Almond slice