Monika Topolko Welcome! My name is Monika, and I am the baker, writer and photographer behind all the recipes on this website. I am also an English language teacher, librarian and content writer. I live in Uppsala, Sweden, with my husband Darko and daughters Dalia and Lena. We were all born in Croatia, where we lived until October 2019, before moving to Sweden.

I started my first culinary blog Sweet Sensation back in 2008, and I was one of the first food bloggers in Croatia. The blog soon became very popular, and I started translating the recipes into English to reach readers from all over the world. Soon enough, blogging became a more serious hobby than I had ever thought, which led to the start of a new blog, BakeNoir. BakeNoir was primarily written in English, with recipes also being available in Croatian.

After the birth of our second daughter, it was very hard to find the time to keep up with the blogging. I decided to take a break, but I am hoping to continue where I left off when I have more time. Until then, I have made all of my tried and tested recipes available to you on this website.