Date Cake

For our Sunday suppers I almost always bake dessert, and then have the leftover cake or cookies with tea the next day. I photographed this cake on Tuesday evening, that’s why there’s only a third of it left. It had been awhile since I baked a date cake and found two recipes that I had…

This French Lemon Cake is Everything!

This French lemon cake ni mambo yote. I came across it two weeks ago on the blog Dinner a Love Story. I tried it and have since baked it four times already. Some lemon oil cake recipes I made in the past for me hit the same notes as lemon mandazis (beignets).  And that’s alright, if that is what…

Rita’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Rita is a genius at gluten-free baking. And not just gluten-free baking, but gluten-free on a budget. Major problem—she is a truly creative cook and so almost never makes the same thing twice. I have been forcing her to write down her recipes so that I can copy and post them here (more coming soon…

Shortbread Cookies

Nice, Marie, Digestives, Shortcake … which were your favourite biscuits? Mine were House of Manji’s Shortcake biscuits, and number two were Digestives.  Of course, everyone loved Chocolate Biscuits, but they were so expensive. Then Kenyan shelves began to stock “Eet sum mor.” Now this could purely be a coincidence but many who liked shortcake biscuits…

Sponge Cake

Typically the first cake most Kenyan girls learn to bake is a vanilla sponge cake. After my mum taught me and I mastered it, I would add to the basic recipe carrots for a “carrot cake”.  Lemon rind and juice for a “lemon cake”. Cocoa for “chocolate cake”. When the cocoa wasn’t enough, a “marble…

Vanilla Microwave Cake

How was your week?  We are back in Malawi! This gives me a chance to share the husband’s pictures from our visit here two years ago. This time though we are here for slightly longer and in the meantime, I do not have an oven.  Constraints, creativity, and all that good stuff has forced me…

One Minute Lemon Mug Cake.

The only thing that stands between you and satisfying that sugar craving is a mug, a few minutes prep time, a microwave and one minute cook time.  Mug cakes are excellent since they are quick and you can make different flavours if you have picky eaters. That having been said, some people have success on…

Friday Night Chocolate Cake

Searching for the perfect chocolate cake recipe is like searching for that classic white shirt or that amazing pair of jeans.  You’ve got to try many before you get to (drumroll please …) the one! This cake does not disappoint and has been my go to recipe for the last 4 years.  I am not…

It’s Salad…It’s Cake…It’s Carrot Cake!!

For this cake, I use the leftovers of a carrot salad that has raisins, chopped apples and crushed macadamia nuts (dressed with a squeeze of lemon juice, salt and black pepper).  Waste not want not right?   It is a simple dump everything in a bowl cake. Ice the cake with sweetened cream cheese icing,…

The Chocolate Icing Recipe You Need

Hi!  How was your week?  Flash back Friday to Swaziland.  Swaziland was not in the itinerary, but when visiting Mozambique for longer than a month, one is required to leave and re-enter the country after 30 days.  Our visa run turned out to be a spontaneous fun road trip to Swaziland. We had lunch at…

Light as Air Orange Chiffon Cake

Looking to get away this weekend?  Away from the city and its hectic demands.  Fresh air and some country living?  I wish!  This is a throw back to Nanyuki, while on our way to Samburu National Park some years ago. But in case you have no such plans, we could attempt to bake this orange…

Crunchy Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Hey!  How was the week?  The other day on tv, there was a thing about how even though coffee is one of Kenya’s biggest exports, the majority of Kenyans consume tea or beer. Whatever the case, tea and coffee go well with biscotti.  Biscotti are “baked twice” cookies.  These are the husband’s favourite. They are perfect…