Category: Cakes and bakes

Ba-na-na-naaaa (to the tune of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony)

My colleagues at Ogilvy PR Cape Town are starting to get used to the idea of my bringing in some sort of baked something or other on a Monday morning.

This morning it was mini-banana loaves made from a recipe I’ve had for years and years called Teach Me to Cook!, which my mom gave me when I decided to move down to Cape Town to study Graphic Design … in other words, she wanted to make sure I could cook and stay alive!

The interesting thing about this recipe book, which was published in 1994, is that it’s in both English and Zulu, endorsed by the Domestic Workers’ Association and “make[s] it possible for the housekeeper to understand and cook the favourite recipes of her employer.”

I kid you not!

For me, a devoted follower of Italian and Portuguese cooking – even if only hybrid versions thereof, I have to admit that South African desserts and bakes, such as Malva pudding and banana loaf, are to me the bee’s knees and I love to make them, which is why I still hang on to this recipe book.

I’ve made the banana loaf recipe so many times and am happy to say it’s always received with a smile.

So here’s the original recipe, which I’ve adapted to make on average 12 mini-banana loaves: perfect for the office or a tea party.


half a cup margarine

1 cup castor sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 eggs

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

4 ripe bananas, peels and mashed


Combine the margarine and sugar in a mixing bowl and mix very well. Stir in the vanilla essence.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one.

Sift flour and baking powder together. Add the egg mixture along with the mashed bananas. Mix well.

Turn the mixture into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan (or 12 mini-loaf tins). Place in a preheated oven at 190°C for 45 minutes (30 minutes for mini-loaves).

Remove pan from the oven. Remove loaf from the pan and cool on a wire cooling rack.

*licks chops*

It’s fabzilicious Friday – An ode to Nutella

On this the inaugural fabzilicious Friday, I would like to celebrate the awesomeness that is Nutella.

Whether it’s smeared on fresh bread and topped with bananas, or

Sandwiched between a freshly flipped pancake, accompanied by strawberries and drizzled with pistachios, or

Eaten straight out the jar, or

Incorporated into a tart recipe, or even

Coating your breakfast bacon (?!),

You have to agree that Nutella is worthy of a fabzilicious Friday mention.

And … I want to try out this Incredibly Easy Nutella Lava Brownies recipe …

*licks chops*

P.S. I wish all Nutella came in this packaging

Show flat karma cupcakes

After years of day-dreaming about it, I’ve finally found my dream loft apartment situated in the funky neighbourhood of Observatory, Cape Town.

Now in order to afford the loft apartment, which is by no means beyond my budget but I also don’t want to live on bread and water whilst trying to pay off two bonds, I need to sell my current apartment in Salt River.

As an offering to the Property Fairies (there are fairies for everything!) I decided to make mini cupcakes to sweeten the deal. The mini cupcakes tasted like a little bit of heaven in every bite (if I may say so myself) and will hopefully secure me a sale … soon!

Thanks to issue 1 of Baked and Delicious for the easy and fabzilicious cupcake recipe. *yum*

P.S. The apartment hasn’t sold yet but there’s still time … and if you know of anyone looking to invest in a studio apartment with awesome views of Cape Town … inbox me!


One bite and all resistance “Crumbles”

The worst mistake I could’ve made this weekend was to go to Canal Walk, on a Saturday and on the first day of the month … Utter consumerist-suicide!

But I was on a mission to find the perfect birthday-gift-fairy for my friend Anthea. So off I went in search of a fairy … *giggle*

So, I found the perfect gift for my fairy-fundi-friend Anthea at the Cape Arts & Crafts store, which sells everything you can think of from scarp book bits and bobs to home decor to bongs to rugby paraphernalia to even Emo-wear covered in skulls in florescent colours. A true gem of a store simply based on the fact that you can find everything and anything you never thought you needed, wanted or even liked under one roof!

Now besides finding the fairy, I also found a Crumbles Double Choc-Chip Cookie the size of a side plate … I kid you not.

The cashier ladies gave the cookie rave reviews – even going as far as to say that I’d be back for more … I was intrigued and after biting into the cookie – and devouring it in about 2 minutes flat – I’m very happy to report it was yummilicious and I’ll definitely go back for more.

I’ve had a look online for Crumbles but can’t find a website and/or listing for it so I’m presuming it’s a home industry set-up, which hasn’t gone big yet. Whatever the case may be, I’d recommend you pop into Cape Arts & Crafts and grab a cookie, or two, for yourself.




Happy birthday to yooooou!

Dave Duarte, you biscuit!

Happy birthday for yesterday and thank you for presenting an awesome ODMA course at Ogilvy Cape Town – you rock!

And how best to celebrate a birthday? With cupcakes from Charly’s Bakery – of course!

*stuffs face*


That easy, huh?

Honestly I thought there was some uber-impressive way of filling cupcakes (or muffins for that matter) but it’s as simple as using an apple corer and making a hole … then filling it!

Why didn’t I think of that when I was baking my gooey-caramel-centred muffins on Friday?

Fabz … d’oh! *slaps forehead*

Thanks to Sugarland Bakery in the US for the very easy tip … should’ve really thought of that myself …

Ask and ye shall receive

Roxanne asked me to make her moist chocolate cake with a gooey caramel centre … just because.

And I obliged by baking my signature chocolate muffins with gooey caramel centres. YUM!

I may be biased but I can say they were simply fabzilicious.

The chocolate icing was a tad too sweet but admittedly I haven’t made icing in forever so I’m a little out of practice.

The stars and hearts were added … umm … just because. I felt like playing with sugar paste and food colouring.


Eating plan, schmeating plan …

I’m too tired to stick to an eating plan today … so the fat free (delicious) Woolworths Ayrshire vanilla flavoured yoghurt and the healthy, crunchy apples have been substituted by a (not so healthy) croissant from The Buzz … c’est la vie! *munch munch*

Midnight snack

What do you do when you’re feeling like a choc-chip chocolate muffin at 10 o’clock in the evening?

You make them from scratch, of course!

There’s nothing more scrumptious than a warm choc-chip chocolate muffin accompanied by a cup of hot cocoa, a comfy couch, DVD and nowhere to go on a stormy night … bliss *sigh*

Psychedelic, dude!

Candace Staub at Simply Koeked, you are a legend in your own baking time! What an awesome 60′s-inspired cake…you have to share your secrets…how’d you manage to get all them colours in there? :/