Tag Archives: Dessert

(Super) Easy Buttercream Rose

When you live less, a little bit more always gets you excited. Just like here in Angola, when not everything is easily accessible (or accessible with a hefty price tag), the slightest thing just got me psyched.

My parents came last week. I am so happy, partly cause they’re here but even more because they’re bringing with them my new WILTON 1M nozzle. Yay… !!! Since Christmas is over, I need to think of a reason to bake (with a family with no real interest in sweet stuff, I really need to find audience for my “creation”).

After contemplating few made-up reasons, I decided that the most made-sense reason is to “celebrate” last day of work for this year. So I am bringing cupcakes tomorrow to hubby’s office. See, it made sense…. and I got to use my new 1M nozzle.

After my unsuccessful attempt to make roses from buttercream using rose nail and special nozzle for roses (#104 and #127), I found this excellent way of making buttercream roses in I Am Baker. Basically it’s just using 1M nozzle, but instead of going circle from the outer ring to the inner ring, you go from the center outwards.


For Buttercream, I used Less Sugar Buttercream recipe and below is the recipe for the cupcakes (inherited this from baking guru and she does not own a blog that I can link it too).


  • 240 gr baking margarine
  • 320 gr granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 400 gr cake flour
  • 1 tbs + 1 tsp baking powder
  • 250 mL milk

How To

  • Preheat oven 180 C
  • Beat margarine and sugar until soft, add eggs one by one (keep beating)
  • Add alternately, 2 tbs of flour (at a time) and little bit of milk until all are mixed (so your mixer can work easier)
  • Then drop 2 teaspoons of this batter in each small cupcake lining.
  • Bake for 20 minutes
  • Yield 48 small cupcakes

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Fried Mashed Banana (a.k.a Godog Godog)

“How many ways of serving bananas (other than eating them raw) that you know?”

I posted this question few weeks ago on my Facebook. I needed to get ideas of banana dishes as I had 7 banana (it’s 6 now) trees fruiting (is that even a word?). I even jokingly said probably I should get myself a pet monkey.  That was before I heard a story from an older resident about a (wild) monkey that used to live in this compound, but then the guards captured and ate it.


Of course I knew the basic banana recipes; banana cake, banana (and chocolate chip) muffin, banana ice cream & fried banana. Still, I figured with the kind of supply that I had, more ideas were welcome.

Finally today, we chopped one bunch and unfortunately we were a week too late. Then my Mom told me this recipe called (in our mother tongue) Godog Godog. It’s basically fried mashed banana.



  • 10 over-riped bananas
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • cooking oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup powder sugar (optional)

How To

  • Mash all bananas, then add sugar and salt
  • Add egg and flour, folding it using wooden spoon until all mixed well
  • Prepare a wok with cooking oil, set the stove medium heat
  • With a spoon, take a spoonful of the mixture and fry it in hot oil until golden brown


  • Serve with powder sugar



  • This is not (by all mean) a type of gourmet food, so have fun with it and It’s okay if your mash is lumpy.
  • You can substitute powder sugar with basically anything (maple syrup, chocolate syrup, grated cheese, condensed milk), or you can omit it all together.
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Cakes from Boxes

Few days back I stumbled upon this blog that made a poll on Pre-Made Cake Mix. This got me thinking on how I feel about these “Cakes from Boxes”.

Do I bake from scratch? Yes.

Do I make my own bread? Yes.

Do I make my own fondant decoration? Yes.

Do I make my own frozen butter cream cake deco? Yes.

Did I just throw a birthday party with 158 made from scratch cupcakes and icing? Yes.

Do I sometimes use pre-made cake mix? Hell yea…. (about to make one now, Pandan Sponge Cake).


  1. It’s easy to throw, especially if I have last minute school thing (i.e. last day of school – snack picnic, emailed only the night before and who opened emails at night?), PTA thing, so on & so forth (my pick for this would be Betty Crocker’s Brownies).
  2. There are types of cakes/ingredients that do not exist here in Luanda – Angola – West Africa (also the reason why I made my own fondant deco), where we had lived as expats for 3+ years now. My daughter is a HUGE fan of Pandan (from pandan leaves) Cakes. I tried to grow them, but they couldn’t make it last year’s winter. So, I had no choice but to use the pre-made cake mix, coz being caught by quarantine for bringing pandan leaves from home just ain’t worth it.

Does it make you a terrible person for using pre-made cake mix? No.
Is baking from scratch a pain in the ***? Absolutely NO, it’s even therapeutic for me.
Can we make good with best of both worlds? Absolutely.

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