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Kepala Batas, Penang, Malaysia
Just me, my girl, my spatula & my beat-up old Lumix. It's my happy face, and this is my happy place.


Assalamualaikum & Hello everyone!

It has been a hectic few months for me, so forgive me for not updating much on this blog. Truth is, it's easier to make updates via Facebook and a lot of customers reach me through FB too. The picture albums there are more organized, so head over there for much easier viewing of my previous work, OK.

Now, I've never mentioned it here, but I can also provide special dietary cakes and cupcakes. So if you're in Penang and looking for something vegan (eggless & dairy-free) or gluten-free (no flour) or sugarless/sugar-free, do shoot me an email and we'll talk.

Deliveries to Penang Island and surrounding areas is still available, but due to rising costs, I'll have to increase the delivery charge. You would understand, right? The fuel, time, energy, not to mention, vehicle maintenance, and the worst of all, traffic jams - they can just zap you dry :)

Hugs & kisses to all my loyal customers. Love you guys lots!

Monday, August 24, 2009


Ever since my mother trusted me with her oven mitts, she let me bake the family favourite cakes for Eid. I can't exactly remember when, but that's only a couple of years ago, before I got hitched to my man. Our Raya wouldn't be complete without my mom's date loaf. I'd be making at least 3 of this on Raya eve - one for the main table, one for grandma, and one to be sliced and distributed to the neighbours while we exchanged tupperwares of raya cookies and cakes.

I don't have a photo of my previous bakes, but cosmetically, it isn't an impressive looking cake. It isn't really a cake anyway, more like a stout crumbly bread with a texture of a moist fruit cake, only more fantastically tasty. This coming from a person who hates fruit cakes with all her heart, mind you. But people do love my date loaf, no matter how I decorate them - with chopped white chocolate, almond flakes or colourful sprinkles.
Here's my cupcake version, topped with caramel buttercream frosting.

The combination of dates and soft cinnamon is just amazing, my kitchen smells heavenly the whole day! For added crunch, I added chopped almonds as mix-in.

Made these for iftar the the in laws. As usual, no time to decorate the cuppies in fancy designs. A simple swirl would just have to do, but for orders, I think I might have to get into some raya spirit or mood to be inspired. Any original ideas, anyone?

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