Baked sago pudding (270 calories per serve)


My friend had been craving baked sago pudding, something that is generally easy to find at yum cha restaurants. However, the yum cha restaurant we went to didn’t have baked sago pudding on their menu – shock horror! So I decided I’ll make one for her when she came to visit. I wasn’t sure which…

Baklava fingers (268 calories per serve)


One of my Mom’s favourite sweets is baklava. She refers to it as “that Turkish sweet” (hopefully I haven’t offended the Greeks reading this). I like my baklavas to be slightly crispy on the outside as opposed to being soggy and drenched in syrup. Unfortunately, the ones we buy at the shops are often quite…

Classic creme caramel (306 calories per serve)


The first time I made creme caramel was when I was about 11 or 12 years old. My French teacher decided to invite us all to her house for the day for a French cooking lesson. We made creme caramel. It was amazing and surprisingly simple. For such an elegant dish, it really did not take…

Decadent chocolate molten lava cake (638 calories per serve)


I made this without thinking about the calories … oops! Sorry, not sorry. We had friends over for dinner and everyone was feeling great but there was something missing … we hadn’t prepared any dessert. We started talking about that time I made a molten lava cake the last time the girls were over and I…

Peanut butter and cookie dough cake (628 calories per serve)


This is devilishly good but so incredibly rich that you couldn’t (or shouldn’t) eat too much in one go. I could fall asleep into a food coma after this but my husband absolutely loved it. It’s really great to snack on and grab a piece or chunk of at 3pm in the afternoon. Now … having…

Chocolate sponge cake with cherries and cream (366 calories per serve)


I don’t usually crave cake but when I do, I try to scout out interest from my girlfriends to see if I can “share” the calories around. It’s really hard to bake a cake for one so I prefer having a whole group of us. The more the merrier (for my waistline). Today’s cake of the day is a chocolate sponge cake with cherries and cream.

Christmas pavlova for James (260 calories per serve)


James, my fiance, loves pavlova. It’s his absolute favourite dessert, especially at Christmas. We didn’t have pavlova for Christmas this year so I decided to make some for him a few days later to make up for it. Besides, we had some leftover egg whites that had been sitting in the fridge for a couple…

Fluffy and golden banana cake (268 calories per serve)


My fiance was talking to someone about this blog and there was something he said that made me realise how much I’ve let myself go. He said … “She has a blog called yummy calories but it’s not really low calories … it’s just calories.” That’s when I realised that for the past year or…

Mom’s orange lemon cake (493 calories per serve)


This is mom’s recipe for orange lemon cake. She made it and took it to church a few weeks ago and it was so popular that she had people asking for more. Her original recipe had a honey lemon glaze but I added a bit of frosting and decoration on top. Serves 14 Prep time…

Mom’s fluffy chocolate loaf cake (308 calories per serve)


Even after living in Australia for 15 years, I still call her ‘mom’ in the American way. She makes this cake to bring to church to share as morning tea refreshments after the service. It’s one of her most popular cakes and it’s so moreish. You won’t need any icing for this. Serves 8 Prep time 30…

‘Fruit basket’ chocolate ganache cake (418 calories per serve)


When I showed my mum this cake, she said it looked like a ‘fruit basket’ so that’s what I’m calling it now. The picture shows a double-layer variation with buttercream icing in the middle but this recipe is for a single-layer cake. Serves 12 Prep time 45 mins Cook time 30 mins Ingredients 180g butter, softened and cubed…

Zesty lemon and plum tart (258 calories per serve)


I find that this lemon tart starts out zesty but can turn tangy after 24 hours. So it’s best to make it on the day you intend to serve it. Serves 12 Prep time 30 mins + 30 mins chill time Cook time 15 mins blind bake + 20 mins Ingredients For the shortcrust pastry: 260g…