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…

Perfectly decadent dark chocolate cake (258 calories per serve)


This is the first (and maybe only) time I’ve used the word ‘perfect’ on this blog so it’s not something that I take lightly. The first time I had this cake was from a lovely lady named Liz at my previous workplace. She would make this beautiful cake every few months and it was widely appreciated…

Avocado and coconut smoothie (140 calories per serve)


Today feels like summer – it’s 34 degrees. This weather reminds me of days in Myanmar and Cambodia. In Myanmar, my mum would make me an avocado smoothie. In Cambodia, my mum would buy a few coconuts from the street vendor and mix it with some sugar and ice. Being in neither country at the…

Marmalade beer cocktail (147 calories per serve)


My fiancé and I went on a 3-day spa getaway to Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. We also managed to squeeze in degustation meals at the Lakehouse and the Argus Dining Room. We enjoyed both restaurants but preferred the Argus because of its genuine focus on the taste of the food. The Lakehouse was certainly more sophisticated and…

Super easy butter cupcakes (235 calories per serve)


My brother bought some lamb racks from Queen Victoria Market – 2 for $10. They always have great quality meats and for much cheaper than the supermarket. So I made Moroccan lamb racks and spiced couscous salad (replacing the raisins with lentils because my brother doesn’t like raisins). It’s one of his favourite dishes and…

Lemon Cheesecake (190 calories per serve)


I love no-bake cheesecakes. I prefer their taste and they are also easier to make. You can also turn it into a lemon ‘ice cream’ cheesecake if you freeze it. This one uses low fat ingredients so it’s pretty light for a cheesecake. On the plus side, I also used up the last of my…