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…

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.

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…

‘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…

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…

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…

Low-sugar bittersweet chocolate torte (257 calories per serve)


My mum needs to regulate her sugar intake and as a result, she hasn’t had cake for a long time. I thought it wasn’t fair she couldn’t have cake so I found this recipe (varied a little bit) from Equal’s sweetener recipes. This is a low-sugar (and lowish calorie) torte for her because instead of…

Syrupy tiramisu (500 calories per serve)


This is one of my no-fail recipes because it is sure to please almost everyone. But it does come at a cost – this is not a diet food and it certainly isn’t something you should have on a regular basis. Serves 4 Prep time 20-30 mins Chill time 3 hours (or overnight) Ingredients 150g…

Nutty carrot cake (370 calories per serve)


I had some leftover carrots in the fridge and a lonely orange from I don’t know when so I decided to make a carrot cake. I’m not really a big fan of carrot cake but maybe that’s because I never had a good one before. Prep time: 30-40 minutes (grating the carrots took me forever)…

Exploding red bean bun (144 calories)


Serves 12 buns Prep time 30 minutes + 1 hour proofing + overnight soaking Cook time 10-15 minutes Red bean buns are one of my favourite comfort foods because of the soft bun texture and the red bean sweetness. I love Asian bread and steamed bread tends to have an outer skin layer that you…