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Editor Magiri Mwangi Editorial Team Noah Kipchirchir Elizabeth Waichinga Wanjiru Mwangi Thitu Kariba Marketing Director Christabel Wacuka Photography Emma C. Photography Design and Layout Symbolic The views, statements or opinions expressed in this publication may not necessarily reflect those of Symbolic Corporate Communications.

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t is with great pleasure that I introduce the premier edition of The Cakefest Magazine!

We are humbled by your support in growing the cake festival this far and feel proud of this publication as our latest addition to the baking, confectionery and catering industries. The main aim of this publication is to provide information on baking as well as to point you in the direction of reliable and professional suppliers of cakes and all things related! You will find our directory section to be very helpful if you are an upcoming baker or if you fancy some home-baking! The hot recipes section should be a plus for the latter as well. After all the sweet stuff let us not forget the main purpose of this wonderful event and publication … to educate bright, needy students! Thank you for contributing towards brightening the future of over 250 needy students. God Bless and enjoy your read!

The Editorial Board welcomes electronic submissions of articles and photographs, but reserves the right to include or edit materials submitted for content and style without recourse to the author. The CakeFest Magazine does not give any warranty or endorsement whatsoever concerning the goods and services advertised herein, and is not responsible for any representations or omissions by any of the advertisers. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, in print, electronic or any other form, without written permission.

Magiri Mwangi - Editor

We’ve educated 150 students and counting ... By giving at least KShs. 500 a month for 10 months, 10 of YOU can educate one bright needy student in a boarding public secondary school in Kenya annually.

The CakeFest Magazine P. O. Box 1063 - 00618, Nairobi Tel: (+254 20) 271 2539 / 3521314 Mobile: 0722 217286 / 0733 217286 Fax: (+254 20) 271 2542 E-mail: For advertising information or content submissions contact:

P. O. Box 1025 - 00502 Karen, Nairobi Tel: (+254) 20 300 1201 / 300 0031 • Mobile: 0710 551119 E-mail:





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About The Cake Festival

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Sponsor profiles About Edumed Trust Feature For a worthy cause ...


Participating Bakers


The Theme Dream Wedding Cake Plus tips on choosing a wedding cake


Profile of wedding industry vendors We highlight some of the vendors at this years festival


Into the World of Cakes List of all cakes at the event

Bakers Profiles





Fuss about BlackForest Cake Our investigators get some answers


Baking Ingredients Baking Equipment


Favorite recipes We showcase the most sought after recipes

about the

cake festival T

he Cake and Desert Festival, the first of its kind in Kenya, is the premier industry event in Nairobi! The hospitality, wedding business, catering, latest cake, dessert, beverage and kitchen equipment ideas are showcased, drawing thousands of visitors. Guests get to sample over 100 different types of cakes and desserts as well as various accompaniments. The main objective of the Cake Festival is to raise awareness and funds in support of the Edumed Trust. In addition to this, it aims to showcase the talent of amateur and professional bakers as well as to educate the public on different kinds of cakes and desserts available through sampling. On 30th May 2009, we opened a new chapter as we hosted the first cake festival ever! An environment of “food galore” was the only way to describe the scene at the Cake Festival, that drew hundreds of visitors. Attendees sampled delectable cakes and desserts from 20 professionals and amarteur chefs, had a go at the cake ”cook off ” and experienced the wonderful world of cake art and more while taking a tour of the Nairobi Safari Walk (KWS). The Cake Festival 2010, saw 35 professional and amateur bakers bringing over 1700 kilos of cake that was enjoyed by over 3,000 guests at the Splash Water world. The “2010 FIFA World Cup” got the bakers on their creative edge with fascinating creations such as stadiums, soccer balls, soccer boots, fans watching a match, all in the form of cake! This was made possible by over fifteen sponsors who contributed greatly to baker’s ingredients and media amongst other efforts. Guests samples over 120 types of cake

A guest enjoys cake at The Cake Festival 2010. and accompaniments such as tea, coffee, chocolate and nuts whilst enjoying DJ music and live band performances. The children were treated to a number of fun activities including swimming, waterslides, face painting, bouncing castles and playstation amongst others. This year, The Cake Festival hopes to attract up to 5,000 guests. The event theme: Dream Wedding Cakes has gotten the bakers on their creative edge and we expect to be blown away by their creations. Interestingly, brides-to-be will judge the theme cakes. The bakers have also promised to give us over 150 varieties to sample this year!




sponsor profiles WEETABIX Weetabix E.A manufactures and distributes a wide range of cereals and snacks such as weetabix, Oatibix, Weetos and Alpen amongst others. Our products are available in leading supermarkets and stores countrywide. For more information, please visit

97.1 - 1 FM 1 FM is Kenya’s newest radio station. The station started broadcasting in September 2010 and plays the best of local and urban music. Local music in Kenya has grown considerably over the last few years. 1 FM has given Kenyan listeners a place where they can always enjoy this music. 1 FM is currently on air in Nairobi on 97.1 FM, Mombasa on 107.3 FM and Nakuru on 106.5 FM

SKYPEX SUPPLIES LIMITED Our products: Cocoa, Cooking Chocolate, Yeast, Coconut Raisins, Cherries, Chocolate transfers etc. 3rd Parkland Avenue, Highridge. Tel: (+254) 020 374 3923 • Mobile: 0735 610504 E-mail: •

HOUSE OF MANJI The HOM brands include an assortment of delicious cream biscuits, tempting chocolate-coated biscuits and tasty dry biscuits and cookies. Traditionally the brand catered for the premium market but today with the introduction of products in small packets such as Glucose, Gold, Marie, Family and Shortcake, the company ensured that all segments of society enjoy our biscuits.

HOPE 93.3 FM Hope FM is a leading Christian radio station based in Nairobi and whose mission is to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Hope FM went on air in April 2003 and now broadcasts on 93.3 FM in Nairobi; Mombasa on 101.9 FM; Western Kenya and Rift Valley on 93.8 FM. Hope FM also streams worldwide through its online service: With Hope FM,You Listen & Live!

CLASSIC 105 FM CLASSIC 105 is the No. 1 radio station for mature, upwardly mobile 25 - 44 year olds. Led by one of the industry’s biggest radio personalities, Classic’s audiences are up to 3 times as big as some of its nearest competitors. We have a great mass audience and effective commercials that influence and motivate consumers.

KISS 100 FM Kiss 100 FM is home to the fresh hits and is the leading radio station in Kenya with best of presenters, news team and of course fresh reloaded music. Catch up the latest info,entertainment and wholesome programming right from Big Breakfast to Late Night Kiss.

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veryday life is filled with sad stories of desperate children eager to acquire an education in the hope of creating a better future for themselves and their families. The children have the ability and potential to be our next generation’s leader, professionals and specialists in different fields, but lack of funds threatens their dreams. Unfortunately the wasted potentials catch up with our busy lifestyles soon … increased crime and many other social ills. It does not have to be this way, if only someone takes an action, the statistics would change towards a positive direction. Edumed Trust is a registered Kenyan Christian Charitable Trust founded in 1996 with the sole objective of supporting bright students from needy families with scholarships for their Secondary Education. As of December 2010, Edumed Trust had supported a total of 195 students in Kenya at a cost of over KShs. 12 million. The first student beneficiary graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree in Mathematics on 1st September 2006, and started her career with an international bank based in Kenya. 10 other students are presently in Kenyan public universities while one is on a scholarship to study medicine in the Czech Republic at Charles University-Prague. Many others have joined tertiary institutions to pursue different careers of their choice. As of 2010, five ex-beneficiaries were already supporters

of Edumed. Presently (2011) Edumed is supporting 100 students in different secondary schools in Kenya. Edumed raises funds from individuals (Kenyans) and currently has a database of active partners’, built up over the past 14 years. By giving at least KShs. 500 a month for 10 months, 10 such Kenyans can educate one bright needy student in a boarding public secondary school in Kenya annually. Our Cause Our guiding principles are that we respond practically to the plight of bright and needy students at the critical stage that gives them a chance to equal opportunities in the world. We would wish to put a thousand in school and never have a waiting list, unfortunately we face budgetary constraints. You can help us increase the number kept in secondary school every year.

Edumed Trust P. O. Box 1025 - 00502 Karen, Nairobi. Tel: (+254) 20 3001201/ 300 0031 Mobile: 0710 551119 E-mail:

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sat for my KCPE in 2006 and obtained 404 Marks out of the possible 500. My mother had failed to raise school fees for me to join Koelel High School - Gilgil where I had been admitted. I had heard that if you sell a kidney, you could be paid. In my desperation, I started searching for anyone who would buy my kidney. The rare move attracted the attention of the Standard Newspaper and I was featured on February 14, 2007. Thereafter I was connected with Edumed, after my successful application, Edumed sponsored my entire secondary education. I completed Form IV in 2010 and obtained Grade B. I hope to join University in 2012 and now my future appears bright. I thank Edumed for supporting me.”

Silas Nyamoki, Formerly of Koelel High School




2011 participating

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Participating Bakers Cake Walk Cake Lady Cute Cakes Baker’s Bounty Jubilee Catering Training Center Vosi Foods Joybells Cake Centre The food Basket Sweet Indulgence Emmy Moshi Amelia Mutavi Cake Talk

• Nairobi Aviation College • Unity College of Professional Studies • Pinkribbon Cakes • Kibondeni College • Bakery Nawiri • Exquisite Celebrations • Cake Creations • Wakio’s Cakes • Valentine Cakehouse • Mudi Enterprises • Bakings & Bittings • Cynthia Aliwa

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Tots Tastes Two Two Seven Bakers Smart Village The Food Basket Gal Bridal Doanis Cravings Bakery Nawiri Ideal Cake House Top Chef ’s Cullinary Slice of Heaven Ideal Cake House HalfPastOne Ltd. Debbys Cakes & Confectionaries

What can you do with 500 Shillings a month?




the theme

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ur theme this year is around one of the fastest growing industries in Kenya ... The Wedding Industry! This theme is a favorite for bakers who have been begging for it!

They promise to display cakes that can truly be considered to be Dream Wedding Cakes. Well … we can only let our invited brides-to-be judge!

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wedding will never be complete without cutting of a cake. This is a practice that has been carried on since the ancient times. The couple helps each other to cut it signifying that they will have a lifetime commitment. In most cases the bride and groom to be, will be tied on how to pick a good wedding cake. This can be acquired from various shops or a professional caterer. The following features should be considered: • The type of cake: There are different types of cakes which include chocolate, sponge, white and more that one can take. This will depend on the taste or personality of the couple. • Size: The size of the cake will depend on the number of guests invited. This will also dictate the number layers the cake will have. • Shape and style: The cake can be round, square or a heart. It is influenced by the theme and style of the wedding. • Flavouring: What prepares the cake is great concern as it gives the taste of the cake. The fillings should give the cake some durability character that it does not go bad before the ceremony ends. • Colour: It should match the wedding colours and most certainly the cake display. White icing is the commonly used to symbolise purity but other colours are also significant for instance blue for faithfulness. • Decoration: The cake should have attractive decoration with and once again this is influenced by the theme and style of the wedding. • The cost: Your budget will always determine on how to pick a good cake. A wedding cake should handled carefully during preparation and delivery.




By Thitu Kariba

2011 Has seen a creative buzz enter the cakes industry with most local bakers adopting international trends such as the damask pattern - an elegant print that blends perfectly with black and white, plain or bold colored cakes; all dressed in white - that is timeless yet classy; stripes and polka dots for those who want to make a bold statement! Below are some of our favorite picks.

wedding industry


next boutique Our products: classic wedding dresses, lady hand bags, jewelry, bras, underwear e.t.c Mpaka Road, Westlands. Tel: (+254) 020 444 3780 / 444 40986

DELVIS Our products: suits (all occasions), tuxedos, cravats, ties, and waistcoats, men’s shoes. The Mall, Westlands, Lower Ground Floor. Tel: (+254) 020 445 4071 / 445 4072 • Mobile: 0727 250750

House of Bloom

House of Bloom Our one stop center caters for our ever growing clientele with a wide range of services including weddings, funerals, corporate event packages etc. We set trends and extremely high standards for the industry to follow. We go over and above your expectations! Contact us: (+254) 020 311685 / 311717 • Mobile: 0722 703536 E-mail:

WESTMINISTER EVENTS CENTER Established in 2004, Westminster has a proven track record in delivering personalized high quality weddings every time. We pride ourselves in taking care of all aspects of your special day, to ensure a day of romance and celebration the warmest and most welcoming surroundings. All profits go towards supporting Thomas Barnado House. Contact us: (+254) 020 601922 / 602002 • Mobile: 0726 724285 / 0722 200408 E-mail:

STERLING QUALITY ENTERTAINMENT Video production for weddings and other live events. Mobile: 0722 700572

Emmanuel Jambo

EMMANUEL JAMBO PHOTOGRAPHY Wedding and event photography. Mobile: 0727 822 469 •




Into the

world of cakes Some of the cakes to enjoy at The Cake Festival 2011 ...

cake varieties • Pineapple Cake • Oatmeal Cake • Madeira Cake • Courgette Cake • Carrot Cake • Chocolate & Beetroot Cake • Banana Cake • White Forest • Fudge Cake • Black forest • Apple nutty Cake • Passion forest • Ginger Cake • Lime forest • Zucchini Cake • Orange coffee Cake • Ginger bread • Rich fruit Cake • Light Fruit Cake • Mayonnaise Cake • Sweet potato Cake • Wimbi Cake • Nduma Cake • Rhubarb Cake • White & Dark Chocolate

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Fudge Cake • White & Black Sponge Cake • Marble Cake • Vanilla Cake • Chocolate Cake • Cherry Cake • Apple Cake • Lemon Cake • Orange Cake • Marmalade Cake • Fruit Meringues • Coffee Cake • Devil’s Food Cake • Caramel Butter Cake • Streusel-Topped Butter Cake • Black Forest Passion cake • Pinacolada Fruit Cake • Chocolate Mousse Cake • Pumpkin Spice Cake • Strawberry Shortcake • Pear Upside Down Cake • Lemon Banana Cake • Strawberry Cheese Cake • Chocolate & Coffee Cheese Cake • Red velvet Cheese Cake

• Chocolate Fudge Cake • Red Velvet Cake • White Chocolate Mud Cake • Caramel Mud Cake • Victorian sponge Cake • Choc Peppermint Cake • Amarula Cheese Cake • Irish Cream Cheese Cake • Low-Fat Fruit Cake • Mango-Coconut Cake • Low Sugar Banana & Coconut Cake

other baked goods • • • • •

Apple Pie Almond Tarts Cupcakes Desserts Chocolate chip cookies

bakers profiles Valentine Cake House Known for its beautiful, moist, delicious cakes, Valentine Cake House has become the haven of cake in 5 short years. At Valentine we are driven by the need to create original cake flavours and designs that will continue to serve the growing demand for quality cakes in Kenya and the East African region. Be it your wedding, corporate event, birthday, bachelorette/bachelor parties, engagements …we cater for all your cake and catering needs. Old Mutual Building, Kimathi Street, 4th Floor, Suite 434 - 435 or Embakasi Taasia, Dynapark House, Opposite Avenue 11 Estate. Mobile: 0722 794414 / 0711305588 / 0722677125 • E-mail:

Tots Tastes Tots is an events outfit concentrating in three areas: Bake goods, Design and Events. Tots Bakes is defined by tastefully different and creative. Some specialty products are: cakes, pastries, sweets and desserts. We believe in quality and affordability. Itoto Echakara Mobile: 0722 844731 • E-mail:

Tots … Tastefully

Slice of Heaven We are artists who are passionate about making your cake an experience. Be it a wedding, birthday, anniversary or corporate function, we create cakes that are impressive from the inside-out to give your event that extra touch! Try us today! Wanjiru Mwangi • Mobile: 0724 648616

The Smart Village Restaurant Showcase of elegantly decorated special occasion themed cakes in a wireless café where customers will have ability to connect via the Internet while enjoying leisure or meeting and greeting business associates in coffee shop/bakery environment. Baked goods include: Cakes, Wedding Cakes, Anniversary Cakes, Graduation Cakes. Also available are: Cookies, Breads, Coffees like latte- espresso and other Beverages The Smart Village Restaurant, Elgeyo Marakwet Road, Off Adams Roundabout, Kilimani Tel: 020 386 2440 • Mobile: 0722 804050 / 0725 037391

Cake Walk Cake Walk is dedicated in providing customers with cakes and pastries that will make any moment special. Our highly experienced and talented team of cake and pastry experts ensure that we offer our customers products that are of exceptional quality and standards. We make Wedding cakes, Birthday cakes, Corporate Logo cakes, Designer’s cupcakes and other cakes from the Philippines. So whatever the occasion is, let us make it a little more special. E-mail us at Tel: (+254) 0724 409221 Gladys Ocampo - Proprietor




Mudi Enterprises Ltd We specializes in cakes and pastries - ranging from birthday, graduation, wedding and other celebration cakes. We focus on creating a diverse range of cake recipes for our clientele passion forest, lime forest, nutty forest, rich fudge etc. black forest, zucchini bread, white forest as our major flavors. We are located on Kirichwa Road opposite Kilimani primary school. You can contact us on 0722 348702

Cake Talk We Specialize in all kinds of birthday cakes, wedding cakes, snacks (i.e. samosas, spring rolls..) and special desserts. We deliver to your convenience at no extra cost within the Nairobi CBD and its immediate environs. You can find us in Nairobi West Mall, Shop 80. For enquiries or to place your order, you can contact us on Mobile: 0727 280028 Contact person: Anne Wangari

Bakings & Bittings Bakings & Bitings not only specializes in providing high-quality cakes, gourmet cupcakes and pastries, but it now also has a new range of healthy baked products that are sugar free, use whole wheat flour and a whole load of fruits and veggies. At Bakings & Bitings, we believe in guilt free indulgence. Mobile: 0722 736923 E-mail:

Cute Cakes Bringing something special to your special occasions Cute cakes specialty is bringing something unique to your special occasion, whether it be a child’s birthday party, a wedding or a simple family get together. Cute Cakes create and design 3-D novelty cakes, our wedding cakes are classy and elegant with modern designs. We also create a wide variety of continental dessert cakes from super moist mud cakes to liqueur cheesecakes which are sure to leave your taste buds wanting more ... Contact Jaime on Mobile: 0714 599 795

Cake Lady Bake Shop The Cake Lady Bake Shop specializes in occasion cakes weddings birthdays, graduations, an anniversaries and other celebrations. We also produce everyday cakes that can be consumed at home, office and at other social functions. We also produce healthy cake options (banana cake, carrot cake, zucchini cake and pumpkin cake for special health cases) and vegan cakes. We cater to clientele both within and outside Nairobi. We also offer training on the same. MK Arcade off Namanga Highway, Kitengela Mobile: 0701 017406 / 0732 3279983 E-mail:

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BAKERS BOUNTY We take this opportunity to introduce to you Baker’s Bounty, where homemade cakes are baked with the freshest ingredients to produce delicious mouth-watering, hand decorated cakes. Each order is baked fresh and cakes are available (within 48 hour notice) for delivery to your door. Our specialty cakes include that are gluten free (flourless), sugarless (diabetic cakes) and vegan cakes (egg less). Mobile: 0722 423415 Join our club or become a fan (follow us on facebook) - fanpage: Bakers-Bounty

TWo Two Seven Bakers We bake, wedding designed cakes, birthdays (fancy cakes),company cakes(logos), seasonal cakes, queen cakes, cold cheese cakes, tiramisu, pinacolada, carrot cakes, nutritional cakes like egg-less, whole meal and a variety of cookies and deserts like linzar tart, Swiss rolls, chocolate eclairs etc. Please order in advance. Mobile: 0727 306514 / 0733 913585 E-mail:

Exquisite Celebrations We specialize in cakes and catering services for all celebrations. Birthdays, weddings, traditional ceremonies, graduations, cocktails and dinner parties. Contact us on Mobile: 0722 837403 Email:

Unity College of Professional Studies We have a catering department that offers quality training in Hotel & Catering Management, Pastry & Baking, Cookery, Food and Beverage production. We aim to create employment by training broad minded, practical oriented yet intensively trained professionals in the hotel industry within and outside the country. We provide hands on training encouraging the mastery of skills. Monthly intakes available. Epren Centre, Buruburu, Opposite Buruburu Police Station Tel: (+254) 020 780473 / 787646 Mobile: 0721 225428 / 0725 372822 / 0731 277658 E-mail:

Nairobi Aviation College We offer high quality and comprehensive training in pastry & bakery, in addition to the hospitality and food production courses. We deliver hands-on training to enhance the quality of training imparted and to ensure that we produce top noche chefs. We are conveniently located within the CBD to offer our students flexibility. For more information, please contact us on: 11th Floor, Uchumi House, Aga Khan Walk Tel: (+254) 020 311 414 / 020 317 859 / 020 225 2115 / 020 224 3525 E-mail:




Cravings Cakes All occasion cakes! When your celebration call for something extra special, we deliver and exceed your expectations! Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate functions & celebrations, engagements, baptism & baby dedications, whatever the occasion we crow your special moments with quality cakes and baked goods. We deliver within Nairobi. South C, Belle Court near Red Court Hotel, Contact Isaac / Carol on Mobile: 0737 811623 • E-mail:

Madeira Cake House Your one stop shop! Cindy’s wedding cakes: a slice of pleasure! We do wedding cakes, birthday, graduation, corporate cakes, edible photo cakes, moist fresh fruit creamy black forest, snacks. We also do catering for all functions. South C, Akiba Estate (Kenya Water Institute), House No. 145 Mobile: 0721 952820 • E-mail:

Amydan Enterprises At Amydan bakes we produce the finest Tea and party cakes (with animation, shaped like dolls, t-shirts, chase boards …) and splendid wedding cakes. We cater for special occasions like weddings, corporate functions, cocktails, dinner parties. We are flexible according to the client’s needs. We deliver within Nairobi and outside Nairobi on special arrangement. Highrise, Mbagathi Way • Mobile: 0721 536120 / 0734 536120 • E-mail:

Bakery Nawiri We specialize in health cakes made using natural, sugar-free ingredients. We cater to weddings, birthdays, celebrations cakes and cakes for all occasions. We also do special desserts that cater to special cases like diabetics, vegans and others with health concerns. You Indulge without the guilt. We are located at Garden Estate, Oak Lane Tel: (+254) 020 809 0585 / 80 • Mobile: 0733 378992 • E-mail:

Jubilee Catering Training Centre Bringing the five star standards within reach. We offer cookery lessons to people who want to improve their home kitchens and also those who want job in the hospitality industry. The following topics are covered: Hygiene and nutrition, Menu planning and costing, Hot and cold starters, Hot kitchen, Snacks, Pastries, Cake baking and Decoration. Forest Road, opposite the Premier Academy • Mobile: 0719 777222 • E-mail:

Tel: (+254) 020 653 1313 • E-mail:

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Wakio'S Cakes We are a fresh upcoming bakery with an innovative approach to baking. We are committed to excellence and take time coming up with new creative and exciting recipes and cake designs. We are passionate about making your occasion memorable by providing quality cakes baked using the finest ingredients. Mobile: 0721 245879 • Email:

The Food Basket We specialize in different kinds of exotic cakes and desserts such as black forest cake, apple cake, Red velvet cake, white forest cake, butterscotch cake, hazelnut torte, cheese cakes, cordon blu and many more delights for the taste buds. We take orders for wedding cakes, birthday cakes, Party cakes, and for every occasion you feel like celebrating at affordable prices. We are located in Langata South Road, past Kenya School of Law • Mobile: 0733 330757 / 0720 622850

Vosi Foods We specialize in birthday cakes, snacks, outside catering and desserts. We cater for dinner parties, luncheons, cocktails and other functions. Some of our special cakes are chocolate cake, fruit cake, all cheese cakes, zucchini bread, chocolate sweet potato cake banana bread and many more. Our food is cooked with passion. Kileleshwa, Kaputei Gardens • For more information regarding our delectable delights, contact; Caroline: 0722 745452 • E-mail:

Debby's Cake & Confectionaries Passionately made straight from the heart! We specialize in Birthdays, Wedding’s, anniversaries, engagements, baby shower cakes, bridal shower cakes, corporate cakes. Our cakes are available in all flavors and are Home-made quality cakes customized to your taste. We deliver within Nairobi and outside Nairobi on special arrangement. Mobile: 0723 770057 / 0751 360190 • E-mail:

HalfPastOne Ltd We specialize in exotic cakes like tiramisu cake, bobos torte and many more. We do outside catering for parties: kids parties, cocktails, engagements and other special functions. We operate the MUNCH BOX, a food delivery service for sandwiches, salads and our other baked goods. We are Located Suite No. 18, Gateway Arcade, Ngong.

Food and Lifestyle! Mobile: 0721 217317 • E-mail:




Bilha's Delights Cakes for all occasions and for all your special moments! Contact: 0720 276678 • E-mail:

Gal Baking

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Gal baking deals with all types of quality cakes and baked goods like cookies, croissants, cinnamon rolls and shorthand cookies to help you celebrate your occasion in style. We add that special touch to engagements, weddings, birthdays, Anniversaries, house warming, and Product launches. Our delectable cakes appeal to all palates and tastes. Our prices are pocket friendly. Having a celebration? Let us add that extra special touch to your special moment. Contact us on: 0722 764968

Le Roche Trainers and Caterers Le Roche Trainers and Caterers provide high quality cakes and catering services for all occasions (weddings, birthday parties, graduation parties, office functions, etc.). It also offers exceptional training in baking and cookery skills. Usanii Business Centre, Magadi Road, Ongata Rongai • P. O. Box 41693 - 00100, Nairobi, Kenya Mobile: 0723 397174 • E-mail:

A Cake Affair A Cake Affair was started as a cottage/hobby business in 2003, and has now grown developed into a well founded business with an expertise in baking and designing cakes of various types. Over the years, A Cake Affair has carved an enviable niche in the wedding sector and has become known for reliability, quality consistency and attention to detail. Mercy, the founder and lead baker has specialist training and is an ardent and practicing artist. Call us today! P. O. Box 51186 - 00200 Nairobi, Kenya • Mobile: 0722 649 011 • E-mail:

Pinkribbon Cakes We design wedding and other occasion cakes. Be it a traditional cake, novelty cake, whimsical or modern we produce cakes to suit your style and theme, in different flavors and in an unlimited array of color on your big day. For wedding we offer personalized services including cutlery, draping and cake accessories to match your theme. Our stunning cakes are adorned with handmade sugar flowers, bows, lace, pearls and favors: mini cakes, cupcakes and themed cookies. Private lessons are also offered. Contact person - Marystella Maina • Tel: (+254) 020 251 0987 • Mobile: 0721 307385 E-mail:

Ideal Cake House We specialize in everyday cakes and special occasion cakes. We produce quality cakes baked with fresh ingredients. We are located in Buru Buru, Phase 2. Contact us on; Tel: 0722 399078 • E-mail:

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Goldenbrown Cake House Goldenbrown cake house is home for bespoke cakes for weddings, corporate functions and private celebrations. We interpret the unlikeliest designs into finely horned cake craft. Try us out!” Uniafric house, Loita Street,2nd Floor Room 265 Mobile: 0725 330373 / 0731 176605 / 0722 317428 E-mail:

Joybells Cake Centre We specialize in special accession cakes such as anniversaries, baptism/christening, birthdays, corporate events, graduation, house opening, out of the ordinary cakes, retirement, weddings, sports galas offering modern, contemporary and traditional African themed cakes. Call us for more information on our upcoming offers! Tel: (+254) 020 788580 • Mobile: 0722 342021 E-mail:

Cake Creations Cake Creations provides unique and quality Cakes for every occasion from weddings to birthdays to graduations....any special occasion the mind can conceptualize, we can do a cake for. Mobile: 0722 419511 / 0733 584295 E-mail:, For more information, visit our facebook fanpage: Cake-Creations

Sweet Indulgence Elegant Weddings & Event Planners are a one stop Wedding and events shop. We provide services for weddings, corporate and any other events. We are structured such that event holders give us their dream and we put life in that dream. This is made possible by the dedicate staff who work tirelessly to give events the feel that clients are expecting if not better. We offer cakes to suit all occasions, delivered to each client’s unique taste. South Gate Center, Mukoma Road, Mezzanine Floor Mobile: 0722 610892

Kibondeni College Kibondeni is a college of catering and hospitality aimed at equipping young women from all over Kenya with the technical and human skills required to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. We offer courses in catering both certificate and diploma levels . Our culinary team has more than 40yrs experience. Kibondeni caters for Birthday parties, Wedding receptions, Corporate functions, cocktail parties and produces cakes ideal for all occasions. Kibondeni College, Ewaso Ngiro Road, Lavington Tel: (+254) 444 51738 / 4443332 Mobile: 0736 114151 / 0722428831 E-mail:




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“A piece of it enlightens a soul. May you have a broken heart or a joyful spirit. Its enough to make one smile” Marcel Bien-Aime Temba

o what is the big fuss about the Black forest Cake? Our bakers tell us that it is so popular that it makes up almost a half of their sales! Well you may have thought that we have the answers, but who better to tell us than the sweet-toothed fans themselves? Let’s sample what a few people had to say … “It’s like there’s a party in my mouth. Pure joy” - Catherine Wambui Mwendia “Blackforest cake melts in your mouth. It’s pure finese!” - Winnie Rose Wangari

“I just love it!” - Walubengo Rodgers The combination of chocolate ,white frosting and berry/cherry toppings makes my taste buds shimmer with ecstasy!!” - Mayo Maiz “It has everything that you would want in a cake...especialy if its perfectly baked” - Samora Teresia

“The way it melts in the mouth, its a heavenly affair!!!! - Eva ‘cika’ Mwangi

“I think it’s because it’s so cool and moist. Other types of cake are hard to take down without a drink, but Blackforest cake goes does perfectly on its own!! And there’s the chocolatey aspect of course!! Y’know girls<and some boys!!> love chocolate. :) But, honestly, there’s that je ne sais quoi, that unique taste that just makes blackforest cake simply delectable!” Wangui Ng’ang’a

baking equipment

baking ingredients



Our products: Ovens, Coffee Makers, Freezers, Refrigerators, Dishwashers, Microwaves e.t.c. Sarit Center, Westlands. Tel: (+254) 020 369 9000 / 374 7022 E-mail:

Our products: Icing Sugar, Jelly Crystals, Brown Sugar, and Caster Sugar e.t.c Mombasa Road, opposite Alpha Center Tel: (+254) 020 821 045 • Mobile: 0733 606892

“Its soft and melts in ur mouth making me want more and more and ... Its A-mazing :-)” - Winnie Weknee Biwrech

HYPERMART Our products: Ovens, Coffee Makers, Electric Cookers, Dishwashers, Refrigerators, Microwaves, Freezers e.t.c Opposite City Cabanas, Off Mombasa Road. Tel: (+254) 020 354 0067 / 354 0068

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strawberry tartlets

equipment • Rolling pin • 9cm fluted cutter • 12-hole bun tin • Eight pieces of aluminum foil • Oven gloves • Cooling rack • Small mixing bowl • Wooden spoon • Sieve • Chopping board • Sharp knife • Teaspoon • Small saucepan • Pastry brush

ingredients • • • • • • •

225g ready-prepared short crust pastry 150g mascarpone cheese ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoon icing sugar 175g strawberries or other fruits 4 teaspoon redcurrant jelly 15ml water

method PREHEAT OVEN to 200 degrees centigrade. Thinly roll out the pastry, then using a 9cm fluted cutter, cut out eight circles. Press the pastry circles into a bun tin. 1. Press a piece of scrunched-up foil into each case. Cook for 10 minutes, remove the foil carefully. Return to the oven for 3-4 minutes. Cool in the tin, then transfer to a cooling rack. 3. To make the filling, place the mascarpone cheese and vanilla extract in a small mixing bowl. Sift over the icing sugar, then beat with wooden spoon until smooth. 4. Place the strawberries on a chopping board. Remove the green stalks from the strawberries. Then use a sharp knife to cut them in half. (quarter them if the strawberries are large) 5. When the pastry cases are completely cool, use a teaspoon to fill them with the mascarpone and vanilla mixture. Arrange the strawberries over the top. 6. Place the redcurrant jelly in a small pan with the water and cook over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the jelly has dissolved. Brush this over the strawberries.




choco-chip cookies

method PREHEAT OVEN to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 1. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans. 2. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

cook's files Storage time: This cake and its filling are best assembled and eaten on the day it’s made.

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ingredients • • • • • • • • • •

1 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 1 cup packed brown sugar • 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons hot water 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup chopped walnuts

chocolate fudge brownies equipment • 23cm square tin cake • Baking paper • Medium saucepan • Wooden spoon • Large mixing bowl • Oven gloves • Cooling rack • Electric or hand whisk • Sharp knife

ingredients • 250g (90z) Butter • 275g (100z) 70% cocoa dark (broken into pieces) • 275g (100z) caster sugar • Three large eggs • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 225g (80z) plain flour • ½ tablespoon salt

method 1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees centigrade. Grease and line the base of a 23cm square cake tin with baking paper to prevent the brownies from sticking. 2. Melt the butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan over a low heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow to cool slightly. 3. In a large mixing bowl beat together the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract using an electric or hand whisk. Keep whisking until the mixture is pale and fluffy.

4. Whisk the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture until thoroughly combined, using the electric or hand whisk. Then stir in the flour and salt with a metal spoon. 5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and cook for 20-25 minutes in the middle of the oven, until the brownies are just set. The center should be slightly gooey. 6. Leave the cake to cool for ten minutes in the tin. Tip it on to a cooling rack. When it is completely cold, remove the baking paper and cut the brownies into squares.




blackforest cake

instructions Preparation time: 1 hour 15 minutes. Cooking time: 40 - 50 minutes.

ingredients • • • • • • • • • • • •

200g unsalted butter ¾ cup caster sugar 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon imitation vanilla essence 1 2/3 cups self raising flour 1/3 cup plain flour 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda ½ cup buttermilk 1/3 cup milk 1 ¼ cups cream, whipped 425 g can pitted cherries, drained white and dark chocolate curls.

method PREHEAT OVEN to slow 180 degrees centigrade. Brush a deep, 23cm round cake tin with melted butter or oil, line base and side with paper; grease paper. 1. Using electric beaters, beat butter and sugar in small bowl until light and creamy. Add eggs gradually, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add essences; beat until combined. 2. Transfer mixture to large mixing bowl; add fruit and almonds. Using metal spoon, fold in the sifted flours, cocoa, coffee and soda alternately with combined buttermilk and milk. Stir until just combined and the mixture are almost smooth. 3. Pour mixture evenly into prepared tin; Bake for 40 to 50 minutes until skewer comes out clean when inserted in center of cake. Leave cake in tin for 20 minutes before turning in to a wire rack to cool.



4. To make Chocolate Mock cream: Place chocolate in glass bowl. Stir over barely simmering water until melted; remove from heat. Beat butter in small mixing bowl until light and creamy. Add chocolate, beating 1 minute or until mixture is glossy and smooth. 5. Turn cake up side down. Cut into three layers horizontally. Place first layer on serving plate. Spread cake evenly with half whipped cream, top with half cherries. Continue layering with remaining cake, cream and cherries, ending with cake on top. 6. Spread mock cream over the top and sides, using a flat-bladed knife. Using a piping bag, pipe stars of remaining mixture around cake rim.

cook's files Storage time: This cake and its filling are best assembled and eaten on the day it’s made.

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rich chocolate cake instructions Preparation time: 25 minutes. Cooking time: 45 minutes.

ingredients • • • • • • • • • •

125 g unsalted butter ½ cup caster sugar 1/3 cup icing sugar 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon imitation vanilla essence ¼ cup blackberry jam 1 ¼ cups self-raising flour ½ cup cocoa powder 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 cup of milk

method PREHEAT OVEN to moderate 180 degrees centigrade. Brush a deep, 20cm square tin with melted butter or oil, line base and side with paper; grease paper. 1. Using electric beaters, beat butter and sugar and icing sugar in small mixing bowl until light and creamy. Add eggs gradually, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add essence and jam; beat until combined. 2. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl. Using a metal spoon, fold in sifted flour, cocoa and soda alternately with milk. Stir until just combined and the mixture is almost smooth. Pour mixture in to tin; smooth surface. Bake 45 minutes or until skewer comes out clean when inserted in center. Leave cake 15 minutes before turning onto wire rack to cool.

3. To make Rich Chocolate Butter cream: Combine the chocolate, butter, sifted icing sugar and cream in a small pan. Stir over low heat until mixture is smooth and glossy. Remove from the heat. Spread Butter Cream over top of cake using a flat-bladed knife.

cook's files Storage time: 1 week in airtight container or up to 3 months in the freezer un-iced. Hint: The surface of this cake may be slightly wrinkled after cooking; this is easily concealed by the Cutter Cream.


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vanilla cheese cake

ingredients • • • • • • • •

225g (80z, 2 ½ cups) digestive or sweet meal biscuits 75g (30z, 1/3 cup) butter 450g (1 lb, 2 cups) curd cheese 5ml (1 teaspoon) vanilla essence 3 eggs 225g (80z, 1 cup) caster sugar 225ml (8 fl oz) double cream 450-900g (1-2lb) fresh soft fruits, such as strawberries, redcurrants, raspberries • Oven temperature 180 degrees Celsius (350F, gas mark 4)

method 1. Preheat oven and have ready a 23cm circular cake tin which has a removable base, and has been lightly oiled. 2. Crush the biscuits with to form crumbs. This takes a couple of minutes. 3. Meanwhile, melt the butter and pour onto the crushed biscuits while the beater is still turning. When all the butter has been evenly incorporated, tip the mixture into the cake tin and press down to form a flat surface. 4. Clean the bowl and put in the curd cheese, vanilla essence, eggs and sugar. Beat with the beater for 5 minutes.

5. Add the double cream and mix until smooth. Pour onto the cooled biscuit mixture in the tin, then place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. 6. Switch of the oven and leave the cheesecake inside to cool very slowly. When cool, wrap in plastic film and refrigerate overnight. At this stage the cheesecake will last up to 2 days. 7. Just before serving unwrap, place creamy side up on a plate and place on top with a mound of fresh fruits, arranged in a haphazard fashion.

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