April News

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Greetings Everyone

Trust you are all enjoying good health with the mercy of the Allmighty.

We are well into April, can you believe it? Seems like it was New Year the other day! Anyway, I thought I’d give you an update of all the new developments here at Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights.

Thus far, the year has proved to be full of sadness, blessings and new adventures for me, Alhamdullilaah (all praise to the Almighty).

My dad, Mogamat Moosa Francis, passed away at the beginning of February after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Six weeks later my sister in law, Baraneez, passed away at the very young of 44. May Allah (God) be pleased with them and elevate their status in paradise, ameen.

I’m now on my way to be qualified as a tour guide which will enable me to provide Cape Malay Cooking Adventures to tourists visiting our beautiful city. I’ll be providing the adventures from my home in Newfields. For more information please email me or complete the contact form below.

I’m also offering cooking classes to locals, please contact me for details.

Cape Malay Cooking Lessons

My premix spices have been well received, we now have the ready made cooking sauce where you only add your meat, chicken, fish or vegetables. All the other ingredients have already been added. In addition we also have ready mix dried spices. Add 2 – 3 tablespoons of this mixture to make a delicious curry or akni. 10% of all profits goes to our charity, Cakes For Kids – free birthday cakes for less privileged children.

Salwaa’s Cape Malay Spices

We will be opening a frozen division, Salwaa’s Cape Malay Delights. We are now taking orders for Ramadan. Please place your order by the 7th May 2017 to avoid disappointment. 10% of all profits goes to our charity, Cakes For Kids – free birthday cakes for less privileged children. Our price list is below.

Frozen Savouries Price List

For all your birthday cakes, cupcakes, fancies, etc…

please contact Tohierah on 078 606 9655

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Last but not least! I’ve been appointed as Brand Ambassador to Akila Foods. I’ll be working closely with the Akila and Flava brand in future. If you would like to collaborate or work with me on any project please do get in touch.

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Basic Cupcakes

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Basic Cupcakes

Here is my basic recipe for quick and easy cupcakes. These easy cupcakes are so simple to make. Decorate with a swirl of delicious buttercream frosting, whipped fresh cream topped with fruit, ganache or plain icing sugar.

From My Kitchen To Yours – keeping our heritage alive

250g soft butter
1 cup caster sugar
4 extra large eggs
2 cups self-raising flour

Quick and easy, no fuss cupcakes.
Preheat the oven to 170° Celsius. Line 2 muffin trays with 24 cupcake cases. Add all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric hand whisk, beat together until smooth. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases. Bake the cupcakes in the preheated oven, for approximately 15 minutes or until well risen, light brown and firm to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating according to your taste.


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Free Cakes For Kids

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Cakes For Kids – Free Birthday Cakes For Less Privileged Children

A Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights Initiative – established in memory of our deceased parents. May Allah / God elevate their status in paradise, ameen.

Cakes For Kids - Free Birthday Cakes For Less Privileged Children
Cakes For Kids – Free Birthday Cakes For Less Privileged Children

I started this initiative (Cakes For Kids) after doing much research. I wanted to do something for the children in care homes, etc or whose parents simply can’t afford to give their child a birthday cake. I know from my own children and grandchildren even if you don’t have a party or a gift a simple cake makes a huge difference on their birthdays. Currently we cater for over 450 children and some adults from 16 institutes.


Our Recipients

We support all sorts of less privileged children and youth, they might be in orphanages, sheltered accommodation, safe houses, care homes, in low income housing with or without parent/s. We aim to raise these children’s self esteem and confidence with this seemingly simple gift on their special day. It may be just a cake, but the children we bake for know somebody took the time and effort to do something special just for them. The children realise they are important and in turn can have an impact on the world.


Get Involve

1 – You can contribute by donating a free birthday cake.

2 – Can’t bake? We accept cash donations which in turn is used to purchase birthday cakes from our home bakers          who sponsor cakes. As a result we donating a birthday cake and creating jobs. Two good deeds in one!

3 – Can’t bake or donate? We need volunteers to deliver the cakes.


DONATE HERE – accept donations via PayPal (international)  as well as PayFast (national)

Cakes For Kids – Free Birthday Cakes For Less Privileged Children is registered as a non profit organisation in England and Wales, Company Number 10351234


email: cakesforkids@capemalaycooking.me

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With Kind Regards

Salwaa Smith

Peaches & Cream Sponge Cake

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Peaches & Cream Sponge Cake – Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights
Use the summer fruit which is in abundance now in South Africa, to decorate your cakes and bakes.

Peaches & Cream Sponge Cake
Peaches & Cream Sponge Cake

1 cup castor sugar
4 extra large eggs
1 cup sunflower oil
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 cup self raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
300 ml fresh cream, whipped
Fresh or canned fruit of choice to decorate
Melted chocolate, optional
Roasted dessicated coconut for the sides, optional
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease 2 x 20cm baking tin with butter and dust the baking tins with flour or line the tins with greaseproof paper.

Cream eggs, sugar and oil until light and fluffy or until sugar has dissolved. Add vanilla essence. Add flour and baking powder and stir well. Stir in milk and mix to combine until the mixture is a smooth dropping consistency. Pour into prepared tins and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. To check if cake is done insert a skewer in the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean it is done. Allow to cool slightly, turn out into a cooling rack to cool down completely. Sandwich the cakes together with smooth apricot jam or lemon curd, chopped peaches and some of the whipped cream. Spread the remaining cream over the top and sides, decorate with fresh or canned fruit.
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Kolwyntjies (korrewyntjies) – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith

Kolwyntjies (korrewyntjies, cupcakes)
Kolwyntjies (korrewyntjies, cupcakes)

Nowadays kolwyntjies are better known as cupcakes, kolwyntjies were baked for special occasion topped with a spread of icing and topped with hundreds and thousands or eaten plain.

Shukran / tramekasie / thank you Grandma Soraya for the recipe 😉

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Creating memories, today my granddaughters helped me baked kolwyntjies!

Maryam & Thanaa
May Allah bless them always, Ameen




Makes 24


100g softened butter

3 Tbsp cooking oil

1 cup sugar

3 large eggs

2 cups self-raising flour, sifted

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup warm milk

1 tsp vanilla essence



Using a large mixing bowl cream the butter, oil and sugar together. Mix in the eggs one at a time.

Fold in the self-raising flour, baking powder, milk and vanilla essence.

Pour the mixture into 24 cupcake cases or into 2 well-greased (grease with butter and dust with flour) muffin tins.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 – 20 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack completely before decorating.




1 ¼ cup icing sugar

2 Tbsp butter

3 tsp hot water

Food colouring as desired

Mix all the ingredients together. Divide into small bowls and add the food colouring. Spread a spoonful over the cakes, sprinkle with hundreds and thousands and top with a sweet, chocolate or candy.

Kolwyntjies nowadays known as Cupcakes :)
Kolwyntjies nowadays known as Cupcakes 🙂

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