How to Make Your Delicous Sponge Cake

How to Make Your Delicous Sponge Cake

Sponge cake (or yellow cake) is a soft, spongy, and delicious cake with a brownish outer surface and a whitish inner surface. This is made with lots of egg, sugar, and flour and I’ll be telling you how to make sponge cake recipe.


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 3 tablespoons of milk (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons of oil
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • ½ tablespoon of vanilla essence

Tools Needed

  • Whisk
  • Spatula or paddling stick
  • Baking pan (desired shape)
  • Parchment paper

Procedures for Preparation of Sponge Cake

STEP 1: Crack your eggs and separate the yolks from the white in different bowls.

STEP 2: Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F.

STEP 3: In your bowl of yolks, give this a whisk and add milk, oil, and vanilla essence.

STEP 4: Gradually sift the flour into the bowl and give this a stir. Mix till well incorporated and set this aside.

STEP 5: In the bowl of whites, using a hand mixer, beat for 20minutes from medium to high till it begins to foam.

STEP 6: Add in sugar and continue beating till stiff peaks. Here, you see the egg whites looking thick, creamy, and white.

STEP 7: Now add this to the bowl of yolks. Fold it in and mix.

STEP 8: Get your clean baking pan. It’s time to bake this sponge cake recipe.

STEP 9: Grease the pan with butter and add parchment paper on the sides and bottom of the pan. You may also dust with flour after greasing.

STEP 10: Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Do not full to the brim to avoid pouring whilst baking.

STEP 11: Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the pan. Do not open the oven while baking.

STEP 12: Remove from the oven using a hand glove or mittens.

STEP 13: Allow it cool for 5-10 minutes or place it on a rack for easy air ventilation.

STEP 14: Enjoy!

Recipes that Best Goes with It

Sponge cake goes with ice cream, milkshakes, and of course soft drinks like Coca-Cola, etc.

How to Serve Sponge Cakes

Sponge cake should be served to friends, loved ones, and family immediately as it cools off. You can also enjoy sponge cakes with these 3 different ways of making chocolate sauce.

Occasion to Serve Sponge Cakes Best

This delicious sponge cake recipe can be served any day, anytime, and anywhere. It could serve as a lunch box for kids, birthday parties, or after-party snacks.

Nutritional Value of Sponge Cakes

This snack is packed with benefits such as low calories when eaten, a good source of energy, and of course, the unique flavors in your kitchen.

How to Store Sponge Cake?

Store in the freezer for 2-3 days. I suggest you wrap before storing and also, consume within a day. Enjoy!


Can I use butter or margarine for my sponge cake?

With margarine, you get a softer and fluffy texture in cakes than using butter. Butter has great taste and smell but it makes cake dense and dried out the moisture. Margarine should be your go-to when making this sponge cake.

What is the difference between regular cake and sponge cake?

A very good difference between regular cake and sponge cake is that the latter is made with lots of eggs while the former contains baking powder or baking soda.

What is the difference between butter cake and sponge cake?

Butter cake relies on butter or margarine and some leavening agents such as baking powder and baking soda whereas Sponge cake relies on the beaten eggs and air that gets into it.

What are the four types of sponge cakes?

These are Swissroll sponge, Devil’s food cake, Forrest sponge cake, Angel Food Cake, and many other types of sponge cakes.

What is the secret to sponge cake?

The secret to sponge cake is in its texture, the eggs, and the absence of leavening agents like baking soda and baking powder. In sponge cake, the leavening agents are in the eggs and the air is gotten from beating them using the mixer. Sponge cakes are soft, light, fluffy, and airy and this is a result of beating egg whites.


Are you in the kitchen already? Whisk up this recipe and tell us how you did making this soft, fluffy, spongy, and delicious sponge cake recipe. Be sure to let us know when you do in the comment section.

How to Make Banana Bread Recipe in 12 Easy Steps

How to Make Banana Bread Recipe in 12 Easy Steps

Do you ever get bored of the same old bakery bread? Do you ever want to try something new with bread? If this thought has run through your mind, then how to make banana bread recipe is for you!

Too often, I find bread to be bland and I tend to crave something new and interesting. Sometimes, I opt for sponge cake or cupcakes or something sweet the very least. In this article, I’ll be sharing with you how to make the moist and delicious banana bread recipe for friends and family and most of all, for you. So, sit back, relax and enjoy this recipe.


  • 2-3 overripe bananas
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 76g of melted butter
  • A pinch of salt
  • 150g of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 205g of flour
  • 80g of plain yogurt (optional but this adds moisture to the bread)
  • Nuts (your choice but optional as it gives it a crunchy taste)
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips (optional)

Other tools needed

  • Small baking pan
  • Measuring scale
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon or spatula

Procedures for Preparation

STEP 1: Before you put your hands to work, preheat the oven to 350F and butter your baking pan. A small baking pan is more than okay for this.

STEP 2: Now, let us get you started on how to make banana bread.

STEP 3: In a mixing bowl, mash your bananas using a fork until completely smooth.

STEP 4: Add melted butter into the bowl.

STEP 5: Add in baking soda and salt.

STEP 6: Again, add in sugar, an egg, and vanilla extract. If you’re using yoghurt, add it in.

STEP 7: Lastly, add in flour, nuts, and chocolate chips (if you will be using them) and mix them in.

STEP 8: Get your pan and pour the batter into it.

STEP 9: Bake for 50 minutes to an hour after placing the pan into the middle of the oven at 350F

STEP 10: Bake until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.

STEP 11: Take out of the oven using a mitten and allow it to cool for a few minutes.

STEP 12: Now, remove the bread from the pan and let it cool completely before serving.

STEP 13: Using a knife, slice and serve.

How to Serve Banana Bread Recipe

Now that you know how to make banana bread, how do you serve it? Slice and serve your banana bread as breakfast and dessert along with fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, and jam. Another way of enjoying this recipe is along with fruit juice such as orange, or apple, or serve with toppings like peanut butter, Nutella or chocolate drizzle, or even caramel drizzle.

Occasions to Serve Banana Bread Recipe Best

Banana bread recipe is mostly eaten over breakfast with friends and family and eaten as dessert to savor something sweet and delicious. You can make this for birthdays, Eid celebrations, and even on special days to share with loved ones.

How to Store Banana Bread Recipe

Place your loaf of bread in a plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container. You can store it for up to 2-3 days.

Nutritional Value of Banana Bread Recipe

Whether you’re making your banana bread recipe at home or buying it online, it can be a health bomb or a health attack. Banana bread recipe has been proven to be packed with proteins, energy-boosting, and contains fats but healthy fats.


This recipe is not only delicious but moist and sweet and the ingredients on how to make banana bread are most definitely lying around in your pantry/store at home. When you go to the market, be sure to buy some bananas so you can make this at home. Be sure to let us know in the comment section when you make some.


What is the difference between banana loaf and cake?

Banana bread is made just as above, it is dense and banana is used while the cake is made with banana as the main ingredients. Here, banana bread was used mostly as a flavor and taste.

Do I need a mixer for my banana bread recipe?

No, you do not need a fancy mixer to whip this recipe up. A simple bowl, a fork, or a whisk is all you need.

Do I fill the batter to the brim of the pan?

No, fill the pan halfway and never to the brim of the pan. If you by chance have excess, use another pan to bake it.

Why is my banana bread hard?

In baking, mistakes such as overmixing batter can happen. Instead of mixing when you add in ingredients, add in all the ingredients in a bowl and give it just a mix instead of adding one at a time and mixing when you do.

Why is my banana bread brown?

This is because you added in too much baking soda. Too much baking soda increases the alkalinity or basicity of your batter. Remember to use just ½ teaspoon of your baking soda.

How to Prepare Tuwon Alabo (Cassava Swallow)

How to Prepare Tuwon Alabo (Cassava Swallow)

Tuwon Alabo or cassava swallow as people like to call it is a local dish made from cassava flour (Alabo) which is produced by fermenting peeled cassava in water, sun-drying the fermented cassava, and milling it into powdered form. This flour comes from a root vegetable called cassava. It is also and is a great substitute for wheat flour and yam flour in a variety of recipes including tuwon masara. This article seeks to teach you how to prepare Tuwon Alabo.

In addition, Tuwon Alabo is widely consumed and enjoyed by most Nigerians irrespective of tribe. It is popularly known as Lafun or White Amala in the western part of Nigeria.

Learn how to prepare Tuwon Alabo In a few steps!

Ingredients for Tuwon Alabo

The ingredients need to make this delicacy are just cassava flour and water

Procedure for Preparing Tuwon Alabo

STEP1: Sieve the cassava flour (Alabo).

STEP 2: Place a pot of water on medium heat and leave to boil.

STEP 3: Once the water is boiled, remove from heat and stir in the sieved Alabo with a wooden stick to the already boiled water. Stir continuously until it gets thick and smooth.

STEP 4: Add little hot water to it and place it back on fire. Leave to cook on medium heat for at least 2 minutes or more to give a smooth-looking tuwo.

STEP 5: Stir again until it becomes smooth and lump-free.

STEP 6: Serve hot with any soup of choice.

How to Serve Tuwon Alabo

Tuwon Alabo should be accompanied with Spinach Soup, Okro Soup, Bitterleaf Soup, or any soup of choice. Plain tuwo is somewhat neutral in terms of taste and would taste bland. It would also go perfectly well with any beverage you choose to use.

Occasions Best to Serve Tuwon Alabo

Tuwon Alabo can be served on any occasion whatsoever as long as the dish is being enjoyed by its consumers. 

How to Store Tuwon Alabo

Tuwon Alabo can be stored in a refrigerator like any other dish and it can last for a very long time but to the detriment of its delicious taste.

Nutritional Benefits of Tuwon Alabo

Fermented foods offer certain health benefits including anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-mutagenic activities. It reduces several health risks like cardiovascular diseases, cancer, GI disorders, and obesity.

Tuwon Alabo plays an immense role in the health and nutritional status of people as cassava flour is said to be an option for those with high cholesterol or high blood pressure because it contains low sodium sugar and fat.

More so, cassava flour (Alabo) contains resistant starches that have a variety of potential health benefits; this includes improved digestive, colon health, and improved insulin sensitivity, and may also help with weight loss efforts.

Cassava is widely known for its richness in carbohydrates which is the main source of energy to the body and contains important vitamins and minerals therefore Cassava Flour swallow or Tuwon Alabo is very beneficial to the body.


Now that we’ve seen how easy it is to prepare Tuwon Alabo and its contribution to the body, I trust that I have been able to help someone here with dinner preparations.

If that person is you, please leave a comment in the comments section on how this piece has been helpful to you and the final outcome of your Tuwo.

How to Make Dawa da Wake (Yadda Ake Dawa da Wake)

How to Make Dawa da Wake (Yadda Ake Dawa da Wake)

Some combinations of foods are just amazing and will make you wonder ‘Who first thought of preparing this food?’ Dawa da Wake is a northern Nigerian recipe mostly consumed by the Hausas. It is a combination of guinea corn (dawa) and beans (wake) to produce a finger-linking sumptuous meal that will make you crave for more after your first feel of it. In this article, I will be teaching you how to make Dawa da Wake (yadda ake Dawa da Wake).


The following ingredients are needed when preparing Dawa da Wake:

Dawa (guinea corn)
Wake (beans)
Palm oil
Kuli Kuli (groundnut cake)
Salt, maggi, cabbage, spinach, onions, tomato

Procedure for Preparing Dawa da Wake

STEP 1: Get a big mortar and pestle, pour the guinea corn seeds into it and sprinkle a little water on it and then pound for like 30 minutes. This is called surfe in the Hausa language.

STEP 2: Pour the pounded guinea corn (dawa) into a large tray and try separating the seeds from the shaft. This is called bakace in Hausa.

STEP 3: Wash the guinea corn very well and drain it, then set it aside.

STEP 4: Over medium heat, put a clean pot, add your beans to it and allow 10 minutes of cooking time. Then;

STEP 5: Pour the guinea corn and allow to cook for 40 minutes together with the beans

STEP 6: Turn off the heat, pour in a warmer, and set it aside. Then;

STEP 7: Slice your onions, tomato, and spinach and set them aside.

STEP 8: Get a clean mortar and pestle and pound the groundnut cake (Kuli-Kuli) until it is slightly coarse in texture. Then;

STEP 9: Get a frying pan over medium heat and fry the contents in STEP 7 for 5 minutes.

STEP 10: Ta-da! Your Dawa da Wake is ready for consumption.

How to Serve Dawa da Wake

Dawa da Wake is best served hot with a chilled drink of your choice.

Occasions to Serve Dawa da Wake Best

Dawa da Wake is mostly consumed or eaten as a basic meal (lunch, breakfast, or dinner). It is hardly served on grand occasions like weddings, birthday parties, festivals, etc.

How to Store Dawa da Wake

It can last for many months without refrigerating as long as it is kept in a safe place away from children and rodents.

Nutritional Value of Dawa da Wake

The guinea corn in it helps to provide essential minerals nutrients such as potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. In addition, it aids in the prevention of diabetes, obesity, and cancer. It also aids in the prevention of heart disease and constipation.

On the other hand, the beans in it help in the provision of folate, protein, antidioxants. It also helps in reducing the risk of cancer, and prevention of fatty liver, among other benefits.


Dawa da Wake is easy to make. The only stressful part is the part of removing the shaft of the guinea corn seeds (i.e. the surfe part). We all know that pounding is not easy and this one takes minutes to achieve the desired result depending on the quantity you intend to have.

You could just prepare this meal in jollof form.

I’m optimistic this piece was worthwhile for you.

Anyways, that’s a wrap for this delicious meal. Now that you know how to make Dawa da Wake (yadda ake Dawa da Wake), why don’t you try making it for yourself or your family and tell us your experience in the comments section below?

You are always welcome to Northpad Nigeria for more local Northern Nigerian delicacies.

How to Make Tubani Recipe

How to Make Tubani Recipe

Tubani recipe is another northern Nigerian dish that is primarily consumed by Hausas. It is prepared in three (3) different methods just like Gauda as a result of the differences in the ingredients used.

It can be made with masara and waken soya (maize and soya beans); also, it can be made with white beans and maize alone. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to prepare Tubani in three distinct methods. Please stick with me!

How to Make Tubani Recipe with Masara and Soya Beans


2 cups of maize
2 cups of soya beans
4 spoons of baobab leaf powder (Kuka)
A small piece of potash (kanwa)
Powdered pepper
Vegetable or palm oil or soup

Procedure for Preparing Tubani with Masara and Waken Soya

STEP 1: Remove the dirt from the maize and soya beans and thoroughly combine them. (In Hausa, the word cakudawa means’mix.’)

STEP 2: Grind or blend the ingredients until finely ground, then filter into a basin or container. Then, STEP 3: Soak and set aside the potash.

STEP 4: Thoroughly combine the contents of STEP 2 with the kuka (Baobab leaf powder).

STEP 5: Pour the potash into the bowl and thoroughly mix it in.

STEP 6: Next, slowly drizzle in the water while mixing to make a dough that is neither too thick nor too thin.

STEP 7: Fetch the dough with your hand and mould it to the shape you want then set it aside.

STEP 8: Continue until all of the dough has been used up.

STEP 9: In a clean saucepan over medium heat, pour water, place the contents in STEP 7 in the pot, and cover the pot with the lid. Allow for 40 minutes of cooking time, just like Danwake.

STEP 10: Scoop the Tubani one by one after turning off the heat and put in a clean warmer.

STEP 11: Fry your oil for only 2 minutes (vegetable or palm oil).

STEP 12: Your Tubani with masara and wake is ready!

How to Make Tubani Recipe with Masara and White Beans (Farin Wake)


2 cups of beans
2 spoons of baobab leaf powder (Kuka)
A small piece of potash (kanwa)
Powdered pepper
Vegetable or palm oil or soup

Procedure for Preparing Tubani with Wake (Beans)

STEP 1: Separate the beans from the dirt.

STEP 2: Fill a clean basin halfway with water and soak the beans for 10 minutes.

STEP 3: Rinse the beans thoroughly to remove the grain shafts.

STEP 4: Immediately after washing, blend or grind it to produce a thick dough.

STEP 5: Add the maggi into the dough and thoroughly mix.

STEP 6: Fetch the dough with your hand and mould it to the shape you want then set it aside. Repeat the same process until the entire dough is exhausted.

STEP 7: Over medium heat, get a clean pot, pour water in it, arrange the content in STEP 6 in the pot, and cover the lid of the pot. Allow to cook for 40 minutes just like Danwake.

STEP 8: After turning off the heat, scoop the Tubani one by one and place them in a clean warmer.

STEP 9: Fry your oil (vegetable or palm oil) for just 2 minutes.

STEP 10: Your Tubani with wake (beans) is ready!

How to Make Tubani Recipe with Masara (Maize)


Same with the ingredients for Tubani made from maize and soya beans

Procedure for Preparing Tubani with Masara (Maize)

The procedure is the same as that of Tubani made from Maize and soya beans except that in this case, no soya beans.

How to Serve Tubani Recipe

Tubani is usually served with Miyan Taushe, which is typically poured over the tubani. Powdered pepper, Maggi, and oil could be put on top of the Tubani before serving. Alternatively, you could simply place the Tubani on one plate and the oil, pepper, and maggi combined on another platter, and then consume the Tubani by dipping it in the second plate.

Occasions to Serve Tubani Recipe Best

Tubani is suitable for consumption at any time of the day. It could also be consumed as one of our three fundamental meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). When eaten as a dessert, it isn’t a bad idea.

How to Store Tubani Recipe

If you keep it submerged in water, it will last for 24 hours. When refrigerated, however, it will last 3 to 4 days.

Nutritional Value of Tubani Recipe

Tubani with beans adds folate, protein, and anti-inflammatory benefits to the dish. It also helps to prevent cancer and fatty liver disease, among other things.

Tubani with maize and/or soya beans additionally helps supply the energy we need for our daily activities, as well as treating sleep disorders, managing diabetes, and improving blood circulation. It is also necessary during pregnancy.


Tubani recipe is a delicious northern Nigerian dish that is simple to cook, as you’ve seen above. You’ll get there if you properly follow the steps. I hope you found this article to be useful.

Anyway, that concludes this amazing meal. Make it for yourself or your family, and let us know how it goes in the comments area below.

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