Easy Buttery Mamon

Easy Buttery Mamon

Mamon is a popular Filipino Dessert. It’s basically a chiffon or sponge cake traditionally baked in crenelated (wavy) tin molds.

These molds give these cakes their distinctive shapes. Although if you don’t have any you can use muffin or cupcake tins. I use Wilton Tart and Pie Molds – Mini Silicone Molds – Mamon molds
I love these molds! The baked Mamon pop right out and clean up is easy. The mold are dishwasher safe!

Mamon are usually soft spongy butter muffin like cakes topped with sugar. But theses days they come in several flavors and versions. One of my favorites is Mocha Mamon a coffee flavored cake. There are also Cheesy Mamon topped with shredded cheese, and Ube Mamon a purple cake made with purple yams. As for varieties there’s the loaf like sponge cake called Taisan popular in the province of Pampanga, Pianono a Swiss Roll type cake filled with sweet butter or flavored butter icing like mocha or ube, there’s Broas the ladyfinger version which can be spongy or crispy, and there’s Mamon Tostado which as its name suggests is toasted or made to be dry crunchy cookies.

Today’s recipe is for the simple basic butter Mamon. They really are a classic. I have to admit they’re a bit tedious to make but the time and effort are definitely worth it! These little cakes have passed my grandchildren’s taste test, they love them!

So get out your mixers, it helps if you have 2 electric mixers or 2 bowls. You will be creaming batter and whipping egg whites, 2 bowls or mixers make the job easier.

I use my KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer – Stand Mixer 

I also use my KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer – Hand Mixer 

As you can tell I’m definitely a KitchenAid fan. I love my KitchenAid small appliances! I’ve had my stand mixer for over 10 years, so worth the cost!

If not using 2 mixers at least try to use 2 large mixing bowls with a hand mixer, unless you’ve sprung the $80+ to buy an extra bowl for your stand mixer. Not having to move mixtures around and washing a bowl between uses will safe time and frustration!

Anyway, gather your equipment and ingredients and start baking!

Easy Buttery Mamon

Makes 12 Mamon if using Wilton mini silicone tart molds

Easy Buttery Mamon

Easy Buttery Mamon


  • 4 large eggs yolks and whites separated
  • ½ tbsp cream of tartar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • cup fresh milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1⅛ cup cake flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter - melted
  • granulated sugar for topping


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Spray molds with cooking spray
  • In a mixing bowl, beat egg whitesusing a hand or stand mixer atlow speed until foamy (about aminute). Add the cream of tartarand continue beating at mediumspeed until soft peaks form.Gradually add granulated sugar (a spoonful at a time) and beatuntil stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • In a larger mixing bowl, add the egg yolks, oil, milk and vanillaextract. Mix using a hand or stand mixer until frothy.
  • Place the cake flour, powdered sugar, baking powder and salt in astrainer or sifter. Sift the dry ingredients into the egg yolk mixturein 3 to 4 parts interval mixing it with a spatula or spoon after everyaddition. After all the dry ingredients are added to the egg yolkmixture, beat together at medium speed until the texture becomeslighter and the color lighter (approx 3-4 minutes).
  • Now gently fold in the stiff egg whites into the egg yolkand flour mixture in 2-3 parts until well combined
  • Fill prepared Mamon tins with the cake batter, about 3/4 full each moldGently tap each tin to move air bubbles and to level off the batter.Arrange them on a large baking tray.
  • Bake them for 25-30 minutes oruntil tops turn golden brown andinserted toothpick come outclean. I like to set timer for 12 minutes and rotate trays from top to bottom and turn them front to back. Then I set the timer another 13 minutes an hour check to make sure they’re done. If not I leave them another 5 minutes.
  • Immediately invert the tins or pop cakes out onto awire rack lined with parchmentpaper. Tap the tins to release thecakes. Turn them topside up.
  • Brush the tops with melted butter while warm.
  • Roll tops immediately in white sugar.
  • Store in air tight bags. Left overs can be frozen and thawed on the counter to room temperature when needed.
Red Beet Cupcakes

Red Beet Cupcakes

We have an awesome cupcake store in our neighborhood and every now and then we take the kids by to enjoy a special treat. Without fail, their eyes are always drawn to the most colorful cupcakes in the display case. My kids may have no idea how a red velvet cupcake made with crimson food dye actually tastes, but put something like it in front of them and their immediate response is, “that one”.

Red Beet Cupcakes from weelicious.com

My take on these cupcakes have a rich flavor, and while they aren’t as artificially red as the red velvet cupcakes which use chemical food dyes (and of course chocolate which this one doesn’t include), they (and their icing) get their bright, reddish-pink color from a surprising, delicious and 100% natural guest, roasted beets. Especially given the never-ending speculation about the connection between food dyes and hyperactivity in children, having smart alternatives for the artificially colored food that kids crave means I don’t have to deprive my little ones.

This doesn’t mean we’re not frequenting our local cupcake store any less often, but I always like reminding myself that whenever there’s something out there I may not be thrilled about my kids eating, figuring out how to make a healthier version is not at all impossible.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large beet, roasted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Beet Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup beet puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Sift the first 4 ingredients into a bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients.

4. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet and combine.

5. Pour about 1/3 cup into lined muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

6. Cool completely before frosting.

Beet Cream Cheese Frosting (Make 2 Cups)

1. Place all the ingredients in a mixer and beat on medium to high speed until fluffy. 2. Spread on cupcakes.



Red Beet Pancakes

Red Beet Pancakes

Red Beet Pancakes came to me courtesy of my husband.

My better half has discovered a passion for cooking. For me, this newfound culinary obsession of his is both a blessing and a curse. While on one hand it’s a huge relief because I don’t have to cook, it can also be a total pain in my tush (and not just because of the potential mess I likely find afterwards) because while he is completely focused on his latest creation, I am left in charge of two cranky, hungry kids.

It’s hard for me to get upset though. Hubby gets so excited about the whole process and the two hour mental voyages he takes while focussed on a new dish are kinda hilarious to watch. It’s like witnessing a 4 year old trying to finish a 50 piece jigsaw puzzle for the first time. Plus, I love watching how jazzed the kids get seeing Daddy work in what they consider to be Mommy’s turf.

One recent Saturday morning, Daddy decided to make a beet pancake recipe he had seen in Good to the Grain, a fabulously gorgeous book by Kim Boyce. As soon as Kenya heard the words “beet” and “pancakes” he said, “no way, that’s gross”. It didn’t take long for Chloe to jump on the “yucky” bandwagon. It seemed like this experiment was going to leave two out of four of us with empty tummies, but as soon as the kids got into helping Daddy stir, mash and measure, they apparently forgot all about their initial aversion. By the time the beautiful ruby discs finally came off of the griddle and onto everyone’s plates, the kids downed about five a piece.

My favorite part of this story though, came later on when my husband asked Kenya why he was so resistant at first to the beet pancakes. Kenya just looked at him and said, completely matter of fact, “who knew they were going to be that good!”

I’ve simplified Boyce’s recipe here, adding some whole wheat flour, more pureed beets to further brighten the color and some Greek yogurt too, making these red beet pancakes a breakfast that will make everyone’s eyes as big as their stomachs when you set them on the table.

He may make a bit of a mess and take a while finding his way around the kitchen, but I have to say it’s unbelievably charming watching hubby take over what I usually think of as my kitchen….and make it more of ours!



  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 Cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 2 medium beets, roasted and pureed (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 1/4 Cup milk
  • 1/3 Cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract


1. Sift the first 5 ingredients into a bowl.

2. Place the rest of the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk thoroughly to combine.

3. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and stir until just combined (you don’t want to overstir the batter — some lumps are good).

4. Drop about 2 tbsp of the pancake mixture onto a greased griddle or pan over medium heat and cook for 3 minutes on each side.

5. Serve with desired accompaniments.

* To freeze: Place the pancakes in labeled zipper bags and freeze for up to 3 months


Waffle Heart Sandwiches

Waffle Heart Sandwiches

Nothing says I love you quite like these Waffle Heart Sandwiches for Valentine’s Day! Crunchy, creamy filled heart sandwiches full of deliciousness that kids and adults simply love.

If you know anything about me you know I love coming up with fun, creative ways to make lunch for my kids. If there’s a holiday, you better believe I’m going to try to make their lunch box holiday themed! Valentine’s Day is no exception. In fact, it’s one of my favorite holidays! Every year I make these Waffle Heart Sandwiches for Kenya, Chloe and Gemma’s bento boxes and they absolutely love them!

These sandwiches are a fun treat to make with your kids too. They love cutting out the bread into hearts with a cookie cutter, filling them with cream cheese and raspberries, and finally, popping them into the waffle iron! I love these sandwiches too because they’re totally customizable. You can add any filling you want and they’ll be equally delicious!

We’ve made these with peanut butter and jelly before and they are absolutely incredible! The way they get crispy from the waffle iron cannot be matched. And it’s so easy! If you haven’t been making sandwiches in your waffle iron, this is your sign to do so asap!

I love any excuse to use my waffle maker too. There are tons of weelicious recipes for your waffle maker you’ve got to try like Waffle French Toast, Rainbow Waffles, and even Waffle Iron Eggs! There are endless way to use your waffle maker and it’s so much fun!

Valentine’s Day is one of the most fun holidays to come up with recipes for! We make these adorable Raspberry Cream Cheese Heart Tarts, Puff Pastry Berry Hearts and this really cute Valentine’s Day Snack Board. They’re great if you have a school party too and look adorable on any table!



  • 4 slices sandwich bread
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
  •  honey, to taste
  • 6-8 fresh raspberries


1. Preheat waffle iron.

2. Using a large heart shaped cookie cutter, cut the bread into hearts.

3. Spread half the cream cheese on 1 heart and drizzle with honey to taste. Flatten the raspberries by opening them up with your fingers. Place 3-4 raspberries on top of the cream cheese and top with another plain piece of heart bread. Place the sandwich in the waffle iron for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.

4. Repeat with remaining ingredients and serve.

The Best Banana Pudding Recipe

The Best Banana Pudding Recipe

If you’ve never had good old fashioned Banana Pudding then you are seriously missing out!  This creamy dessert is so popular that there’s even a 2 day festival in hour of it.  I kid you not; there’s a National Banana Pudding Festival the first week of October in Centerville, Tennessee!

It’s generally associated with the Southern part of the United States but it’s popular in all parts of the country.  It’s not really known exactly how the dessert became a Southern Icon but it’s been a Southern specialty since the 1940’s if not longer.

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding is pretty similar to the English Trifle in that it’s layers of creamy custard, fruit, and a soft spongy cookie which can be topped if desired with a dollop of whipped cream, or in some homes meringue.

This iconic dessert was further popularized by the Nabisco company when it published the recipe on the box of every Nabisco brand Nilla Wafers, which of course is featured as Wone of the key ingredients.

So back to the beginning, if  you’ve never had good Old Fashioned Banana Pudding you’re missing out.  So to rectify that here’s  a recipe for this yummy dessert.  And no instant Banana Pudding from a box doesn’t count!

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding


  • 1 Tbs. Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp. Salt
  • 4 Cups Whole Milk
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 4-5 Ripe Bananas
  • 1 Box Vanilla Wafers (the Nabisco brand are called Nilla Wafers)


  • Whisk flour, sugar, salt, milk, egg yolks, and vanilla in a saucepan.
  • Cook on medium heat about 15 - 20 minutes or until thick.  Keep stirring mixture as it cooks so it won't scorch and stick to the pan.
  • Remove from  heat.
  • Layer vanilla wafers in the bottom of a dish or bowl.
  • Add a layer of banana slices, one on each wager works well.
  • Pour 1/2 of  pudding over the layers.
  • Repeat a layer of wafers and bananas on top of the pudding layer.
  • Pour the other half of the pudding over that new layer.
  • Top with crushed wafers if desired.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Key Lime Pie Recipe

Key Lime Pie Recipe

Key Lime Pie is my favorite.  It’s sweet tartness is very refreshing, specially in the summer.

The first time I had Key Lime Pie was at a small local restaurant in Key West, Florida.  It was love at first bite!   Of course there it’s a very popular dessert; Key West has long claimed the pie originated on their tiny island using the small thin skin limes associated with the island.

You might be wondering what makes the Key Lime so special.  It’s a citrus hybrid that is smaller, rounder, and seedier than the usual larger more oval limes.  Key Lime, also known as Mexican Lime, Omani Lime, and West Indian Lime, also have a stronger aroma, more acidic, and thinner rind than its larger counterpart.

Whatever the case may be as the famed ingredient in Key Lime Pie it’s delicious!  Of course you can substitute other limes to make Key Lime Pie, but seriously it isn’t quite the same.  But in many places finding fresh Key Limes is not always easy. However you can buy Key Lime Juice in some stores and definitely on Amazon.  Living in Hawaii I rarely find fresh Key Limes and must resort to using the bottled juice.  I do garnish my pie with a slice of fresh lime, whatever type I manage to find.

There are many Key Lime Pie recipes out there, and believe me I’ve tried more than a few.  But for me easy is best.  This mean I do not like to make pie crust, it’s one chore I avoid whenever possible.  Now Key Lime Pie is usually made with a Graham Cracker crust, of course you can make your own, there are many recipes for this, or be like me and use store bought Graham Cracker Crusts.

You also need Whipped Cream, which of course you can buy spray cans of in your grocer’s dairy section.  That would be the easiest.  But although I’m always looking for the easy way, I make my own whipped cream.  I prefer homemade whipped cream simply because I love the taste of freshly whipped cream.  I like to pipe the whipped cream on top of the pie using a large star tip, or sometimes just around the outer edge and a large dollop in the middle.  But if you don’t what to make your own whipped cream the spay cans will do just fine, you won’t even need a star tip and piping bag to decorate the top of your pie.

So having said all that here’s my recipe, it includes instructions on homemade whipped cream.

Key Lime Pie


1  9″ Graham Cracker Pie Crust (homemade or store bought)

1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

3/4 Cup Key Lime Juice

1 Cup Fresh Heavy Whipping Cream – cold

1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

1 Tsp. Vanilla

Fresh Lime Slice


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Whisk condensed milk, sour cream, and lime juice together in a medium bowl.

Whisk until smooth.

Pour into prepared crust.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool on counter for about 30 minutes.

Chill pie in refrigerator at least 3 hours.

Before serving make whipped cream:

Using the whipping attachment to your standup mixer or the beaters of a hand held mixer beat cream and sugar until stiff peaks form.

Beat in vanilla.

Pipe on top of chilled pie.

Garnish with a slice of lime if desired.