Food has always played a very important role in my life. Growing up with my father being one of the best chefs in Cape Town, I was constantly introduced to foreign cuisines, always fed delicious meals and continuously  inspired by exciting flavors and food preparation. I found my own passion and love for cooking a few years ago and since then, my kitchen has become my place of absolute joy.



When I discovered the art of baking, there was no turning back. I fell in love with preparing and creating baked goods, as well as finding my passion for food photography and food styling. I created my then online bakery Bake. because I got the excuse to cook all day and design new recipes, as well as have the opportunity to share them with you. Now, due to an exciting turn in my life- which you can read on about later- I have transformed the online bakery into a delicious recipe & food blog.

As much as I love sweet treats (and just food in general), I also try to live a life dedicated to being healthy, fresh, positive and balanced. I am always looking for a new eatery that offers healthy menu choices, as well as inspiring food & wellness bloggers who share the same mindset. I also love brands. And foodies. Like, who doesn't? You can read all about my latest inspirations, product obsessions and culinary experiences here. Keep a look out for some healthy eating ideas & recipes, too!

Over the years I have received some incredible opportunities, including cake competition wins, blog features, newspaper articles and T.V appearances. You can read more about these by simply selecting the stories in media

 

To cut a long story short, it all started with a cake. Not just any cake, but my One & Only Chocolate Cake. After achieving third place in the Sunday Time Chocolate Cake competition, I received some incredible experiences, including the dream of getting to meet food editor and author Hilary Biller. She forwarded my details to the amazing Zola Nene from the SABC 3 Expresso Morning Show and before I knew it I was invited to be on the show. I now have the greatest joys of being a part of the Expresso family and have baked on their show over 50 times. It has been an incredible three years and I look forward to many more! To see all my videos click here.

 

Hilary Biller's Summer Salad:

http://www.youtube.com/watchv=7NV_xyjbljc&feature=share&list=UU_mTg0Mh7M-zAaiT3Z2i69w

 

Flourless Chocolate Brownies (5 ingredients)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZRAFxHmfRY

 

Banana Pancakes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK6vcbLBDNQ&feature=c4-overview&list=UU_mTg0Mh7M-zAaiT3Z2i69w

 

White Chocolate & Raspberry Cupcakes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkvLvJcCveU&list=UU_mTg0Mh7M-zAaiT3Z2i69w

 

Lemon Syrup Cake with Candied Lemons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh_3JUf7NrU&list=UU_mTg0Mh7M-zAaiT3Z2i69w&feature=c4-overview

 

Gluten & Sugar Free Waffles:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exJn5ZpTPbA

 

Mad Hatter Macarons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKgRvX6srvA

 

Gluten free Peach Crumble:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flNltOohAyw

 

Chocolate Egg Nests:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hPvTcm-E4g&list=UU_mTg0Mh7M-zAaiT3Z2i69w

 

Super Brownies (gluten & dairy free, low sugar)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAXdQbmHyx8&list=UU_mTg0Mh7M-zAaiT3Z2i69w

 

Coffee & Chocolate Mousse (gluten free, sugar free, high protein)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prpKFQ-UaGc&list=UU_mTg0Mh7M-zAaiT3Z2i69w

 

Coco-loco smoothie (energy booster, all natural ingredients)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4ThInBnGu8&list=UU_mTg0Mh7M-zAaiT3Z2i69w

 

Blueberry Booster Smoothie 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpwWZ5ru0TE&list=UU_mTg0Mh7M-zAaiT3Z2i69w

 

Gorgeous Green Smoothie (New Year's detox)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qg4vuUF0UlA

 

Sugar-free Strawberry & Cream Milkshake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VizoIqV59io

 

Chocolate & Hazelnut Meringues (5 ingredients)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WShPqzzIL4

 

Roasted Carrots (5 ingredients)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_wzaIORacw

 

Roasted Beetroot, Mushroom & Goat's Cheese Salad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRW-D7zwP4g

 

Potassi Lassi Smoothie (Salt Awareness Day)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaFvsAgdSXE

 

Banana Split Waffles (International Waffle Day)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-nTc-VYMNE

 

White Chocolate & Coconut Truffles 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seRPYf5GbDY

 

Hundreds and Thousands Orange Ombre Cake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CizCGBfLsHQ

 

Coconut Chai Smoothie (dairy free, all natural ingredients)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvDi8acYpy0

 

Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter Protein Cookies (sugar free, no carb, high protein)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPhGVCN5oq0

 

Brioche French Toast with Orange Syrup and Bacon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhQPigGc7Ug

 

Spicy Chocolate Fondant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6SLrya7nf8

 

Almond Praline

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-Ss45yBmug&list=UU_mTg0Mh7M-zAaiT3Z2i69w&index=12

 

Gluten Free Bread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpCHLlkprCE

 

Salted Caramel & White Chocolate Cupcakes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dVfMOLC8vk

 

Hummingbird Cake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98D_UsFrxIU

 

Creme Brulee Tart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkUiULQleJQ

 

The A-Z of cooking: the meaning od Deglazing and Docking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP3-ob9viJ4

 

Lemon Meringue Cake Balls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX7MqxXQJHo

 

One & Only Chocolate Cake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuuDSLg6KUA

 

Pistachio & Orange Florentines

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unfDvnwhzT8

 

Chocolate & Hazelnut Brownies (gluten free)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMybli4BNQk

 

Salted Chocolate & Pistachio Tart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MzoWSDSn-k

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffins (gluten free)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQh0zI_6r3w

 

Triflemisu (Christmas tiramisu inspired trifle)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z-aQuYdMD8

 

Gluten free Berry Cheesecake (low sugar)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwJ0Xjpdnjo

 

Braai Pork Sausages with Apple Slaw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XSbYq_EALA

 

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Donuts (gluten free)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49fWXzlaF90

 

Cardamom & White Chocolate Creme Brûlée (gluten free)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIQKvzeqWG8

 

Peanut Butter & Raspberry Chocolate Fondants

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r3PExmI8SU

 

Hot Cross Bun French Toast served with maple glazed figs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRoWdQm5340

 

Homemade Peach Jam Malva Pudding

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kvHuF7Z_zo

 

Muscavado Caramel & Pecan Fudge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRBhMU1zEbw

Kellogg's All Bran Chocolate Baskets

Gluten free Choc Chip Cookies (healthy snacking)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6BEiwhD-vY

Spicy Chickpeas (healthy snacking)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhsZ7i_cF24

Raspberry & White Chocolate Meringue Kisses

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhGO1bOK08E

Burnt Butter  & Maple Madeleines

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsfDHpImBbw

Fried Apple Pies

http://www.expressoshow.com/articles/Fried-Apple-Pies?articleID=9182

 

Salted Caramel & Chocolate Braai'ed S'mores

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_ORjg50f4c

*For the rest of my recipe videos and descriptions, please visit the media tab or the recipe blog tab.

Before/ during my food career began I completed my studies at Ruth Prowse School of Art in 2014 where I studied for three years and obtained my Diploma in Photography. During my final year I decided to create a cookbook dedicated to the local chefs who inspired my food journey. My book titled Our Food has delicious recipes and stories from me and 12 incredible chefs, including Giovanni and Nicolas Esposito, Samantha Linsell, Zola Nene, Justine Drake, Jenny Morris, Marlene van derWesthuizen, Tracy Foulkes, Hooman Saffarian, Romano Gorrini, Reuben Riffel and Liam Tomlin. It was an honour meeting them an having them a part of this project!

 

AND THEN my life turned to something amazing. My business partner Jarred and I launched an exciting new product in our company Nu Whey (PTY) Ltd. It is a treat that I know all of you will enjoy and here is a hint: it is 100% natural, high in protein, absolutely delicious, contains no added sugar, gluten-free, luxurious and guilt free! You can follow us on our website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. What is this brand you might wonder...I am so proud to tell you about our brand skinny scoop, our high protein, all natural ice-cream! We are so in love and we just hope that you will all love it too! Please follow us at the links below for more information:

 

Website: www.skinnyscoop.co.za

Instagram: @skinnyscoopSA

Twitter: @skinnyscoop

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Skinny-Scoop-348421855355636/

 

 

skinny scoop granted me an additional joy of being able to develop some guilt free recipes. Our ever so popular #tastytuesday has hit Instagram by a storm so I will be sharing some of these on my recipe blog, too. There will also be plenty of guilt free AND naughty dessert ideas for you to wow your guests with! For all dessert recipes click here.

Thank you for visiting and I hope to see some lovely baked creations from you! Please remember the hashtag #bakebygabriella if one of my recipes inspired you- I'd love to see your creation and share the love!

Stay sweet!

 

Gabi







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