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:


Flourless Chocolate Brownies (5 ingredients)


Banana Pancakes:


White Chocolate & Raspberry Cupcakes:


Lemon Syrup Cake with Candied Lemons:


Gluten & Sugar Free Waffles:


Mad Hatter Macarons:


Gluten free Peach Crumble:


Chocolate Egg Nests:


Super Brownies (gluten & dairy free, low sugar)


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


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


Blueberry Booster Smoothie


Gorgeous Green Smoothie (New Year's detox)


Sugar-free Strawberry & Cream Milkshake


Chocolate & Hazelnut Meringues (5 ingredients)


Roasted Carrots (5 ingredients)


Roasted Beetroot, Mushroom & Goat's Cheese Salad


Potassi Lassi Smoothie (Salt Awareness Day)


Banana Split Waffles (International Waffle Day)


White Chocolate & Coconut Truffles


Hundreds and Thousands Orange Ombre Cake


Coconut Chai Smoothie (dairy free, all natural ingredients)


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


Brioche French Toast with Orange Syrup and Bacon


Spicy Chocolate Fondant


Almond Praline


Gluten Free Bread


Salted Caramel & White Chocolate Cupcakes


Hummingbird Cake


Creme Brulee Tart


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


Lemon Meringue Cake Balls


One & Only Chocolate Cake


Pistachio & Orange Florentines


Chocolate & Hazelnut Brownies (gluten free)


Salted Chocolate & Pistachio Tart


Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffins (gluten free)


Triflemisu (Christmas tiramisu inspired trifle)


Gluten free Berry Cheesecake (low sugar)


Braai Pork Sausages with Apple Slaw


Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Donuts (gluten free)


Cardamom & White Chocolate Creme Brûlée (gluten free)


Peanut Butter & Raspberry Chocolate Fondants


Hot Cross Bun French Toast served with maple glazed figs


Homemade Peach Jam Malva Pudding


Muscavado Caramel & Pecan Fudge

Kellogg's All Bran Chocolate Baskets

Gluten free Choc Chip Cookies (healthy snacking)

Spicy Chickpeas (healthy snacking)

Raspberry & White Chocolate Meringue Kisses

Burnt Butter  & Maple Madeleines

Fried Apple Pies


Salted Caramel & Chocolate Braai'ed S'mores

*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:



Instagram: @skinnyscoopSA

Twitter: @skinnyscoop




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!



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