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Baking Cakes in Kigali

Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin is set in Rwanda’s capital. Angel Tungaraza is a confectioner who runs a small business from her private home. She bakes cakes for her neighbours and friends and she shares her wordly wisdom while having a cup of tea.


The following recipes match this heart-warming novel perfectly. Enjoy!

Baked sweet potatoes (serves 2)


2 large sweet potatoes
200g sour cream

Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork and bake until tender (230° C), about 50 minutes. Cut a deep slit in the potatoes, open them and fill with sour cream. Serve hot!

Oasis praline (~30 pieces)


150g dried dates
150g almonds
125g pistachios
100g breadcrumps
125g honey
3tbsp sesame oil
praline moulds

First, peel the dates and cut them into pieces. Roast almonds and pistachios in a small pan (without oil). Chop dates, almonds and pistachios in a mixer, then add breadcrumbs, honey and sesame oil until well blended.

Shape the mixture into small pralines (walnut-sized), roll in sugar and serve them in praline moulds with a cup of tea.

Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin
361 p., 2009, Atlantic Books
ISBN 1-84887-147-3  and ISBN 978-1-84887-147-2



  1. I tried my hands on sweet potatoes once, but they tasted kind of funky. Sweet but also savory, and not in the good way :S How would you season a sweet potatoe? Is it enough to use salt and pepper, or is there a “secret ingredient” i haven’t found yet?



    • Hi Biene,
      I know, sweet potatoes have that special taste… i think salt and pepper should be enough. Maybe you should just give it another try?
      Thanks for your visit! :)


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