Mma’s Famous Carrot Cake

Mma & Khutso making Mma’s famous carrot cake 😋

This week, I’ll share with you my gogo’s amazing carrot cake recipe.  Be prepared for glory!



  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1.25 cups sugar
  • 1.25 cups oil
  • 3 cups finely grated carrots
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • .5 cup chopped pecans
  • .75 tsp salt

Icing (optional)

  • 125g butter
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 500g (or 1 packet) icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla



  1. Preheat oven to 180 C or 350 F.
  2. Beat eggs & sugar together until well blended.
  3. Add oil, then beat again until blended.
  4. Sift dry ingredients (except nuts) and add to the mixture.
  5. Fold in carrots and nuts.
  6. Grease and flour two 9 in. square or round baking pans. Divide mixture evenly.
  7. Cook for 40 minutes.

Icing (optional)

  1. While the cakes are in the oven, cream the butter and icing together until stiff.
  2. Stir in cream cheese and vanilla.  Do not stir too vigorously or it will become runny.
  3. Coat the top of both cakes with icing.  Then stack them.
  4. Eat & enjoy!

I hope you all enjoyed this installment of Cooking with Gogos.  In other news, a big thank you to Amber and to my Aunt Karen & Uncle Tom for their amazing care packages!  Also, my host brother adopted an adorable puppy named Ranger who loves biting things, long walks on the beachless sand, and belly rubs.

Happy National Dog Day, Ranger! 🐶

Care package love!


Gogo’s Fried Tinfish Recipe


Dumelang! Life as we wrap up Peace Corps training is busy, but I wanted to share this killer recipe for fried tinfish (sardines) from my gogo (grandmother or older woman). My gogo was a family chef for many years, and her cooking is amazing. This recipe is cheap, simple, and makes sardines taste like gourmet fish!

1 can tinfish/sardines
2 cups flour
2 eggs
Frying oil (enough to cover bottom of pan)
Preferred spices

The iconic Lucky Star tinfish

1. Take one can of tinfish and empty into a large mixing bowl. Mash lightly with fork.

2. Add 1/2 cup flour and 2 eggs. Mix until well blended.
3. Mix in your preferred spices. I added peri-peri, mixed herbs and salt & pepper, which was delicious.

4. Heat up oil in a large frying pan, using enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Place on the highest burner setting.

5. Take a large plate and spread some flour on the bottom.

6. Scoop up the mixture onto the plate, aiming for slightly larger than a tablespoon.

7. Cover the fish patty mix in flour and roll into a long cylinder. Add more flour to the mixing bowl if the patty is not staying together.

8. Repeat with 2-3 other patties, then put in the pan and flatten each patty.

9. Fry 30-60 seconds each side or until a dark brown/slight black.

10. Repeat until you’ve fried all of the remaining patties. You may need to reduce the burner over time as it gets hotter.

11. Enjoy! My gogo typically makes this with chips (fries) for a tasty fish & chips meal.

Hope you enjoy! If not, our cat had kittens yesterday so you can enjoy these little fluffballs instead.

Can you spot all five newborns? 😍