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Girls Cake Decoration Course with Wilton Certified Decorator

Get your girls baking with this awesome course tailored for beginners and conducted by a Wilton Certified Decorator.


Course 1 ( Basic to Intermediate Level)

This course is to impart basic to intermediate level of baking to the participants. They get professional baking tips and techniques which are generally not available. Participants will get the basics of baking framework, recipes and that would lead them into unlimited option of combinations to get a variety of taste. These are covered in 4 sessions of 3 hours each. The contents will be as follows:

• Basics of baking

• Reading recipes,

• Measuring, scaling ingredients,

• Timing

• Pan Preparation

• Baking conversions

• Baking substitutions

• Other tips & techniques

• Four different types of cakes

• American Sponge Cake with whip cream icing

• Butter Cake/Cup cake with praline icing

• Chocolate Cake with chocolate icing

• Carrot muffins/cake with cream cheese

• Other Baking

• Basic Sugar Cookies with citrus icing

• Cinnamon rolls with a special icing

• Donuts

• OPTIONAL : (either one of the group may be selected)



Baked Pasta Garlic Bread


Ice cream Turtle Cake Nanaimo Bars

Peach Streusel Coffee Cake

Course 2 will be offered in October to all Course 1 graduates.

Dates: Sept 3,10,17, 21*

Time: 4:30-7:30pm

Venue: map will be mailed to all students

Cost for Course 1: SR 450

Contact Number: 0580318838

*Sept 21st -date subject to change

Zesty Zaatar Recipes to Awaken Your Tastebuds!

Some weeks ago, my neighbour gave me a wonderful gift of some fragrant zaatar (or za’tar) and olive oil. Zaatar is a very Middle Eastern flavour, and is a  blend of herbs (thyme), sesame seeds and salt. Other than dipping some bread into the zaatar and olive oil (which tasted delicious), and sprinkling some zaatar over hummus (gorgeous!), I didn’t really know what else I could do with it. I asked the nice ladies from if they had any ideas, and they have been kind enough to send me some tried and tested zaatar recipes

The first recipe has been sent to us by UmmZaytun, and is a family recipe handed down to her by her mom-in-law.

“Zataar has some very unique properties – some have said it makes you smart and some say it makes you healthy”, says UmmZaytun. “This recipe handed down to me by my late mother-in-law (may Allah forgive her) is to help you relax and be healthy. It is usually taken if you aren’t feeling so well, or it can be taken to relax you or members of your family.”

Zaatar Milk (serves 2)


2 cups of milk (or soy, almond, lactaid milks are also fine)
2 table spoons of zataar
2 table spoons of honey (or more if you like it sweet. You can also replace with sugar if honey isn’t available)
1 table spoon crushed dry mint
**you can add other dry ingredients such as other types of dry mint, thyme – depends on if you like the flavor.


1. Place all of the ingredients in a small pot.

2. Simmer on low heat until almost to boiling point.

**Don’t walk away from the pot because it will boil over! 🙂

3. To serve: strain the milk and pour into cups. Enjoy & relax!

Zaatar Pizza or Fathira Za'tar, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, KSA

Zaatar Pizza or Fathira Za’tar

Our second Zaatar recipe today has been sent in by Qathrun Nada Djamil. Pizza is a family favourite in many households. Why not try this Middle Eastern version of pizza using zaatar. A great recipe to make with your kids over the summer holidays, and for Iftaar during Ramadan.

Zaatar Pizza


3 cups all-purpose flour

4 tbsp milk powder

2 tablespoons instant yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

Half cup oil

A pinch of salt

Half cup warm water

Cup of zaatar and half cup of olive oil, mixed together



1. Combine flour, yeast and sugar in a large bowl. Stir in salt. Make a well in the center. Add water and oil.

2. Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture until well combined, then use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place in the prepared bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draught-free place to rise for 30 minutes.

3. Flatten the dough and cut it in round circle (cutter circle shape).

4. Take 1 tea spoon of zaatar and olive oil and brush it (topping it) over the circle of dough.

5. Place it on a baking tray and bake them in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Ready to serve… You can eat hot or cold.


Do you have any recipes you’d like to share with us? Drop us an email and yours may be published on Jeddah Blog in a future blog post.

Summer Clubs for Children 2013

The summer is upon us, and although the first few days of the summer vacation will surely bring welcome relief to children and parents alike, for many youngsters, boredom will begin to set in. Kids will fall into an all too relaxed routine, sleeping late and waking late. If parents are not worrying about how to prise their sons away from Minecraft and daughters away from the Disney Channel, they are fretting over the lack of use of grey cells for a whole three months. Summer clubs can be an excellent way to stimulate little people and get them using their minds and bodies constructively. The following are some of the summer clubs we have come to know about in Jeddah that are still open to registeration. We urge you to visit and do your research before taking a final decision.

If you would like your summer club activity to be listed here, drop us an email with all the details.

Barbie Chefs Jeddah

Get your young girls involved in their food by giving them the chance to make their own delicious baked goodies, pasta, drinks, and special ramazan food in Barbie Chefs Jeddah.  The club includes a special cake decorating session by RIFCREATIONS (specialists in baking and cake decoration). Each girl will learn how to bake a cake, brownies and numerous other delicious stuff which they get to take home, and will enjoy a great time making a mess that you don’t have to clean up!!! What a better excuse for moms to sit back and enjoy the food made by their princesses.Age: 9 -16 and above ( only girls)
Dates: 11th – 20th june 2013
Timings: 5 – 7 pm (2 hours daily)
location: rehab dist 5
Charges: SR 500 (all the equipment and supplies included)

Art Attack and Baby Chef

Kids art and craft activities and baby chef sessions is starting from 22nd June – 3rd July ( Thursday and Friday not included). It’s 10 days of activities full of fun.
Age : 4 -10 yrs
Date : 22 June -3rd July
Charges: SR 375 (including all the supplies)
Timings : 5- 7 pm
Location: rehab distt 5

Islamic Summer classes for Boys (Age 8 to 14)


Summer Fun with The Light House Project

Kids summer camp for baking and decoration

Course includes:
How to make vanilla cupcakes
How to make chocolate cupcakes
How to make frosting
Decorating cupcakes
Making fondant cutouts
Thursday, 13 June 2013
11:00 until 14:00
Fee : SR 200
Age : 6 & above
Moms may accompany their kids in a workshop with payment
Kids Zone Summer Camp
Kids Zone is organizing Summer Camp for kids’ age of 4 yrs to 11 yrs which will be from 15 June to 3 July.We have Morning & Evening Sessions.
Morning Timings 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Timings 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Registration closes on 14 June.
Fees Structure
Junior Age 4-8 yrs 400 SR
Senior Age 9-12 yrs 500 SRLocation: Al Aziziyah near Danube Amir Mitab Street.
Contact: Mrs. Rafiq (0563760513) from 08:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Delectable Desserts with Lama Al Khereiji

For our latest blog post, Zareen Muzaffar managed to chase down Lama Al Khereiji as she participated in the Brides Bazaar at Dar Al Hekma College held on the 5th and 6th of March 2013, and chatted with her about her love of baking.

Anyone who has been to Jeddah knows this city has an amazing variety of food to offer. International franchises and local delicacies offer a unique combination to food lovers. And who doesn’t like desserts? Making home-made desserts and baked goods is a fast growing business for home makers as well as professional connoisseurs. Lama Al Khereiji is a young and passionate chef who creates unique baked goods for her clients.

Could you resist these?

Could you resist these luscious chocolates?

“I discovered my passion for baking and dessert decoration when I was very young,” explains Lama. “I watched cooking channels and went through numerous printed recipes to begin with. Then I completed several courses to enhance my skills, and now I have more than 14 types of delicious desserts with unique presentations”.


Carrot cake – looks almost too good to eat?

For children, there is a wide variety of desserts to choose from: cupcakes, cake pops, and birthday cakes customized according to your preference of characters. For adults, there are some intricately designed cakes good for birthdays or any other special occasion.

Delightfully fun cupcakes.

Delightfully fun cupcakes.

She operates her business from Khalidiya district in Jeddah and one of her famous offerings include Nutella cookies, an all-time favorite for children and adults alike. Some of the popular items include Galaxy, Oreo and carrot cupcakes, Malteasers Mudcake, and pistachio cake. She also offers the famous local favourite Basbousa bites.

Oreo Cake

A cake for Oreo lovers.

Lama markets her desserts on Instagram and holds online competitions occasionally.

If you want to place an order or to inquire more about Lama’s desserts, she can be reached at 0506040909.

Baking and Decorating Classes for Girls

If your little girl is interested in baking, she will probably want to join the S ‘n’ S Dream Bakery’s baking and decorating classes for girls. They will be held at the following dates and times:

1st Batch

8th march 2013
Friday – Saturday
Timing: 6 – 8:45 pm(maghrib break in-between)

2nd Batch

14th March 2013
Thursday and Friday –
Timing: Thursday 3-5:30pm
Friday- 6-8:45 pm

All materials will be provided except aprons and hand towels.

For more information, visit the S ‘n’ S Dream Bakery Facebook page.

An interview with Marina of Confetti

Marina Bolisacova is the creative mind behind‘Confetti’, a unique cake-decorating business in Jeddah. She participated in ‘The Joy of Spring Cake Decoration Contest’ held in Jeddah in March 2010 and her cake won first prize.

When Jeddah Blog contacted Marina, she was gracious enough to chat with us and give us some insight into how she came up with the idea ofConfetti’, the classes she conducts, and she even promised a sweet treat for one of our lucky readers. But more on that later…

Hi Marina, can you start by telling us a little about yourself?

Marina: Hi!  I am 34 years old, married and have  2 beautiful 6-year-old  daughters. I majored in English language and literature at the University. I have been living in Saudi Arabia for 11 years,7 out of them in Jeddah.

The Princess and the Frog.

Please tell us how you came up with the idea of creating your own cake decorating business?

Marina: I started decorating cakes when my twins turned one. I wanted something tasteful, beautiful and tasty, but couldn’t find anything in Jeddah’s confectionery market to meet the criteria. I discovered the world of fondant and royal icing one year ago and have been hooked ever since!

Jeddah’s Cake Boss: An Interview with Niffer Khan








Meet my friend, Niffer Khan, Jeddah’s very own Cake Boss!

Earlier this year, I discovered that Niffer had begun to bake cakes for friends, and then she started taking orders. Her cakes gained in popularity as she gained in expertise. Recently I asked her to bake a Hannah Montana cake for my daughter and she didn’t disappoint! Her cakes not only look great but taste amazing too. Niffer just finished an order for 552 cupcakes and took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for Jeddah Blog:

Niffer, how did you get into baking and cake decorating. Was it something you have always been interested in?

A close friend of mine had been into cake decorating and every time I  saw her pictures I wanted to learn how she did it. Baking I knew, but the  decorating intrigued me. So I offered a friend (Maleeha Kamal) that I  would make her daughter’s birthday cake and ended up making two! From there  on, there was no looking back. I was royally hooked to the craft.

Where do you get inspiration from in your cake designs?

Everywhere …books, internet, tv shows in general, anything and everything.

Do you make only birthday cakes or have you made cakes for other occasions too?

I’ve made wedding cakes, for anniversaries, birth announcements, get well soon cakes, eid, new year’s, and the list goes on….

How long does it take you to make a typical birthday cake?

Any where between 3 to 4 days, depending on how intricate the design is.

Which was the best cake you ever made, and why?

A circus train. I enjoyed making it most because it was bright, colourful and fun.

Do you think that anyone can decorate a birthday cake, or does it take particular skills?

Well, if you had asked me this question a year ago I would have said anyone  could do it if they applied themselves to it. Now I think you may try  and learn and practice, but at the end of the day very few people have  the knack for it. It’s not as easy as it seems!!!!

Are you currently taking orders for birthday cakes, and what sort of price  range do you offer to your customers. How can they contact you?

Yes, I’m taking orders. The price range depends on what I have been asked  to make, and the size. Those interested may contact me through e-mail : or via facebook.

Do you have any tips for budding cake bakers, or someone who might be thinking of taking cake-making up as a hobby?

Make cakes for your own pleasure first rather than for others! If you are satisfied with what you have made, others will be too.

Helen’s Kitchen

When I read rave reviews about Helen’s Kitchen on Jeddah Food I was curious to find out if it was worth all the hype. The bakery is open at regular times and is a small outlet which can easily be overlooked at the intersection of Kayyal Street and Prince Sultan Street if one does not look out for it.

When we stepped inside, the atmosphere was immediately homely and cosy. The bakery items on display did indeed look delicious but we wondered if they would taste just as good. We ordered the chocolate cake, a muffin and a tropical cake to take away, and while settling the bill took a look at the seating area inside. It really was unique. Whereas most food courts at malls are noisy and impersonal, here was a place to sit down where one might believe he or she was eating at Helen’s own home. Every detail had been paid attention to down to the decorations on the wall and the magazines on display.

Once we were home, we unpacked the goodies and I’m pleased to announce that they were some of the best cakes I’d tasted in Jeddah. They were sweet without being overpowering with a truly homemade feel. We will definitely be stopping by Helen’s Kitchen for more.

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