Bake Someone Happy !

BakeSlave, Who?

Hi, I’m Nat -where do I start?
See, I’m not very smart;
I didn’t invent these recipes
(I bang about till I’m at ease),
I hail the Domestic Goddess,
She’s my culinary compass,
And cookbooks galore
Provide fodder for more
Excuses to be guilty of cake arsony,
(And outright gluttony),
And in sunny KL, if it rains,
I just can’t abstain,
So I’ll make, or bake,
A pie, scones or cake,
A crumbly, buttery savoury flake,
Tis a viscious cycle, this weather it wrecks
Weight-watching (pfffah!), it’s all gone to heck,
Great. I hear, on the roof, the pitter patter
Time to break out the eggs, sugar and butter
And thus my path is paved:
I’m a make/bake slave.

Hi, welcome to this page and thank you for dropping by !

I’m Nat Yusop.

I have a serious sugar addiction and dream about cakes and desserts every single free minute that I have, that is, in between running after my offspring.

Something about the making/baking process is cathartic, and I’d love to have more time to do it but as mentioned in my little ditty above, my kitchen alchemy activities are largely affected by precipitation, simply because:

(a) there’s nothing better than hot vanilla/chocolate wafts permeating your house on a rainy day

(b) my kitchen is a veritable sauna on normal days and in hot and humid Kuala Lumpur, working in such heat means everything is quickly reduced to a melting puddle, yours truly included.

BakeSlave is an archive of my journey through my Bake Bucket List, and a means to leave a virtual catalogue of bake-successes for my children so that one day when they are old enough, they will understand: I am not completely batty – (lugging their dad’s photography equipment into the kitchen which I would, in the end, abandon for my trusty old iPhone 4/dragging them through crockery aisles in search for that perfect cake plate/trawling bakeshops ooooh-ing and aaaah-ing over expensive- I Wish Someday artisanal ingredients). I suppose if they grow up to have an unhealthy aversion to shopping for kitchenware, I absolutely understand.

I’m sorry kids, Mama’s got bitten by the baking bug; I just want to bake you happy.

I am by no means a professional baker (pills and prescriptions are more my thing); I try my best to cross reference recipes to get the best tips/baking pearls before I embark on messing up the kitchen, and also try to give recipes a local flavour. Of late, I have been trying to tweak recipes to make them heart-healthier.

Navigate to the Home page by clicking on the flaming BS logo, or the BakeSlave in the header.

I’d love to hear from you – constructive feedback is always welcome!

Drop me a line at bakeslave (at) gmail (dot) com.

Holla, or search Bakeslave

Updated: I am also known as The Midnight Baker® Malaysia – my second website is at ! 

40 comments on “BakeSlave, Who?

  1. vinicooksveg
    October 31, 2012

    Hi Nat ! I am new to baking. I want to but a new oven. Confused with so many options in ovens. I was wondering if microwave with convection and grill will allow me to bake cakes, muffins, pizzas and stuff. Some say it does not allow browning on cakes. Can you please give your opinion ? thanks

    • Nat Yusop | imabakeslave
      October 31, 2012

      Hi Vini!
      Oh wow, my first solid real-world question and answer – I am quaking now, because I am vaulting the learning curves myself. Okay, here is my two cents, and caveat emptor 😛

      I think it is great that you are on the lookout for a good oven; what you get will be driven by the dollars and sense (pun intended!) – how large a capacity, for what purpose will you be getting it for, how often will you bake.

      Me, I have a stand-alone tiny oven, which I can shift about on the counter-top. I have a good friend who has one of those microwaves that permits for baking, and from what I hear, she is very happy with it (and has more mileage with the microwave since the baking bug hits occasionally). But then again, hers has the actual cake icon on the microwave!

      I think for those types of multi-purpose microwaves, it really depends on the specs; another friend says hers is just good for those mug cakes.

      Have you checked out this forum ?

      Erm, I would consider this a hung jury 😛

      • vinicooksveg
        October 31, 2012

        Thanks a lot Nat! I visited the link and it is helpful. I love the baked goods on your blog. I hope will try some easy ones first with my new oven. Thanks again for your time and patience.

      • Nat Yusop | imabakeslave
        October 31, 2012

        Awww, don’t mention it 🙂
        I may have, in fact, led you further astray, haha. Happy baking!

  2. vinicooksveg
    November 1, 2012

    Hi Nat,
    I am so happy to nominate you for the award for this lovely ‘Very inspiring blog award’! Please visit For further details.
    Thanks you,

    • Nat Yusop | imabakeslave
      November 1, 2012

      Oh wow! 😀
      Thank you so much for nominating me Vini! Congratulations on your awards! (Now you’ll really have to get baking, heh heh)

      • vinicooksveg
        November 1, 2012

        Thanks Nat! And yes I am going to bake a complete cake soon! Fingers crossed!

  3. createeng
    November 3, 2012

    Congratulations, you have been nominated for the Sunshine Award! 😉

  4. namitatickare
    November 6, 2012

    hey Nat i found ur blog very lovely and hence i am nominating u for this award ….pls collect it from me….

  5. namitatickare
    November 6, 2012

    sorry the link did not come well here it is…..

    • Nat Yusop | BakeSlave
      November 7, 2012

      Hi Namita!
      Thank you for nominating BakeSlave, and congrats on your award 🙂

      It’s nice to meet a fellow RPh 😉

  6. Teresa
    November 9, 2012

    Thanks for following my blog. You have some beautiful stuff here. Love the pictures.

    • Nat Yusop | BakeSlave
      November 10, 2012

      Hi Teresa, thank YOU for following mine. Yours is an amazing blog – I love your attention to details. 🙂

      • Teresa
        November 11, 2012


  7. Vina'sdeliciousrecipes !
    November 16, 2012

    Hi! I just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Here’s the link

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  9. soulofspice
    December 12, 2012

    Nat, I love your blog and have nominated you for the Gargie award. Check out the details here

    • Nat Yusop | BakeSlave
      December 13, 2012

      Hey ya Charu, thank you so much for this lovely surprise! Congrats on all of yours 🙂

  10. Teresa
    December 24, 2012

    Hey, Nat, Congratulations! I’ve nominated your blog for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. If you wish to participate you can pick up your badge icon and rules here: I sure hope you will participate. Teresa

    • Nat Yusop | BakeSlave
      December 27, 2012

      Teresa, thank you very much for the nomination! I’ve been following your Bake Shop series and am overwhelmed by all the lovely photos! Season’s greetings to you and your family!

      • Teresa
        December 27, 2012

        Thank you. I’ve really enjoyed baking this Christmas but I’m glad to be moving on to healthier options now! 🙂

  11. Fae's Twist & Tango
    January 31, 2013

    Hi Nat, If you don’t mind me asking… were you born in Malaysia? Your English is excellent! Did you attend an English speaking school?
    On WordPress, I have befriended a Malaysian lady, Sharon, who lives in Helsinki now… I adore her and her blog – – and she writes in phenomenal English (studied in English school). I am planning to visit Kuala Lumpur in early April 2014, and knowing Sharon, it has given me a special excitement to think I’m visiting Sharon’s birth country. 😀 Fae.

    • Nat Yusop | BakeSlave
      January 31, 2013

      Hey ya! Thank you for the compliment; we Malaysians have a brand of mangled English ourselves which we call tongue-in-cheek as Manglish (Malaysian English? Mangled English?). Being born and bred here in Kuala Lumpur, we are all automatic alumni. Ha ha!
      I attended the Bukit Bintang Girls’ School ('_School) – which was a government school by the time I entered, so the medium of instruction was in Bahasa Malaysia. BBGS had a long tradition of choral speaking, and we had a lot of Literature and Drama activities – so I think that helped in shaping the way I write and speak 🙂

      Visiting Malaysia in 2014? That’s great! Have you got your itinerary planned? Oh and thanks for the head’s up; Sharon’s blog is lovely!

      • Fae's Twist & Tango
        January 31, 2013

        Thank you for your response, Nat.
        We are beginning a 31-day cruise Singapore ~ Johannesburg, and our first port of call is Kuala Lumpur on April 7. We only have a 5 hour window to see the city (not enough). Through the ship, we usually arrange for a city tour excursions to see as much as possible, which hopefully includes a local cuisine.

  12. Teresa
    March 2, 2013

    Hey, Nat, I’ve recently switched my food blog over to be self-hosted which I hope will make it more user-friendly in the future. As a result, if you were following Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen via email, WordPress, or using RSS feeds through Google Reader or some other way, you are no longer subscribed. If you wish to continue receiving future posts from my blog you will need to re-subscribe. Sorry for the inconvenience, Teresa.

  13. Ankit
    March 23, 2013

    Congratulations, I have nominated you for the ‘Lovely blog Award’
    Claim it here->

    Keep up the blogging,
    Good Luck

    • Nat Yusop | BakeSlave
      March 23, 2013

      Hey there Ankit! Thank you very much for the nomination 😀

      Congrats on your blog reaching the Big One! Quite cathartic isn’t it, writing (and cooking ha ha)? All the best to you, and here’s wishing the Food Gypsy many moons more.

      • Ankit
        March 24, 2013

        Yes, it has been quite the ride. Though I’m hoping after the first year the rest would be only simpler.
        call me delusional or optimistic

  14. Yahobahne
    March 27, 2013

    This is too cute. I started salivating just reading your poem, AHA!!😊
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Nat Yusop | BakeSlave
      March 27, 2013

      Ha ha, thank you Joanna, I’m happy you liked it 🙂

      • Yahobahne
        March 28, 2013

        Come’nd visit me sometimes. And rub off some’f those scrumptious baked dishes that you make. AHA! You’re welcome to peruse, “like,” and or make yourself at home here>>>
        See you later lady.😊

  15. radhika25
    May 30, 2013

    Hi Nat, just found your very interesting blog via Fae. Am signing up to follow your posts!
    Radhika from neighboring Singapore 🙂

    • Nat Yusop | BakeSlave
      May 30, 2013

      Hey there neighbour 😉

      Thank you for dropping by; your blog-hopping has lead me to yours as well. I look forward to reading more of your curated articles!


  16. ohlidia
    August 20, 2013

    Hello Nat. What beautiful sweets you create! Thanks for visiting… it has led me to your lovely blog!

    • Nat Yusop | BakeSlave
      August 21, 2013

      Hello Lidia! Thank YOU for dropping by too. The feeling is mutual 😀

      I was just catching up on some of your blogposts, and love the cinnamon ice cream recipe – I’ll be giving it a shot soon!

  17. PotSoup
    December 3, 2013

    So I see your blog and I get a whiff of something more than the usual baking blog, a sense of humor. The title, the caption and even the flaming logo has me wondering why have i not come across this blog yet? Well now I have so here’s to tucking in.

    • Nat Yusop | BakeSlave
      December 4, 2013

      Typically, I would offer you a fledgling foodie’s apologist disclaimer: Caveat emptor!

      Thanks for the follow; I love serendipitous encounters on the blogosphere and you stumbling on mine has lead to a happy reciprocity on my part. Looking forward to reading more of your excellent curating, Yash!

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