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Mouthwatering African Desserts That'll Let You Experience the Sweet Side of the Continent (Part 1)

Visiting Africa can be fun and exciting. This continent has always been a go-to destination not only for its beautiful places and panoramic scenes, but also for its diverse and interesting culture, friendly people, and great, great food.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz


Visiting Africa can be fun and exciting. This continent has always been a go-to destination not only for its beautiful places and panoramic scenes, but also for its diverse and interesting culture, friendly people, and great, great food. Africa offers a mix of traditional dishes with modern flair and gastronomic delights. This wonderful continent will not only satisfy your cravings with their delicious meat and vegetable dishes that are traditionally cooked over an open wood fire outdoors, sweet and mouthwatering treats can also be found here. So if you still haven't tried any of the desserts in the countries you've been to in Africa, it is time to discover them.

Here are some of the best desserts you can taste in Africa. Be sure you have some food with you now cause these will surely make you hungry. :)

Nkate Cake (Equatorial Guinea and Ghana)

If you have tasted peanut brittle and loved it, you will absolutely enjoy Nkate Cake too. It is also perfect for Snickers bar lovers. This dessert is very popular in Equatorial Guinea and Ghana. Nkate Cake contains peanuts and nougat making it more enjoyable to chew.

Banfora (Burkina Faso)

These may look like your ordinary pancakes but wait till you get a taste of 'em! Banfora is a famous dessert in Burkina Faso with luscious pineapple taste. The flat cakes are fried, not baked. You just have to put some powdered sugar on top and it is ready to be eaten.

Mkhabez (Algeria)

Can we all stop for a while and appreciate how aesthetic these sweets are? I don't think I can eat and ruin such beautiful desserts like these but gosh, they look super yummy! These are Mkhabez, Algeria's most famous dessert, and is always present in every celebration. This sweet cake contains sugar and nuts and topped with royal icing. It can also be made of flavors such as lemon or rose water and then is topped with a perfectly thin layer of icing.

Vitumbua (Cameroon)

Okay, let's take a break from sugary desserts and try something healthier. Cameroon's Vitumbua is a healthy dessert alternative with lots of coconut at the center and dipping sauce. It is proof that desserts can be nutritious too.

Mandazi (East Africa)

Based on the photos, this does not look like a dessert. Instead, it looks like a tasty fried dish. But looks can really be deceiving. Once you took a bite of this Mandazi, your taste buds will be full of joy with the yummy mixture of sugar, coconut milk, and cardamom. These triangle treats are truly a must-try!

Koeksister (South Africa)

Sticky, crunchy, and sweet all in one dessert. What more could you ask for? Koeksisters are made of vanilla soy milk, vanilla extract, and sugar. Oh, and yes, they are covered in syrup! This South African dessert will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Malva Pudding (South Africa)

Another luscious dessert from the South, Malva Pudding. Just like any other desserts, this one is made with the classic baking ingredients such as flour, eggs, and sugar. But what made Malva Pudding unique is the apricot jam that made the finished product sinfully delicious.

Injera (Ethiopia, Yemen, and Somalia)

A sweet flat bread that is oozing with goodness. Injera is often filled with sweet fruits or jam and is a perfect dessert whether it is served warm or cool.

This is just the first part of our list of the most delicious desserts in Africa. Be sure to stay tuned for the next part of our list to discover more sweet treats that you can try next time you will visit the continent.

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