DIY - Yema Balls Dessert

DIY simple dessert

Eid Mubarak everyone! The long weekend gave me a lot of time to bond with my room mates and one of the things we love to do is to cook at home. I was also a little inspired to activate the DIY section on my blog and moving forward, you will see more of the things I create with the stuffs I buy from several art shops in Dubai.

"Food can be expressive and therefore, food can be an art." 

DIY IKEA washy tapes

DIY food decorations

black and white washy tapes

I like my desserts pretty, and presentation is the key. I have a stash of washy tapes at home (I bought them from IKEA crafts section, Hemsmak and the other one I forgot the name) and this time, I used them to make the toothpicks look cute for the yema balls my room mate and I cooked for today. It's no rocket science and super easy to make, you just need to tape them up at the edge of the toothpicks and viola, you now have decorative dessert toothpicks.

Yema Balls Recipe

photo of yema


  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 2 cans of medium sized condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 bite-size packs of finely chopped salted peanuts (optional)


  1. In a small pan, heat butter until bubbles start to form.
  2. Add 2 cans of condensed milk and stir for 2 minutes. Make sure that the stove is on medium heat.
  3. Add 3 egg yolks while continuously stirring the mixture. Reduce the heat to low to avoid burning.
  4. Sprinkle the chopped peanuts and continuously stir until almost brown. Remove from heat once you reached the desired consistency.
  5. Place the mixture in a pan with a baking sheet and let it sit for awhile. Tip: you can chill the mixture for 10 minutes.
  6. Shape them into balls and serve with love.

This recipe is very easy to make you can do this in less that an hour. You can also use almond nuts or jack fruit (langka) to add flavour.

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