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{Gluten Free} Ama Kip-Kip Cake & Kasi Star Brands 2018

Last week I was invited to the Ask Afrika Kasi Star Brands Awards 2018/2019, recognising brands most loyally used by South Africa’s township consumers.

It was there, when I got some inspiration for a proudly South African treat – this Ama Kip-Kip Cake.

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More on that in a moment…

So the event I was speaking about was held at Zonki Shebeen in Muldersdrift and the food and treats were displayed in a way that made it look like you were visiting a trader table (you know the small ones that sell single cigarettes, HALLS, Chappies etc. 🙂

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I grabbed about 4 packets of this very South African snack – coloured popcorn – AKA Ama Kip-Kip.

I wanted to eat two packets and create something with the other two packets – dont judge.

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Oh and who can say no to Chappies?

During the launch, it was announced that Kiwi Shoe Polish was the overall Kasi Star Brand winner – giving the Kasi market real value for money and delivering on their promise of quality and excellence across their product range.

Coming in after Kiwi were, in order of rank: Coca-Cola, Sunlight, Koo, Dettol, Lucky Star, KFC, Mageu, Moir’s and Shoprite.

So, if you are a brand manager listen up – Research showed that the average Kasi citizen will support brands that are able to go the extra mile for them by meeting the following criteria:

  • Acting ethically
  • Fitting into their lifestyles
  • Never disappointing them
  • Innovating
  • Taking the time to understand them
  • Creating an emotional affinity to their brand
  • Demonstrating that they can be trusted, and
  • Giving back to their communities.
  • Overall, a very interesting event to attend!

Ok, so there is no doubt that Ama Kip-Kip is a popular township snack, so popular it inspired the famous AMA KIP KIP Clothing brand.

The actual Ama Kip-Kip snack, also known as ama skoppers, is a sweet and multi-coloured popcorn popular in townships. The name “kip kip” is an expression for calling chickens.

When I got home, I decided to create an Ama Kip Kip Popcorn Cake.

It’s really easy to make and shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to prepare, and it’s Gluten Free too!


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  • 2 small bags of Ama Kip-Kip
  • 70g of popped plain salted popcorn (store bought or homemade)
  • 150g Mini Marshmallows
  • 50g Chocolate Buttons or Smarties
  • 100g Butter


1. Grease a cake pan with butter (26cm is fine)
2. Pour Ama Kip-Kip, Popcorn and Smarties/Chocolate Buttons into a big bowl

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4. Quickly pour melted marshmallow mixture over popcorn mixture and stir until mixture evenly coats the popcorn

5. Now spoon this sticky mix into the cake pan and use a wooden spoon to push down into the pan, packing the mixture tightly.

6. Then, turn the pan over onto a plate and the cake will pop out easily (you can give it a nudge with a knife if its sticking)

7. Chill for one hour in fridge and cut into slices and serve

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Kasi Inspired Ama Kip Kip Popcorn Cake
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