Vanilla small muffins with natural coloured glazing & crushed pistachios

September 18th, 2017. Monday.

Ever since I have return from my holidays in Greece I am experience a lack of inspiration and a boredom that definitely does not represent me as a person. I am always alert for everything, driven by thirst to create, to cook, to style, to photograph and to share with you. Not sure exactly what is going on, but everything feels a deja vu, and makes me ‘tired’ although in my mind there are hundreds of recipes and food styling ideas I can’t wait to share with you.
I keep making small changes in the blog, like the logo, the menu or the appearance, but then I want a completely new appearance. A new blog all the way from scratch. But is not the blog. Is my clothes. Yes,  I definitely, want new clothes, shoes and bags. Yes definitely. They will make me feel better.
NO? Perhaps a new man?
Oh yeah…! A new man, falling in love, doing things together, fighting, re-coupling, making love, doing all these things things couples do.. Imagine if can share the passion of food or photography with him, too. That should do!! things will change, I will gain my inspiration back and my “appetite” for living with a spark, the spark that will lead to inspiration and creation.
Or not? Maybe not…
I think what I missed the most and what lacks in my life is London.. YES. Is London. Moving back to my favourite city.
Yes this is exactly, what happens every Autumn. I miss London, the streets, the petrol smell from the taxis, the bricked houses, the community, the butcher;s stores, the market, the flowers, life it self. Everything is different, everything smells different, tastes different, look different.
And I simply love it!
And I simply miss it… 

Making a vanilla cake or vanilla muffins should be the easiest cake recipe in the world, even easier than Victoria’s sponge or marble cake. It is also very tasty. But they look so humble and so plain, that (like my case) I must invent ways to surprise my readers and followers and in your case, your friends and family, aka guests.

There are many styling and tasty ideas of transforming a vanilla cake (muffins or cupcakes) and can vary, from the shape and colour, to adding on top various ingredients like caramelised sauces and fruits, natural coloured glazing (icing) or tasty soft butter frosting.
And this is the case too.
Simple vanilla cupcakes were transformed with natural glazing into a magical small garden that fulfilled nearly, every sense.

TIP
Colour glazing can be achieved with various fruits, according to the colour you wish to achieve.
Strawberries, raspberries and pomegranate are best for pink shades.
Blueberries and blackberries offer a purple-ish hue.

 

  • 175g butter, cut into large pieces
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 175g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 large, free – range eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract (powder or liquid)
  • 1 cup juice of fruits of your choice among:
    strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackcurrants or pomegranate 
    The juice should be out of fresh fruits – not ready made
  • 2 cups, icing sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.
  2. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cupcake or muffin cases.
  3. Put all the cake ingredients into a large bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk, a mixer or a wooden spoon until smooth and evenly mixed. Divide the mixture evenly between the paper cases.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cakes are well risen and firm on top.
  5. Transfer to a wire rack to cool well before you prepare and poor over the glazing.
  6. Make the glazing by putting the juice of your choice ( according to the colour or taste you want to achieve) in a big bowl and add the icing sugar.
  7. Beat with a hand whisker until you get a really tick but smooth mixture and poor over cold muffins.