Wow so all of a sudden it’s February! Where did January go and is everyone else really itching for Spring? We had such beautiful and sunny weather this January I feel like we all together skipped Winter. I was very wrong. All of a sudden all anyone is talking about is this Polar Vortex heading to the west coast and how it’s going to be below zero for the week with a chance of snow. While I’m writing this, it is currently snowing outside, so I guess I was wrong, Spring is not here and the weather people were right! I hate it when that happens! I guess it’s time to plan some cute outfits with all my sweaters instead of taking out my Spring clothes! I don’t mind the cold days, it’s the snow I hate, except when it’s on a mountain of course. Anyways I’m just rambling on about Winter weather now when really there is more important things to get to, like these delicious mini cakes or how I turned 31 this year.
As I said earlier, time is going by so quickly, I feel like I just wrote about turning 30. Well another year has passed and I am now the big ol’ 31. I didn’t have the best birthday this year. I was very sick, worked over 9 hours at my two jobs and was jet lagged. All my plans on the actual day fell through so all and all I was quite miserable. However, once the weekend hit, it had all turned around. I ‘postponed’ my birthday this year with Dave, my parents, my cousins and my friends so really it felt like the whole month was my birthday. I’m even having my ‘birthday dinner’ with my parents tonight, which is hilarious considering it is February 4th. This year was definitely a little bit harder then last year. I felt like 30 was a year of celebrating, a big party with friends, Portland with Dave, the Camino with my mum, it was an amazing year. And I know 31 will be too but the age seems a little more daunting. I know it’s not the number but more how you feel, and I definitely DO NOT feel like I’m 31, it’s just now I am fully in my 30’s. I feel more responsible as I get older and things like owning a property, having kids and settling down is definitely more on my radar, rather than what trends are happening or what restaurant to go out to next. Don’t get me wrong, I am still having fun, I am just thinking about other things too. Like this blog. I love writing it but now instead of writing a post 3 or 4 times a week, I’m lucky if I can get one post in. I never want to give this platform up, I enjoy it more than most people realize, and I am so grateful to my friends and family that still read it even if there are fewer posts, so thank you for sticking around and enjoying this crazy ride, which is my life. Now let’s talk about these cakes!
I found this recipe at work in one of the cookbooks we refer to. I fell in love with how cute they were and realized what a simple recipe they were once I baked them. I made them for dessert a few months ago with my cousins and auntie in Cowichan and everyone loved them. Try them out on one of these cold days and enjoy them with a warm cup of tea (or hot chocolate, my preference for when it snows.)
Recipe for mini cakes:
75 gr walnuts
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cardamon
3/4 cup + 1 tbsp butter (softened)
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp creme fraiche
Recipe for Icing:
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp espresso
Preheat oven to 340 degrees F. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan.
Warm walnuts on baking sheet in oven for about 5 minutes. Let them cool. then chop and set aside.
In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients and nuts.
In a stand mixer beat together the butter and sugar, then add eggs one at a time, followed by vanilla.
Add in the flour mixture and nut mixture then add the creme fraiche.
Divide batter among the 12 muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes until cakes spring back when they are touched. Let cool before glazing them.
Mix together the icing and spoon over tops of cakes letting spill over the sides. Sprinkle with extra chopped walnuts and enjoy!