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St Nicholas Day sparkling frosty glaze cupcakes

6th day of December is celebrated in Poland as St Nicholas birthday or simply St Nicholas Day. For us it’s a prelude to the Christmas season for it’s the day when people exchange tiny gifts, especially the sweet ones. Little presents made of chocolate are the most popular here. Candy stores are now filled with choco figurines that are shaped like raindeers or silhouette of a Santa Claus.

The day like this requires a little bit of delicious self indulgence so I thought it would be a good day to make sparkling frosty glaze cupcakes for this occasion. It’s holiday after all, right? And I will surprise my parents who are currently on a trip to Rome and will be returning tomorrow, by serving these tasty little cakes as they come home on Saturday. Let’s get cooking!

To bake the cupcakes with a sparkling frosty glaze you need:

  • 2 glasses of flour (~260 grams)
  • 1/3 glass of fine sugar (~45 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 small bag of vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 apple
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 glass of oil (~120 mls)
  • 300 grams of yoghurt

In one bowl combine: flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla sugar and cinnamon and mix it. Add eggs to the 2nd bowl, scramble them a little, then add oil and yoghurt and stir to obtain a homogenous mixture. Take 1/2 of an apple, cut off the peel and chop into thin slices, then cut each slice into smaller pieces, they can’t be too big! Now go back to the bowls. Pour the moist content of bowl 2 into the bowl 1 with dry ingredients and stir it all fast to obtain a batter, don’t care about the papules. Now it’s time to add apple piece and mix to combine them all together. Pre-heat the oven to 190*C (374*F). Distribute the entire batter into paper cupcake forms (or silicon ones in my case) remembering to pour the batter not higher than 2/3 of each piece. The yield should be 16-20 cupcakes. Bake the cupcakes for 25 minutes in 190*C. Once they grow and start turning brown gold they’re ready, 25 minutes is just the perfect amount of time. Take these hot goodies out of the oven and let them cool down to room temperature. Now you can start preparing a sparkling frosty glaze.

The only ingredients you need for the glaze is fine powdery sugar and citric acid (I usually use one in small yellow bottles). This recipe I was taught by my Mum and there’s not any specific ratio of ingredients. Just place few spoons of sugar in a glass and add citric acid little by little, stirring all the time. When you get a white, sticky batter (kid of like glue) – it’s ready. It can’t be too dense or you’ll find hard spreading it on top of the cupcakes, when it’s too loose it will slide down from the top.

You might not do perfect at 1st time but you’ll get it right very soon, I promise. When you’ve covered all cupcakes with a sparkling frosty glaze you can decorate with raisins, sugar beads, almond or coconut flakes, just make it quick. If you leave at least one cupcake without decorating it, once the glaze hardens you might notice that it sparkles a little bit in the light. It’s the sugar that crystallized when some of the citric acid evaporated.

Enjoy! Hope you liked the recipe. Happy St Nicholas Day everyone!

For more St Nicholas Day recipes check out Victoria’s yesterday post at Bois de Jasmin.

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Eat ’em all! Fat Thursday

Today Poland and Germany celebrate the last Thursday of Carnival before Lent begins. Here in Poland the day is called Tłusty Czwartek while German friends call it Fetter Donnerstag. Before the time for Lent fasting will come we have this opportunity to feast and have fun. Then we’ll have to wait for more fun until Easter. I know some other countries like Italy, Spain and France have some similar events but they’re not as much rooted into a national tradition as here.

What’s the main goal of Fat Thursday? It’s simple. You don’t count callories that day and eat as many sweets, cakes as you wish. Everything is approved as most of those delicious food shall be avoided during Lent. On Fat Thursday families gather at home, friends meet in cafes and they eat cakes. The most popular in Poland are pączki (shown above left). Pączek is a traditional Polish donut filled with rose marmelade. Then we have faworki (shown right) – those are fried fingers made of French dough served with lots of powdered sugar. Don’t they look delicious?

Extreme sweet lovers can eat around 20 pączki that day. There are even competitions on who eats more. 2-3 pączki and some faworki is enough for me. Have a sweet Fat Thursday!