“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” Pablo Neruda
The spring is the time of transformation in nature and in the inner worlds… The temperature and mood rises, and the flowery magic of Mother Nature brings end to the last few months of freezing surroundings. The flowers and leaves, the world saw wilt, are now turning into sparkly and colourful perfection. Aside from the weather’s transformations that takes place in the spring season, people are often transforming their lives, too. Spring is a time of phenomenal renewal. The earth reawakens from the slumber, and explodes with new life. In our own lives, Spring can be symbolic time of sewing new seeds and coming forth with new ideas. This is also a time to contemplate health and physical well-being too. Be refreshed and prepare for a soulful debut!The lighter evenings, the flowers blooming and the warming up can only mean one thing – joy is on its way!
“If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.” Victor Hugo
250 g unsalted butter, softened
250 g sugar
4 large eggs
50 ml espresso coffee
250 g self raising flour
1 tsp of baking powder
25 g cocoa powder
A pinch of salt
For the cream
220 g unsalted butter, softened
425 g icing sugar
2-3 tsps of very strong coffee
White marzipan (quantity depends on the size of egg desired)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and line a muffin tray with paper cases. Beat the butter with the sugar until really pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the coffee and then gently stir in the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Spoon the mixture into the cases about three-quarters full. Bake them in the oven for 20-25 minutes until firm to the touch. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
To make the cream, beat the butter and icing sugar until really light and fluffy. Beat in the coffee. Pipe the mixture onto the cupcakes and finish with marzipan eggs and chocolate shavings.
“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.” Lilly Pulitzer