Monday, December 6, 2010

It worked, it worked and finally it's raining, how great!!!!

First of all for the fire on the Carmel and second all the plants and trees which so desperately wanted some water already. And third for all the people, like me, who are waiting for the winter.

A very nice fair will take place on the 16th /17th and 18th of December in Tel Aviv.

Here you have all the details:

I will be there also with my cupcakes, I'll try to make them in Retro style also.

And finally, a few photo's of some of the cupcakes I have made lately

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Winter doesn't want to show it's face yet in Israel, it's still so warm and no rain what so ever.

I waited for this season for sooo long, all through out the summer I thought never mind in November this will all be over again. But nothing!

It makes it all the more more difficult when my sister calls me, from Holland, a few days ago and tells me, with the excitement of a little girl, that it just started to snow and sends me this picture

I love snow I am just totally crazy about those day's when the snow is falling down, it is so quiet outside when it's snowing. It is like a big white fluffy blanket thrown over the ground.

Any way last year I wrote a post about speculaas cupcakes, speculaas is a typical dutch winter cookie, with the most wonderful combination of spices.

I decided, in order to speed up the winter gods, to post it again. Who knows maybe it will work.

Well and if not it's just a really really good recipe. So go and try it out and taste what a Dutch winter is all about.


Speculaas cupcakes

Speculaas cookies remind me of winters with warm the and a cozy couch next to the garden window where we would sit with my mom and sister when we returned from school. We'd come home from school cold or wet, In Holland most of the kids go to school with......., you guessed it bicycles, and my mam would always be waiting for us with warm tea and a nice plate of goodies. The problem with these cookies is you can't stop. If you dip one in your tea until it is soft and you taste it it's just impossible to stop. For this reason alone already I think it's good that I live in Israel. No speculaas here, until now that is.

Well I sincerely hope you enjoy this recipe. If you would like to make cookies instead of cupcakes you can look up a recipe for speculaas cookies, because you have the recipe for the spices.

Dutch Speculaas kruiden are a mix of:
15 gram ground Cinnamon
2 gram ground clove
2 gram ground nutmeg
1 gram ground white pepper
1 gram ginger powder
½ gram ground hel (Cardamom)

Be very carefull using these spices, because your recipe will become very (too) spicey if you use too much.

For the cupcakes:

230 Gram flower
1 tsp Bakingpowder
125 Gram butter room temp.
250 Gram white sugar
Speculaas spices according to your taste
1 tsp Vanilla extract
3 eggs room temp.
100 ML milk room temp.
1/5 tsp salt. 1.
preheat oven 175ºC

2. Mix butter until fluffy and white , add sugar and eggs (one by one), mix for 3 minutes.

3. Add to this Sifted flower, baking powder and salt, milk, vanilla and spices . Mix this until it all comes together as a batter

4. put ± 12 cupcake liners in a tray and fill them for 2/3 with batter

5. Bake the cupcakes for 15 - 20 minutes. check with a tooth pick, if it comes out clean they're ready

6. Let them cool in the tray for 15 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack where they can cool.

7. While the cupcakes are cooling you can start making the butter cream

For the butter cream you'll need:
200 gram butter room temp.
1 tsp natural almond essence(or more if you like) -
175 gram confectioners sugar
10 ml milk at room temp.


1. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until fluffy and white for about 3 min.

2. add confectioners sugar (spoon by spoon and scrape the sides of the mixer bowl often), milk and almond essence and mix for about 5-7 minutes at medium speed.

3. When the cupcakes are totally cooled down you can start decorating your cupcakes with the buttercream.

Here some nice ideas for decorating :

You can buy your ingredients from (of course there are more places but these 2 I personally like):

See you

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Designing cakes

Before I got addicted to cupcakes I used to mainly make cakes, wedding cakes and special occasion cakes. I was just looking at some pictures on my computer when I saw my cake photographs. While I was looking at them I suddenly got butterflies in my tummy, and then decided

I am also going to design cakes again!!!

To create a piece of art is such a fulfilling thing to do, and to make beautiful creations from sugar paste is such a wonderful experience. One of the things I like is the smell of my hands when I work with the sugar paste, it' has a very subtle vanilla scent.

Last Friday I have met a very sweet American lady, Mimi Avishai, we had a very nice conversation about desserts, cakes and cake decoration.

You have to check out here website, she shares some tasty vegetarian recipes

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Friday, October 15, 2010

So yesterday evening I had this really nice evening at netanella's house . I was there with my cupcakes. I made a lot of mini cupcakes, and they all sold out and I went home empty (:

I just love selling my cupcakes, when I explain people about the ingredients and decoration, I can go on and on. Cupcakes are so much fun to make. I enjoy choosing and combining the flavours and after wards deciding on how to decorate them.

Any way on friday the 22nd of october I will be participating in the sale of Lihi from Motek boutique soekar at Shd. Yehudith 29 in Tel aviv from 10:00 - 16:00 (see the post from Oct. 11th)

Now how nice would it be to surprise your kids with some fresh cupcakes from Cupcakes & Cookies. Or as a sweet dessert for the family meal on Friday evening. Or just to spoil your self with some delicious fresh cupcakes.

You can call me at 0524044104
mail me at
Leave a comment at the blog
or visit my facebook page at!/dscupcakesandcookies

I am taking orders until Wednesday evening 20.10.10

regular cupcake 10 NIS instead of 12 NIS
Mini cupcake 7 NIS instead of 8 NIS

You can contact me in Hebrew no problem at all

Thursday, October 14, 2010

With these soaps I would never get out of the shower.

How cuuuuute!

Monday, October 11, 2010

How much fun, on Thursday 22.10.10 from 10:00 till 16:00, I have a mini fair at מותק בוטיק סוכר

The address is Shderot Jehudit 29 in Tel Aviv.

There will be plenty of goodies as you see on the flyer.

Hope to see you there!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

This one doesn't count!

Just some really nice cupcake photo's from the net

Sunday, October 3, 2010

This blogging thing is starting to get addictive, suddenly I have the unexplainable urge to share.

I have to watch it, maybe I have to control myself and just write one post a week!!

I'll post a few photographs of some cookies I made for a very sweet little girl, with also a very sweet mother.

The mother is Ayula ( my neighbor for almost 2 years, and she is such a dear!

It was so nice to have her around, but now she is going to leave us :( .They are being relocated in the US).

So my kids and I really wanted to make something nice for her little girl to nibble on, during the flight.

So this is what came out.

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, October 1, 2010

SAVE THE DATE - 22.10.10

בוקר של מכירה בסטודיו של ליהי רוזנברג טובול. הקאפקייקס שלי, תכשיטים משגעים,
נרות וסבונים טבעים, סיכות וקשתות וינטאג', מוצרי נייר מדליקים ועוד הפתעות

עוד פרטים בהמשך

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Yeah! It's finally quiet in my house(I can't believe it) this was the longest summer holiday like....ever. Almost 3 months non stop kiddies in the house.

Yesterday I was part of the פסטיבל אושפיזין at Keren Shavit's enchanted Studio ( The sale was for three day's but physically attended only one, my cupcakes where there for the whole 3 days.

Because my daughter was competing in Kibbutz Ma'agal , she competes with her horse in Western riding, I couldn't be at Keren's studio for the whole 3 day's.

But, he, this is not a blog about horses, I just can't help being soo proud of my little queen.

I had so much fun at the sale, it's really such nice place to be, the ambiance is right and the people there are so nice.

I would also like to say a special thanks to all the sweet " girls" who write such nice things about me on their blogs!!! So I'm quickly going to post some pictures before my little girl Sophie wakes up.

I wish you all a חג שמח !

Sunday, September 12, 2010

So Rosh Hashana has passed, we are officially in the beginning of a new year. I love this time of year. It's a new clean beginning, you can start all over again, or continue the things you have started, with new energy from the holiday's.

This time of year is especially fun, because my parents always come for my daughters birthday. That's such a nice time!!

Any way my כוונה for the new year is to boost my business, and find a really nice place to open my Cupcakes & Cookies boutique. This is so exiting! I'm mean like making serious plans after being a stay at home mam for 10 years.

I will post pictures of some of the orders I had lately.

Have a great day!