Just before heading off to Angouleme Festival we saw something amazing on what some people are calling “The Internet” – Moomin muffins! The incredible baking duo Sylvia & Howard from foodie blog A Baked Creation had knocked up a batch of Moomin cupcakes.
Well, given our interest in all things Moomin-shaped and cooking-related (if you don’t know, we publish The Moomins Cooobook) we simply *had* to know the full story behind their creation and we wanted to share Sylvia and Howard’s (henceforth “S&H”) creations with you. So we (henceforth “SMH”) interviewed them and they kindly allowed us to include pics of the cakes. You can find S&H’s original post on A Baked Creation.
SMH: How many colours of icing do you need to make all the Moomins?
H: We used fondant to make the Moomins, fondant is a sugar dough that can be molded and is primarily used for decorating cakes. We had to dye about 12-13 coloured fondant to make the 12 Moomin characters.
SMH: Which was the most complicated character to make?
S: I would say the Hattifatteners, to get their little arms to stay put!
H: Thingumy and Bob with their little hair and delicate nose!
What was your recipe for the cupcakes?
S: A chocolate cupcake recipe: makes about 3 dozen cupcakes.
1 cup of coffee
1 cup of cocoa powder
1/2 cup of water
3 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
2 sticks of butter
2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F). Mix the coffee, cocoa powder, and water together.
2. Using a mixer, combine the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time until well combined. Add the vanilla extract.
3. Sift the flour, baking soda, and baking powder together.
4. Alternating, pour the cocoa mixture and flour mixture until the batter is well combined.
5. Scoop the batter into cupcake liners and place them in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
6. Let the cupcakes cool (30-45 minutes) before frosting and decorating.
SMH: Could you make a sponge cupcake that was bright white like a Moomin? (Meringue’s would count as cheating!):
S: Hmm, that would be difficult! I don’t know, it’ll require some research on my part.
H: Interesting challenge…
SMH: Which cupcake are you most proud of?
S: I love the way Moominmamma turned out! It was really fun accessorizing the Moomins after making their basic shape. It was fun dressing her with the apron and giving her the purse.
H: I thought Sylvia did the best job with the “momma” moomin.
SMH: If you had Moomins round for tea, what would you serve them?
S: Some peanut butter and chocolate crispy squares, whoopie pies, and chewy cookies.
H: Moomin cupcakes. Yea, that could be a bit twisted but it’ll make a good conversation starter.
SMH: The correct answer is “Anything from the Moomins Cookbook“!
SMH: Do you ever read comics or graphic novels? If so, do you have any you’d recommend?
S: I do read comics and graphic novels sometimes, I enjoy fun stories like Archie, Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, Alison Dare by J. Torres & Jason Bone, and Scott Pilgrim by Brian Lee O’Malley.
H: Too many to list. Some I will not take out of their wrap.
We’re sending S&H a set of “Moomin Thought” books as a little thank you. If you are now inspired to do some Moomin-baking between now and April, then post the results to our Facebook Page and we’ll send our favourites some Moomin goodies.