Last Saturday was my 31st birthday. 31 is weird, I actually felt worse about turning 31 then I did about 30. Not because I hate turning 31, but now I know there is no way back, I’m in my thirties. I had a great day with my ‘gang’ (my viking-hubby, super close friend and my brother. We went to The National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden where we saw an exhibition about weapon history. After that we went to eat fries and my brother and me went to see Warcraft. So today it was time to clean up before my party next week.

As is a silly Dutch tradition you are suppose to bring something to work when it’s your birthday. So this morning I was in the kitchen early making muffins. I made 3 different ones, 2 (the pink and  chocolate) are boxes that I bought. I used about 1/3 of the box, the rest will be used next week when I’m celebrating with my friends. And I made vanilla muffins with lemon frosting.

Ow, for those who are interested or are familiar with European royalty. I found out I’m sharing my birthday with the now deseased queen Fabiola from Belgium (1928-2014). You might thing that’s not very special. But she wrote 12 fairy tails which are used in an attraction called ‘De Indische Waterlelies‘ in my all time favourite theme park ‘The Efteling’.

What do you need (9 muffins)vanillamuffin1

  • 110 grams of self raising flour
  • 45 ml. of oil
  • 156 gr. of soy yogurt
  • 75 gr. of sugar
  • 9 ml. of vinegar
  • vanilla
  • baking powder
  • baking soda


Mix oil, vanilla and sugar in a mixer together for about 2 minutes. In a different bowl, mix the yogurt and vinegar together. Mix the two together and mix on high speed for about 2-3 minutes until ‘airy’. After that, sift in the self raising flour, baking powder and soda and mix together again until you have a nice batter.


Line a muffin tray with papers and spoon in the batter. Since I was making the other two types at the same time I wasn’t able to fill these up in the tray. If you put them in later just put them in lightly and let them move down by themselves to prevent folds. Bake for about 20 minutes on 170 degrees celsius. Let them cook down completely before frosting them.


For this one I made a simple frosting from lemon juice, a bit of water and powdered sugar. I wasn’t in the mood to make something like buttercream and I don’t want them to be to over the top. This is what mine looked like before frosting. Can you say PINK anyone!!