Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sugar Donut Muffins

My daughter invited 2 friends over today, for a mani-pedi date. Yes, you heard me right. That's what 10-year old girls do these days. During my time, we played with dolls and skipping ropes. But the world is changing, and at a frightening pace. Tweenhood is the new Teenhood. So I know I should never use my personal experiences as yardsticks for my children ... that would be the surest and fastest way to alienate myself from them.

To me, as long as it's good, harmless fun, I say, let them have their way. Like a mani-pedi date. They listened to Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus as they soaked their feet in some foot spa shampoo. Whatever. I had no idea.

This is a box of mani-pedi goodies from Victoria's Secrets, which was given to me by my friend.

What are little girls made of? Vanilla Sugar, spice and all things Beautilicious nice.

And since I would never have the luxury of using them (how? when? 3 kids!) ... I let the girls have them. In the background, I could hear excited squeals, giggles and water splashing.

Some foot soak before the scrub and massage. The other 2 girls brought their own foot spa kits and nail glitter. At the end of the day, all 3 of them had better looking nails than I did.

In the meantime, I roped in my 4-year old son to help me bake something for tea. Oh yes, I am grooming my lil man to be a Sensitive New Age Guy. One who can bake his own celebratory cake after winning an Olympic medal. Heh.

We made these super simple Sugar Donut Muffins together. They were a breeze to put together yet soooo delicious to eat. Thank goodness I put aside one for myself because 11 muffins were barely enough for 4 ravenous kids and 1 baby. I wouldn't have pics to show if I had put all 12 out there for grabs, that's for sure.

Ta-dah! I realise sugar frosted anything looks good.

Doesn't this little darling look angelic? I swear I saw a halo.

Love the flattering lighting. The muffin was literally glowing.

I made 2 rounds of hot chocolate for the girls, which they drank up effortlessly. Then it was back to more foot spa stuff which I was not a part of.

Cheers to happy growing up years!

Just as I was about to take a rest, they asked if they could have dinner at my place! Good grief. What should I cook? I guess with kids, pasta dishes are fail-proof, so I made a very simple Spaghetti alla Carbonara, along with some re-heated roast chicken from the night before. The plates were cleaned out in an instant!

My daughter then took out some lemon sorbet for dessert, and again, everything was gone in a jiffy. Amazing how much they could eat! By the time the girls went home, I was too tired to eat my own dinner. But my daughter and her friends had fun, and that's all that mattered.

Very fluffy and tender on the inside, much like a donut. In a muffin form. Oh, who cares! Every bite was heaven.

(from Baking Bites)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (I didn't have this, unfortunately)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup milk (low fat is fine)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the sugar frosting
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 1/2 cup sugar, for rolling

1. Preheat oven to 350F (about 175 degree celsius). Lightly grease a muffin tin with cooking spray or vegetable oil.

2. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and egg until light in color.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.

4. Pour into egg mixture and stir to combine.

5. Pour in vegetable oil, milk and vanilla extract.

6. Divide batter evenly into 10 muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

7. While muffins are baking, melt butter and pour remaining sugar into a small bowl.

8. When muffins are done, lightly brush the top of each with some melted butter, remove from the pan and roll in sugar. Cool on a wire rack.


  1. dear, this look super fluffy and good, I gonna to bake some for my kids too, Thanks for sharing. I know you were happy to serve this pretty girls..hehehe..

  2. These muffins look fantastic! Wow! They really are glowing.

    I'm glad your daughter and her friends had fun! I would love a mani/pedi!

  3. The muffins look awesome, lightly golden yellow colour with crunchy castor sugar atop combination makes the muffins look very delicious.
    Gals like to have fun like that!

  4. The extent mother would do for their kids these are one doting mother Ju!

  5. That looks very pretty and delicious. I would love to have one, too, with a cup of hot coffee. What great fun the kids and eat. Good training for your son to bake :) I met a Chinese guy recently. He is an engineer with a PhD. He enjoys baking cakes and had made at least 10 types! I was just very impressed. Of course girls liked least for the food...haha

  6. Awww... I would be happy to be your kid anytime. :)

  7. hello teochew these little muffins look sccumptious ! wonderful Pierre

  8. Hahahhahhaha, looks that the girls had fun!

    These sugar donut muffins look apart & so delcious, Ju!

    Well done!

  9. Oh Gosh... this will be one of my post xmas dessert. and I can't believe 10 year olds have a mani-pedi? GOSH!

  10. Oh I remember 10 yr old little girls so well..

    I am always surprised when I see Lulu walking up my path holding a huge dinosaur and a Hot Wheels:)

    I was only used to girls..

    Your daughetr would get along w/ our step grandaughter Giulianna..In fact one of her gifts is the Miley video on the fram:) Don't tell her..:)

    You are right the light sines fantastic on those beaux cakes:) You always have the prettiest crumb:) it a photography light? With a different setting on the camera or wb adjust?
    I find it hard under different lights to get the right color..u do:) Always.

    I love the little feet in the footbath..:) How cute is that? Do you have VS where you live?

    I say let them have fun and east their cake too:) You are right.. keep doing what you are doing..:) To looks perfect.

  11. kids nowadays heh...haha...but sounds like fun, love girly time.

  12. donut-muffins - what a cute idea! wow kids grow up really fast these days, hehe

  13. Sonia: Thanks! And I know you will make an awesome batch.

    Memória: Thanks! I would love a mani-pedi myself too!

    Angie: Thanks, dear. And yes, little girls just love these stuff! ;) They can't wait to grow up.

    Quinn: Thanks! :)))

    Mary: You made me laugh!!! Thanks for that! :)

    Sammi: Thanks! ;)

    Pierre: Merci!!

    Sophie: Thanks, dear! :)))

    mannequin12: Thanks, Pris!

    Penny: Say it again! GOSH! But welcome to tweenhood.

    La Table De Nana: Monique, thank you! It's natural light. I only photograph in 2 places in my home, where I have discovered through trial and error that they give the most flattering lighting. I don't WB adjust, I just choose the pre-set WB, ie, sunny day, cloudy day, night, etc. I just stick to what works for me so far. But like Zurin said, the current wet weather gives bleary photos. Thank goodness the rain cleared up when I was ready to photograph these muffins :)

    No, I don't have VS where I live. My friend got it from the US where she vacationed.

    It took me a while to get used to boys too! I had my daughter for 6 years before I had my son! Suddenly I had to switch from Barbie dolls to Hotwheels! :)))

    pigpigscorner: A girly time it was! Hehe.

    noobcook: Yes, they do! It's challenging to be a parent these days.

  14. Looks really good...!!!
    By the way, when I was 10 yrs old, I didn't even know about meni/pedi.. the world is def changing!!

  15. What I wouldn't give to be young and able to eat as many sugar muffins and drink as many cups of hot chocolate as I want!! Sigh. Well, at least I can still get a mani pedi ; )

  16. very very cute post. I have a little girl who is too old to watch discover these wonderful times... How exciting that you are able to be a small part of their fun! And isn't blogging a great excuse for sharing that fun. This is a a wonderful post (and recipe).

  17. And one more thing...

    I shared this with a blogger that was debating buying a new camera now (this was just a few days before Halloween) vs waiting for the Thanksgiving sales. She had a brand new baby, and a little cute Halloween pictures...

    i am older than dirt, and remember buying film, paying to have it processed, and discovering that my thumb was in half the pictures. But I did try, and took photos often.

    But, it did occur to me that I have more photos of the meatballs I made yesterday than i do of my daughter's first Halloween costume...

    Keep taking these photos, when you are old as dirt (You will be shocked how fast that age comes), you will be very glad you did.

  18. I note the recipe these donuts are so exciting for me and the name "beautilicious" is so funny !

  19. Agreed! The sugary touch does give the muffins some sparkling feel and very Christmassy indeed! Seemed like the girls were having lots of fun!


  20. Yum they look airy and delicious....

  21. What a lovely post Ju!! the girls are so cute and adorable...the things they do. You got me stumped for a moment.wondering what a mani -pedi sounded like greek to me

    Children grow up so fast so enjoy them :))

    The cakes look so fluffy and I love the way the sugar twinkles like glitter. so so pretty...

    the weather has been dreary but today wasn't so bad so I got some decent pics too...luckily ..otherwise there will not be a post for a long only source of decent light (sometimes nt so decent anyway)are also in 2 places!!

  22. Belli e morbidi i tuoi muffin, bravissima.
    Buona domenica Daniela.

  23. Hey Ju, adorable write up! Love the way you are planning to train your boy to become a SNAG before he wins a few Olympics Medal! Muffin looks good too... 10/10 for fabulous mum!

  24. Ju...I just love this post...the muffins and the girlie girl feet...
    I have only boys...and I am wishing for a wonderful daughter-in-law because I missed the girlie stuff...although I do share a love of trains with the boys.
    Enjoy it flies by so fast. My baby was 17 yesterday and got his driving license...eeeeekkk....

  25. What a fun date for your daughter and her friends and you are such an accomodating mom :) how nice..our kids are the same age, my daughter is also ten and her brother 4..:)

  26. You make the cup cake look sexy in the frosting! Nice writeup, totally enjoyed it.

  27. I love that plate, so cute!

    Katie xox

  28. hahahaha yeah! i was playing 5 stones and skipping rope 10 years ago.
    and at that time i hated painting nails.
    cos i loved biting them :P
    but ended up taking a mani/pedi course after my O levels. heh.
    and i agree about anything sugar frosted looks awesome!

  29. These look so delicious and I love that pretty pink dish! :D

  30. how cute! what a great bonding experience--the girls are smart-why end it without a great dinner and dessert!

  31. Your muffins looks so delectable! I totally agree with you that kids nowadays have different way to enjoy their teenhood. How lucky your girl to have such a supportive mom! ;)

  32. Mani-medi date! So cute. These sugary muffin cupcake just the right trat for such a date.

  33. Hi Ju! Sounds like the girls had a fantastic time! The muffins look great too...yum, yum!

  34. JU, I have been meaning to ask... Just what is a Teochew, and is it good to have a little one?

    But actually, wanted to let you know you awakened the dark spots of my soul (not a bad thing)... come look...

  35. Oh mamma mia che spettacolo!! la foto è meravigliosa e il dolcetto una delizia!!complimenti!

  36. Hi Ju, you are really awful. Why .. 1st thing this morning is I see a delicious sugar donut muffin staring straight in my face saying "Eat me, eat me". If only I could!

    Looks like the girls had a fantastic time. A couple of years ago my niece and some friends did the same thing with mani and pedi in my bedroom. Made a mess in the place but they thorough enjoyed themselves and even paraded around with coloured finger/toenails and stickers.

  37. One look at all of those girlie feet and a flood of memories flashed in! All sugar and spice, just like your muffins ;-)) I had a son when my daughter was 6 also. I wondered what it would be like and he is the best...a millionaires family, who could ask for anything more!!

    Enjoy your precious time.

    PS..just saw my "word verification" for this comment and it was "preen"!!! Too funny!!


  38. Hi Ju,

    I kinda had a policy not to visit food blogs cause they make me hungry all the time. (hahah joking~!)

    I really like your blog and you've got an awesome sense of aesthetics and your posts are simple and easy to understand.

    It was great meeting you. Cya around soon I hope~!!!


  39. Hi Ju, just wanted to leave a shoutout. Great getting to know you & everything here looks just divinely scrumptious!

  40. AW that is so cute they had a mani pedi date :) Children do grow up at alarming rates now! These sugar donut muffins look SCRUMPTIOUS mmm it looks so moist and delicious!

  41. Hi Ju,
    You're such a modern and lovely mother to have! So supportive! And even let them use your stuff! I wish I can be like that next time too! Thanks for sharing your parenthood. :)

  42. delicate and light! I can't wait to try these but it's such a treat to just look at them, not sure I'll be able to eat it!

  43. Cindy: Without being in the kitchen to see what you did/did not do, I can only guess that your batter was too thick (which could explain why your muffins turned out dry). You could also have overfilled the muffins cases, and/or baked them for too long. So many factors. I can't tell, honestly. I don't quite know how to "achieve" a smooth finish. Haha! I just followed the recipe and out came these muffins! ;)

  44. Hi Ju, I will like to know if you did everything (Whisking, mixing and etc) by hand like a good old muffin recipe?

  45. hi, i mix all the ingredient by electronic mixer
    , the muffin cannot expand , turn out hard.
    u use whole egg?

    1. Oh my, how on earth did it turn out hard??? The only explanation I have is that the baking powder has expired??? I really don't understand. Yes, I used a whole egg as the recipe stated.