Mini olive oil and buttermilk chocolate cakes for a school boy

It was an early hour, I was still drinking my first coffee. Maksim looked like he was deep in his thoughts and just when I thought how quiet and peaceful mornings could be – the first words came out. Mum, does a train crossing gate have cells? When he saw my eyes open wide, he decided to explain – because it moves by itself! Hmm, well you know that train crossing gate have a motor that operates mostly on power and… Oh yes, I know, but what do we call those little things …? Oh yes, I know, atoms! You see mum most people think that houses are built out of bricks but you know bricks are built out of atoms! So the bricks are built out of atoms and then the houses are built out of bricks! Isn’t that right mum? Hmm, well…

This conversation took place just a few weeks before our new venture was about to start. Prep 2015 and Maksim as a part of it! If we ever doubted that he is ready for school, well I guess this was the time to erase all doubts and start just looking forward to it. And we did! We are still enjoying this venture that just started I know, but a good start is all we wanted for now! So a celebration took place. A few times now, really. We have baked many cookies and cakes, but I’d like to share this little simple recipe because I still think …”little cakes for a little boy” – even though he is ready for school.


I knew that 2015 was going to be special, and one thing leads to others- 2015 will always be remembered as the start of school for one little boy (and his nervous parents). Another milestone for our little family and another challenge for all of us! But the good news is – we were ready, and I know that for sure now because we are half way through the first term and still smiling!

This is to celebrate many new beginnings and may all be as smooth and happy as this one! And for all the mum’s who are as nervous as I was, I can only say – no need to be…everything is going to be just fine! Let’s bake a cake!



Mini chocolate cakes

300 gr white spelt flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

200 gr raw sugar

90 gr cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla sugar (or 1 teaspoon vanilla paste)

3 eggs

120 ml olive oil

200 ml buttermilk

100 ml hot water


250 gr powdered sugar

1/2 lemon juice

1 lemon zest (optional)

1 teaspoon cold water

Heat oven to 175C. Grease muffin tin with oil ( I used canola spray oil).

In a medium size mixing bowl mix eggs with sugar using whisker. Add the oil slowly (like when you make mayonnaise) and whisk. Add the buttermilk and mix slowly with the whisker. In a different bowl mix all dry ingredients and then add to the wet mixture. At the end add warm water and mix until well combined.

Fill muffin tin 3/4 with the butter and bake for 20 minute or until cake checker comes out dry. Cool on a cooling rack until mixing the icing. Mix all the ingredients for the icing and pour over cooled muffins. Decorate the way you like!

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