mini blackberry muff-cakes

I’ve never been good at naming things. Even as a child, all of my stuffed toys were very unimaginatively named. There was Suzie, Casey, Mampi (ok this one sounds original, but she came with that name, so I take no credit), Teddy, Cuddly… you get the picture. In fact, so tedious were the names I was giving my posse that my best buddy from primary school (who’s coming to visit me in London next year ~ yay!) once asked, “hey, why do all their names end with ‘eee’?”

Good question.

I don’t know, my brain can’t seem to grasp anything else.

So one day, she bought me a bear – he was a really cool scruffy kinda guy. And she named him Fergus. Wow, that threw my naming convention a real doozy. 

Anyway, I suck at naming things. I’m not witty, or clever, or even mildly imaginative. So when I baked these gorgeous little mini blackberry muffin cake things, I was all for naming them muffy.

more mini blackbery muff-cakes

But who knew “muffy” was already coined by PBS Kids and by the way guys, don’t google “muffy” like I just did. You get all kinds of pr0n, and not just delicious food pr0n.

With muffy taken and creativity at an all time know, I didn’t know what to do. All I came up with was mini blackberry muff-cakes. Now really, do not google that.

juicy blackberries

Anyway, here’s one of the easiest recipes of the century for y’all to play with. It’s like, five steps. I say five because “turn the oven on” and “serve with ice cream” don’t really constitute steps, do they?

ps: and here’s a little treat/torture for you, because apparently I love/hate you that much (please circle which applies to you) ~

mini blackberry muff-cakes
1 cup self raising flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup milk
110 grams unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fresh or frozen berries
extra sugar for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 175°C/350°F.
  2. Line a 12-serve muffin tray with paper cases or grease generously (note that I tried greasing the first time and my muff-cakes stuck to the pan)
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour with sugar, then whisk in the milk, and whisk in the melted butter and vanilla.
  4. Using 1/4 cup measures, scoop the mixture into the prepared muffin tray.
  5. Top off with berries (no need to push down) and sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon of sugar.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Invert on a cooling rack and leave to cool.
  7. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

Original recipe from An Edible Symphony.

My first go was with raspeberries. They’re nice too, but a touch too sweet I thought. Blackberries give them a delicious “tart”-ness.

Makes 12.

13 Thoughts on “because “muffy” was already taken: mini blackberry “muff-cakes”

  1. hee i love your youtube vid!

  2. I’m bad at naming things too – I had a cat called Puss and a puppy called Basil (after Basil Fawlty).

  3. If someone had asked me to speak about “muff cakes” for 2 minutes, on or off cam, not sure I could have done it. Very random at times which made it even more enjoyable, well done! =)

    P.S: I think I was right predicting your own YouTube channel. 😉

  4. chocolatesuze: thanks honey 🙂

    Greedy Diva: hey Basil isn’t bad, that’s got the same ring to it as Fergus… but Puss, ok that’s bordering of “Muff” territory!

    David: LOL random is me, and you know what, I was trying to be less random and speak about just ONE topic!

  5. Im crushing you really hard, muff cake 🙂

    When are the babies gonna pop out?

  6. buddy pal on December 1, 2009 at 6:00 am said:

    You and you’re muff-cakes are adorable!

    Yes, i remember that “everything ends in eee” conversation.
    I also remember you adroitly pointing out that MY name ends in “eeee”

  7. Kang: wow, I love the way you call me muff cake 😉

    buddy pal: OMG I totally forgot your name ends with “eee” too! Hehehe.. that was a great conversation, one which has been imprinted in my memory forever, clearly. Can’t wait to see you x

  8. ah, muff cakes. does sound very rude but loves it. i’m never one to tone down the dirty jokes 😉 lovely to have met u at FBC09 sweetheart and what pretty cakes! well done on their success. lots of love. x

  9. diva: LOL thanks, lovely but y’know who knows, little kiddies may have stumbled on the blog and *I* dont want to be the one teaching them alternative words for “muff” 🙂

  10. Hey sexy Catty!

    I meant to leave a comment here when I first read this, but then planning FBC ’10 got in the way. Anyway, here I am. You know how much I love your site and your videos are totally hot! Wish I could bring myself to make videos – eek!

    Anyway, just had to say I made some half muffins, half cupcakes a while back and I was going to call them muffcakes, but didn’t feel daring enough back then. However, my boyfriend went right ahead and left a comment calling them just that! Hilarious! See ‘cunningeye’ comment here:

    So funny in your video how you hesitated before saying it for the first time too =) Love it and love you xxx

  11. Mowie you crack me up! Didn’t you go on video at #FBC09?? All it takes is a little start, soon you wil be the DAHling of the video world 😉

  12. I was just directed here from Mowielicious.

    OMG – your video is so awesome!

    These sound so yummy 🙂

  13. Kaitlin: hehe thank you!! 🙂

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