In folklore, and as far back as the XVIth century, moonlight was sometimes considered to be harmful: for instance, some believed that sleeping by the light of a full moon on certain nights could transform you into a werewolf (for reference, a werewolf is a human with the ability to shape-shift into a wolf, either purposely or after having been placed under a curse)…
Over time, many authors both intrigued and fascinated by this belief, chose to use the concept in their stories (including fairy stories for children); J.K. Rowling, the worldwide known author of the Harry Potter books, splendidly portrayed Mr Lupin, professor of the “Dark Arts” at the Hogwarts School of Magic and Wizardry, who was bitten by a werewolf as a young man and therefor transformed into one at every full moon…
Yet, despite all the negative beliefs that exist around moon light, it’s also considered by many to be extremely beautiful and poetic, in fact the epitome of love, romance and magic. It’s not for nothing that Ludwig Van Beethoven named his Moonlight Sonata as such, a piece of music he wrote for the Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, of whom it is said, he was in love. Many painters of the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries also used moon light as a powerful source of inspiration for their tableaux, like Vincent Van Gogh with his Starry night impressionist painting or Edouard Manet’s Seaport of Boulogne by Moonlight. Moonlight is also used in movies, as a lyrical way to set a romantic scene… The famous scene between Sebastian and Mia, who dance and sing by the light of the moon in Damian Chazelle’s La La Land for instance, or Woody Allen’s romantic comedy called Magic in the Moonlight…
Whether it be through literature, music or the fine arts, moon light has always had a mystical and almost magical way of captivating our attention, of peaking our curiosity; and so it is with no great surprise that I use moon light as the source of my inspiration today…
Here is a delicious recipe for Shimmering moon-lit sky cupcakes, subtly flavoured with coconut milk and coconut shavings. If you are a coconut enthuse, this recipe will become an all time favourite of yours, and for those of you who aren’t as partial to coconut, rest assured, the flavour is so light you’ll enjoy it anyway!
- 100g flour
- 100g caster sugar
- 100g butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- A few drops of vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
- 3 small teaspoons of baking powder
- 5 tablespoons of coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons of coconut shavings
For the icing
- 250g mascaropne
- 100g icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon coconut shavings
- 2 teaspoons coconut milk
- blue food colouring
- edible blue glitter
- edible sugar diamonds
Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) and lower to 180°C (350°F) just before putting in the cupcakes. Grease the cupcake moulds or line with greaseproof paper.
Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until smooth. Add the coconut milk and shavings to the batter and the natural vanilla extract and mix again. Poor into each cupcake mould and fill 3/4 full. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the tip of a knife comes out clean. Leave to cool for 20 minutes before icing. The cupcakes will be a beautiful creamy white, the colour of a shimmering silver moon…
Beat the mascarpone, icing sugar, coconut milk and shavings together. Add some blue food colouring, depending on how blue you wish your icing to be.
Chose your nozzle (I used quite a large one),then poor the icing into the piping bag and make sure there are no bubbles caught inside. Pipe your first design on a plate to make sure the icing comes out nice and even,then start icing your cupcakes.
Tip: It’s easier to ice your cupcakes if you put them first on a turntable.
Once you’ve iced all the cupcakes sprinkle some edible blue glitter on the top of each one and place a large edible sugar diamond followed by two smaller ones, using a pair of tweezers. Make sure you tell your guests that the diamonds are edible.
Don’t forget to present your cupcakes on a beautiful silver platter, this will enhance the blue of the cupcakes and give them a special silvery glow.
Enjoy these magical delights with a delicious cappuccino topped with whipped cream and cinnamon! Until next week…
References: (Wikipedia) Werewolf