Carrot Crumble Muffins

Hey guys,

it’s freeeeeeeeeeeezing outside! So how about warming ourselves up a bit by heating up the oven: It’s a great way to get rid of the cold and at the same time we get tasty muffins as a reward on top. Sounds like a great plan, doesn’t it?

Those carrot crumble muffins are a wonderful combination of a super juicy, not too sweet batter topped with deliciously sugary crunchy crumbs – JACKPOT ! Perfect as a treat to go with your coffee, for breakfast, … well let’s be honest, I could have them at any time of the day! You gotta try it!


Carrot Crumble Muffins

makes 12

  • 300 g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbp baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 150 g brown sugar
  • 120 g soft butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 ml buttermilk
  • 200 g carrots
  • 80 g soft butter
  • 40 g sugar
  • 100 g flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Combine 80 g butter, 40 g sugar, 100 g flour and 1 teaspoon cinnamon until a crumbly dough is formed, then put in the fridge. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 175° C and line a muffin tray with paper muffin cases. Then peel the carrots, finely grate them and also put aside.

For the batter, beat the softened butter together with the eggs until creamy, then add the buttermilk. Combine the dry ingredients in a second bowl. Add the batter and stir briefly but thoroughly. At last carefully fold in the grated carrots.

Pour the dough into the muffin cases and top with the prepared crumble. Bake for about 30 minutes, then allow to cool and serve!


Weeeeell, who of you now wants to bake muffins as well? I’ll take the blame, that’s okay 😅

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin


Tortellini Soup

Hello my dear readers!

First of all, I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year 2018: May all your wishes, dreams and goals come true (or at least a little closer). I hope the new year will be filled with health, joy and lots of time with your loved ones ❤

Now I’m enjoying my last days of vacation and use the free time to forge plans, develop new concepts and gather ideas. So you can look forward to tons of zebratastic recipes and projects this year and I cannot wait to share it all with you!

Today I have a very relaxed recipe for you, that offers a welcome change especially after all of those elaborate and sumptuous meals during the holidays – quick to make, warming and filling, but nevertheless not too heavy for the stomach: A delicious tortellini soup with a large portion of vegetables and so much taste.


Tortellini soup
makes 2-3 servings

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 big carrot
  • 1 tsp Italian herbs
  • Salt, pepper
  • 15g flour
  • 750ml vegetable broth
  • 1 packet (250g) dried Tortellini pasta
  • 100g (frozen) spinach
  • 150ml cream

Peel onion and garlic and chop finely. Peel the carrot and cut into thin slices.

Heat the butter in a large saucepan, then add onions, garlic, carrots, herbs, salt and pepper and fry for about 5 minutes. Now add in the flour and stir until there are no more lumps. Slowly add the broth and stir well. Bring the soup to a boil, then add the tortellini and spinach and simmer for 5-6 minutes. Finally, stir in the cream, season to taste and serve.


What are your plans for 2018? Will you share your to-do list for the new year with me?

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

Roasted Winter Vegetables

Hello Zebras,

to defy the winter weather out there and protect us from nasty pathogens, we should take extra care in consuming our daily allowance of vitamins. But what sounds simple and logical in theory is not always easy to implement in practice …

With this recipe, however, it is really simple and, above all, delicious! Because broccoli, pumpkin, carrots and onions combine with balsamic and maple syrup to form a wonderful, crisp oven dish, which can be served either on its own or as a tasty side dish!


Roasted winter vegetables

for 2-3 servings

  • 200g broccoli
  • 200g pumpkin
  • 200g carrots
  • 2 red onions
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 tsp mustard


Preheat the oven to 200 ° C and lay out a baking tray with baking paper.

Wash the vegetables, if necessary peel and cut into bite-sized pieces and mix everything in a large bowl. In a second bowl stir in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup and mustard. Pour the mixture over the vegetables and mix well. Put the vegetables on the baking tray, distribute well and bake for 20-25 minutes.


As I said before, this tastes great as a side dish, but also as a main course – for example mixed with boiled wheat, some feta and nuts!

The dish can also be comprised of whichever vegetables you want – why not try it with brussel sprouts, cauliflower or sweet potatoes? And if you prefer your vegetables a little less ‘al dente’, just keep it in the oven for about 10 minutes longer!

Which are your favourite winter vegetables?


Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

Spring Pasta

Hello my zebras!

Yesterday was the beginning of spring and I thought it’s about time to dish up something fresh. So today I’m going to share with you a delicious pasta dish with an irresistible creamy parmesan sauce and a lot of colourful spring vegetables – if this doesn’t lighten up your mood you’re probably still in hibernation 😉


Spring pasta

for 2 servings

  • 200 g pasta (fettuccine or spaghetti)
  • 1 carrot
  • 125 g green asparagus
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1-2 handful baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 100 ml cream
  • 60 g grated parmesan
  • parsley, salt & pepper


Bring a pot of salt water to the boil and cook the pasta al dente.

Clean the vegetables (+ peel if necessary) – except for the spinach – and cut into thin strips. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan. Add the vegetables – except the spinach – together with the lemon juice and salt and sauté for about 3 minutes. Remove the veggies from the pan and set aside.

Heat the remaining butter in the pan. Peel, then finely chop the shallot and fry in the pan. Add white wine and cream. Stir in the parmesan and season with salt, pepper and fresh parsley. Add the vegetables as well as the spinach and reheat briefly. Finally, mix in the cooked pasta together with some of the cooking water and serve immediately.


Like the first spring flowers, the vegetable strips sprout from their pasta nest – simply gorgeous and soooo delicious! Try it!

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

Easter Bunny Cakepops

Hello my friends and Happy Easter!


Do you already have plans for the Easter weekend? I plan on spending a lot of time with my family: we have a big Easter brunch on Sunday and hopefully the weather will be nice enough to go out and get some fresh air. Oh… that would be nice!

If you still need something sweet for your afternoon coffee I have a great idea for you: Cute little bunny cakepops made of juicy carrot cake and with crunchy almond ears? Simply gorgeous <3.  And I can promise you – your loved ones will be surprised!


Carrot Cake Pops

makes about 30 pieces

  • 75g flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 125g carrots
  • 35g sugar
  • 35g brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 75ml oil
  • 150g cream cheese
  • 400g chocolate
  • 60 whole almonds
  • cake pop sticks
  • pink heart sprinkles


Preheat the oven to 175 ° C and prepare a small springform pan with parchment paper.

Peel and then finely grate the carrots. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and set aside. In another bowl mix egg, sugar and brown sugar until fluffy and add the oil. First fold in the flour mixture, then the grated carrots. Place it in the mold and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Crumble the cold cake in a large bowl, then add the cream cheese and mix to a homogeneous mass. Form about 30 equal sized balls and refrigerate.

Melt the chocolate over a water bath. Dip the cake pop sticks into the chocolate and then impale the dough balls. Lightly dip two almonds per cakepop into chocolate and stick them into top of the cake balls to make the bunny ears. Leave to cool until everything is fixed in position.

Dip the prepared cakepops in the melted chocolate and carefully jiggle them to get rid of the excess chocolate. Finally, decorate with sugar hearts to complete the bunny!


Of course you can also use any other cake recipe – the cakepops will be delicious either way. Do you like those sweet bunnies as much as I do? And what treats have you planned for Easter?

Remain sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin




Marbled Carrot Cheesecake


Oh well.. last week sucked. If I could, I would just erase all my memory of it and pretend it never happened.

But I guess you can’t only have fantastic days and I makes you value the good times even more. And it also helps a lot when you have THE cure for those days when you’re in a really bad mood.

Those of you who know me well are probably aware of the fact, that there are 2 kinds of cake that I would almost kill for: Carrot Cake and Cheesecake! Love, love, loooooove them! And the combination of both is like heaven on earth.. at least for me!


Curious? Ok, here we go:

Marbled Carrot Cheesecake

12-14 servings

  • 230g cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 110g sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 120g sour cream
  • 150g flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 120ml oil
  • 60g applesauce
  • 100g sugar
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 180g grated carrots
  • 60g cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 tbsp softened butter
  • 100g powdered sugar
  • 75g sour cream
  • 1/2 TL vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350°F and butter a 9-inch (26cm) springform pan.

Batter 1: Mix sugar and flour in a medium sized bowl. Add cream cheese and stirr until well combined. Mix in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla extract and sour cream. Tap bowl forcefully against counter for a couple of times to release  air pockets. Set aside.

Batter 2: Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In another bowl combine oil, applesauce, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract and mix on low speed for about a minute. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined, then stir in carrots until evenly distributed.

Pour about half of the carrot cake batter into the baking pan and smooth it out. Spoon one third of the cheesecake mixture onto it. Carefully pour the rest of the carrot batter over it, then top it with the rest of the cheesecake mix. [No need for swirling!]

Bake for 60-65 Minutes – cover with tinfoil after 40 minutes. Let cake cool for one hour, then place it in the fridge and leave it there overnight (or at least for 6 hours!).

For the topping: Combine cream cheese and butter. Add the left over ingredients and whip it for about 5 minutes. Spread on the cake. Let it set in the fridge for 30 minutes, then slice and serve!


Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy.


Om nom nom. It really is THAT tasty! I love it. There’s nothing more to say.

Did you little sherlocks notice that there are not only irises as decoration but also on my plates? I found them hidden and burried in my mother’s cupboard. I love those little gems you just stumble upon – either at home or at the fleamarket. My mum has no clue where all that stuff comes from but I’m glad she didn’t throw it away.



Do you like irises? And cheesecake? Aaaaaand carrot cake?

Have a gorgeous week and don’t let anything get you down!



xo Kristin

[Guestpost] Carrot Pancakes

It’s important to spread the love! And since I really love my #PANCAKEAPRIL I decided to invite some fellow bloggers to join me. Today Annalena and Johanna from Hey Foodsister will share their recipe (and beautiful photos!) with you. Enjoy it! 



The combination of carrots and Easter is probably as new as the fact that the earth revolves around the sun. Around Easter you can find carrots everywhere, they’re like a vegetable chameleon!




Maybe it was female intuition or something else but we knew it was time for another carrot recipe. Just recently we discovered our love for vegetables in all kinds of sweet baked goods.




So we were really excited to finally pull the first bright orange carrot from the ground and turn it into carrot cake, carrot tart or – carrot pancakes! They’re not a bit boring because you can serve them either with a dab of coconut yoghurt and coconut flakes or turn them into a savoury dish with a herb dip.




Carrot Pancakes

makes 6-8 


  • 100g carrots
  • 125g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of ground ginger
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • oil for frying


1. Finely grate carrots. Mix them with all of the dry ingredients.
2. Add buttermilk and egg and combine everything until it forms a smooth batter. Let it sit for half an hour.
3. Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Pour small amounts of batter into the pan and flip them once bubbles appear on the surface.
4. Serve the pancakes either with coconut yoghurt or herb dip.



A big thanks to Kristin for letting us be a part of this wonderful idea!


Have a wonderful April full of pancakes,