Mango and Lime Muffins

Mango and lime Muffins

I happened to have some mango pulp leftover from when I was having a go at replicating Nandos Mango and lime chicken from scratch. I love mango cake but have actually never had mango muffins. (I am a big fan of muffins, they make me feel like I’m being good too, though I get carried away and eat too much at times which defeats the whole purpose!)

I decided to throw bits together hoping it would work and it did! They came out really well, moist and fluffy.

I used:

  • 100ml oil
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • grated zest of 1 lime
  • 250g self raising flour, sifted
  • 240ml mango pulp (available in foods of the world isles in supermarkets)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


  1. Prepare your muffin tin with liners if using and preheat oven to 170ºC fan/ 190ºC Conventional
  2. Beat together oil,egg, lime zest  and caster sugar until well mixed
  3. Stir in flour alternating with the mango juice (I mixed the lime juice with mango pulp beforehand), beginning and ending with the flour. I use a metal spoon for this to avoid overmixing
  4. Spoon into prepared tins,I use an ice cream scoop so my muffins are the same size
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes (Tops should be golden and if skewer is inserted in the centre it should come out clean)

Why I chose to run a cake decorating business

Lately I’ve been trying to come to a decision as to whether I carry on doing enough hours a year or not in order to keep my registration with the health professions council. Part of me feels like I should make an effort to stay registered as an Advanced Practitioner in Medical Ultrasound. I am however finding it increasingly difficult to fit it into my already busy schedule. Perhaps it is time for me to burn my bridges so I can focus on what I love best. Failure will no longer be an option.

A bit of my background
I studied Radiography and went on to do a Postgrad in Medical Ultrasound. I enjoyed my job on the most part, but like many I just selected it from a list of available courses not particularly because I wanted to do it, but I had to choose a qualification of some sort. I went on to become a Clinical Applications Specialist. This appeared to be my dream job at the time. I guess for the most part I did not really see life outside the medical field.

I never saw myself ever having the opportunity to work from home due to the nature of my job-unless I built my own hospital! Although this was a brilliant job in a sense, I had to do it on a full-time basis and it took me away from home a lot. This meant spending less time with my husband and two boys, Yanis and Ethan.


My reasons for starting a business…

  1. I wanted to be able to spend more time with my family and earn some form of income as we cannot afford to live on one income
  2. I get to do work I am passionate about. I love being in the kitchen, it is such a privilege to wake up everyday and do what I love the most, which is creating edible pieces of art. The joy on customers faces when they come to collect their cakes is priceless.
  3. I get to choose my working hours, and manage to spend valuable time with my loved ones. I am able organise my work so I do as much as I can while the children are at school or in bed so I can be with them when they need me
  4. Although cake making in itself is quite a low paying job initially, there is no limit to the earning potential unlike in a traditional job. I believe as I get more experience things will get better. To supplement my income I have opened my Cake decorating supplies online shop which is going from strength to strength
  5. Lastly -I do not miss commuting!!!

Have you transitioned from a traditional job or are you considering it/ running your own business? How are you dealing with it?