Monday, 8 November 2010
Todd's niece June and her boyfriend Jason drove up from Essex to visit us this past weekend. What a sweet and adorable couple they are. We were really pleased that they came up to spend a few days with a couple of old fogies like me and the Toddster!!
While I was waiting for them to arrive I thought to myself, I'd love to bake them something *WOW* just to make their visit that little bit extra special!
And then I thought to myself, I'll bake them my Lemon Drizzle Cake, which is sooo easy and yet sooo yummy!
And then I thought to myself . . . but why leave it at that??? Why not turn my easy peasy Lemon Drizzle Cake into Lemon Drizzle Fairy Cakes, and then bake them in white polka dotted pink cases??? Coz something called a fairy cake and in a white and pink polka dot case just has to taste much better than a mere cake, doncha think???
And then I thought to myself . . . but why leave it at that??? Why not fill these lucious little fairy cakes, each one . . . with an extra little dollop of lemon curd???
And then I thought to myself . . . but why leave it at that??? Why not cover that crunchy lemon drizzle soak . . . the one that soaks itself into the heat of the finished cake and makes it all scrummy yummy . . . why not cover that drizzle soak, with an equally as scrummy lemon drizzle icing???
And then I thought to myself . . . but why leave it at that??? Why not decorate each moist lemon drizzle fairy cake, stuffed with lemon curd, glazed with a crunchy lemon sugar glaze, and drizzled with a lemon drizzle icing . . . with some cute little Lemon Jelly Slices???
And so I did.
*Lemon Drizzle Fairy Cakes*
Lucious lemon flavoured fairy cakes, filled with some lemon curd, and then soaked with a lemon sugar mixture and then finally topped with a lemon drizzle icing and some sweet little lemon jelly slices! Oh so Scrummy Yummy!!
For the cakes:
140g self raising flour (1 cup)
4 ounces butter (1/2 cup) (115g)
115g caster sugar (2/3 cup)
2 large free range eggs
2 dessertspoons of lemon curd
the grated zest of one lemon
more lemon curd for filling the fairy cakes
For the topping:
the juice of 1/2 lemon
2 TBS caster sugar
For the icing:
4 ounces icing sugar (1 cup) (no need to sift)
the juice from the other 1/2 of the lemon
mini lemon jelly slices
Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F. Line 8 muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.
Put all the fairy cake ingredients into a food processor. (with the exception of the additonal lemon curd to be used for filling the cakes.) Blend together for 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Dollop about 1/2 of the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Top each with about 1/2 teaspoon of additional lemon curd, then cover with the remainder of the cake batter. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted in the centre of one comes out clean.
While the cakes are still hot, and before removing them from the tin, mix the lemon juice and sugar together until the sugar dissolves somewhat. Prick the cakes all over with a toothpick and then carefully spoon the lemon/sugar mixture over the top, allowing it to soak in. Let sit for about 10 minutes before removing from the tin to cool completely on a wire rack.
To make the icing, whisk together the icing sugar along with enough juice from the other half of the lemon to make a drizzeable icing. Spoon this over top of the cooled cakes and then top each with a couple of lemon jelly slices. Delicious!!