This month's letter for AlphaBakes challenge is E. Wanted to make something different, and in an old 1960 cookery book belonging to my Mum [called 'Cakes, Breads and Gateaux'], I found a recipe for Elfin Cakes. Why they're called this I don't know, and they don't explain; there's no photo either. Anyway, I'm back to baking with my grandson, so we decided to make some.
The recipe makes 12 fairy cakes, not cupcakes. It's a fairy cake with a difference.
Preheat oven 180C/gas 4 and grease a 12 hole tartlet tin lightly, or use paper cake cases - not muffin cases, they're too big.
75g caster sugar
25g rice flour
50g chopped mixed peel
75g icing sugar
1 tbspn water
glace cherries to decorate - if you want
Cream butter and sugar till white and creamy.
Fold in the flours and stir in the chopped peel.
Whisk the egg whites till stiff then fold them into the mixture.
Spoon into the cake cases or the tin and bake for 15-20 mins till risen and a light golden colour.
Mix the icing sugar with the water to a stiffish consistency, and spread over the cakes.
As we'd used orange peel, we mixed the icing sugar with some orange juice to add to the orange flavour. Separating the egg yolks and whites didn't seem to do anything to the cakes' texture. They tasted like little sponge cakes with added peel! Not going to be added to my keeper folder, but Tom liked them, as did his brothers.
AlphaBakes is a monthly baking challenge hosted alternately by Ros of The More than Occasional Baker blog and Caroline of Caroline Makes blog. Ros is the host for February. Have a look here for more information.