Recipe for Lemon Cakes (at request!)

>> Monday, 26 April 2010

...a lovely, early follower (thank you Sarah M!)...has requested I post the recipe for Lemon Cakes, dutifully provided below!

Lemon Cakes with Mascarpone Topping

Makes 12
40g plain flour
90g ground almonds
90g butter (softened)
125g icing sugar
3 large egg whites
1 lemon (juice & zest)
pinch salt

1. Preheat oven to 180c/GM 4
2. Butter muffin tins (or make life easy and use silicone ones!)
3. Mix flour, salt and almonds
4. Beat butter and icing sugar until creamy (use an electric whisk!)
5. Mix in dry ingredients, egg whites, lemon zest & juice
6. Spoon mixture into muffin tins (only fill 1/3 full max)
7. Bake until golden and and a toothpick comes out clean (about 25 mins)
8. If applying topping, leave to cool

Mascarpone Topping for 12 cakes

1 heaped tbsp mascarpone
1 heaped tbsp Philadelphia
1 heaped tbsp icing sugar
juice of 1 lemon

1. Mix all ingredients together
2. Add a heaped tsp onto each cooled cake
3. Leave for 1 hr to set (not absolutely necessary, it's just a little gooey otherwise)

These are really, really moist and consumable in one greedy, happy mouthful!

I baked them in a silicone muffin tray, which made them super easy to turn out (filled only 1/3 full so they're not as big as a muffin). They are not however, the best lemon cakes I know how to make (easiest and juiciest and zestiest lemon drizzle cake ever will be posted at some point soon!).

I made-up the topping and ratio of ingredients is easily adjustable based on personal taste (but don't make it too runny). You could experiment with orange juice & zest or lime juice & zest if you want to vary things a little. If you made lots of lime & lemon & orange cakes, you could create a slightly unhealthy cake-mascarading-as-fruit bowl...mmmmmmmmmm

Posting lots at the weekend (a lemony spring feast including; lemon and rosemary ice cream, lemon posset and lemon syrup sponge..with potentially some savory food in the middle and finishing with homemade limoncello. Also I'm experimenting with posh jellies and champagne..)


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