Do you remember Easter? Only a few weeks ago, right? …Right?
We were away over Easter, but managed to bake twice. This first recipe is adapted from The Guardian’s website.
Easter Simnel Cakelets
250g mixed dried fruit
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 large unwaxed orange
250g self-raising flour
1 tsp ground mixed spice
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
175g caster sugar
175g unsalted butter, softened
250g glacé icing (250g icing sugar mixed with about 2 tbsp hot water, added gradually until a stiff but spreadable consistency is achieved. Ice your cakes immediately or your icing will set before you can use it.)
Combine the mixed fruit and orange juice and leave to soak for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 180 deg C. Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl, then add butter, eggs and milk. Mix until light and fluffy, then fold in the soaked fruit with any remaining juice. Half fill 12 muffin cases with the mixture.
Roll out half the marzipan and use a round cutter the size of the base of a muffin case to cut 12 marzipan circles. Place one in each case, then cover with the rest of the cake mixture. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until cakes are springy to the touch. Do NOT leave to cool before completing the next step:
Roll out the rest of the marzipan and, using a cutter the size of the top of a cakelet, cut 12 larger marzipan circles. Put one on each cake — if they are still warm it will help you to mould the marzipan to the cake. Leave to cool before frosting and topping with chocolate eggs.
You could NOT use both icing and marzipan on top of the cakes. That may have been overkill! You could leave out the marzipan altogether and I bet they would still taste great. In fact, I think next time I try this recipe I’m going to use no marzipan, no icing and no chocolate eggs… it would be a lot quicker and a lot less sticky!
What my toddler did
- Putting muffin cases in muffin tin.
- Holding the electric mixer while an adult guided her hands.
- Choosing which muffin case should be filled next.
- Cutting out marzipan circles. We had pre-rolled marzipan or she could have helped with the rolling-out too.
- Decorating the cakes with chocolate eggs. The eggs she didn’t snack on, anyway.
The finished product
They were delicious, if mildly over-sweet!
And one more thing…
I am putting together a list of little kids books relating to baking and baking books related to little kids — so, both things like picture books telling the story of somebody baking and recipe books relating specifically to baking with kids. Any recommendations are welcome!