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Nectar of the Gods

24 Aug

Nectarine Cupcakes

Nectarines! Another seasonal fruit I just can’t get enough of. After having the genius idea to bake these juicy beauties into a cake, I thought I’d check out Niki Segnit’s Flavour Thesaurus for a prunus persica match made in heaven. But when I got to the peach section (essentially the same as a nectarine, only before shaving), most of the pairings were other fruits. Why would I want to put other fruits with nectarine, I cried? They taste so flippin’ good, all on their own. Let’s make *just* nectarine cakes, then.

nectarine cupcake batter

unbaked nectarine cupcakes

fresh nectarine cupcakes

Nectarine cupcakes

Nectarine Cupcakes
makes 12

For the cakes:
200g caster sugar
2 eggs
200ml sunflower oil
250g nectarines (approx. 2 large fruit), peeled and stoned
200g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the icing:
100g soft cream cheese
50g unsalted butter, softened
75g icing sugar
1 nectarine, stoned and sliced into 12 pieces.

1x 12 cup muffin pan, lined with muffin cases.

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas 4

Cut the nectarines in half, puree 3 of the halves and finely chop the last half. Beat the sugar, eggs, oil, and pureed fruit together until combined (I used a magimix, you can do this by hand though.) Then fold in the flour and salt until just combined. Finally stir in the vanilla extract and the finely chopped nectarine flesh.

Divide the mixture between the 12 muffin cases, and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcake comes out clean. Leave the cakes to cool for ten minutes in the tins before removing to a cooling rack.

Beat the cream cheese, butter, and icing sugar until smooth. When the cakes are completely cooled, top with the icing and a slice of nectarine

little boy cakie

These cakes are perfect for little hands to decorate, and then scoff quickly with a triumphant shout of “Cakie!” And I’m pretty sure they contain one of your five a day.

Child’s play

17 Mar

candy meltscake pop sprinkles
wilton candy meltsmelts and sprinkles

Cake Pops are so easy to make, even children can do it. Which is a very good thing, as the cake pops I had planned to make for some chums and their kids weren’t quite done when they turned up for dinner. “Hi gang, good to see you! Now, I’ve got a job for you to do….”

We ate dinner, let it go down (for about 5 seconds, can we make them noooooooooowwwww?) – and then got busy with the cake pops. The day before I had already prepared the cake (an orange sponge that didn’t taste very orangey, must try orange essence next time), mixed the cake crumbs with icing and rolled into balls in the usual fashion. All that was left to do was decorate the little fellas.

It was good family fun, as long as you don’t mind your star sprinkles getting mixed up with your confetti sprinkles, and your confetti sprinkles getting mixed up with your star sprinkles, and your hundreds and thousands getting mixed up, well, everywhere! But our little cake pop designer had some pretty interesting ideas – like “lets use all the colours at once” which is how we ended up with the swirly 2 tone cake pop below.
ottos cake pops

This time, I discovered that your cake pops should come straight from the fridge before you coat them in chocolate. If they’re room temperature they won’t be hard enough to take the chocolate coating, and they’ll fall of their sticks (and right into your little cake pop-skateer’s mouth!)

That is all.