We are having a small family party on Sunday to celebrate the year of FUN she has brought into all our lives, and of course, I need to test some candidates for a fitting dessert. One year birthdays are momentous in our family, as that is the happy day the One Year Old gets to taste dessert for the very first time. Unless, of course, someone slipped ’em a cold one (aka: ice cream) when mom wasn’t looking (aka: dad. ahem).
Many thanks to D.H., I found a little bite of sunshine sure to please my little birthday girl. (It has already, but don’t tell dad…)
Zest of one lemon (2 teaspoons)
1 cup caster (superfine) sugar (place granulated sugar in your food processor and voila! caster sugar)
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
3/4 cup ground almonds
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Juice of one lemon (1/4 cup)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (160 C)
Cream butter, lemon zest and caster sugar. Gradually add the eggs until incorporated. In a separate bowl sift together flour, almonds, baking powder and salt. Gently fold into butter mixture just until mixed.
Spoon the batter into 12 muffin tins (lined with paper liners or well greased) and bake about 20 minutes, until golden and tester comes out clean. Remove to cooling rack immediately.
Combine lemon juice and sugar and pour over the cakes while hot. Let set for a few minutes and serve warm or chilled.
- The ground almonds were such a unique addition; made these more than your usual lemon pastry – they added texture and took an edge off the sweetness of the cake itself. Plus, they made it pretty.
- I do think I will try to omit an egg or two next time – the flavour of EGG seemed to almost take over, but at the last, lemon won out. I will update the recipe when I find out how that works. 4 eggs are a little scary.
- The frosting is just right- not way too sweet as most glazes tend to be, and not so tart your mouth tries to turn inside out. Although I tend to love anything and everything lemon, especially if it is tart. But I am trying to appeal to a more delicate palatte here…and I think I was successful:
Overall, these little lemon cakes are awesome, and perfect for celebrating a fun, happy, sweet and feisty little girl we so love.