|Violet and Rose Fairy Cakes|
A while ago, I won a bottle of violet & rose liqueur at a raffle and I've been waiting for just such an occasion as this to do something with it. To be honest, it tastes a bit like medicine on its own, but added to a cake it gives an exotic perfumed flavour of Parma violets and rose.
This is how I made:
Violet and Rose White Chocolate Fairy Cakes
- Melted 60g good quality white chocolate with vanilla over a pan of hot water and left to cool slightly.
- Creamed 150g Stork margarine with 150g caster sugar until light and fluffy.
- Added the white chocolate and creamed some more.
- Beat in two duck eggs one at a time (large hens eggs would be fine).
- Sifted in 150g plain flour with 1 teaspoon of baking powder and stirred gently in.
- Added 2 tbsp violet and rose liqueur and stirred gently until just combined.
- Spooned into 12 fairy cakes cases and six mini cases, filling to about 3/4 of the way up.
- Baked at 180C for 20 minutes, then left on a wire rack to cool.
- Melted 40g good quality white chocolate with vanilla over a pan of hot water and left to cool slightly.
- Creamed 50g Stork margarine with 130g icing sugar.
- Beat in the chocolate.
- Beat in 2 tbsp violet and rose liqueur.
- Spread over the cooled cakes and topped with crystallised violets.
The sponge was perfect - light, fluffy and tasty. This may be due to the margarine I used, I normally use butter. The buttercream was rather good too. The flavour of both rose and violets was easily detected, but neither was overpowering.
These fairy cakes would be perfect for Easter or any other spring gathering. Don't worry if you don't happen to have any violet and rose liqueur in your drinks cabinet. You mean you don't? Nor did I until I won it in a raffle. Violet or rose syrup would work well or you could use some watered down rose and/or violet extract instead. You can find a recipe for rose syrup on my blog and a recipe for violet syrup at Lavender and Lovage.
So get your aprons on, your wooden spoons out. and bake for fun, bake with friends and Bake Brave for World Baking Day on Sunday 19th May. You can tweet your progress and pictures @WorldBakingDay using the hashtag #BakeBrave or post on Facebook.