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Fondant fancies

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About the bake

Try these gorgeous little sponge cakes covered in icing and flavoured with lemon curd and strawberry jam. Our Fondant Fancies recipe is perfect for tea parties as they are small enough to have room for sandwiches and scones! They look brilliant on a cake stand too.

110Total Time
30Prep Time
40Bake Time
16Serves
A little effort

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin. Preheat oven to 190°C (fan 170°C, gas mark 5).

  2. Step 2:

    Beat together the butter and sugar, till pale and creamy. Whisk in eggs a little at a time, and then fold in the flour.

  3. Step 3:

    Add enough milk so the mixture easily falls off a spoon. Transfer into the cake tin and cook for 35-40 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.

  4. Step 4:

    Leave to cool for five minutes, then turn out and cool upside down on a wire rack. Cut the cake in half and then split both halves in half again so you are left with four squares.

  5. Step 5:

    For the filling, beat the butter and slowly beat in the icing sugar until smooth. Reserve about two tablespoons of the butter icing and use the remaining to fill one quarter of the cake. Top with jam and sandwich together with another quarter. Cut the cake into eight squares. Fill the other two quarters with lemon curd and cut into eight squares. Spoon a dollop of the remaining butter icing on top of each cake.

  6. Step 6:


    Sieve the fondant icing sugar into a small bowl and stir in enough hot water to make a smooth icing thick enough to coat the cakes. Half the icing into two separate bowls. Add pink colouring to one bowl and yellow colouring to the other.

  7. Step 7:

    Drizzle the pink icing over the butter cream and jam cakes and yellow over the lemon curd cakes, coating the top and sides of the cakes. Sit in paper cases and decorate as desired.

Ingredients

  • For the sponges

    • 175g Butter (unsalted)
    • 175g Silver spoon caster sugar
    • 3 Egg(s) (free range) (whole, lightly beaten)
    • 175g Self-raising white flour
    • 2 tbsp Milk (whole)
  • For the filling

    • 150g Silver spoon icing sugar
    • 75g Butter (unsalted) (softened)
    • 3 tbsp Strawberry jam
    • 3 tbsp Lemon curd
  • For the icing

    • 100g Silver spoon fondant icing sugar
    •  Pink food colouring
    •  Yellow food colouring

Utensils

  • 20cm square cake tin
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Cooling rack
  • Sharp knife
  • Sieve
  • Paper cases

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