Monday, May 11, 2009
Miracles for Hospice
These little cakes that I made for hospice this month are called Miracles. The recipe came from Ladies, A Plate. The cakes are little chocolate cakes with a spoon of raspberry jam in the middle and iced with chocolate icing. They are very simple little cakes – not as rich as many of the cupcakes I make and they last in the tin for a few days.
These little chocolate cakes are what my great Aunty Jean used to make. Aunty Jean was Dad’s aunty, a very sweet lady who was a lovely baker. One of her specialties was these cakes. I cant remember whether Aunty Jean called them miracles or not (the miracle being that there is a spoon of jam in the centre!), but this recipe is very similar to the one she made. Aunty Jean would sprinkle the iced tops with chocolate hail or hundreds and thousands. I don’t like jam and so she would make a few for me without the jam, sprinkling the tops of mine with chocolate hail and the jam ones with hundreds and thousands, so I would know which ones were mine.
These are a lovely, old fashioned treat. Aunty Jean’s icing was less of a swirl, but I wanted to make mine look a bit more special for hospice.
Miracles (from Ladies A Plate)
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp golden syrup
½ tsp baking soda
55g butter, melted
• Warm milk, syrup and baking soda together until the mixture froths up
• Stir in dry ingredients, then the lightly beaten egg and butter. Mix well
• Spoon into cupcake cases and bake for 12-14 minutes at 180c
• When cold, cut a small pyramid shape out of the top of each cake and fill with ½ tsp raspberry jam. Pop lids back on top
• Ice with chocolate icing made with icing sugar, cocoa, 1 tbsp butter and hot water