Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Almond cakes with sugared apple icing

Almond cakes with sugared apple icing / Bolinhos de amêndoa com cobertura açucarada de maçã

I went to the movies last weekend and what a big disappointment it was: what seemed to be a very interesting idea was completely ruined and became a silly, silly movie.

I got home and felt like baking a cake - to avoid getting disappointed again, I used one of DH’s recipes and the result was a batch of adorable little cakes with a delicious apple scented icing.

Almond cakes with sugared apple icing / Bolinhos de amêndoa com cobertura açucarada de maçã

Almond cakes with sugared apple icing
from Donna Hay magazine

½ cup + 1 tablespoon (127g) unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup + 1 tablespoon (162g) caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup + 1 tablespoon (150g) all purpose flour
1/3 cup almond meal (ground almonds)
1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
½ cup (120ml) whole milk

Sugared apple icing:
¾ cup + 1 tablespoon (162g) caster sugar
¼ cup (60m) clear apple juice

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F; butter twelve ½ cup (120ml) capacity muffin pans.
Place the butter, caster sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy. Gradually add the eggs, beating well. Sift the flour, almond meal and baking powder over the butter mixture and mix in low speed to combine. Fold through the milk. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pans and bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden and cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool on a wire rack.
To make the sugared icing, place the sugar in a bowl and gradually add the juice, mixing, until you get the desired consistency.
To serve, spoon the sugared icing over the cakes – do it as close to serving time as possible.

Makes 12 – I halved the recipe above, used 1/3 cup (80ml) capacity muffin pans and got 7 cakes


aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Shame about the film - but I hope the cakes made up for the disappointment!

I'm in an almondy mood at the moment, so this is perfect timing... The cakes look gorgeous, and I love the sound of that 'icing'

traci said...

these look fantastic. can't wait to try them.

WendyinKK said...

Oooohhhhh........ I've never seen or heard apple icing before.

Another must try from your blog.
Now my list of to-dos are getting longer and longer since I found your blog.

Snooky doodle said...

what cute little cupcakes!

Unknown said...

Is there anything that you make that I don't drool over? Your pictures are always so sunny.

Yan said...
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Yan said...

just love the sight of the cuppies... will try the bake soon... tks for sharing this receipe.


tasteofbeirut said...

These look delicious!

Patricia Scarpin said...

A Forkful..., the cakes did!

Traci, thank you for stopping by!

Wendy, it was something new to me, too!
I'm so glad you're enjoying the recipes here - Thank you!

Natalie, thank you!

Wizzy, you are far too kind - thank you, darling!

Yan, thank you for visiting!

Taste of beirut, thank you!

Paula said...

it looks more than delicious!

Sarah said...

Apple cider in frosting! So simple yet I'd never thought of it! Yum.

Edana said...

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I made it as an Easter dessert and finally got around to posting the results on my blog. I'd do a couple things differently next time, but that's only because I did them wrong this time--and there'll definitely be a next time! They were delicious! Thanks again :)

(you can see my results at )

Patricia Scarpin said...

Paula, thank you!

Sarah, I though the same thing when I saw the recipe - how unusual! :)

Edana, thank you for letting me know how they turned out! Yours are beautiful!

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