A Piece Of Cake - Marzipan Berry Cakes
Firstly, a very Happy Mothers Day to you if you are celebrating this today.
Secondly, I want to introduce my new series 'A Piece of Cake'.
You'll know if you read Little Birdie regularly, that I have a bit of a fondness for cake.
I'm especially keen on eating it for breakfast!
So I thought I'd feature some of my recent baking triumphs and possibly even disasters on the blog.
Today we are starting with Marzipan Berry cakes, which I first saw on Nigel Slater's Christmas programme.
As I'm Marzipan obsessed (it runs in the family, doesn't it Mum?), I instantly decided that I must make these little nuggets of loveliness.
- 180g/6¼oz caster sugar
- 180g/6¼oz butter, softened
- 2 free-range eggs
- 80g/2¾oz plain flour
- 150g/5oz ground almonds
- 100g/3½oz marzipan, cut into 1cm/½in pieces
- 100g/3½oz blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
- Line a bun tin with cases (for 12).
- Beat the sugar and butter together in a bowl with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy.
- Gradually beat in the eggs, then gradually introduce the flour and ground almonds. Continue to beat until all is well incorporated.
- Fold the marzipan into the mixture.
- Divide the mixture between the lined cups of the bun tray. Scatter 3-4 berries over each one.
- Bake the cakes for 30 minutes, or until springy to the touch.
Eat warm with a cup of tea. These are lovely little cakes, chewy, moist and utterly delicious.