Saturday, April 5, 2014

Recipe Weekend: Need an Easter Cake?

easter bunny girl

Looking for the perfect, adorable Easter treat?  Stop Hunting!  

In the April issue of Woman’s Day, already on newsstands, you can find the cutest lemon cakes to make for family and friends this holiday.  Each cake costs only 13 cents and can be decorated in many fun, creative ways!  

Looking for an alternative to traditional egg decorating?  Let the kids decorate these yummy egg-shaped cakes,  instead!

womens day lemon cakes

Lemon Cakes
Makes 40 – Cost Per Cake 13¢

-  1 ½ cups all-purpose Flour
-  1 tsp kosher salt
-  ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
-  ¾ cup granulated sugar
-  2 tsp lemon zest
-  2 large eggs, at room temperature
-  2 Tbsp whole milk
-  2 Tbsp lemon juice
-  2 16-cavity silicone oval pans
-  Poured Fondant (recipe below)
-  Royal Frosting (recipe below)

1. Heat oven to 350° F.  Lightly coat two silicone oval pans with cooking spray.  In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
 2.Using an electric mixer beat the butter, sugar and lemon zest in a bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time.  Reduce the mixer speed to low and alternately add the flour mixture, milk and lemon juice, mixing just until incorporated. 
3. Divide the batter among the prepared pans (1 Tbsp per hole).  Place on baking sheets and bake, rotating the positions of the sheets halfway through, until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 15 to 17 minutes.  
4. Transfer to a wire rack, rounded side up.  Rinse pans and repeat with the remaining batter. 
5 .Meanwhile, prepare the Poured Fondant.  
6. To begin decorating: Keep the pan of fondant over very low heat (remove from any heat if the frosting becomes too runny).  Hold one cake on a fork and spoon frosting over the top, being careful to coat all the sides.  Tap off any excess fondant, and then transfer to a wire rack.  Repeat with the remaining cakes and fondant.  
7. Once dry, decorate cakes with Royal Frosting. 
8. To garnish these critters, decorate with sprinkles, crystal sugars, edible glitter, and use your frosting to make your critters come to life!

Poured fondant
-  1 lb confectioners’ sugar
-  ¼ cup light corn syrup
-  3 tbsp water

In a small, deep, heavy-bottomed saucepan on low heat, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Stir until melted and warm but not hot to touch, 3 to 4 minutes.

Royal Frosting
-  3 large egg whites
-  1 tsp pure vanilla extract
-  1 tsp cream of tartar
-  1 lb confectioners’ sugar
-  Gel food colors

1.Using an electric mixer, beat the egg white, vanilla and cream of tartar on medium-high speed until foamy, about 1 minute. 
2.Turn off the mixer and add the confectioners’ sugar.  Beat on low until incorporated.  Increase the speed to high and beat until medium-stiff glossy peaks form, 5 to 6 minutes. 
3. Separate into bowls, tint to desired colors, then place in pastry bags fitted with fine round tips and decorate as desired. 

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