Saturday, August 2, 2008

Patty Cakes!

Patty Cakes

I am a complete pushover for cute things. I have to force myself not to buy Hello Kitty things (after all I am a rapidly aging woman). I am thinking about getting a cute bento box to take my lunch in, and I know that I will be unable to resist the cute little accessories. It will be completely out of my control, I understand this, and accept it. So expect ridiculously cute lunch photos sometime in the future. Where was I going with this...oh yes, cute things. When I saw the title of these cupcakes in Donna Hay's The New Cook I knew that I had to try them. If for no other reason than to say that I made Patty Cakes.

I made these for my oldest daughter's birthday. She turned 23 (gulp) on July twenty-first. She is pretty picky about what she eats, she keeps everything healthy and simple. So, I wanted to make something really simple and filled with good organic ingredients, just the basics, flour, sugar, butter,'s all good! After you bake the cupcakes, the recipe suggests filling them with whipped cream or lemon curd. I really want to try to make some lemon curd sometime, but I haven't yet, so it would have to be whipped cream. Now, most of you know, I don't bake. I don't like to bake. I also don't whip cream. My mixer instruction book said to whip until creamy peaks form. I don't know. Mine kind of looked like a rocky coast. Have I mentioned that I hate baking?? But these were good, and really not all that difficult (even for me) and with a name like Patty Cakes, who could resist?

Patty Cakes
Slightly adapted From Donna Hay's The New Cook
Makes 24

1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
5 oz butter
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
whipped cream or lemon curd

Preheat the oven to 350. Beat the flour, sugar, butter, eggs, milk and vanilla in a bowl until well mixed. Continue to beat until the mixture is light and creamy. Spoon the batter into cupcake tins lined with paper liners (the recipe calls for using patty-cake cases), until 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cakes are a lovely golden color. Test with a skewer for doneness. Cool on wire racks. Using a teaspoon, scoop out a round of cake and fill the hole with whipped cream or lemon curd. Put the little scooped out cake back on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Bookmarked Recipes

I've had this recipe bookmarked forever, just waiting for the perfect opportunity. This will be my entry for this week's Bookmarked Recipes at Ruth's Kitchen Experiments.


Marjie said...

These were adorable! Lemon curd is really easy. I think I reviewed it when I made it a time back; if not, I'll make it again soon, and post a photo for you. It's out of this world on English Muffins!

Sarah said...

Don't you just love Donna Hay? The photos in her books get me every time I visit a bookstore. :)

Natashya said...

They look good to me, I would never have known that they were made by a self-professed non-baker.
My eldest baby will be 19 in less than a month so I am with you in the gulp!
Sorry to take so long to get back re the eggs - they were fairly firm - my choice as I am squeamish towards runny whites.
I put bento boxes on my bday wish list too, I love compartments. Can't wait 'til the too cute photos!

noble pig said...

This is such a great idea! It looks so festive!

Paula said...

Your Patty Cakes look divine, and the whipped cream looks perfect! My family would descend upon these and devour them in seconds. Regarding the bento boxes, did you see the 7/16/08 post on Chez VCK? Look here and prepare to smile. It's a combo of Hello Kitty and bento!

Grace said...

i like your rocky coasts! :)
here's an overused phrase that's appropriate here--these are elegant in their simplicity. :)

Ruth Elkin said...

It's so hard to say no to cute things..... my wee dog has me for a sucker! But he's so adorable and sweet. These look incredibly cute and adorable! I love little cakes like this

Thanks for the bookmarked recipe.

maybelles parents said...

oh, me too on the cute things. these look cute.

Kevin said...

Those look so good! The stuffing is overflowing from them.

SweetDesigns said...

Yum!! they are soo cute. They look wonderful!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

hey, you love hello kitty thingies?

there are loads and loads of hello kitty stuff here in hk :) if only i knew which ones you already have...maybe i cud get you some from here hehe

ur cakes look gorgeous!