tiny cakes, orange and poppy seed cakes, and cinnamon stick.. things

Posted on 01/05/2010 by hippopie

Over the past few weeks I've been trying to keep busy, so I've made a few things. The hardest thing I've made, and the only one I don't have a typed recipe for, is the tiny tiered chocolate cakes I made. They tasted great, but because they were so small they were really difficult to ice. I didn't think it was possible for something less than 15cm tall to fall over, but apparently it is.

tiny cake

No recipe for these, but they were quite a challenge to make. Trying to decorate using ganache when it's 38 degrees (100?) inside is never good. They were fun though! The cake I chose to bake for the was delicious but totally inappropriate. Large crumbs + tiny cake = stress.

Orange and poppy seed cake is one of my favourite cakes, it's so simple and always leaves me feeling happy. This recipe is sugar easy to make and I don't imagine there's a whole lot that can go wrong with it.

I've feeling quite lazy, so the recipe is over on my blog if you're interested.

I made these today, they were actually supposed to be candy canes but, alas, it's not Christmas any more. They're very sweet and could easily be half the size. Unless you like super sweet biscuits, of course.

Cinnamon Sticks
(adapted from Donna Hay Magazine #24)
makes about 20

185g (6 1/2oz) butter
1 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon or Quatre Epices
2 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 egg white, lightly beaten
granulated sugar, for sprinkling

Place the butter, sugar, and spice mix in a food processor and process until smooth, Add the egg, egg yolk, and flour and process until a smooth dough forms. Lightly knead the dough, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.

Preheat oven to 180°C (355°F), line a large baking tray with baking paper.

Roll one tablespoon of mixture to form a 15cm log, transfer to lined baking tray. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake for 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes on tray. Once firm, transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.

Once throughly cooled, brush the sticks with egg white and sprinkle over the sugar. Store in an air tight container.

More info and past recipes can be found on my blog, yay!
slightlymental 5th-Jan-2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
those mini cakes are sooo cute!!! it was worth the effort :)
two_three_fall 5th-Jan-2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
the tiny cake is soo cute! and that poppy seed cake looks DELICIOUS. one of my favorite things!
nimoy 5th-Jan-2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
So cute!
What sort of tins do you use for the mini cakes?
hippopie 6th-Jan-2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I actually used cookie cutters and cut up two 9" cakes. This is also one of the reasons using a dense cake would've made my life easier!
volere 5th-Jan-2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
that is just too precious...
rattimoth 6th-Jan-2010 06:52 am (UTC)
I have been looking at the donna yah recipe all week, you finally inspired me to make it.. and they are SO yummy!!!

Thanks so much

Seek peace

Chief Alchemist
spiderpiggle 6th-Jan-2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
fuss_n_bother 6th-Jan-2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Those little tierd cakes are darling!
gauloise 24th-Feb-2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
I just made and loved this!
hippopie 25th-Feb-2010 02:07 am (UTC)
yay, I'm so pleased!
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