Lime, Cardamom and Strawberry Fairy Cakes

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If you, like my mum, don’t like to crunch into a big, black cardamom seed in your cake, you might prefer this recipe to the lemon and cardamom fairy cakes.  This cardamom-infused, zesty version is a step-up from my normal fairy cakes.

Firstly, zest a lime, and put the zest to one side.  Now, put the juice of a very juicy lime into a cup with the crushed seeds from seven cardamom pods.  Leave to sit and infuse for at least 15 minutes.

Now, use a electric beater to mix together 2 large eggs (which will probably weigh about 120g) with the same weight of self-raising flour, golden caster sugar and softened butter plus a teaspoon of baking powder, the lime zest and a scant tablespoon of yoghurt.  Through a tea-strainer, pour in the lime juice and cardamom and mix again until it’s like mousse.  Divide into 12 cupcake cases.

Bake at 180 degrees for 10 – 20 minutes until nicely golden, then leave to cool.

Now use the food processor to whizz together 100g soft butter,the juice of another lime and 250g icing sugar.

Use a very sharp knife to cut out a circle of sponge.  Pop a tiny tip of a teaspoonful of good lemon or lime curd into the bottom of the hole, top with a small spoonful of icing, then halve your circles into butterfly wings, decorate with strawberry slices and sprinkle with icing sugar.

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5 thoughts on “Lime, Cardamom and Strawberry Fairy Cakes

  1. Cardamon in cupcakes, it must taste really nice. I love cardamon in tea, in rice, in doughnuts but I have to try adding it to a cake next time I bake. Thanks for liking my coffee cake. Have a wonderful week!!!

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