I have to start off by saying this is a combination of recipes that I had, and it’s not that strict. I mean, I choose a lemon filling for the cakes, but you can pick any filling, frosting, whatever you like. Actually, you can replace every part of this recipe with your favorite alternative, and just do the assembly like this (but give the cake a shot, because it’s super easy and yum)
So, for the cake you will need:
- 1 egg
- ½ cups of sugar
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cups oil
- 1 cup milk (or water)
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons jam (any flavor works)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them with a wooden spoon or a whisk. After everything is mixed well, put the batter in a muffin tin. If you have a silicone muffin tin, you don’t even have to spray it with oil. Just put around a tablespoon and a half in each. I got 18 cakes from this quantities.
That’s it. Easy right?
Now, for the filling you need:
- 35g flour
- 250ml milk
- 120g sugar
- 200g butter
- Juice from 1 lemon
- Lemon zest.
In a pan mix the flour, milk and sugar and boil, constantly mixing, until it gets thick. Put it aside, to cool. After it reaches room temperature, use the mixer to incorporate 100g of butter. Separately, mix the rest of the butter with the lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla.
Mix the two creams together and ta-da! The lemon filling is done.
Since I used the filling from another recipe, I had a lot left. So I had planned to make another batch of batter, baked it in a round pan and made a bigger version of these mini-cakes. I didn’t do this because I have found the most delicious and easy pancakes recipe while searching breakfast ideas for my son. So, we ate the rest of the lemon filling with pancakes.
Now for the fun part!
Take each mini-cake and cut a hole in it. Make sure to keep the top of the piece you just cut, to use as a lid and crumble the rest. Fill the hole with lemon filling, put the lid you kept and top with whipped cream. Sprinkle the crumbled cake on top, and you are done!
The mini-cakes a really easy to make. As I was saying, you can replace the filling with anything (I am thinking…. melted chocolate?) and they are delicious, and really good looking.
photos by yours truly