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Valentine’s Mini Cakes

Prep

30 mins

Bake

20 mins

Serves

10+

Difficulty

Medium

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The makeover red velvet’s been crying out for…Pretty little towers of cream and fresh fruit, these perfectly piped beauties always catch the eye - with a deliciously classic taste to hold all your attention!

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For the Red Velvet Cakes

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C and butter a 33 x 46 cm half-sheet pan. Then set aside.

Step 2

In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a medium bowl with a handheld electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Step 3

Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the buttermilk, food colouring, vanilla extract and vinegar.

Step 4

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt, then fold into the batter.

Step 5

Spread evenly in the pan and bake for 18 to 20 minutes.

Step 6

Let cool completely in the pan, then using a circular cookie cutter cut out even circles stacking the mini cakes into three layers with frosting spread between each layer.

Step 7

Decorate with piped frosting and red berries.

Step 8

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

Step 1

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high, cream together the cream cheese and butter.

Step 2

Once light and fluffy, add in the icing sugar and vanilla, whipping until it is smooth and creamy.

Step 3

This can be stored covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Ingredients – 11 items

Serving

1

For the Red Velvet Traybake

Butter

Butter

softened

225 g
Fairtrade Golden Caster

Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Golden Caster Sugar

395 g
Eggs

Large eggs

2
Buttermilk

Buttermilk

240 ml
Food-colouring-liquid

Red food colouring

3 tbsp
Vanilla

Vanilla extract

1 tsp
Vinegar

Vinegar

1 tsp

Flour

cake flour

270 g
Cocoa-powder

Cocoa powder

28 g
Baking-soda

Baking soda

1 tsp
Salt-table

Salt

1 tsp

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

Fairtrade Cane Icing Sugar

Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar

75 g
Cream-cheese

Cream cheese

room temperature

450 g
Butter

Butter

room temperature

115 g
Vanilla

Vanilla extract

1 tbsp

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There's no need for jam and cream with these, as the delicious glaze keeps things light and fresh - perfect for a fluffy scone.

However, if you want to add lemon curd... we won't judge!: 

Ingredients

40g Tate & Lyle Golden Caster Sugar
375g Self Raising Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
75g Unsalted Butter
Zest of 2 lemons
1 egg
170ml milk of choice

Glaze

5 tbsp Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar
2/3  tsp lemon Juice.
Zest of 1 lemon.

Method

1. Pre- heat oven to 220c, 200c Fan Gas Mark 7. Place the flour, baking powder, Tate & Lyle Golden Caster Sugar and softened butter in a large bowl rubbing the butter in to form fine breadcrumbs.
2. Stir in the lemon zest, place the egg and milk in a measuring jug, and beat together. Add to the dry mix, keeping back a small amount to glaze the scones before baking. Mix together to form soft dough.
3. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to ½ inch in thickness. Cut into rounds with your chosen cutter.
4. Place the scones on a large baking tray lined with parchment leaving a little space in between, glaze and sprinkle with a little sugar on the tops.
5. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until a lovely golden brown colour.
6. Remove from the oven and cool on a cooling rack. 
7. Mix the Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar with the lemon juice to form the drizzle.
Once the scones are cool, Drizzle over each scone and sprinkle with the lemon zest.
Believe it or not, custard slices actually hail from Australia! 

A delicious vanilla custard block hidden between two crisp puff pastry slices (dusted with plenty of Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar!) 

If you've not made one before, we suggest you rectify it ASAP!:

Ingredients

Pastry

3 Tbsp. Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar for dusting
500g Block Puff pastry
60g Flaked Almonds

Custard Filling.

140g Tate & Lyle Pure Cane Caster Sugar.
750ml Whole Milk
250ml Double cream
1/2 Vanilla pod Halved lengthways seeds removed
90g Corn flour
25g Custard Powder
3 medium Egg Yolks
1 Gelatine Leaf

Method.

Heat the oven to 200c/180fan/Gas6.

Divide the pastry into two and roll out half on baking parchment to 25x 25cm. Scatter over half of the almonds pressing them gently into the pastry and then sprinkle with Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar. Cover with another layer of baking parchment and another baking tray and on this place a weighted object like a square casserole dish filled with baking beans, to keep the pastry flat. 

Bake for 30/35 minutes until a crispy golden brown.

Remove from the oven take off the baking weights remove the parchment and allow to cool. Repeat the process with the other half of the pastry. Allow both to cool completely.

Put the gelatine in a bowl of cold water to soften.

Mix the corn flour with the custard powder and approx. 6 tbsps. of the milk, add to the pan with the rest of the milk, the vanilla pod and seeds, Tate & Lyle Pure Cane Caster Sugar, cream, whisk over a low heat to ensure no lumps appear, after a couple of minutes whisk in the egg yolks and keep heating until the mix is thick and smooth. Remove the vanilla pod and  gelatine form the water and whisk into the custard and heat for a further minute.

Line the base and sides of a 20cm square cake tin with baking parchment. Trim one square of pastry to fit in the tin almond side down.

Spread over the custard evenly. Trim the other square into eight rectangles and sit them on the custard almond side up. Gently press down onto the custard. And chill overnight.

Slice & Dust with icing sugar and serve with fresh raspberries. Enjoy!
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And a Tate & Lyle Sweetener is one of the best ways to go about... The sugar alternative that's lighter in calories as well as on your pursestrings! 

Here's what she had to say: 

"Tea for me is my me time. When I wake up in the morning, or take a break from work it is my time to relax and enjoy my tea (I am a tea addict 😂).

I have tried sweeteners before in the past but didn’t stick with it.

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A savarin-style pear and cinnamon cake...

This fruity and subtly spiced recipe is deliciously posh nosh that goes down beautifully with a cup of tea or coffee. (Especially if there's some Tate & Lyle Sweetener in your brew!)

Follow the recipe here: 

INGREDIENTS:

200g Tate & Lyle Caster Sugar
175g Butter
3 Large Eggs
1 Large Pear (cored and finely diced)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
175g Self Raising Flour
2 tsp Cinnamon

For the Lemon Frosting
150g Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar
1 Lemon (zested and juiced)

METHOD:

Cream the butter with the sugar, then beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a small amount of flour after each addition. Then add your vanilla extract, diced pear and the remaining flour and cinnamon. Mix well! 
Grease your savarin or bundt cake tin well and spoon in the mixture.
Bake at 180ºC/160ºC Fan/Gas 4 for 25-30 minutes.
Check the cake is fully baked by inserting a skewer if it comes out clean it is cooked, if gooey allow a further 5 minutes.
Mix the icing ingredients together. When the cake has cooled remove from the tin and drizzle over the icing.
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