Tis' the season when I love baking with these flavours. I used dried cranberries in these little cakes but I imagine fresh would be much nicer. Shame, as we can't buy those here. However, it didn't impact on the taste at all. I do mention below to chop up your cranberries. I think with dried cranberries this is quite important as they can be a bit chewy.
These little cakes are great with brunches, afternoon teas, or just plain ol' snacking.
Cranberry and Orange Mini Cakes
1 1/2 Cups/185 grams of flour
3/4 Cup/150 grams sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup/125 grams butter at room temperature
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/2 Cup/120 ml whole milk
3/4 Cup/90 grams dried cranberries, roughly chopped
Zest of one orange
2-3 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/4 Cup/30 grams slivered almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 muffin tins. Or in this case square individual cake tins. I recommend you line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and grease that as well.
In a medium sized bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and orange zest. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar. After the mixture is pale and fluffy, add the eggs one at a time mixing until they are incorporated into the batter. Whisk in the vanilla.
Next, add half the flour and stir in gently. Then add all the milk and the orange juice and mix in the remaining flour. Once it is all incorporated, add the dried cranberries and stir to combine.
Pour batter into your prepared dish, top with slivered almonds and bake for approximately 40 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the centre and when just a few crumbs come off, it is done. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for just a few minutes. Remove from pan after about 5 minutes and let it cool for a further few minutes. This can be served straight away. Will keep for a few days in an airtight container.
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