Here Deanna shares her recipe for Apricot Almond Mini Cakes Recipe.
Apricot Almond Mini Cakes Recipe
Preheat oven to 350F.
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cup apricot jelly (for topping)
- 1 cup sliced almonds (for topping)
- 2 cups (or 16 ounces) high quality semi-sweet chocolate (for dipping)
When cake done baking, remove from oven and allow to cool. Heat apricot jam for about 45 seconds in microwave (not necessary but helpful for spreading). Spread jelly evenly on top of cakes. Chill cakes in fridge for about 20 minutes to firm up jelly and make cake easier to dip into chocolate. Make mini cakes but cutting with a 1 1/2 inch circle cookie cutter. Push the cookie cutter into the apricot topped cake and gently push the cake up through the top to remove from cookie cutter so that the jelly topping stays nice. Place on a parchment paper on a baking sheet.
Dip each mini cake into chocolate up to jelly (coating bottom and sides) using a fork or a chocolate dipping tool. Place dipped cakes back onto the tray covered with parchment paper to cool. When finished will all the cakes, place tray in fridge to set for about a half an hour.
Place in mini cupcake liners or candy liners on a pretty platter to serve.
This recipe makes about 60-70 mini cakes.
You can see Deanna on Joey Fatone's new show "My Family Recipe Rocks" on the Live Well Network this month on October 27th. You can watch her episode here: http://livewellnetwork.com/My-Family-Recipe-Rocks/8432939 She will be making four scrumptious recipes throughout an entire episode filmed at her B&B, The Old Hen. Follow along on her Facebook page or on Twitter for updates .
Deanna’s love for baking and cooking began as she sat upon a baker’s stool as a little girl. Her love for people grew in the midst of church potlucks. She expresses her loves today creatively through speaking, writing for her foodie blog, television appearances as well as hosting guests, including celebrities, at her award-winning inn, The Old Hen Bed & Breakfast http://theoldhen.com in Snoqualmie Valley, Washington.