Mini-cakes make a great Easter dessert

April 16, 2014 

MATTHEW MEAD — AP

LEMON-OLIVE OIL MINI CAKES WITH PECANS AND STRAWBERRIES

Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes; servings: 10

2 cup sugar

4 eggs

1 cup olive oil

1 cup lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

9 1/2-ounce jar strawberry jam

1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans

Fresh strawberries, to garnish

Heat the oven to 375 F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray, then line it with kitchen parchment.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar and eggs on high for 2 minutes.

While the eggs and sugar beat, in a measuring cup combine the olive oil and lemon juice. Into a small bowl, sift together the salt, baking powder and flour.

Add half of the oil-juice mixture to the eggs, then half the flour mixture, beating just to combine. Repeat with the remaining oil-juice and flour mixtures. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula and mix one more time. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Allow to cool in the pan.

Using a food processor, puree the strawberry jam until smooth.

When ready to assemble, use a 2 1/2-inch round cutter to cut 20 discs from the cake. Use care to hold the cutter straight so that your cake rounds have straight sides. To assemble each mini cake, spread a small amount of the strawberry jam on 1 round of cake. Sandwich a second cake on top. Spread a thin layer of strawberry jam over the sides and top of the cake, then carefully roll the entire thing in the pecans. Garnish the top with a fresh strawberry. Repeat with remaining cake rounds to assemble a total of 10 mini cakes.

Nutrition per serving: 580 calories; 300 calories from fat (52 percent of total calories); 33 g fat (4.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 70 mg cholesterol; 69 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 40 g sugar; 7 g protein; 270 mg sodium.

The Associated Press

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