Thursday, 7 May 2015

Snickerdoodle Cakes and Elections

Today is Election Day here in Britain.  They say it is the closest race in living memory.  I don't know whose memory they are using, but it's a sure thing that no political party will win a majority.  Being a political animal, I find this all very interesting.  It's going to be a long time before the results start to come in so we'd better organise some provisions... by provisions I mean CAKE!



I decided to make Snickerdoodle Cakes*.  Just like Snickerdoodle Cookies these little cakes are covered in cinnamon and sugar.  They will be great with afternoon tea or with that late night-early morning coffee needed to see us through the small hours of ballot counting.   Here's the recipe.

Cake batter:
1 and 2/3 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup butter or baking margarine - melted
1 egg
1/4 cup plain yogurt 
3/4 cup milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon-Sugar:
In a small bowl stir together 1/4 cup sugar and 1 rounded teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.  Line muffin tin with 12 paper cupcake liners.

Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugar.  No need for the electric mixer, I used a wire whisk.  Add the egg, yogurt, milk, and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.

Add the dry ingredient mixture a little at a time, stirring until everything is just combined. 



Place approximately 2 tablespoons of cake batter into each cupcake liner. Sprinkle over 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon-sugar.  Top with another tablespoon of cake batter.  The cupcake liners should be about 3/4 full.   Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar over the top of the cakes.  

Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.  Let the cakes cool in the tin for a few minutes, then place them on a wire rack to cool completely.  



Right, it's time for me to go to the polling station and cast my vote!  

*This recipe was adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction.  Click HERE for the original recipe.

ELECTION RESULTS: Against all the odds, the Conservative party won an overall majority.  As I type this, David Cameron is having an audience with the Queen.   

8 comments:

  1. Yum! My daughter could do with one of your lovely cakes - she's just texted me to say she is standing in a long queue waiting to vote. It seems everyone has the same idea and has gone after work. I went first thing this morning!

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    1. We voted early this afternoon and the polling station was packed! It sound like there is going to be a great voter turnout for the election.

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  2. Aha - great minds. I just baked brownies while I wait for the results to start coming in - but your cakes are much more nicely presented. Apparently Jeremy Paxman eats jelly babies to get him through election night!

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    1. Oh wow, I never thought Jeremy Paxman would be a jelly baby sort of guy. : D Bet your brownies are delicious!

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  3. How brilliant is this! I have never seen them in cupcake form before!!! What a great idea....like you said the perfect treat to compliment a cup of tea!!! Happy day! Nicole xo

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    1. They are lovely with coffee, too. : ) x

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  4. What a nice recipe, I love simple cakes.x

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  5. What a fab recipe - I am a great fan of cinnamon sugar. I mix sugar & cinnamon in a spice bottle & keep it for sprinkling on my oats at breakfast or on my pancakes …. I will be trying your recipe!

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