Edible violas have a sweet, fragrant taste that works perfectly with confections such as these cupcakes. This recipe requires a little extra time but the effect is delightful.
For the flowers:
12-16 viola flowers
1 small egg white
80g caster sugar
For the cupcakes:
150g margarine, softened
150g self-raising flour, sifted
150g caster sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
For the cream:
400ml whipping cream
80g icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
To candy the flowers: Gently wash the flower petals, then pat dry with kitchen paper. Lightly whisk the egg white in a bowl until frothy. Using a clean pastry brush, paint the egg white onto both sides of the petals. Sprinkle immediately with sugar and leave to set on wire racks before using.
For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cupcake cases. Beat together all the cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl until smooth and creamy. Divide the batter evenly between the paper cases.
Bake for 20 mins until golden and risen. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and leave on a wire rack to cool.
For the cream: In a mixing bowl, whip the cream with the icing sugar and vanilla extract until semi-stiff peaks form. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a star-shaped nozzle. Pipe swirls of cream on top of the cupcakes. Garnish each with a candied flower before serving.
More recipes using edible flowers in the April 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...
- Candied viola mini meringues
- Vanilla cream with sugared violets
250g plain flour, plus
extra to dust
100g caster sugar, plus extra to sprinkle
1 tsp mixed spice
½ tsp baking powder
pinch of sea salt
100g chilled unsalted butter, cubed, plus extra for frying
Combine the flour, sugar, mixed spice, currants, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the butter cubes and rub into the dry ingredients with fingers and thumbs until integrated. Beat the egg in a small bowl and stir it into the flour and butter mixture. Gradually add sufficient milk to bring the mixture together by hand until it forms a dough.
On a surface lightly dusted with flour, roll out the dough to 2cm deep. Cut out rounds with an 8cm cutter.
Heat 1 tsp of butter in a frying pan. Fry the cakes for 4-6 mins, turning over once, until golden. Dust with sugar and serve warm with butter.
Other classic Welsh recipes in the Mar/Apr 2017 issue of LandScape:
- Welsh onion cake
- Lamb cawl
- Laverbread with bacon and poached egg
- Welsh crempog
- Welsh dripping cake