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Limoncello and Lime Flat Cakes

Limoncello – a divine Italian liqueur – soaked up in our own special flat cupcakes with lots of cream make for one ridiculously good dessert or a great accompaniment for afternoon tea!

Makes 12
100g butter
100g caster sugar
Tiny pinch salt
2 medium eggs
100g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
Limoncello syrup
150ml bottled/fresh lime juice
150g caster sugar
50ml Limoncello liqueur
80g butter
80g icing sugar
Pink food colouring
Cream (whipped double cream/squirty cream)
-       Note: make sure eggs and butter room temp before starting!
-       Heat oven to 180C
-       Cream together the butter, sugar, salt until pale and fluffy and beat in the eggs slowly (add a little flour if the mixture starts to curdle)
-       Add in the flour or the rest of the flour – depending on whether you used some to prevent the mixture curdling!
-       Divide mixture into well greased non-stick cupcake tin tray and bake for 15-20 mins
-       Make syrup by heating the lime juice and sugar in a pan and bring to the boil; allow this to cool before you add the Limoncello liqueur
-       Once the cakes are out of the oven wait 10mins or so before you brush the syrup on top (be generous!)
-       Allow the liqueur to soak into the sponge while you make the icing: simply cream the icing sugar and butter and food colouring together (we did ours slightly differently but if you want standard butter icing then this is the format)
-       Pipe cream on top and indulge!

By Melodie Walter

Summer Fun in the Sun

Now the weather is warming up and summer’s just round the corner, you want to make the most of the glorious sunshine. Yet what are the best ways to enjoy the weather and have fun without spending a fortune?
Have a picnic in the park – grab some mates, a Frisbee, some pink lemonade, a cd player filled with summer tunes and make some great food. Eating and catching up with friends in the sun, what could be better?
Go to the Seaside – there’s nothing better than a stroll along the beach with an ice cream, load up the car or jump on the train and head to some great spots like Brighton, Norfolk, Wales, and Blackpool . Sit on the pier, eat some chips, take some silly photos and soak up the rays.
Host afternoon tea – bake some cakes, make some sandwiches and tea, invite the family round and you have an afternoon of simple pleasures. Plus everything goes well with cake.
Sports day with a twist – boys vs girls with the losers having to cook dinner! Play games like egg and spoon race, 3 legged run, the sack race and the wheel barrow race. Embrace being a kid again whilst getting a tan
Finally if you feel like having some down time alone, grab a sun lounger, your favourite book, a glass of Pimms and you have the perfect English afternoon ready and waiting.
What are your great summer afternoon ideas?