I’ve been thinking a lot about Christmas memories this week – partly because of the time of year it is and partly because it’s seven years today since my Mam died. So when I was asked to share my favourite Christmas recipe, I had a good think about what my favourite Christmassy food was and I kept coming back to the same thing. Even though it’s not actually a food, I decided to see if I could turn one of my favourite Christmas memories into a food.
Every year, we used to go to my Nana’s house to decorate her Christmas tree for us and every year (from when I was about 11) she used to reward me with a snowball – obviously weaker when I was younger but by the time I got to 18 they were were lethal and I always had to pop out to the kitchen to top up with extra lemonade.
In case you don’t know what a snowball is, it’s a mixture of Advocaat, lime juice and lemonade – topped with a cocktail cherry and it’s absolutely delicious!
This is my cakey version of a Snowball….
For the lemon and lime cupcakes:
150g softened butter
the zest of 1 lemon
the zest of 1/2 lime
the juice of 1/2 lemon
150g self raising flour
- Pre heat your oven to 180 c.
- Beat together the butter and sugar until it’s pale and creamy and then add the eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing it all together.
- Add in the flour, lemon and lime zest and the lemon juice and mix together until it’s well combined.
- Spoon into cupcake cases and bake for around 15 minutes. You can tell when they’re cooked as you’ll be able to put a skewer or sharp knife into the cake and it’ll come out clean.
For the Advocaat Icing:
300g icing sugar
This icing is is an easy one to make – you just add everything to the bowl and mix… and mix… and mix! It does take a while to combine everything smoothly if you’re doing this by hand so I always use my electric beaters (or my husband).
You might need more icing sugar if you want a really stiff mixture to pipe on to your cakes. I always add more as I go along if I need to.
My favourite bit about making cakes is the icing part although I’m not actually very good at it yet! If you need advice on the best way to ice your cupcake then I wrote about my method here and although it’s probably not the professional way of doing it – it works for me (most of the time).
Next week we’re making Baileys Irish Cream inspired cakes….