If you're planning on doing some holiday baking this year, I've got just the thing for you!
We all know by now that cake in a jar makes the perfect gift. You can make cupoards full and you're all set for weeks and months of birthdays, holidays and nonsensical celebrations such as America's National Cake Day (November 26th, be sure to mark your calendars!).
But I like to think of these darling sweets as little "emergency cakes", à la "In case of emergency, break glass". Though I don't recommend any actual breakage here.
Had a bad day? Just twist that lid and get a whiff of almond and Baileys up your nose. The nutty flavor with a hint of sweet liqueure is sure to make you feel better soon. All you could possibly need now is a spoon. Which shouldn't be too hard to find.
Luckily, "emergency" leaves room for interpretation: a failed test, a heated discussion, a craving for sugar and the absence of a nearby pastry shop; reason enough to clink those glasses and spoon away!
But yes, you can also give these away if you really want to.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- 6-7 sealable glasses (260ml)
- 150g sugar
- 2 tbsp vanilla sugar
- 150g butter
- 3 eggs
- 250g all-purpose flour
- 250 ground almonds
- 2 tbsp baking powder
- 150ml Baileys
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 175° Celsius and prepare the glasses.
Step 2: In a large bowl, cream together the sugar, vanilla sugar and softened butter until pale and soft. Add the eggs one by one and beat until fully incorporated.
Step 3: In a separate bowl, mix the flour, ground almonds and baking powder. Alternating with the Baileys, add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture.
Step 4: Evenly divide the batter into the prepared glasses and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Step 5: Remove the glasses from the oven and seal with the lids immediately.
If sealed correctly, the cakes can be kept for up to 6 months.
May there be many, manageable "emergencies" this upcoming year!