I made these little cakes using a Wright’s Toffee Cake Mix. A bit of a cheat I know, but sometimes there just isn’t the time to start from scratch, or all the ingredients to hand.
I simply added about 75g chopped dates to the packet mix, allowing them to soak in boiling water whilst I got the cake tins ready and mixed up the cake mix, so for about ten minutes. I then drained them and stirred them into the cake mixture and baked at 180° fan for 18 minutes.
The interesting bit is that I had no luck with this cake tin last year – all the cakes stuck fast, see here – so this time I tried a different product, “PME Release-a-cake”. It worked a treat and all the cakes turned out perfectly. It’s expensive stuff – my bottle has a label on it saying £4 – but it looks like a little goes a long way. I used a small blob in each hole and brushed it into all the little nooks and crannies. I shall definitely be using this stuff again. And the Wright’s cake mixes are excellent – I think you would be hard pressed to know that they weren’t made from scratch if I hadn’t said.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!