Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nanny's Tea Cake Cupcakes

Nanny's Tea Cake Cupcakes

Light summery treats!!!! 
My Nanny loved to bake, both of my grandmother's did, and my own dear Momma 
shared not just the recipes that came out if their kitchens, but also their LOVE and 
passion for baking yummy sweets.
My husband, of course, gets all the credit for the cupcakes ;-)

Myself with Nanny, Grampy, (and little Pudding) circa 1972

My 2 absolute favorite desserts my Nanny baked were Apple Strudel and her 
famous Tea Cake, which I have turned into cupcakes, of course! ;-) I am of 
the mind that anything can become a cupcake.
This recipe is very easy and uses the simplest ingredients, ingredients most 
of us have on hand at all times in our cupboards! Thus these are the absolute 
perfect cupcakes to bring to a last-minute picnic or summer garden party! And as 
far as sweets go, these cupcakes are light-weight as well, missing much of the 
fattiness of butter and oil and tons of sugar. 

Nanny's Tea Cake Cupcakes
Yield 12
Bake 350 for 20-22 minutes

1 cup sifted flour
4 cage-free eggs (separated)
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cold water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla 

Beat egg whites until stiff and set aside. Beat egg yolks until light. 
Add sugar and beat until creamy. 
Add sifted flour and water, alternating each until blended. 
Fold in beaten egg whites. 

Add salt, vanilla, and baking powder. I always use cupcake liners, but 
if you prefer not to than do not grease the tins. 
Remove to iron rack to cool before icing.

3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
About 1 tablespoon milk, but add a bit at a time until you 
have the right consistency 

Now don a lovely summery vintage apron, and you are 
on your way to a summer party!!