Ginger Syrup Lime Tea Cakes

Makes 12 mini cakes
Siúcra and Catherine Fulvio’s recipe for Ginger Syrup Lime Tea Cakes makes for the perfect sweet snack any time of the day. This mouth-watering yet simple cake goes perfectly alongside a cup of coffee or tea!
Ginger Syrup Lime Tea Cakes
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    For the syrup topping

    • 100g Siúcra Light Brown Sugar
    • 120ml water
    • 2 tsp fresh ginger

    For the cakes

    • 125g softened butter
    • 120g Siúcra Caster Sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 lime, zest and juice
    • 1tsp matcha powder
    • 220g plain flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 60ml strong cold green tea

    For the lime cream

    • 200ml double cream
    • 100g mascarpone
    • 60g Siucra icing sugar
    • 1 lime, zest only and a good dash of lime juice, to taste
    • 6 pieces crystallized ginger, finely chopped or grated, to decorate
    • Small mint leaves, to decorate
    Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. 
    Line the base of a muffin tray with discs of parchment paper and brush the tin generously with melted butter.
    To prepare the syrup
    Place the Siúcra Light Brown Sugar, water and ginger in a saucepan, bring to the boil, then simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes until a medium syrup forms.
    To prepare the cake batter
    place the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla into a mixer and whisk until light and fluffy.
    Add the lime zest, juice and matcha powder. Whisk again.    
    Fold in the flour and baking powder. 
    Add enough green tea to form a soft cake batter.  
    Spoon the batter into the muffin tray and bake for about 16 to 18 minutes until cooked or when a skewer is inserted and it comes out clean. 
    Once the cakes are cooked, run a thin knife around each cake to remove from the tin. Peel off the parchment paper, you may need to trim the cakes so they sit level. 
    Spoon syrup over the warm cakes.  
    To prepare the cream
    Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk until the mix reaches soft peaks.  Check the flavour, adding more lime juice to taste. 
    Place into a piping bag fitted with a small rosette nozzle.
    To serve
    Pipe the lime cream mix in little mini rosette swirls all over the top of each mini cake.  
    Scatter the crystallised ginger on top and finish with a mint sprig.
    Recipe supplied by Catherine Fulvio