Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lemon and Raspberry cakes

I was the only grown-up in the house and that only made it worse. As I watched All In the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, it became clear that I am a caricature of the middle classes, with their curated finds, chalky paint finishes and the green bling of conspicuous organic consumption. Had there been someone here with whom I could have exchanged knowing remarks about how at least our Range Rover is an ironic Range Rover and no words are written on our cushions, the effect might have been alleviated.   


how reassuringly homemade they look

Sadly helping myself to a 2007 Rioja, I assembled a tv morsel of sundried tomatoes (with garlic) despite my anxious awareness that the sundried tomato concept is totally out of date, especially with garlic. I only intended to have a few of them, merely as a placeholder for the socially acceptable snack whenever it became clear what that was, but as the package was recyclable I felt pressurised to finish them so that I could recycle it during a commercial break.

Cupcakes are the emblem of the middle classes, says Mr Perry. Here are my latest delicious lemon and raspberry cakes:


The class commentary is incidental; these are delightful and worth baking. An honest visitor has said so.

Measure out 3 oz sugar, 3 oz butter, 3 oz flour, 1 oz cornflour, two eggs, and a generous spoonful of baking powder. Add 2 tablespoons of a nice middle class raspberry yogurt (I used Glenilen) and the zest of one lemon and beat it all together in your middle class Kitchen Aid mixer till it is a lovely enticing pale colour. Spoon it into 12 pretty pastel paper cases in a tin. Bake at 180 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

When they are cold, make some lemon icing by adding lemon juice to (organic) icing sugar. Put a dollop on each  cake and top with a fine locally-sourced raspberry.  Blog about them before you serve them with upmarket chilled rosé wine.

25 comments:

  1. Mise. It is socially acceptable to say I love you, tears spring into my eyes from laughing. I buy Glenilen yogurt, presently my favourite from our local store that displays its organic fruit and veg in rather becoming willow baskets (in fact I may break in in the dead of night and steal some)and has rainwater flushing loos (oh yes indeedy)do I pass muster? If not I will clutch my sturdy Kitchen Aid to my chest, and go and pine in my bedroom trying not to crush my mega tread count John Lewis duvet cover.

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    1. I believe one mustn't pine, Susan, lest a rushed reader would think you have pine furniture in your home (painted pine is ok). My local store isn't a patch on yours; the blighters are still value-conscious.

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  2. Hello Mise:
    Alas, the Grayson Perry video is not available for viewing in Hungary. We fear that this may be something to do with EU bailouts, or rather, non-payment of them. Whatever, we are bereft of his advice but can vouch for how lovely he is in flowery frocks with ankle socks....a fetching look that has stood the test of time since the 1950s.

    Nevertheless, we sit comfortable behind our computer screen in the knowledge that, as we have access to you [albeit virtually], all will be well in terms of class attitudes, home decoration and all things edible.Would plain white paper cases for the little cakes be too Nancy Mitford?

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    1. In fact, Jane and Lance, now that I think about it, plain white cases would have been much better. Not a single coat-hook or doorstop will enter my house in future before I peer worriedly at the few tantalising photos you post of your lovely homes, so that I may see what you use.

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  3. I'll watch it and report back but am already casting an anxious eye around and wondering if I should have some large capital letters propped up somewhere.

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    1. In taking the time to comment on your blog these many months, Lucille, it was on the strict assumption that you already had several sets of large capital letters propped up somewhere. Have I been sorely duped?

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    2. But I have got the Penguin mugs. I'm surprised he didn't wear a Boden frock.

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  4. Miss Mise, my finely tuned middle-class taste buds are craving these delightful cupcakes. I must make a color coordinated bunting banner to announce their presence though, better get started.

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  5. You're the very woman to ask about an Ironic Range Rover. There's a call for Butch Black, but should I consider Ecru or Pale Pink?

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  6. We Americans are no match for you clever Europe pee ans.

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  7. Those little cakes are absolutely darling.

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  8. All of my yogurt is declasse. And low fat.

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  9. Hello Mise

    Your cup cakes deserve an award. Thanks for the recipe
    Like Hungary, North American has blocked Grayson's video also.
    I shall not know what wisdom or prejudice he imparts and I shall not lose sleep over it either, knowing that you have a Range Rover most likely with a pink picnic blanket in the back seat.

    Helen xx

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  10. If i write LOLing AND ROFLOLing here we know what that says about how I felt after reading your post but
    what does it say about ME ????
    joe taped half that show for me and i watched it last night from behind a cushion I'd made
    specially for such occasions . Your cupcakes would have helped .
    I would love an ironic range rover , what colour is yours?

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    1. Ours is the most middle class colour of all, quite put to shame by the vibrancy of your jewel-hued mosaics. Do you do car makeovers?

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  11. Your plate-to-cupcake co-ordination is outstanding, dear Mise. And I love the jaunty attitude of the raspberries. My admiration for these elements of your composition is only outweighed by my respect for your recycling habits.

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  12. Mmmm. Are the middle classes allowed to do sneaky stuff like putting youghurt into recipes like that?
    Your cakes look like vanilla but the youghurt must give a sneaky little raspberry surprise to those eating them off the obligatory pretty china plates....
    May I have one to taste?

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  13. Will definitely attempt your honest guest cup cakes((: especially since there is corn flour ... I don't really know much about (: baking with it! Also just live your red bench and stone wall ... My backyard looks pathetic now! How cool is Ireland anyways(: surreal even when I lived there for half a year...so xox z

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  14. Meant to say love ur bench NOT live...

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  15. Such pretty plates, sod the cupcakes...
    ;-)

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  16. Oh! I'd not thought of my organic consumption as 'green bling'. Crikey, is nothing sacred...does this mean we'll all revert to chemically produced consumption in the future? They do say these things are cyclic...and if high-waisted jeans and 80s fluoro can come back...

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  17. Oh Mise, I just noticed your lovely dinnerware...Oh dear, not to be too nosy but may I inquire about the origin? Poppies you know, my favourite flower and these are absolutely beautiful!
    All the best,

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    1. I do love those plates too, Noelle, especially the little caterpillar. This is the manufacturer: http://www.heathmccabe.co.uk/

      Thank you for your kind comment.

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  18. I like this blog world of yours. I think I may be back

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  19. It looks like that little caterpillar is heading on up to devour the adorable cupcake...love the plate!
    These sound yummy...your use of yogurt (we don't spell it as prettily as you do) in baking continues to inspire and impress me, of course, I just visited your Baked Yogurt post...so now I'm extra inspired and impressed!!
    xo J~

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You're looking particularly well.

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