GBBO Mini Cakes with Mackays Jam
The Bake off is back on TV tonight and I of course making something to eat while watching is a must. I decided to make mini vanilla cakes with jam and buttercream. I love cakes with buttercream and jam! It is a small luxury and having a good tasty jam can really take a cake to a more yummier level.
I have been exploring the world of Mackays jam and I so happy to have tried a few of them now. I am also glad they have more flavours for me to try and use in baking soon 🙂
Here is the gorgeous raspberry jam ready to used. It looks so good and I like there are a few lumps and a few seeds for texture. It’s a soft set jam which works very well for spreading straight out of the jar. I hate jam which is rock hard!
The raspberries and strawberries are grown in Scotland for Mackays jam and have considered some of the best berries in the world. It’s nice to know the jam is made of quality fresh fruit.
I used the raspberry, strawberry and cherry jam as filling in these little cakes and it was a blind test. It turns out that we love them all and couldn’t come out with a favourite.
The flavours are strong enough to be easily identifiable and each work incredibly well in the cakes.
The Mackays jam is made in the old fashioned way in copper pots – I don’t envy the amazing people who have the task of washing up those pots!
I am becoming a bit addicted to little cakes, especially these mini Madeira cakes. They are so much quicker to make and a lovely portion size too. I used the lakeland 12 cup mini sandwich tin and used Lindy Smith’s 5 inch Madeira cakes recipe and it made a little too much so I made some cupcakes too.
I sliced the little cakes into three sections so I could do a layer of jam and layer of butter cream between cake.
I loved the raspberry jam the best for these cakes. Cherry was a very close second and third was strawberry. To be honest they are all very tasty and work well. It is like having to pick the best of three very good jams! They are all lovely and work incredibly well with cake. We had them with scones too and they wow. Happy jam faces all around.
How cute are these little cakes! They tasted great and was a good portion size and lovely to have at an afternoon tea party or even for a picnic!
I think the little sprinkle of icing sugar really worked making them even cuter.
Mackays Jam is my now go to jam for cakes. Give it a try soon x