Queen Cakes were the first cupcakes that I’ve ever had so it has always had a place in my heart. Recently I found myself thumbing through What’s Cooking in Guyana and landed on the recipe for queen cakes. Queen cakes are a bit denser than the traditional cupcake and its texture is similar to a sponge cake. I did a quick search on the internet and all of the recipes have dried fruit, however the queen cakes I grew up eating had none so I didn’t add any. I’ve also never had these frosted so I served it with a light dusting of confectioners’ sugar.
Have you ever had queen cakes?
8 tbsp butter, room temperature
½ cup sugar
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp orange or lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to beat well until incorporated. Combine flour and baking powder in a small bowl and mix to combine. Add flour and baking powder mix to the wet ingredients. Stir with a spoon to combine. Add vanilla extract and orange or lemon zest and mix until incorporated. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and fill will mixture ¾ ways up. Place in preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool before giving a light dusting of confectioners’ sugar.
Recipe adapted from What’s Cooking in Guyana.