queens-cakes-1-of-1-5  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. queens-cakes-1-of-1-2 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.

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Queen Cakes

8 tbsp butter, room temperature

½ cup sugar

2 eggs

2/3 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp orange or lemon zest

Confectioners’ sugar

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.