Orange and passionfruit fondant fancies _ bakingfanatic

A shop-bought fondant fancy is very much a guilty pleasure of mine, but they are fun to make. Orange smoothie with yogurt recipe And of course when making them you can go for whatever flavour you want, going for flavours that are not sold in the shops!

Fruity, tangy and fragrant, these fondant fancies have a light orange sponge and a tangy orange buttercream that dissolves on the tongue, all enrobed in a passionfruit fondant icing. Smoothie recipes without yogurt or ice cream The sponge!

Whenever I make fondant fancies, I vary between using a Victoria Sandwich mixture as the cake component and using a whisked sponge.

The whisked sponge, which I have used here, gives a lighter, more melt-in-the-mouth fancy, but it is really down to personal preference.

Orange smoothie recipe yogurt The icings Buttercream:

While I love to ring the changes with the flavours, one thing that I never change is the buttercream “bobble” on top – a homage to the commercial fondant fancies, and very much one of the highlights of a fondant fancy for me!

For fruity fondant fancies, beating fruit curd into the buttercream gives a wonderful flavour, but you can use freshly squeezed fruit juice or fruit powders. Orange banana smoothie recipe without yogurt However, when adding any liquid to buttercream, add it a little at a time so as not to split or curdle the buttercream*.

Top tip: if the buttercream looks as if it is splitting, beat in a little melted and cooled white chocolate: this acts as an excellent stabilizer

For the fondant icing, I tend use use powdered fondant icing sugar which I make up with fresh fruit juice. Smoothie recipes without yogurt or milk You need to make up more than you might think as a lot of it will pour into the tray below the fancies, but you can simply scoop that up and pour back over to get the thickness you want.

You can use the firm, roll-out fondant icing, but you need to melt it slowly and gently to become a liquid, which then needs to cool fully before pouring over. Strawberry smoothie recipe with yogurt However, the fondant icing sugar is much less of a faff! Flavour tips & variations

The sponge: use lemon, lime or grapefruit zest instead of orange. Strawberry smoothie recipe with yogurt and ice Or for chocolate fancies, use 45g flour and 20g cocoa powder, sifted together. Strawberry smoothie recipe with yogurt and honey Depending on the flavour you are going for, you could also add a few finely chopped or crushed nuts, coffee, dried raspberry or strawberry pieces…..

The buttercream: for a great flavour, beat a few tablespoons of orange curd into the butter and icing sugar. Strawberry smoothie recipe with yogurt and milk Other fruit curds work just as well.

Fondant icing: add a tablespoon or so of dried fruit powder for a more intense fruity flavour. Cranberry orange punch recipes Or use juice from a carton: pineapple or mixed fruit juices are wonderful here – just go for unsweetened ones.

For even more special fondant fancies, try my pina colada fancies: fold 1-2 tablespoons toasted coconut into the sponge mixture, along with the finely grated zest of 2 limes. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe Flavour the buttercream with lime juice and a splash of rum, and use pineapple juice to make up the fondant icing.

Orange & passionfruit fondant fancies Getting ahead: they freeze beautifully – which helps when it comes to icing!

As the sponge is very delicate, when buttercream is spread over it you can get crumbs coming off. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with almond milk One way round is to make the sponge a day before so that it has time to firm up a little. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with ice cream However, I tend to make the sponge way ahead, cut it into cubes and freeze it, making it easier to coat with the buttercream.

Once coated with buttercream, they can then be popped back in the freezer until you want to coat them in the fondant icing.

If you feel the buttercream is not smooth, a knife dipped in warm water and rubbed lightly over the frozen buttercream will smoothen off any rough bits! Recipe: orange & passionfruit fondant fancies – makes 15

• candied oranges/candied orange peel, thinly sliced or finely chopped

You will also need a small rectangular cake tin about 17cm by 25cm (a brownie tin is ideal), greased and then lined with greaseproof.

(2) Whisk the eggs, sugar and orange zest for about 5 minutes until the mixture increases in volume and becomes very light, moussey and thick: when you lift the whisk out, it will leave a trail that slowly disappears back into the mixture.

(3) Fold the flour gently into the egg mixture, ensuring there are no pockets of flour. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe without yogurt When this has almost been done, pour the butter around the edge of the bowl and fold this in until there are no streaks of butter.

(4) Pour the mixture into the tin, level off and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown on top and just shrinking from the edges. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe healthy Cool for 5 minutes in the tin before inverting onto a wire rack to cool fully. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with yogurt Remove the greaseproof and cut into 15 cubes.

NB: the cubes of cake can now be frozen, wrapped in an airtight bag, until needed

(5) Make the buttercream by beating the butter and icing sugar together for a few minutes. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with greek yogurt Add the orange juice, a little at a time, beating well to give a very soft buttercream: it needs to be soft so that when spread over the cake, the cake does not crumble, although it is easier applying the buttercream to frozen cake cubes.

(6) Spread the buttercream around the 4 vertical sides and on top, smoothing off as much as possible. Strawberry smoothie recipe yogurt Spoon or pipe a small amount on top. Strawberry smoothie recipe with yogurt and orange juice Chill or pop back in the freezer until needed. Strawberry blueberry smoothie recipe with yogurt NB: you can smooth the buttercream further once chilled or frozen with a knife dipped in warm water.

(7) Make the fondant by mixing the icing sugar with the passionfruit juice to give a smooth mixture. Cranberry sauce recipe with orange juice and brown sugar Add enough water or orange juice if needed, a little at a time, to give a fairly thick icing that pours off the spoon slowly but surely rather than pours off immediately: when you lift a spoon out of the icing, the trail slowly vanishes into the icing within a few seconds.

NB: if the icing goes too runny, you can add more icing sugar or give the fancies an extra coat. Cranberry sauce recipe with orange juice and cinnamon See below.

(8) Place the chilled buttercreamed cakes apart on a wire rack, with a tray or a sheet of greaseproof underneath to catch the drips. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with apple juice Spoon or ladle the fondant icing over each, making sure the top and sides are covered. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with orange juice Scoop up the icing that has dripped onto the greaseproof below to re-use if necessary.

NB: if you feel you don’t have a thick enough coat – and the icing shouldn’t be too thick – leave the fancies for about 30 minutes at room temperature until the icing starts to set on top and then spoon over another layer of fondant.

(9) Leave at room temperature for about 30 minutes and then finish however you want. Mango salad dressing recipe orange juice Once made, keep them at room temperature.

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