Ohh, I do so love a little Cake . . .

Sunday 9 February 2014

I have a confession to make.

I am one of those obnoxious people that walk around the grocery shops, tut tutting and taking note of things that look delicious, all the while telling myself that I could quite easily make them at home . . . not only cheaper but somehow tastier too.

I know, it's annoying isn't it! But I have to say that 99% of the time it works for me. I just basically take note of the ingredients on the package, leaving out any artificial flavours and chemicals of course . . . and then I come home and try to replicate it as best as I can.

Now I know I'm not the only one who does this . . . am I? Come on fess up!!!

This is one of my recent successes. I saw these tasty looking little cakelettes in Tesco one day . . . one of their finest desserts line . . . and I thought to myself . . . scrummy, but I don't want to pay what they're asking and so . . .

I came home and made it myself. It wasn't all that hard.

Scrummy Hazelnut frangipane cake batter, dropped on top of a sweet pear half, dropped on top of some toasted chopped hazelnuts, which in turn have been placed on top of a mixture of melted butter and brown sugar.

Easy peasy, lemon squeasy and oh-so-tasty too! A quenelle of clotted cream is a must on top of them, served warm, so that it melts down over the cake. Every mouthful was a delight!

*Pear and Hazelnut Frangipane Cakelettes*
Serves 6
Printable Recipe

I saw something similar to this in the grocery store the other day and thought to myself, I can do better than that! Serve warm with a dollop of clotted cream for a real taste treat!

1 tin of small pear halves, well drained
(You will need six halves)
6 TBS butter
12 TBS soft light brown sugar, packed
2 ounces of toasted hazlenuts, chopped

For the frangipane:
165g of ground toasted hazlenuts (1 cup)
125g of caster sugar (1/2 cup)
6 TBS of butter
1/4 tsp of vanilla
2 large free range eggs
20g of plain flour (1/4 cup)

You will need 6 (8 ounce) porcelain ramekins. Butter each well and then place them on a baking tray. Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.

Melt the butter and pour an equal amount into the bottom of each ramekin. Sprinkle 2 TBS of the brown sugar into each. Top with an equal amount of toasted chopped hazlenuts.

Make the frangipane. Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Whisk together the flour and ground nuts. Fold this into the creamed mixture, making sure it is evenly combined.

Place one pear half on top of the hazelnuts in each ramekin. Top each with 1/6 of the frangipane. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until set and nicely browned. Let stand for several minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of each and then carefully invert onto serving plates. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then top with a dollop of clotted cream (If desired) or vanilla ice cream and serve.


  1. Yum Marie. I want to live with you for a while.

  2. Come on over Suze! I guarantee you a great visit!! xxoo

  3. I have little pears in a can yippee:-)
    Thank you M:-)

  4. haaha I want be your neightbor dear and not only for the food lol
    these look amazing Marie, send you love!!!

  5. Looks positively scrumptious! Wish I had one right now for a Sunday morning treat.


  6. Looks like something I would love to try. Little cakes are perfect when there are only two of us now. I get the same inspiration from sewing items. I look at things that I could sew and get results of better quality and with less cash outlay.

  7. Oh, yes! I do the same. Too many nasty things & bland textures to store bought baked goods, especially. Plus, youngest grandchild reacts (topically) to some chemicals found in frostings & etc.

  8. Thanks everyone!! Store bought may be more conveninet but homemade is always infinitely better!

  9. Yes Marie, I do the same! I'm always saying to Peter 'I could make that!' Whether I do or not, is a different matter, haha! When we were grocery shopping a woman in front of us was buying a Victoria Sponge, it was so small it would have served no more than three people, I watched the price as it came up and it was £1.39, I couldn't believe it!! When I said something to Peter about it he said, 'Well not everyone can make cakes or even want to' which is true I suppose!

  10. I forgot to say Marie, I love the look and sound of these cakes, I SOOO wish I wasn't dieting all the time, or trying to!! ;)

  11. Peter is right of course Pat, but one has to wonder just how good a £1.39 cake really is. Blah! Probably not very good at all. I have bought Victorian Sponges at Waitrose for £4.99 and they were excellent. You get what you pay for!!

  12. They look sooooo yummy!

    Will definitely be trying them :)



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