Fondant Fancies- Iced Sponge Cakes
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Fondant Fancies also known as French Fancies are tiny sponge cakes filled with jam and topped with fondant and icing. Perfect for any occasion.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • ⅔ cup butter
  • ¾ cup caster sugar or granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1½ cups self-raising flour or all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup ground almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla essence
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam sieved
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 250g tub marzipan
  • For the icing
  • ¼ cup vegetable fat/lard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 5 cups icing sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 190oC/375oF
  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy then beat in the eggs and 2 tablespoons of flour.
  3. Fold in the rest of flour, almonds and vanilla essence also known as extract.
  4. Spoon into well greased tin
  5. Bake for 20mins
  6. Once baked let the cake cool.
  7. Heat the apricot jam and lemon juice in a pan then brush over the cooled bottom of the cake.
  8. Roll out the marzipan and trim into rectangle the same size as the sponge.
  9. Cover the top of sponge, then cut into six or seven 4cm/ 1½" fingers then cut evenly into 4 rectangles (or diamonds)
  10. To make the icing, melt the fat, lemon and 60ml water (Tip- use the measure from a mixture bottle it's a lot easier to work out).
  11. Add 1½ cups icing sugar and bring to the boil
  12. Remove from the heat and gradually add the rest of the icing sugar until smooth. If you find its too thick add 1 tablespoon of warm water.
  13. Sit the cakes on a wire rack placing a sheet of parchment underneath. Then spoon the warm icing sugar over each cake until completely covered.
  14. If you find you don't have enough icing to coat the cakes remove the surplus from the tray and melt over a pan of simmering water.
  15. Let the icing cool before decorating.
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