When it comes to celebrating July 4th, my first dessert thoughts jump to these yummy, mini, festive cakes out of one of my July editions of Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine. These are quick to make and can be made early in the day, along with the cinnamon whipped cream, so you can be ready for your fun festivities. The edges have the best sugary crunch and the whipped cream adds a cinnamony sparkle…..sparkler…… ha! I can’t wait for the 4th! Happy Birthday, America!
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup plus 1 T. granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 T. plus 1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup flour
1 cup mixed fresh berries, plus more for garnish
2 T. confectioners’ (powdered) sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin tin. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and 3/4 cup granulated sugar until pale, about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add 2 T. cream, the vanilla and the salt and mix until combined, scraping the bowl as necessary. Beat in the flour until incorporated. Using a spatula, gently stir in the berries.
Spoon the batter into each muffin cup, about three-quarters full. Top each cake with a few berries and sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of granulated sugar over the cakes. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few crumbs, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in the pan, then run a knife around the edges and remove.
In a small bowl, whip the remaining 1 cup cream with the confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon until soft peaks form. Serve with the cakes.
And then light the sparklers!