This Saturday was the Jitsu pre-grading and so we decided at our club to make a day of it and have an evening social to follow, this started as a drunken conversation in an Indian restaurant as a ‘summer fête’ but morphed into a Mexican BBQ by the time it actually happened. In honour of the Mexican theme, I, in my usual big mouthed way, declared that I was going to make a jitsuka piñata, however by Monday last week I had realised this was never going to happen and had planned to abandon it and just buy one. But Tom was not prepared to let this pass and decided to take on the challenge himself, with outstanding results!
I opted for a slightly more sophisticated (read: manageable) offering in the shape of a margarita cake, I looked around for some recipes but failed to find anything even remotely useful, there were a few margarita cupcake recipes but I hate cupcakes, they are pointless and dry. So I made up my own recipe, inspired by some of the cupcake ones I admit… Here it is in all it’s precision glory:
6oz Caster Sugar
8oz SR Flour
2 tbsp Pre-mixed Margarita Cocktail
Zest of one Lime and and 2tsps of the juice
5oz Cream Cheese
9oz Icing Sugar
4tsp Pre-mixed Margarita Cocktail
Juice of one Lime
Course sea salt and lime peel to decorate
For the cake cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, beat in the eggs one at a time along with a tbsp of the flour, fold in the rest of the flour with a metal spoon. Stir in the lime zest and margarita mix.
Divide the mixture between two lined sandwich tins and bake for about 30-35 mins at 180ºC, cool on a wire rack.
For the icing beat the cream cheese until soft, gradually add the icing sugar and then the lime juice and margarita mix, chill for 30mmins in the fridge (my mistake was whacking it straight on and it was too runny!). Fill and ice the top of the cake with the icing and sprinkle the edges with salt. Decorate with some lime peel curls.
The verdict from the assembled party was good, it could have done with more tequila (but this is all in the cocktail making – I used a readymade one from Tesco) and not everyone liked the salt but I thought that made the cake. All in all very Mexican 🙂