Little Gems

I have no idea how to tell you what these are exactly but they are a little cake apparently. I have been slacking on my baking lately, I got used to baking twice a week and I’ll admit I miss baking. I need to get in to routine with my baking so I decided that I could fit a small bake in during the week and do big bakes at the weekend. Here is my first little mid week bake.

I found this recipe while flicking through my Mary Berry recipe book, its in the section for the kids but hey I wanted to be a kid forever so these are a good start. For this recipe you will need petit fours cases, I got mine from Waitrose and they were 75p for a little pot that contains 75 cases so I have enough cases to make more.

It is obvious from the picture that I cannot getting the hang of just icing sugar and lemon juice but hey ho, I gave it my best effort. You will notice I have decorated mine with fondant flowers which I made from pink fondant that I had left over from a previous recipe, sprinkles and sugar decoration which are shop brought. These can be decorated any way you want them to be.

Little Gems

Course Snacks
Keyword Snacks
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 65 gems



  • 75 g butter
  • 2 eggs large
  • 100 g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk


  • 100 g icing sugar sifted
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice



  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees/ gas 4. Arrange about 65 petit fours cases on baking trays.
  • Measure all the cake ingredients into a bowl and beat well until thoroughly blended. Spoon scant teaspoonfuls of the mixture into the cases, being care not to overfill.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes until well risen and pale golden brown. Cool on a wire rack


  • Measure the icing sugar into a bowl and add the lemon juice until its a spreading consistency. Spoon a little in top of each cooled gem and spread out with the back of a teaspoon.

Loved making this little cakes, I’ll admit I did not make 65 as I was not sure what to do with 65 so I made about 24 which was a nice number. These would be great for a kids party given how many you can make. Perfect size if you need something sweet but do not want something big.

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