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Pistachio and Lemon Curd Mini Cakes

November 10, 2015

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I’m a natural born procrastinator. When things need to be done, I like to find other things that don’t need to be done, and do them instead. I try to eat the frog, you know do the task you don’t want to do first, then follow it up with the fun stuff? Nope. Does not work for me.

I’m right in the midst of the busiest time at work and Christmas is so close I can smell it. But, I’m spending my time avoiding pressing jobs in favour of that when-I-have-time list of things to do. I’m clever like that.

In the interest of being true to myself, I thought I would write a list of the things I have been doing to avoid doing the things I actually need to do. Then I’ll back it up with a recipe for Pistachio and Lemon Curd Mini Cakes from the bridal tea a few weeks back.

  1. Collecting postal addresses from friends and organising them in a spreadsheet ready for a mail merge of postage labels.
  2. Deciding I need a new summer wardrobe, filling shopping carts from online stores with items, then closing the window without paying.
  3. Making dinner reservations in NYC for January. {Note: most places aren’t open for reservations yet, but don’t worry, I tried until I found some}
  4. Calculating the route from our NYC hotel to Shake Shack. FIVE MINUTES WALK FYI.
  5. Searching for Hot Line Bling memes/gifs/vines.
  6. Trying out all of snapchat’s new filters and settings.
  7. Buying near end date vitamins for one dollar.
  8. Watching the QANTAS ads on YouTube.

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Pistachio and Lemon Curd Mini Cakes
Serves 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 80g whole pistachios, ground
  2. 80g almond meal
  3. 125g unsalted butter
  4. 1 cup caster sugar
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 2/3 cup plain flour
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1/2 cup lemon curd
FOR THE GLAZE
  1. 1/2 cup icing sugar
  2. 2 tsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line two 25 x 20cm slice tins
  2. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a mixer and beat until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time and continue to beat.
  4. Fold in the flour, pistachio and almond meal, and baking powder until combined.
  5. Divide the mix evenly over the 2tins and bake for about 25 minutes or until cooked,
  6. Remove from the oven, cling wrap when slightly cooled then freeze overnight.
TO ASSEMBLE
  1. Make the glaze by combining the icing sugar and lemon juice.
  2. Cut out rounds of the cake using a 4cm cookie or fondant cutter.
  3. Place a teaspoon of lemon curd on half of the rounds then top with another round of cake.
  4. Top with the glaze and some edible flowers.
erin made this http://erinmadethis.com/
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Tell me, procrastinator or go-getter? Any tips for the procrastinators out there? CAN I GET A HELL YEAH?

24 thoughts on “Pistachio and Lemon Curd Mini Cakes

  1. Samantha - PlanetBakeLife

    Those cakes look so beautiful. I did mini carrot cakes for a friend’s birthday and they loved them! There’s something about miniature that makes it so much better.
    As usual, the photography on your blog blows me away Erin 🙂

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  2. merilyn

    LOL! this is hilarious erin! … top photos for sure!
    my whole life is on procrastination replay hun!
    ok I don’t have to be answerable, perform or front up for much these days! … just as well!
    I just say i’m an artist and it’s my job! … playing!
    you are just having diversional therapy! … time out! for a few moments, probably not hours!
    hope you find your mojo soon hun!;)) love m:)X

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  3. Sally

    Erin these are sooooo pretty! I’m a procrastibaker, until I have to bake for a job and then I’m generally just crippled by indecision… Bit envious of your nyc trip, is abc carpet and home on that reservation list? Lovely for lunch too x

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  4. Erika

    Oh I’ll give you a hell yeah! I’ve only just discovered Youtube (yeah I’m old) and have slipped into a deep spiral of procrastubing. I also enjoy procraspinating, podcastinating and procrastiwordinventing. Ps. these babies are real cute xx

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  5. Claudia Brick

    hahahaha can relate to this SO much Erin. Love the list especially – I think the past few weeks of exams and study break would read pretty similarly for me, with bits of study squeezed out by all the random things you ‘suddenly’ need to do. Gorgeous cakes too – love the sound of ground pistachio, and the lemon curd? so good! <3

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