Baking

Ingredients
  • 1 medium-strength red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped, plus 6 small red chillies, halved lengthways
  • 125 g (4 oz) lightly salted butter, softened
  • 175 g (6 oz) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 g (5 oz) self-raising flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 125 g (4 oz) soft dried mango, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 5 tablespoons vodka
  • 75 g icing sugar
  • finely grated rind of 1 lime, to sprinkle
Directions

Line a 12-section bun tray with paper cake cases. Put the chopped chilli, butter, 125 g (4 oz) of the caster sugar, the eggs, flour and baking powder in a bowl and beat with a hand-held electric whisk for about a minute until light and creamy.

Stir in the mango and then divide the cake mixture between the paper cases. Place a halved chilli across the top of each cake.

Bake in a preheated oven, 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 4, for 20 minutes or until risen and just firm to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Put the remaining caster sugar in a small saucepan with the water and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil for 3–4 minutes until thickened and syrupy. Stir in 4 tablespoons of the vodka (taking care as the mixture will splutter) and heat until smooth.

Pierce the tops of the cakes with a skewer and drizzle the syrup over. Blend the remaining vodka with the icing sugar to make a thin paste and drizzle over the cakes. Sprinkle with the lime zest.

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