Oooh Fancy!

Oooh Fancy!

Fondant Fancies

The Boys Do Bake Off - Series 3, Ep.10 - Final

The final is upon us! Mary Berry decided that the bakers should tackle something exceedingly fiddly for their final technical and boy did she pick well. She decided that nothing could be fancier for the final than a fondant fancy, aka a 'Mr Kipling French Fancy'.

Based on a typical french petit four (small bite-sized confectionery) this dainty little cake first appeared on shelves in 1967 as part of the Mr Kipling range, with a giant family sized one being available in supermarkets in 2008. The bakers were tasked with making 36 of these in the final but, we opted for halving Mary's recipe.

First it's a simple all in one sponge. Cream together butter, sugar, flour, eggs and lemon zest before baking. Once cooled, trim and level your cake before topping with a layer of marzipan. If you're sponge feels very light, leave in the fridge to firm up as it makes handling the cut pieces easier.

Carefully cut into squares before 'crumb coating' with simple buttercream icing and topping with a small blob of buttercream then place in the fridge to firm up.

To make the icing blend white fondant with a little water until you have a loose glossy mixture. We chose the classic pink icing, but the world is your oyster so go wild. Be brave and drench each fancy in a generous amount of icing before leaving to dry on a wire wrack.

Drizzle with chocolate and leave to set before serving.

We don't know about you but, we think the Gents make exceedingly good cakes!

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