Meggar and I never miss the monthly Jane Austen Book Club at the local library. The discussions are great and everyone brings a treat to share during the tea party. Today I experimented with a recipe with excellent results. The cupcake-size bundt pan made them look especially pleasing! I hope you'll be "Persuaded" to try them. Meggar won the quiz tonight and brought home an English ivy for our breakfast table, too.
Austen's Summer Tea Cakes
1 box cake mix (yellow or white)
1 c. oil (can use half applesauce)
1-2 small cans of mandarin oranges, with juice
Mix well with beaters; pour into cupcake liners or greased tins. Bake at 350' F for 15-18 minutes. Cool on racks.
2 T. butter
2 T. cream cheese
1/2 t. almond extract
2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. flaked coconut
Beat together until whipped consistency; add water to thin. Spread on cupcakes and sprinkle with flaked coconut, if desired.
(The original recipe called for pineapple tidbits in the frosting, which also would be good. I didn't have any in the pantry so I added the almond flavoring and coconut instead.)