Glamorous fairy cakes

Glamorous fairy cakes

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus cooling time

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Makes 24 cakes
A retro twist to a childhood favourite - learn how to make fairy cakes then decorate for any occasion

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze un-iced

Nutrition: per cake

  • kcal193
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars31g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.2g
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Ingredients

    For the cakes

    • 140g butter, very well softened
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    • 140g golden caster sugar
    • 3 medium eggs
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    • 100g self-raising flour
    • 25g custard powder or cornflour

    For decorating

    • 600g icing sugar, sifted
    • 6 tbsp water, or half water and half lemon juice, strained
    • edible green and pink food colourings
    • crystallised violets
    • crystallised roses or rose petals
    • edible wafer flowers

    Method

    1. Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Arrange paper cases in bun tins. Put all the cake ingredients in a large bowl and beat for about 2 mins until smooth. Divide the mixture between the cases so they are half filled and bake for 12-15 mins, until risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack.

    2. Mix the icing sugar and water until smooth and use a third on eight of the cakes. Divide the rest in half, and colour one half pale green and the other half pale pink. Decorate the white ones with crystallised violets, the pink ones with the roses and the green ones with the wafer flowers. Leave to set. Will keep for up to 2-3 days stored in an airtight container in a cool place.

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    kypnut
    4th Sep, 2011
    5.05
    We loved these and so easy, I put a small amount of jam into the bottom of half of each cake case lovely, then just butter iceing on top of the rest, will make them again
    proofofthepudding
    31st Aug, 2011
    5.05
    Lovely wee cakes, really nice light texture. Quantity though - I only got 10 "normal" sized cupcakes out of the quantities stated...but they were delicious! Also, I divided the icing adding lemon essence/colouring to one half and orange essence/colouring to the other, decorated with orange & lemon jelly slices and hey presto! St Clements Cupcakes!
    lizziebuff
    26th Jul, 2011
    5.05
    We have just made these during summer holidays.. really light and fluffy.. best small cake recipe we have tried so far!!.. def one to keep..
    lydiamackie
    4th Jun, 2011
    brill with apple and cinamon :)
    cherylsmith20
    30th Mar, 2011
    5.05
    I was panicking because I couldn't find any custard powder in the cupboards but I did find butterscotch angel delight.... :-) You won't be disappointed! I've halved the recipe and made 12 and am going to top them with some peach icing for Mothers Day. Great recipe. Thanks!
    cuddlepops
    18th Mar, 2011
    WHAT A GREAT RECIPE, JUST MADE DOUBLE THE QUANTITY USING CORNFLOUR .TO DECORATE FOR TONIGHTS YOUTH CLUB TO RAISE MONEY FOR RED NOSE DAY. DOUBLE THE AMOUNT MADE 24 X MUFFIN SIZE PAPER CASES AND THEY ARE DELICIOUS, LIGHT AND FLUFFY. MIGHT TRY THIS AS A SPONGE CAKE TOO. NOW TO COOL AND ICE . THANKYOU
    fairystoryteller
    15th Mar, 2011
    5.05
    This is a great recipe. I added the finely grated zest of a lemon to the cake mix and made the icing using the juice of the lemon. Made 12 cakes instead of 24 using muffin cases. Very well received by greedy guests!
    eleanormayo
    12th Mar, 2011
    2.05
    Really disappointed with the quantities of this recipe, I wanted to make a batch of plain and a batch of chocolate (substituting the custard powder for cocoa) and my first batch of plain only made 13 cakes (and yes, I was using small cupcake cases), therefore doubled the recipe for the batch of chocolate, with the same result (26 chocolate ones). End result was good enough, but the quantities are VERY misleading.
    bakeolitegirl911
    4th Feb, 2011
    5.05
    fab fab fab! love this recipe!! made these for a sleepover treat and they were fab! all my friends were impressed and now i have to bring them to every sleepover!! EASY AND IMPRESSIVE!
    jayneypops89
    14th Dec, 2010
    4.05
    quick and easy to make. Will definately be holding onto this wee recipe :)

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