These fairy cakes only take 30 minutes of prep and back time to make and decorated in a thousand different ways. I love my brown sugar buttercream frosting. Youacn also buy frosting or make whip cream frosting. At Beltane you can make white chocolate egg halves and use those for wings when you decorate them (see above). Simple frosting, genache, sprinkles, fairy wings or candy can be used to decorate. No matter what these are so easy!
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- 1/2 cup (heaping) of caster sugar (see below for DIY caster sugar)
- 1/2 cup (heaping) self raising flour
- 1/2 cup + 2.5 tsp of butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Your chosen topping (I use a brown sugar buttercream)
A mixer makes this uber easy, and all you need is a handmixer, but if you had a nice stand one this is almost criminally easy. Pre heat the oven to 350F . Place all the ingredients into a bowl (except for the milk) and cream together. If the mixture is a little thick, slowly add the milk until you have a soft, dropping consistency.
As many of you know, I love my wooden spoon! I always use a chilled bowl and I stir my little heart out!, your fairy cakes will still look and taste amazing in just 3 steps…
- Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla essence.
- Add both of the eggs and roughly half of the flour, mixing as you go.
Fold in the last of the flour and add milk (again slowly and if needed). The cakes should take around 10-20 minutes, do the toothpick test (you know you wanna poke ’em). Pour the mix into your cupcake holders until they are 2/3 full and transfer to the pre-heated oven, check at 10 minutes till the toothpick comes out clean. Remove when golden brown and leave to cool on a wire rack for an hour before decorating,
How to make the topping
Using a sharp knife, scoop out a small hole in the top of your cake. Try not to break the cut off as it will eventually form the wings. Put them in the freezer to firm up so you can trim them before placing them on top and get minimal breakage. Put preserves (I like to actually bake down my own like I did for the mini-cheesecakes
) in the hole and cover with a go. After trimming place your wings on top of the cream, sprinkle with fairy dust (powdered sugar) and throw on baking glitter, candy balls… whatever your hart desires or even just simple cakes and viola! You are finished ENJOY!