January 19, 2009

Fairy Cakes

Obviously, I’m partial to fairy tales, but I also adore cupcakes. So when I happened to find fairy cakes, I was totally intrigued and curious; I had to seek more information. Guess what? There seems to be a little controversy out here in the webby world, particularly about what fairy cakes exactly are. Here are some of the explanations I found:

  • The British word for cupcakes
  • Lighter than cupcakes
  • Their small size is perfect for fairies
  • Called fairy cakes so that kids will enjoy them more
  • Cupcakes topped with decorations
  • The method of scooping out the top and then cutting this piece of cake into wings, filling the hole with icing and then putting the fairy wings on top. But some disagree and call these butterfly cakes.

Although I discovered several different recipes, I did find enough with similar ingredients that I feel are probably the closest to classic British Fairy Cakes (sponge cake with lemon icing). The recipe below (reprint courtesy of Becks and Posh blog ) is the one I used to make my fairy cakes, which are pictured above.

Fairy Cakes
Ingredients (makes 30 mini fairy cakes):
4 ounces butter
4 ounces Baker's or Caster Sugar
4 ounces sifted Self Raising Flour (or All-purpose flour + half tsp baking powder + pinch salt)
2 eggs
1 cup sifted Powdered or Icing sugar
Juice of a lemon (*and zest, optional)
Food colouring of your choice if desiredSilver Ball Cake Decorations

For the entire "How to Make", please visit http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/2006/05/fairy-easy-fairy-cake-recipe.html

Note: The little Silver Ball Cake Decorations (dragrees) are illegal in California because “…dragees have the potential to put consumers, especially children, at risk because silver is a toxic metal that can build up in the body over time and cause problems.” The entire article is here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/12/23/MNGS03SUEM1.DTL
I live in Texas, and I couldn’t find them anywhere. I decided to use pastel colored candy balls that I found at Hobby Lobby. So mine aren’t exactly right, but I’m still hoping they’ll attract a couple of fairies.


Wishwords said...

I'm thinking that you need to make these and bring them to some HFC thing.

Crystal-Rain Love said...

Dragees...illegal? Wow. I have no trouble getting them here in KY. I never even realized they had real silver in them (and I'm a cake decorator).

Book Calendar said...

I thought you were not supposed to eat fairy food or end up in the land of the sidhe forever. Still, I like the idea.

Nixy Valentine said...

Fairy cakes is just what we Brits call "cupcakes". Any differences in recipies may be simply what ingredients are commonly used in all baking here.

I've lived in the US and in the UK,and there isn't any real difference.

As a side note though.. YUM

Dorlana said...

Hey Wishwords :) lol - I might just do that. I took this batch to my sister's. It was her b-day.

Hi Crystal-Rain :) I know, crazy, right. I might have found them if I went to a baker's supply shop, but they are all pretty far from me. But I did call and visit 5 different places around me.

Hi Book Calendar :) Maybe it doesnt count since the fairies didn't actually make them... I hope. lol.

Hey Niky :) Thanks! I think from now on I'm going to start calling my cupcakes - fairy cakes. It does make them sound so much more fun.