Thursday, October 11, 2012

Scottish recipes - Fairy Cakes

Last week my neighbour had a fairy ring in her front lawn, in case you don't know what a fairy ring is, it's a ring of mushrooms forming a circle, it's very special

Being the creative person that she is, she immediately dressed her 18 month old in a fairy costume and took pictures of her in the fairy ring, the cuteness levels were off the chart

So I got to thinking about Fairy Cakes

Fairy Cakes

Fairy Cakes are actually British cupcakes and as a child my mum would make these ALL the time, basically Fairy Cakes are a light sponge cake with icing piped on top and maybe a bit sprinkle or decoration here and there

If you want to get creative you can make little fairy wings on top, and as a child I loved these ones
This is the type I am making today

Scottish Fairy Cakes

The winged variety also go by the name of Angel Cakes and Butterfly Cakes

So here is my super easy, go to recipe

Makes 12

You will need

4oz/100g Self Raising Flour
4oz/100g Butter
4oz/100g Sugar
2 Eggs
1tsp Baking Powder
1tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tbsp Milk

For the icing
4oz/100g Powdered Icing Sugar
3oz/75g Butter

  • Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F

  • In a large bowl, break up the butter into small pieces then add in all other ingredients (except the milk) 

  • Using a hand mixer (or you can use a food processor) beat together until smooth
Mix well

  • Add in the milk and mix again until a thinner mixture is made

Add milk
Cake mixture

  • Lay out cake cases onto a muffin tray (I double them up to help with shape and to keep the cases clean) Spoon the mixture evenly between the 12 cases
Mixture in cases

  • Bake in oven for 10 minutes until golden and risen
Fairy Cakes

  • To make the icing, in a large bowl, sift the powdered icing sugar
Powdered icing sugar

  • Break up the butter and add it into the sugar
add butter

  • Cream the butter and sugar together to form a paste
Butter Icing

  • Once cakes cool, cut the tops off, leaving a rim on the edge
Fairy cake top off

  • Cut the "lid" in two to make two wings
Fairy cake wings

  • Pipe the butter icing onto the cake (I just used a food bag with the corner snipped off) and add the wings on top

  • Dust lightly with powdered icing sugar or sprinkles
Fairy Cake
Fairy Cakes

  • Enjoy

So I am floating back to my childhood again with these delicious little Fairy Cakes, and they taste exactly as I remember them

These are heavenly

I hope you make time to enjoy cupcakes Fairy Cakes today



  1. Those look lovely. Thanks for the comment on my coconut cake recipe. You came up as a no reply blogger, so I couldn't email back. I am now following, so I won't miss a word. :)

    1. eeeek thought I had fixed that no rely thingy, need to check it again, thanks for following Lisa

    2. I am your newest follower too :)

  2. These are truly so special! I'm so glad you're on Foodie Friday to find this:)

  3. These look cute and very unique
    Love them :)

  4. These are awesome!! Love the story behind them too. Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!! I can't wait to tell my little girls about these!!

  5. These are great! I love that you don't really need anything that you wouldn't already have for just making the little cupcakes!

  6. These are so sweet! Thanks for sharing at Pin It Thursday!

  7. Mmmmmm. Kinda kicks the ordinary cupcake up a notch. Cheers.

  8. I had never heard of a fairy circle before! How magical! And so are the fairy cakes... they look so yummy! Thanks for sharing them at Creative Me this week!

  9. So lovely, I never heard of these before... very tinker bell. Thanks for sharing them on foodie friday they really are beautiful.

  10. Newest follower! I just found your blog, from the texas blogger group. Those look so yummy, I need to make some. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  11. Your fairy cakes look beautiful and sound delicious! I'm your newest follower! :o)

  12. What a cute and yummy looking idea!

  13. Oh.My.Gosh.
    These look scrumptious!
    I don't dare even think about making them!!!
    I'd love to be able to taste ONE... but I couldn't even have all of those others around my house! LOL

  14. Angela,
    Super cute and delicious looking! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  15. My mum used to make these "fairy cakes" but when they had the wings like that, some people called them "Butterfly cakes" either way they are awesome and I must try this again. I have not had them since I was a kid. A VERY long time ago

  16. These are such pretty cupcakes! I love hearing about recipes that bring up memories from people's childhood!
    Thanks for linking up to Mom's Test Meal Mondays!

  17. Wow, what a creative idea! They look so cute and yummy! I'll be pinning this and hopefully trying it out myself in the near future :) Thanks for sharing at Meatless Monday!!

  18. I love your recipe! Thanks for sharing it at Cast Party Wednesday!
    ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

  19. Thanks for linking this in Angela. Cheers


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