Cupcakes verse Fairy Cakes
We’ll get to ‘Muffins – Scones – Cookies – Biscuits’ later on!
So, lets start with Cupcakes and Fairy Cakes – what is the difference?
When I was little growing up in England, ‘cupcake’ was a word solely used by Americans.
No English person would dare mention the word ‘Cupcake’ – it just sounded weird and very wrong in our corner of the world – We called them ‘Fairy-Cakes’.
What is the difference between a Cupcake and a Fairy Cake?
They are now pretty much the same! – I find it personally sad to admit, the word ‘Fairy Cake’ is now near – non-existant…
But, once upon a time there was a small difference.
Fairy Cakes were made from ‘Victoria Sponge’ cake mix. They were smaller and flatter than cupcakes as they were made in shallower tins. Fairy Cakes came with a blob of glace icing on top and would sometimes have coloured sprinkles on top or a bright red glazed cherry, and currants or raisins inside them.
As you can see, cupcakes are a whole new ball game. They are way bigger and naughtier. There are so many designs and ways to construct the topping – the only problem I have with cupcakes is how do you eat them! For Fairy Cakes all it took was small neat bites and nothing could go wrong, just a few messy crumbs – but Cupcakes! – you need to open you mouth as wide as a T-Rex and still you’ll manage to get icing all over your hands and on the back of your head. Alternately, you can just get a fork and eat it in a ‘civilised’ way – but kids are kids, they shouldn’t need cutlery to gobble-up cakes at a birthday party – they are allowed to get messy and give you lots of cleaning up time.
Which ones would you prefer to eat – Cupcakes or Fairy Cakes? Me – BOTH!
It took me many years before I was able to use the American word of ‘Cupcake’ – and even now it still seems weird and hurts a little. And as for cookies – don’t get me started hahahaha – we had ‘biscuits’ – if our biscuits had chocolate chips in them, then they were called cookies! – otherwise – BISCUITS! (More about Cookies and Biscuits in my other Post)
Just in case you don’t have a yummy Cupcake / Fairy Cake recipe, here’s one for you…
18 pretty little cakes
- 125g/5oz self raising flour
- 100g / 4oz margarine or butter
- 100g / 40z sugar, preferably castor sugar
- 2 eggs
The oven should be on gas mark 4 / 190ºc. Place the shelf just above the centre. Have 18 paper cases ready to put in there.
Sieve the flour into a bowl. Add all the other ingredients. Beat well with a mixer or wooden spoon until light and fluffy.
Divide the mix between the paper cases. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes until they are all well risen, firm, and golden brown.
Queen Fairy Cakes…
Make exactly as above, but add 50g / 20z of currants or sultanas to the mixture
Cherry Fairy Cakes…
Make exactly as above, but add 50g / 20z of cherries that have been washed, dried and chopped.
Butterfly Fairy Cakes…
Make some Fairy Cakes as described above. Make some butter cream by sieving 100g / 40z of icing sugar, adding 50g / 20z margarine or butter and 2 tsp milk, and beating together until smooth and light. Slice the tops off the cakes. Cut each top in two to make ‘wings’. Put a little butter cream on each cake and replace the wings. Sieve a little icing sugar over the top of the cakes.
Have a Mr. Men themed birthday party
Try this recipe for making perfect Mr. Men Cupcakes / Fairy Cakes
When you click on the link below, it will securely re-direct you to the official Mr. Men website where you will be able to view the recipe right away:
Experiment with your icing designs!
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Be sure to search Amazon for more accessories that display your child’s fav Mr. Men or Little Miss characters! – cake toppers, party bags, cups, napkins, tablecloths, banners, balloons, birthday cards, invitations, etc.
Build wonderful memories for each child who attends the party – treat each one to a little Mr. Men or Little Miss Birthday book to take home with them!?