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.
Our Blog post will inform you on how to make your own Mr. Men cupcakes, and also give you suggestions on doing a Mr. Men themed birthday party!