Sprinkling fairy dust {fairy cake recipe}

22 July 2011 § 5 Comments

When I was a little girl growing up in Wales, we didn’t have cupcakes.

Of course, that’s not strictly true. We had them, we just called them something else.  Alongside the regular party treats of the time — sausages on sticks, Hula Hoops, blancmange and crust-less sandwiches — was the showstopper:  fairy cakes.

A week or so ago, I was thrilled when my mother-in-law (HRH Queen Momo) offered to bake fairy cakes with The Ladies™. They love cooking, but more than anything they love doing it with their grandparents. Cooking with grandparents is as special as it is leisurely, unlike the harried chaos that ensues when they cook with me.

The fairy cakes were magical as they sprinkled fairy dust over them. Yes, we really have fairy dust at our house.

Here is HRH Queen Momo’s tried and tested fairy cake recipe:


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 oz butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs milk
  • Some jam

Butter Icing

  • 5 tbs butter
  • 5 tbs sugar
  • Fairy dust to decorate. (If you don’t have any, icing sugar will do the trick)

Beat the sugar and butter together until it is pale and cream, you can do this in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer.

Lightly beat the eggs and add to the sugar and butter, mix this.

Sieve the flour and baking powder together and fold into the mixture until just combined, and you cannot see any traces of the flour.

Pour in the milk and mix.

Pour the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden brown. Leave the cakes to cool.

As they are cooling make the frosting. To do this cream the butter and icing sugar that means mix at high-speed until light and creamy.

Cut out a small circle from the top of each cake and cut the circle in two (here you can see HRH Queen Momo helping The Ladies™ with this step)

Fill with a teaspoon full of jam.

Place a ‘dollop’ on top of the jam in each cake and place the 2 halves of the circle in the butter icing to form fairy wings.

Put the remaining icing sugar in a sieve and gently sprinkle fairy dust on each cake.

Make lots of wishes.


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