Baking, Edible gifts, Something sweet

Fairy cakes


A little girl’s first birthday party isn’t complete without some fairy cakes.

So what do you need?

  • 125g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 125g sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 175g plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 2 tsp rose water
  • About 3 tbsp roselle water
  • Hundreds and thousands

So what do you do?

Pre-heat your oven to 190 degrees C / 380 F. Then in a bowl or a blender beat the butter and the sugar together then add the eggs and vanilla essence and beat these in. Then sift the flour and the baking powder and mix them in with the other ingredients to form a thick batter. If it seems too thick and not smooth add a little milk. Put paper cases in a 12 hole muffin tray and divide the cake mixture between them and then put them in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes until they are golden and spring back when touched. Leave them in the tray for about 5 mins then put them on a wire rack to cool.

Once the cakes are cool make the icing. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and then add the rose water and mix it in. Then add hot roselle tea (I made this with a couple of dried flowers and about a quarter of a cup of water and simmered it for a couple of minutes to get a nice strong pink colour.) little by little and mix it in until the icing becomes a smooth thick paste and then spoon some 1 or 2 tsp on each of the cup cakes. Then sprinkle them with hundreds and thousands and leave them for the icing to set.

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