Today is my Dad’s birthday and it is a tradition in his office that the birthday boy (or girl) brings in cake for everyone to share so I offered to have a big baking session yesterday in order to make him some cakes! I decided to keep things simple by whipping up this classic recipe for Fairy Cakes.
When it comes to making fairy cakes I use the tried and tested Mrs Beeton’s Small Rich Cakes (Fairy Cakes) recipe below. I’ve been using this recipe for over a decade and haven’t had any complaints yet so it remains my go-to when I need to whip up a batch of Fairy Cakes.
Luckily for me they did go down really well so it looks like this may become a regular thing. Jon has also asked if I’ll start baking for his office and I’ll no doubt start baking for mine too…perhaps I’m, in the wrong business after all.
What’s nice about using such a simple and classic Fairy Cakes recipe is that you can decorate them in lots of different ways. I went for bright and colourful butter cream icing topped with a variety of different sweets. That way they were sure to be real crowd pleasers!
As well as the obvious websites like Pinterest and good old Google, “Cupcakes” by Hamlyn has some brilliant ideas for icing your cakes. I decided to go for a bright and colourful butter cream finish with jellybeans, jellytots and mini smarties on top!
Food colours are a great way of making them even more fun! As are sweeties, and personalising the cakes.
I have been using this recipe from memory since I was about 8 and it has NEVER failed! Good old Mrs Beetons!
Fairy Cakes – Some inspiration
But if you’re after something a little less classic why not try one of these cupcake recipes:
- Dark chocolate and Passion Fruit Cupakes
- Oreo Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
- Red Velvet Cupcakes with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
- Caramel Cupcakes
- Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
- Halloween Character Cupcakes
- Christmas Character Cupcakes