Fairy Cake Heaven!
At Amber Support Services we like to cook recipes from scratch and that includes the occasional treat too! So we decided to look up the receipe for making Fairy Cakes and in the process we also did some reasearch on their history. All very fascinating however the best answer that we came across to the question 'Why are they called Fairy Cakes?' was 'They were called Goblin Cakes but the fairies stole the recipe!'
We thought that we would share the receipe with you so that you can have a go too and with Valentines Day just round the corner, decorated with red hearts and pretty icing these fairy cakes are the perfect way to spread a little love around!
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line 2 x 12-hole fairy cake tins with paper cases.
Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, and stir in the vanilla extract.
Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon. Add a little milk until the mixture is a soft dropping consistency and spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.
Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the food colouring.
To ice the fairy cakes, drizzle the icing over the cakes, sprinkle with decorations and set aside until the icing hardens.