Fairy Cakes

Tuesday, 12 July 2011


Fairy cakes to celebrate a visit from the Fairy Hobmother.


The Fairy Hobmother is actually a chap called David from Appliances Online who visits blogs and grants kitchen appliance wishes. 



I wished for a new stick blender over on Ali's blog because Katie and Tom have worn out my old one making banana milkshakes and I rely on it for making pancake batter and soups nearly every week. 
My wish has been granted!



Why not try wishing for a new small kitchen appliance yourself?
It's easy - wait for a shooting star and close your eyes and wish.... or you could just write your wish in a comment on this post because the Fairy Hobmother will be flying by very soon.

Fairy Cakes
4 oz of soft butter
4 oz caster sugar
4 oz self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs

Beat everything together really well.
Place 18 paper cake cases in bun tins and half fill each one with the batter.
Bake at 200°c (180°c fan oven) for 15 -20 mins until golden-brown and well-risen.

Lemon glacé icing
8 oz icing sugar
juice of one lemon

Add the lemon juice gradually to the sugar to make a fairly stiff icing. You may not need all the juice.
Add colouring if you like.
Spread on the cakes when they are completely cool.


57 comments:

  1. So Yummy !!!! And to get your wish how lucky. Good for you.

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  2. Lovely Fairy Cakes - so much nicer with icing rather than butter cream - or frosting if you prefer. I wish I had one of those mini chopper blenders - stick blenders sometimes have one as an extra too, as I often have to do things for just one person and it's not worth getting the big food processor for small amounts.

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  3. Those cakes are so pretty! I need a new stick blender too as ours has gone all rusty in the bit I can't reach to dry. We get a nice orange tinge to things!

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  4. Obviously he brought the blender to the right home--such fab fairy cakes!

    My toaster has reached the point where you have to keep swapping round the bread because half the elements have burnt out. So my wish is for a shiny new Dualit toaster with replaceable elements!

    K x

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  5. They look so elegant!

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  6. those little cakes look too pretty to eat :o)
    I think i may love David, what a kind fairy
    My wish would be one of those flat based griddle pans so that i could make the perfect breakfast pancakes
    Mmmmmm
    j x

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  7. Gosh they do look good.

    Happy days.

    Nina x

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  8. Yummy cakes
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  9. That reminds me; I have to make fairy cakes this week for a charity garden party. Yours look so sophisticated with the white currants on them and I agree with Jane that butter cream is all just a bit much on fairy cakes. Icing is perfect. I would love a mini-chopper for those times when you just need to chop a handful of herbs or some nuts.

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  10. Wow! They look delicious and sooooo pretty! I love the photography too! I'm totally stealing the currant garnish idea! ;)

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  11. Wow I have never heard of 'The Fairy Hobmother' I believe, I believe! I too would wish for a 'stick blender' as my old one got burnt out. I love making soups and fruit puree's with my homegrown produce. I would bake a cake to celebrate a visit from fairies too. Yours look lovely. :)

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  12. wow what beautiful cakes! What a lucky girl you are to have been granted a wish. My wish would be to have a new handheld mixer as mine is definately on it's way out from making lots and lots of cakes!

    I enjoy reading your blog and especially your pics :)

    Ali

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  13. What elegant cakes. Would it be greedy to wish for a new fridge? MIne should be pensioned off with a long-service medal.

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  14. If i could wish for one thing for my kitchen it would be a pasta machine. I have tried rolling the paste with a rolling pin but it's not great.

    Love the fairy cakes. Can I have one pretty please.....

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  15. I'm so pleased for you! And your photos of the cakes are beautiful.

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  16. How lovely to get your wish. Your fairy cakes look very chic.

    What would I wish for in the kitchen?? hmm let me think. Nigella Lawson to do all the cooking? actually a vintage madeleine tin, strange but true.

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  17. My sticker blender which came with a very small bowl as well has been the most useful piece of kitchen equipment I have ever bought. The bowl part gave up the ghost some time ago and I do miss it but the stick alone is fabulous. I have recently discovered that if a want just a few bread crumbs that if I put pieces from a slice of bread into a little bowl then use the wizzie stick, in seconds I have crumbs with minimal fuss. I also use it to make the 'ice cream' that uses frozen fruit - I think you had some on your blog not long ago. Mind you I am only making a single portion, not a full recipe load. But it is a quick, easy and delicious treat with minimal fuss. Incidently the Fairy Hob Mother recently brought me a new hob! So much better than the old one. What I really want is some new saucepans. Which is not actually an appliance I know.

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  18. Lovely cakes!! My wish would be for a new toaster - ours has become overzealous in a patchy way so edges and bottom left hand corners burn even with the knob turned down to nothing. Can't afford a new one so I'd love to win!

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  19. I love white currants and they look so dainty on your cakes! My wish from the Fairy Hobmother would be a new hand blender, as the one I have is now 27 and the plastic body has been gradually disintegrating for 15 years (it was a wedding present but I divorced him in 2000 & got custody of the kids and the hand blender :))

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  20. Do you think the fairy hobmother might send me a new range oven if I wished hard enough?

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  21. Those cupcakes are literally mouthwatering ... and lucky you to get your wish.

    My wish would be for a proper crepe maker. I long for one ... imagine all the wonderful memories of my favourite city, Paris, that making my own crepes would bring back!

    (Exit's left, chanting 'I believe, I believe' ...)

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  22. You have made me hungry for cupcakes! :-)
    My wish for the Fairy Hobmother would be for a Breville Panini press. I love toasted sandwiches, but only ones done in a panini press! Me and my OH are saving up to get our own place (we currently live with our parents) and a Breville panini press would be the perfect thing as our first kitchen appliance!!

    (the fairy Hobmother sounds amazing!!!)

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  23. I had no idea what those amazing berries were until I read a comment below. White currants? I've never heard or seen them! They look spectacular on top of the white cakes! Quite a picture, you're so good at photographing things!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  24. I did a post on fairy cakes (we call them buns in Lancashire) recently. Mine were not so elegantly decorated as yours. Beautiful photographs.

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  25. Lucky you. I would love a visit. I really fancy one of those new ice lolly makers that give you lollies in 10 minutes. The ice lolly factory has started here now we need the weather!

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  26. gosh those look delicious. I would ask the fairy hobmother for a new set of kitchen knives as ours are oh so blunt, or if they don't count as an appliciance I would love a gorgeous toaster so I could have one all of my own just for gluten free toast.

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  27. I love your blog, and the fairy hobmother must love it too - what a lovely surprise! I'd heard a few rumours about a fairy gifting kitchen items, but wasn't sure whether to believe it or not! If the fairy hobmother should flutter by again, I'd love an ice cream maker, my daughter can eat it by the gallon, so being able to experiment with luscious homemade ices would be real treat. Email addy jo_eck@hotmail.com

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  28. Well if the lovely Jane Brocket is to be believed in the next few days I'll be receiving one of those lovely gaggia coffee machines. It'll be our 4 year wedding anniversary and apparently appliances are an appropriate gift for a 4 year wedding anniversary! I'm definately not wishing for an iron or hoover! But I think it'll end up being flowers.... ho hum! Am now wondering what would be a suitable appliance for the husband!! Ha ha!

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  29. Goodness those cakes look gorgeous. Bet they didn't last long. Loved the drumming lingo too - especially the one he can't do and I can't now spell.

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  30. What beautiful sophisticated fairy cakes! I was going to say I couldn't bear to eat them, but that would be a lie!

    At the moment I would LOVE a steamer to make the most of all the lovely fresh produce from my Dad's allotment - yum! x

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  31. Lovely fairy cakes and well done on your new stick blender. I wish I had a toaster which took full slices without the bread having to be turned......... and then burning, one day it will stop working, then I will be able to buy a new one!
    Carol xx

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  32. Your cupcakes look so neat, mine never look like that, there is a knack to it I am sure.
    Wow Fairy Hobmother, you are very lucky in the UK. I have been wanting a 'Kitchenmaid' for ever, way beyond my budget. Think I will have to put it out there that we get a Fairy Hobmother here in Australia.
    x Sandi

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  33. Congratulations what a lovely surprise for you -and those cake pictures are splendiferous!

    If I were very luck indeed - I would wish for a bread machine with a jam making function. I've missed having one of those for the longest time (I inherited my Grandfathers and it has finally gone to bread maker heaven).

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  34. Those fairy cakes look absolutely fabulous with the white currants. What a lovely idea!

    I am closing my eyes and wishing for a new food processor - mine is over 20 years old now. My lovely husband broke the bit for whisking egg white so we haven't had meringue for a very long time. Then he lost the discs for slicing and grating when we repainted the kitchen.... I think he must have thrown them out with the rubbish. So all I can do with my processor is the basic chopping/mixing. A visit from a fairy would be just wonderful.

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  35. They look so pretty, I bet the tasted so yummy, love the photos.

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  36. Your cakes look so pretty with the currants on them.

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  37. I would wish for a new food processor. Mine is 25 years old!!

    Donnax

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  38. They are a work of art, beautiful.

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  39. Simply, beautiful....grape garnish. I am sure the faeries are delighted.

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  40. You are one very lucky lady Sue!
    I am sure those fairy cakes went down a treat with the family!
    Our little household would love a new toaster to make breakfast easier!

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  41. Lovely cakes. I might have to try the same with redcurrants- we have a prolific bush in our garden. I dream of a cream dualit toaster- our current one is so cheap and ugly, I have to hide it under the sink! Laura x

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  42. Extremely dainty and pretty cakes. My wish for the small kitchen appliance Fairy Hobmother would be for an electric kettle as we currently have on that goes on our gas hob and whistles when it is ready. This sounds good but can be very annoyingly interruptingish. As Clarice Bean might say.

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  43. * I wish* I wish* I wish* for an....egg poacher machine thing.

    Because I am quite challenged on the culinary front (Faye, your cupcakes make me cry- mine always look like wombat droppings dusted in sugar).

    AND it's ecological too...I have wasted punnets and punnets of eggs practicing poaching an egg and it doesn't matter how hot the water, to vinegar or not to vinegar, to swivel, to whirlpool, to whorl... they just look like... well, diseased clouds.

    They are my favourite food. And yet, I have to pay to eat them in a cafe. Now, is that right??? NOooo (fairy, are you listening??)

    Yes, an egg poacher is the thing.

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  44. Sorry Sue, I don't know why I called you Faye??

    I'll blame Traunatic Thoughts...

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  45. Beautiful cakes - aren't currants so jewel like.

    I'd wish for an icecream maker so I can make forzen yoghurt to indulge my need for something cold and creamy without too many calories!

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  46. It's 10am and once again I am drooling over your food photos! Your blog is definitely not good for my waistline!;) How lucky to have received such a wonderful gift. I have always fancied trying to make ice-cream, so please Fairy Hobmother, my wish would be for an ice-cream maker.
    Love the 60s dress - very clever of you to make such a good dress without a pattern. Best wishes, Pjx

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  47. I have a white currants bush in my garden as I know them from my childhood but they are so not known over here. I just love their taste. Will try the fairy cake recipe. They look so cute with their icing and decoration!

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  48. I just love random acts of kindness via the internet - my work friend and I once spent a fun filled summer buying little gifts from John lewis weddings lists for total strangers!

    I'm wish for a magimix food processor to replace my tired little kenwood one that has been worm out!

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  49. Can I be a little greedy and wish for a new Food Processor. I was on Can't Cook, Won't Cook with my dad many moons ago and we won a food processor. My mum desperately wanted a new one and so I let her have it and she let me have her old one which only had one chopping blade that worked! I am still using that old porcessor with the one blade all these years later and would love a new one that grates, mixes and shreds etc! Lovely cupcakes by the way! M x

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  50. Your fairy cakes might just be the prettiest little things I ever saw! I envy your artistry! If the Fairy Hobmother were listening I'd wish for a Kenwood Mini Chopper - ideal for small quantities.

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  51. He's a nice man, that Hobmother. Bought me a yoga dvd a while backl

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  52. Pati from London3:37 pm BST

    Wonderful cupcakes and very original decoration! You always inspire me, Sue. The kitchen appliance that died last year was our sandwich toasties maker machine.... We used it loads and for a long time and finally cracked. Since then, we haven't had any more toasties... :-(. Have a lovely weekend! x Pati

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  53. Anonymous7:13 pm BST

    Fairy cakes sound so much nicer than cupcakes and these look beautiful. I would love a stick blender as well because mine melted last year while making jam. I don't think I qualify though as I write from across the Atlantic. Also just want to say thanks again for changing the colour of your type -- I can read it so much more easily now. Thank you, Martha

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  54. Oh your cakes are exquisite.

    Lucky you - here's to your new stick blender!

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  55. Fairy Hobmother sounds amazing! I wish I had a faster wine bottle opener, the one we have is a slow twisty one ... I'd love one of those silvery ones that makes a good hooosh sound as you pull the arms up and the cork comes up. So.Much.Faster.

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  56. Congrats Sue, you sooo deserve to be granted a wish, my wish would be for a griddle pan for doing steaks etc!! Your fairy cakes look fabulous...almost too pretty to eat! Thank you for sharing all these super recipes with us.
    Hugs Wendy x

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  57. I love the berries on top of your buns - they look so elegant!

    I wish for one of the cake plate stands with a lid on top :)

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