Saturday, 20 February 2010

Cupcake Crazy

We've a new addition to our baking accessory family...isn't she a beauty? ;)




Today we made a big batch of 24 fairycakes (cupcakes) in order to christen our little perspex baby. We decorated half the cakes, the rest have been stashed in the freezer for (lucky) impromptu guests :)

(Following recipe is from Nigella Lawson's fan-flippin-tastic 'Domestic Goddess' book, she uses half this quantity for 12 fairycakes)

To make 24 fairycakes you'll need:

250g of plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
[or use self-raising flour if you have it, not available in Denmark]
250g sugar
250g butter (one pack)
1 teaspoon vanilla powder (optional)
4 eggs
4-5 tablespoons milk



Put everything in your mixer, apart from the milk.



Whizz until smooth then pour in milk slowly and whizz again.




The mixture should be quite runny.





I use an icecream scoop to put the mixture into paper cases - it means they all come out the same size. Don't put too much cake batter in each case...you want to leave room for a thick layer of icing! :)




Bake for about 15 minutes in a warm oven. 200c or 400f. Will be nice and golden. Cut off the little 'bumps' on the top - to give you a nice, flat surface for decorating. And, yes, you're allowed to eat the 'bumps' while the cakes are cooling....



Then decorate according to your mood and/or age... We used three tiers of the cake stand for our display today but for those special occasions you can go with a towering inferno of five. I bought my stand quite cheaply from http://www.ebay.co.uk/



Bon appétit!

Have a simply super Saturday! :)

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7 comments:

C-Joy said...

Thanks for solving a mystery -I had always wondered what a fairy cake was! Laurie & I are on a quest for finding the ultimate salted-caramel cupcake recipe so keep your eyes peeled :D

DianeDenmark said...

Hi C! Fairy cakes are just the British term, though we have also started calling them cupcakes in our family...DS10 prefers that description! ;)

Leslie aka "MissusSmartyPants" said...

Yum...your cupcakes are gorgeous!

I'm so glad you can eat the "bumps"! I'd probably do it anyways ;)

emma said...

Cakes look so good, good idea to freeze some, otherwise in my house 24 cakes go too quickly!

DianeDenmark said...

Hi L! Yes, the kids did a great job! :)

Em, you should definitely try freezing them. Just remove from freezer, you can add some icing immediately and, within 30 minutes, they're ready to eat! ;D

Bento Box said...

Diane! The cupcakes look fabulous and I LOVE the perspex cupcake holder! It is madness that I have got the exact same Cucina food processor as you AND the Nigella Domestic Goddess book! So I will definitely have to have a go at making these! Now just tell me where you got the cupcake stand from and I'll be all set! I have cupcakes too on my blog Bento Box Please come and have a look! Love from your fellow be-ro, flybaby, movie party, pampering friend in Germany :o) :o) :o)

DianeDenmark said...

Great to hear from you!!

Oh my goodness, you had better try making those cakes then...they've got your name all over them! lol

The perspex holder came from ebay.co.uk Just search for cupcake holder, there are lots of different ones to choose from :)

Intrigued by the bento idea - I'm coming over! ;D