Holiday fun- fairy cakes

I'm hoping to do a few holiday fun related posts of things I've tried and tested either at work or with my friends' children.  Sophie (a friend's daughter) has always loved baking with me, so I thought I'd share one of her favourite things to make first- fairy cakes.

  • 110g/4oz softened butter or margarine
  • 110g/4oz caster sugar
  • 110g 4oz self-raising flour
  • 2 lightly beaten eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
For the icing
  • 300g/10 1/2 oz icing sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons water 

A 2 year-old Sophie and her brother get mixing!

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line 2 12hole cake tins with cases (either paper or silicone)
  2. Cream the butter an sugar together until pale and fluffy
  3. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, and add the vanilla essence
  4.  Carefully fold in the flour.  Add small amounts of milk if needed so that the mixture is not too thick
  5. Spoon the mixture into the cake cases until about half full
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown (or carefully stick a skewer or fork in- if they come out clean the cakes are done)
  7. Set aside to cool
  8. To make the icing sift the icing sugar into a bowl & add in enough water to make a smooth mixture
Now comes the fun part- decorating!  You're just limited here to what you can buy in the shops- supermarket baking aisles are full of a variety of things.  In the past we've used jelly diamonds, chocolate stars, Smarties, mini chocolate drops/chocolate shavings, hundreds & thousands, Skittles......the list is endless!

A few of the finished products!

And naturally, one of the best parts about baking, is licking the bowl clean!  This picture's not from a fairy cake session, but it illustrates the point nicely!

What would your perfect fairy cake topping be?


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