Children's Fairy Cakes

Children's Fairy CakesKids just love making these, ok so they might cough and sneeze all over them but it's the process that's important - not the outcome! Decorating fairy cakes is a really fun activity for kids and if you're lucky they might save one for you. This recipe for fairy cakes works every time and makes beautifully fluffy and vanillary fairy cakes. If you don't like cupcakes with masses of butter icing on this will be perfect for you too.

Here are the quantities to make 12, 18, or 24 large fairy cakes.

Ingredients 12 18 24
Self Raising Flour 175g 260g 350g
Caster Sugar 175g 260g 350g
Unsalted Butter 80g 120g 160g
Milk 80ml 120ml 160ml
Eggs 2 3 4
Vanilla Extract ½tsp ¾tsp 1tsp
Icing Sugar 200g 300g 400g

Preheat the oven to 170˚C and line a muffin tray with medium sized paper cases. Put the flour and sugar into a large bowl then rub in the butter with your fingertips (kids love doing this bit) until it resembles fine breadcrumbs with no lumps. In a jug, whisk together the milk, eggs & vanilla extract. Pour this into the other ingredients and beat until the mixture is smooth.

Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until no more than 2 thirds full. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown on top or until a skewer comes out clean. Transfer onto a wire rack and leave to cool.

To decorate, sift your icing sugar into a bowl and mix in a tablespoon of cold water at a time until it is a nice thick drizzling consistency. Drizzle a good spoonful of icing over each cake. Decorate with sprinkles of your child's choice (oh go on grown-ups, you can have a go too!).

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