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The Micro Cupcake

The best things come in small packages.  I’m not always too sure that statement is totally correct but it fits well with what I baked today… The micro cupcake! Ta-dah.  No longer will people say a cupcake is too sweet for them or use the excuse of being on a diet as this cake is good for everyone. 

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I guess now I’ve ‘big’d’ it up you should really try it.

I’ve always had a fascination with objects in miniature size (please, no rude jokes!) Model railway, model villages, the tiny versions of Bournville and Dairy milk chocolate bars you used to get in tins of Roses.  I love the way they are so cute, like full size but shrunk down.  So today when I was making some full size lemon cupcakes I had a little bit of mixture left over.  It would have only really been enough for one or two cakes but I decided to use the petite four cases to make tiny versions.  I’m really happy with how they came out considering they weren’t in a baking tin to cook as I don’t have one that small.  I thought they might spread too much but the cases held really well.

I’m probably really late and these were fashionable last year or something but I think they’d make a great wedding cake or look lovely on a cake stand for afternoon tea.  If only I had a cake box small enough then I’d make more of these cute little cakes.

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What ever happened to the Fairy Cake?

Let me tell you a little story about a cake.
There was once a little cake who everyone loved. You would go to a party and there it would be sitting there happy and unassuming and everyone love the little cake. It was never too fancy for the grandparents to have or too boring for the children; and the cakes name was The Fairy Cake. Then one day a new cake came along and took over the Fairy Cakes place at the party table. It was always well decorated, sometimes even glittery and highly flavoured; and this cakes name was The Cupcake.

Soon everyone forgot about the Fairy Cake, it was never invited to the party anymore and after a while people forgot they could make it. The End.

But don’t be sad! Tonight, whilst the little baker slept, I decided to do a bit of ‘old skool’ baking and made… the fairy cake!

This was the first cake recipe I made when I started high school and I still have the recipe I wrote down about 17 years ago (has it really been that long?!) in my folder of magazine cutout recipes. I even drew a little picture of what it should look like, lest I forget.

Now, don’t get me wrong I love cupcakes and they are fundamentally the same thing as a fairy cake, but I remember that every birthday party I went to as a kid used to have these. They always looked the same, very home made but ultimately very tasty. You have to make sure you don’t overbake them as a dry cake is never very nice and there isn’t the amount of buttercream icing that is used on a cupcake to hide behind. They are very much an as they come cake, nothing fancy but I love them.

Let me know if you have made any cakes which seem to have been forgotten or send me pictures of your fairy cakes!


Fairy Cake

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  • 4oz Sugar
  • 4oz Margarine
  • 4oz Self Raising Flour
  • 2 medium eggs
  • Vanilla Extract

Buttercream to decorate – margarine mixed with icing sugar and a little vanilla extract. No need to measure, just beat in enough icing sugar till it tastes good.

Pre-heat the oven to 180oC Gas 4

In a bowl cream the sugar and margarine till light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time with some of the flour and beat in gently.
Spoon the mix into fairy cake cases (these are the small cupcake ones). You should be able to get 12 out of this mix.

Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes. Test by gently pressing the top, it should spring back up.

Allow to cool and decorate with a little blob of buttercream or icing sugar mixed with a little water. If you’re feeling really retro – add a glacé cherry.

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Liquorice Allsort Cupcakes

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As I said in my last post, this unfortunate baker is on a diet so I had a good idea of baking some cupcakes with a flavour I really don’t like but other people do – liquorice!

I had this cupcake idea a while ago so I had already bought a bag of liquorice allsorts in preparation to use as decoration.

I tried not to make the decoration too girly. This time I went for the ‘dog poo’ swirl on the top instead of my usual rose shape and didn’t use a single bit of glitter.


Liquorice Cupcakes

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For the cakes
4.5oz Self Raising Flour
4oz Margarine (you can use half/half butter and marg if you prefer)
2oz Dark brown sugar
2oz Caster sugar
2 Medium eggs
2 tsp Anise extract

For the icing
In a bowl add a extremely generous tablespoon of Margarine (I always use Stork as I’ve found other brands split) Then add approx 5-6 tablespoons of icing sugar and beat together until very light and fluffy. Add a teaspoon of Anise extract and a small amount of black gel food colouring. Don’t use liquid food colouring as this will cause the mix to be too runny. Mix in another tablespoon of icing sugar and beat until combined. This can be stored in the fridge until needed and either piped on or use a flat knife.

Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4, 180oC

In a bowl mix the margarine with the two sugars and beat until it looks lovely and has changed into a paler colour. You can’t over beat at this stage.

Add an egg and a tablespoon of flour and mix until just combined. Do the same with the second egg and another tablespoon of flour.

Add the remaining flour and Anise extract and gently mix together. You don’t want to over beat the eggs in the mix, just to combine them.

If the mix looks a tad dry (this can happen due to variations with the size of the eggs or the different brands of flour) then add a small dash of milk.

Spoon the mixture equally between your cake cases. I used cupcake cases and these made 8 cakes.

Bake in the oven for at least 20 minutes before opening the door to see if they are done. Larger cakes will need 25-30 minutes but very small fairy cake cases will cook in 20 minutes.

To check they are done they should look a light brown colour and should spring back when you gently press on the top.

Once cooked, remove and cool before decorating with the buttercream icing and adding a liquorice sweet to the top.

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The gift of cupcakes

Sorry I haven’t written anything in a while, but although I haven’t been blogging, I have been baking…I’ve been baking cupcakes!

I was going to be going to my friends hen a couple of weeks ago but due to having a small baby and all the demands which comes with that – I couldn’t go.
So I decided to pop along to wave everyone off and bring some cupcakes along.  I decorated them with pink glitter and hearts that I spray painted silver, obviously the theme of love, although from the sound of the night they had it might have been better to decorate them a little more rude.  hehe.

The next cupcakes I made as a gift was for my cousin who is training to be a tattooist.  She tattooed my husband and as she can’t be paid yet, I made her some cupcakes.  My husband said it might be a little bit strange taking a box of cupcakes into a tattoo studio but I thought they would go down fine.

I’ve never really thought about cupcakes much as they are very common nowadays but I have to say that because of the amount of different flavours or styles you can decorate them with that I am sure I will keep making them for people.  They look very pretty when you have them all together in a box, especially since I bought some boxes and my husband designed me some labels for them.  I should have really taken some photos of them but I didn’t really think to, I promise I will next time.

If you want to try making the cupcakes that I make as gifts for people then please have a look at the recipe here that I made for my sister’s wedding.  The cupcakes I always make use muffin size cases so that everyone has a good sized little cake.

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The dream that created Pac-Man cupcakes

I’ve always had very vivid dreams and nearly every morning I can remember at least one of them. pac-man cupcakes
Usually they are garbled rubbish which at the time seemed perfectly normal though on reflection you think “I really should cut out cheese before bed”; but on the odd occasion a dream has given me an idea.

I got my first tattoo after dreaming it, I saw the design and where I was going to have it, so in the morning I woke up and drew it so that I wouldn’t forget.
Luckily the dream I had last night was a little less permanent and painful – I dreamt I made Pac-Man themed cupcakes.

I had plans to bake some cakes for a friend so I thought I’d bake these to and I’m glad I did because I was really happy how they came out for only a little effort.  It did help that I already had the icing mixed to the right colours so a few cutters, a little edible paint, and voilà! Pac-Man cupcakes.

I thought my cousins boyfriend will enjoy these as he likes retro gaming…and cakes.  Happy eating Calum.