Tea party fairy cakes

fairy cakes

Serves 18 cakes

  • For the sponge

  • 225 g unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing

  • 225 g caster sugar

  • 4 large free-range eggs

  • 225 g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 1 lemon

  • For the fresh fruit icing

  • 100 g fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries or blackberries)

  • 150 g icing sugar

To make your sponge:



Preheat the oven to 190˚C/375˚F/gas 5. You can make your cakes like this (by hand), or in a food processor. Beat the butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon, until very light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each one in well before you add the next. Sift in the flour. Finely grate in the zest of the lemon then fold the mixture together.



To bake your cakes:



Place 18 paper cake cases into muffin tins. Use tablespoons to evenly divide the mixture between the paper cases. Put the muffin tins into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. You can check to see if the cakes are cooked by sticking a cocktail stick right into one of them. Remove it after 5 seconds and if it comes out clean they're cooked; if it's slightly sticky they'll need a bit longer, so put them back in the oven for another 5 minutes, or until cooked through and golden on top. If you cook them for too long, though, they will go dry so keep an eye on them. Remove the cakes from the tins and transfer to a wire rack to cool.



To make your icing and ice your cakes:



Mash up 50g of your chosen berries with a fork or whiz them in a food processor. If the fruit has pips you may want to pass it through a sieve to make it lovely and smooth. Sift over the icing sugar and mix until you have a smooth paste.



When the cakes have cooled completely, drizzle a teaspoon of your icing over each one then top with the rest of the fruit – if you're using strawberries, slice them up first.

Nutritional Information

Tea party fairy cakes

Topped with fruity icing

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These cute fairy cakes are brilliant for kids' parties (and grown-ups too!) and good fun to decorate
Serves 18 cakes
35m (plus cooling time)
Super easy
Method

These fairy cakes are made using a simple sponge recipe, but then you can take them in so many different directions by making a variety of icings and toppings – far too many to mention here! So I'm going to give you one of my favourites. See what you think then have a go at making up some of your own toppings.

To make your sponge:

Preheat the oven to 190˚C/375˚F/gas 5. You can make your cakes like this (by hand), or in a food processor. Beat the butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon, until very light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each one in well before you add the next. Sift in the flour. Finely grate in the zest of the lemon then fold the mixture together.

To bake your cakes:

Place 18 paper cake cases into muffin tins. Use tablespoons to evenly divide the mixture between the paper cases. Put the muffin tins into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. You can check to see if the cakes are cooked by sticking a cocktail stick right into one of them. Remove it after 5 seconds and if it comes out clean they're cooked; if it's slightly sticky they'll need a bit longer, so put them back in the oven for another 5 minutes, or until cooked through and golden on top. If you cook them for too long, though, they will go dry so keep an eye on them. Remove the cakes from the tins and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To make your icing and ice your cakes:

Mash up 50g of your chosen berries with a fork or whiz them in a food processor. If the fruit has pips you may want to pass it through a sieve to make it lovely and smooth. Sift over the icing sugar and mix until you have a smooth paste.

When the cakes have cooled completely, drizzle a teaspoon of your icing over each one then top with the rest of the fruit – if you're using strawberries, slice them up first.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 250
    13%
  • Carbs 29.7g
    11%
  • Sugar 20.8g 23%
  • Fat 12.5g 18%
  • Saturates 7.3g 37%
  • Protein 3.7g 8%
Of an adult's reference intake

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