Perfect dainty cakes for parties, celebrations, afternoon tea and picnics.Its super easy to prepare and bake these little soft, fluffy and light cakes.Ideal for leaving out for Santa Claus/Saint Nicolas to enjoy on Christmas Eve or whenever they visit your home.
Preheat the oven 160 F/180 Celsius/ 350 Fahrenheit/ Gas 4.Place a fairy cake case in each hole of your baking tray.
Mix flour, baking powder and sugar together.
In a separate bowl or jug mix the water, oil and vanilla together.
Pour the water mix into the flour mix. Stir until all the lumps are out and all the ingredients are mixed together.
Divide the cake mix between the fairy cake cases.For larger cakes use larger cupcake or muffin cases.
Place on the middle shelf of the oven.Bake until risen, lightly golden and a skewer comes out clean.Check after 15 minutes for doneness. Don't worry if your cakes look pale but are cooked as that's fine.
After a few minutes remove the cakes from the baking tray to cool on a wire rack or wooden board. Or just on the kitchen counter.
Once cool the cakes can be decorated.
Water icing topping:
Using a teaspoon of water at a time mix with the icing sugar until a thick but easily spreadable paste is achieved. If too much water is added just add more sieved icing sugar.
Using the back of a teaspoon or little spatula add about a teaspoon worth of icing to each cake and smooth into a little circle in the middle of the cake. Or just spread the icing to cover the entire surface.Top with a jelly tot.Wait until the icing sets before eating if possible! For quicker setting place in the fridge for a short while.
Mix the jam with a teaspoon for a few seconds to make it easier to spread. Cover the entire surface of the fairy cake with a thin layer of jam.
Tip the coconut into a little dish. Gently press the fairy cake into the coconut and move around so it evenly coats the cake.
Remove and the cake will be perfectly covered.
Nutritional information is provided for guidance only and is not a strict calculation as ingredients vary.
Nutritional data is for 1 un-decorated fairy cake.
Fairy cakes will keep fresh for up to 3-4 days in a cool, dry container, and a few extra days if stored covered in the fridge.
Fairy cakes can be frozen without the toppings. Add a layer of parchment between each fairy cake so that they can be easily retrieved out of the freezer wrappings individually.
Switch it up and add different toppings such as dairy-free chocolate buttons, sprinkles, glace cherries and candied fruits.
Try adding some lemon. lime or orange zest to the sponge mix and using the juice of the fruit to prepare the water icing. Grate a little extra zest on the icing or add a candied or freeze dried fruit.
These fairy cakes are ideal for kids birthday parties or other celebrations. In Scotland and most of the UK fairy cakes are traditionally served at parties. Better still have kids prepare a batch of fairy cakes. Its an ideal Holiday time activity.