What the difference between a fairy cake and a cupcake? In fact what is the difference between a fairy bun, fairy cake and cupcake?
The fairy bun and fairy cake thing to my knowledge is the same thing. I was having a conversation with some grannies ( not mine to clarify) and they were informing me that there was no such thing as fairy cakes. They used to be called buns.
The only difference I can see from cupcakes and fairy cakes are the buttercream or frosting depending on where you are from.
But a cupcake and muffin difference? Don’t ask me. Heaven knows.
It was raining outside and I wanted some quick fairy cakes to cheer me up, I added a splash of rum to the icing. Be warned considering how small the cake batter yield is and how strong my cinnamon was it packed a good punch in the face amount of spice. Change if you wish
Cinnamon and orange fairy cake
with vanilla and rum glace icing
Makes 8ish/10 fairy cakes
- 100g butter
- 100g light brown sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 115g self raising flour
- 1/2 orange zest
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons of milk.
- 200g icing sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 30g rum
- tiny bit of orange zest ( optional)
- Hot Water for correct consistency
I semi melted the butter by sheer accident and banged in all the other ingredients into the bowl gave it a good beat with a wooden spoon for a minute or two and spooned it into some fairy cake cases ( which are smaller than cupcake cases and MUCH smaller than muffin cakes)
Bake for 15 minutes.
Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl add in the vanilla and the rum. I boiled the kettle and added in small amount of hot water until it was at a thickish consistency. Coat the back of a spoon consistency. Pour over cooled cupcakes and leave to set.
Or don’t leave to set and stuff your face as I did.