Cinnamon and orange fairy cake


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 wishDSCF3164

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.

Glace icing

  • 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.

Once cool

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 cupDSCF3172cakes and leave to set.

Or don’t leave to set and stuff your face as I did.


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