Fairy Cakes

Fairy Cakes

  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hrs
  • Serves: 12,Yield: 12Fairy Cakes
  • About This Recipe

    “My best friend made these for my bridal shower and they were really great! The best part was decorating them, they were the most beautiful “cupcakes” I’d ever seen. the recipe is from the cookbook “How To Be a Domestic Goddess” by Nigella Lawson.”


  • 1/2 cupunsalted butter, softened
  • 7tablespoonssugar
  • 2largeeggs
  • 3/4 cupself-rising cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoonvanilla extract
  • 2 -3tablespoonsmilk
  • Icing

  • 1cuppowdered sugar
  • 1egg white
  • 3 -4dropslemon juice
  • food coloring
  • Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line a 12 cup muffin tin with baking cups.
  • Put all the ingredients except for the milk into a food processor and blend until smooth. Pulse while adding the milk down the funnel to make for a soft consistency.
  • It doesn’t seem like enough, but you can get enough into each baking cup, just scrape it all out and try to fill each one equally.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden on top.
  • Cool on a wire rack, but remove from the tin as soon as possible.
  • Before you decorate, slice off any mounded tops so you have a flat surface to decorate. Icing: Mix the sugar, egg white and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth and creamy, it should have the consistency of heavy cream I always break the batch into smaller batches so I can have different colors When my girlfriend made these for my shower, she frosted them with a bright pink icing, sprinkled them with iridescent edible glitter and topped it with an edible (gum paste) rosebud.
  • Very very cute!
  • In the cookbook they show them topped with rosebuds and little sugared daisies and fresh berries and they even made a spiderweb with black and white icing.
  • Use your imagination, the flat tops give lots of room to be creative!
  • Reviews

  • “I made these cakes last night, from the “Domestic Goddess” cookbook: They could not be easier and were delicious. When I decided–on the spur of the moment–to make them, I discovered I was out of milk, but had lemons, so I substituted fresh lemon juice for the milk to make lemon cakes. It worked wonderfully. Also, I have a small food processor (3 cups or so), and was afraid it wouldn’t be large enough for the batter, but it turned out to be the perfect size.These were such a hit with both kids and adults, and so quick and easy, that they will be made again, and I can’t wait to try the chocolate version in the cookbook. For my lemon cakes, I made a fluffy lemon buttercream type frosting, but next time I will try a thinner, smoother icing, as above. (In the cookbook, “Instant Royal Icing” is recommended.) One last note–the fact that this only makes a dozen cupcakes (combined with the quick and easy factor) makes it a perfect family desert or treat.”

  • “After reading the reviews I was looking forward to great cupcakes. But I was disappointed. I had made three batches of cupcakes: two from mixes and this recipe. The other two batches got better reactions than this one! Any cupcake looks cute with fresh berries and sugared daisies, so the appearance was not the issue for me. They weren’t horrible, but I will not make these again.”

  • “I have made this recipe a few times now and the cakes turn out perfect every time.I don’t use a food processor I just do it by hand and they still come out fine.I don’t even use muffin cases and they never stick to the muffin pan.I sometimes top them with nutella for a real treat.”

  • “These cakes are beautiful to look at (super-white and bright icing that can be topped with nearly anything!), but aren’t my fave to eat.I think the biggest thing for me is the icing, which is just a pretty standard royal icing recipe.In my opinion they dry out the the cake, if not eaten quickly enough.I made some for my brother’s birthday, and many of them were left behind uneaten as the icing hardened to a very sweet slab.I will make these again and just play around with a different icing.Thanks Miss Erin–I do enjoy most of Nigella’s recipes!”

  • “I made these cakes today as a birthday gift to a friend and they really are incredibly easy. They turned out perfectly and I was able to have a lot of fun decorating them all with different coloured icing and sugar flowers etc. I suggest that the reviewer who hadn’t tried this out yet have a go now.They wont be disappointed.”

  • “I didn’t make this recipe, but it looked tasty. But it looked hard to make.”