Cup Cakes

How To Make Fairy Cakes

Cup cakes are small sweet cakes, often cooked and served in individual throw away paper cups. Traditionally in the UK they are called fairy cakes but this term is now in decline. Cup cakes are so simple that they are a brilliant way of introducing children to baking. They offer huge scope for creativity and there are virtually hundreds of different recipes that can be tried. We hope you like this recipe, it is one of over 100 held in the Kentish Recipe Directory. If you like the idea of making cup cakes you might find our sponge cake recipe of interest.

We have already mention the alternative name of cup cakes in the UK, fairy cakes. There are however numerous alternatives that use the same system. There's also a lot of confusion over the precise difference between cup cakes and muffins, we generally think of cup cakes being iced although in reality this is not always the case.

Butterfly cakes are cupcakes with 'wings',a part of the top is cut or scooped out, the hole filled with icing or cream and the remain sponge halved and stuck on the top to resemble wings. The "cake in a mug" is is rapidly becoming the most widely talked about cup cake, as its name suggests its made in a cup and can be cooked in a microwave

Cup cakes preparation time: 15 Minutes
Cup cakes cooking Time: 20 Minutes

By Patricia

Cup Cakes are made from a basic cake recipe, you can add nuts, dried fruit, glace cherries or even coffee flavouring, try experimenting with your own choice of tastes, but this recipe uses vanilla essence.

Ingredients: Serves 4-8

100g butter
100g sugar
125g S.R. flour 
2 eggs
Vanilla essence
Icing sugar
Pinch of salt

Cooking Instructions:

  1. You need to put butter and sugar into a suitable mixing bowl, beat these ingredients until smooth and creamy. 
  2. Combine the eggs by mixing them in a bowl, then pour in the mixture a little at a time together with the flour, keeping a smooth and creamy consistency.
  3. Make every effort to ensure the mixtures does not get too wet or dry as you go, use all the flour and the eggs.
  4. Add the essences of vanilla with a pinch of salt, mix for a few minutes.
  5. Turn out into greased proof cake try or if you have any (Small paper cakes use them).
  6. Place in a preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool down.
  8. Sprinkle with icing sugar when they have cooled down.. 

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