Since the cup cake craze has exploded over the last year or so I have got involved and had a go at making them but I don't think anything can beat a traditional English fairy bun... simple yummy and not topped with sickly icing.
Its an mouthful of quintessential Britishness...and blooming yummy.
Pre heat the oven to 180.
In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and creamy.
Gradually add the eggs ensuring the mixture doesn't curdle.
Sift in the flour and mix until smooth.
Spoon the mixture in to cake cases ( makes 12 small cakes)
Bake in the oven for 10 -15 minutes or until cooked .
When cakes are cooked, take out of the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
using a tea spoon cut a circle out of the centre of the cake creating a well.
Do not cut all the way to the side or bottom of the cake or the filling will spill out.
Save the cut out centre for later.
add a tea spoon of jam and then a dollop of cream or butter cream to the well in the cake.
Cut the cut out centre in half to create a butterfly's wings...
Place the wings on the top.. sprinkle the cakes with icing sugar and edible glitter.
Add decorations such as these butterflies and flowers I made using royal icing.