Friday, April 30, 2010


I always called these fairy cakes, but recently discovered that most people call them butterfly cakes. Either way, they always sound like the prettiest little cakes.

I was just talking about fairy cakes the other day with someone and how they remind me of my childhood and bake sales at school
They seemed to be the only cupcakes we knew or enjoyed making.

It's a shame nobody makes these anymore. The, cake, creams, cupcake, dessert, fairy cakes, magnolia bakery, mother's day, spring, strawberries, strawberry, summer, sweet, vanilla simplest things in life are always the best and no matter how simple this recipe may seem, you can't argue when something tastes this good! So I decided to make an adult friendly version of a fairy cake to please all.

These cakes are seriously delicious and a really cute play on strawberry shortcake. One bite of the fluffy and moist sponge topped with a sweet whipped cream filled with chopped strawberries and you'll be in heaven.

Happy Mother's Day!
Vanilla Cupcakes:
(makes 24)

  • 2 and 3/4 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter 
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs 
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream filling: 
(for 24 cupcakes)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • confectioners sugar and strawberries for decorating.

Pre-heat oven to 350F. Line x2 12-cup muffin tins with paper cases.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract with an electric whisk/mixer. Then add the eggs and whisk in well. Sift the flour into the bowl and fold the mixture together slowly pouring the milk until everything is combined well.

Spoon the mixture into each paper case about 3/4 full. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes.

Allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a wrap before you begin the next step.

In a large bowl whisk the heavy cream and vanilla until it reaches stiff peaks. Then add the confectioners sugar and chopped strawberries and whisk a little more until well combined.

Cut a circle out with a knife in the middle of each cupcake and then spoon the center out.

Fill the hole with a heaped dollop of whipped cream.

Cut the cut-out circle of cake in half and place as wings on top of the whipped cream with the rounder edges on the outside.

Repeat for all the cupcakes and then dust with confectioners sugar and add strawberries.


  1. Wow, beautiful job, they look absolutely scrumptious.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
    *kisses* HH

  2. Looking at those pictures, I think I would pick a Fairy Cake over any Cupcake. Yummy

  3. Oh, how yum!!
    Have a great weekend!! I know I would if I had these cupcakes!!

  4. I love the name fairy cakes! And, strawberries with whipped cream are just the best. They look delicious!

  5. They look fairy-good :)
    you can't go wrong with strawberries and cream

  6. Wow! These are so incredibly gorgeous! I love fairy cakes!! I love that they're not iced an yet so sweet.

  7. Your fairy cakes look heavenly! I am a new blogger and I can say with conviction that it is blogs like yours that inspire me to go on!

  8. These look wonderful. Great use for fresh strawberries and a great take on shortcake.

  9. I still never understood why anyone would called a fairy cake a cupcake. Fairy cake is just infinitely better. And these particular ones look scrumptious. Great lookin' blog here (I'm new). Just moved from the UK to NYC with my husband - always on the lookout for recipe that will remind him of home.

  10. These are adorable! And so elegant...mmmmm, I'm going to have to make these with those strawberries i my fridge. Great recipe!

  11. They're beautiful! Fairy cakes is such a great name. I like Magnolia's cake but not usually their frosting, so these are a perfect solution for me on that front, too.

  12. Nigella has a lovely fairy cake in one of her books too. They are so sweet and my mother's "specialty" for me has always been strawberry shortcake. She might like these in return :)

  13. My daughter would love these!

  14. I was about to sign off Twitter to do errands but then saw your tweet of this. How could I resist! 'Fairy cake' is such an evocative name - light and magical - exactly what this looks and undoubtedly tastes like! 8-)

  15. Beautiful photos. I always think the presentation on these is so nice!

  16. I have to agree, they are so much nicer than cupcakes or muffins, we always called them fairy cakes but the ones with wings like yours we called butterfly cakes. They bring back great memories.

  17. Beautiful and much better than strawberry shortcake I think. And lovely. Perfect for a girl get-together. Or breakfast. They do look scrumptious!

  18. These are super cute! I've never heard of fairy cakes or butterfly cakes. I think I might make these for Mother's Day. Thanks!

  19. Wow these are BEAUTIFUL -- I have never had fairy cakes *hides face in shame* but these look dreamy :)

  20. Elegant & beautiful ... love them! Those are so just right for Mother's day! WOW!!

  21. They are so beautiful! I am bookmarking them. My girls are going to love these!

  22. i want one right now. these look absolutely light and delicious!

  23. No matter their name, they certainly are lovely!

  24. WOW - can't wait to try these for myself. They look delicious.

  25. Oh man....I've got to try these!!

  26. i remember fairy cakes from my childhood in scotland - city bakers did one with cream and mandarine orange that remember being a highlite of my young life - wee wings nestled in cream and a plump slice of mandarine between the wings - you have inspired me to try to fashion one here in Canada. off to whip up a sponge batter :)


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