Wednesday, September 7, 2011

British Word of the Day

Fairy Cake. Don't these just sound as though they taste better than American cupcakes? Like they come with pixie dust in the frosting or something.

5 comments:

  1. I thought they are a specific kind of cupcake, with wings! http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2010/06/little-cakes-with-wings.html

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  2. I think my fairy cakes have rocks in them not fairies! Linda I call what you are talking about, butterfly cakes. Same ingredients, you just chop the very top off, cut in half and stick back as wings in the butter cream! Do you have rock cakes in the USA?

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  3. Butterfly cakes usually have fresh whipped cream here... fairy cakes have plain icing (icing sugar and a very little water or juice, poured on and left to form a crust) Butter-cream is a more modern topping.

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  4. Linda, I'm only going by a much loved episode of Charlie and Lola, in which Lola ices all the fairy cakes with pink instead of what Charlie wants.

    WhyDucks, no we don't have rock cakes here. They sound kind of awful. What in the world are they? I remember Hagrid made some for the kids, but I assumed it was only a thing made by a large half Giant.

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  5. Oh I've missed a couple of days!!! Rock cakes - my Mum made them when we wanted cake fast in the 1950s - I make them for that reason too. Quick and easy but you need to eat them fast too - delicious warm from the oven. Here's a recipe on our Delia's website. She's "royalty" here and "it's a Delia" is now in the Oxford English Dictionary.

    http://www.deliaonline.com/community/yourrecipes/baking/Rock_Cakes.html

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