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Fairy Cakes/Butterfly Cakes Recipe.

 These by far are my favorite cakes  they are light and fluffy and look very good too. They are my delicious Fairy Cakes as we call them in the UK.  I have heard them called Butterfly Cakes as well.
   I was privileged to have my recipe  used by  a chef in his restaurant in Italy who had never heard of them before and ate four of the one's I had made.



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8 oz  self raising flour sifted
4 oz of softened  butter
6 oz caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 eggs beaten
3 fluid oz milk

half a pint of double cream
and some icing sugar to sprinkle

Method

Heat oven to gas mark 4, line 12 paper cases in a bun tin, Place flour, butter,sugar, vanilla essence eggs and milk into a bowl and beat for two minutes with an electric mixer. Put about a teaspoon and a half of the  mixture carefully into the  paper cases, bake for about 15 mins on gas mark 4 or 180 degrees, make sure they are cooked by putting a skewer in the middle and it comes out clear,  let the cakes completely cool. whip your double cream in a bowl until thick but not tight, get a knife and cut a circle into the middle of each cake, cut the small bit of sponge  into two to resemble wings,  set aside spoon a spoonful of the whipped cream into the center of your cool cakes arrange wings into the cream to resemble fairy's wings repeat for all twelve cakes.
Lightly dust your cakes with icing sugar and serve, no one will be able to resist them. enjoy.







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