Pink Fairy Cakes for Mother's Day...

It's always a true test of your patience when your toddler has to stay in all day. Don't know about yours but my toddler goes just a teeny weeny bit stir crazy. Trying to come up with constant entertainment, when actually putting 'Cbeebies' on is all too easy, can exhaust your resources. One of my favourites is baking, I loved watching my Mother at work when I was little so I'd like to impart a little of that feeling in my daughter. As you're probably aware we're big foodies in our family and home baking plays a big part in that. Funnily enough she's not a big eater but enjoys playing and making food very much. I'm hoping at some point that'll translate to actually eating the food on her plate.

As the rain refuses to go away today, I have resigned myself to no outing, as I really couldn't face the hoards at our nearest indoor play centre, Eddie Catz.

So baking it is then. Chocolate Brownies and fairy cakes with luscious pink butter icing. Matilda threw herself into it and especially enjoyed decorating the cakes with the sprinkles. Though I had to control all my OCD tendencies with the sprinkles going everywhere including the floor.

The recipes I used were both from the always good, BBC Good food website:

Fairy Cake Sponge

  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 225g/8oz sugar
  • 225g/8oz butter, melted

    1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and lin 2 x 12-hole fairy cake tins with paper cases.
    2. Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a bowl until light and fluffy.
    3. Carefully fold in the flour and butter.

    4. Pour the mixture carefully into the paper cases.
    5. Bake the cakes for 15-20 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack before removing from the tin.

Butter Icing


  1. Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
  2. Add the remaining icing sugar and one tablespoon of the milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth. Beat in the milk, if necessary, to loosen the mixture.
  3. Stir in the food colouring until well combined.

    Perfect recipes that have come out very well indeed!

    Matilda's first finished creation - not bad for a two year old.

    Ooh just spotted a little finger mark on the one on the right!

    And now I'm off to get the hoover out to clear up all that mess! What cakes will you be baking this Mother's Day?