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Fairy Cakes: Are They the New Cupcake?

Honey, I shrunk the cupcakes! These British delicacies with the fanciful name are easy and fast to make, and the perfect bite-size treats for birthday and tea parties.


Cupcakes have become a celebratory staple piled high with folds of frosting. We stack them, stuff them, and ignite television wars over them. We love them for their hand-size goodness and for their exquisite coloring.


But what if we told you there was a smaller, less decadent version? 


"Fairy cakes" are delicate, bite-size desserts that are named for their petite proportions and airy sweetness. They were a favorite among little girls' tea parties -- where they were also called butterfly cakes. Instead of a dense cake batter, fairy cakes are made with a lighter sponge cake and covered in a sweet glace (or icing). The glace is made with sifted icing sugar and water. 


The star of the fairy cake is not the icing, but rather the light sponge cake. Try these magical treats for your next party.

About the Author

Lindsay Pierce

Lindsay Pierce is a graduating senior from the Missouri School of Journalism where she has carefully cultivated her design skills. She previously worked for Martha Stewart Living as a digital editorial intern, and she has served a number of publications as a reporter, editor, and designer. Lindsay stays true to her Oklahoma country roots, but she thrives in the big city. She is...


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