Sunday, 29 January 2012

E's pink fairy cakes

E has  a very sweet tooth and loves to bake cakes! Today she made rose fairy cakes (from the Hummingbird bakery cookbook).

80g unsalted butter
280g caster sugar
240g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp rose water
2 large eggs
240ml whole milk
a few drops of red food colouring

We mixed all the dry ingredients and the butter in the Kitchenaid so it resembled bread crumbs. Then we mixed together the rosewater and milk (although at this point we had a bit of an uh oh moment where (my fault) we added too much rosewater). Then to this we added the eggs and whisked. We poured 2/3rds in to the Kitchenaid and mixed until it was smooth and then added the rest. Then we added the red food colouring (and E added a little too much - oh dear!!!) I think the mixture was much runnier than it was supposed to be and the kitchenaid hadn't mixed in some buttery/sugary/floury stuff in so it was a little bit of a nightmare to "pour" in to the cases. E really wanted to do this but it was just too runny so much to her disgust I did it!
Then they went in the oven for 20 minutes (ours took about 30) at 190oC.

Then we took them out and made the icing. I can't bring myself to use the quantities they use so I always do half and it seem fine - so this is what we made:

250g icing sugar
80g butter
3 tsp rosewater
25ml milk
a few drops red food colouring.

We mixed the icing sugar and butter together and then added the rest. E then helped spread it on the cakes.

They were slightly sickly and undercooked and reminded me of, funnily enough, Turkish delight!

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