Monday, 1 May 2017

Five Recipes: Fairy Cakes

If you've read The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, you'll know about Maddie's idea to host speed dating nights with a difference - the difference being the addition of a dessert to accompany each date.

Last week, I posted a series of short stories centring around Natalie and her experience of the speed-dating-with-a-difference night, and this week I'll be sharing the recipes of the desserts she enjoyed.

All the desserts mentioned were part of The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, and today's recipe is Maddie's favourite: Fairy Cakes!

Fairy Cakes
Pre-heat your oven to 180C and line a 12-hole bun tray with paper cases.
Using an electric whisk, cream the butter. Add the caster sugar and beat until the mixture is pale and fluffy.
Crack the eggs into a cup or bowl and beat. Add the beaten eggs to the sugar and butter mixture a little bit at a time, making sure you beat well each time.
Add one tsp of vanilla extract. Sieve in the flour, folding it into the mixture until you can no longer see any flour.
Pop the mixture into the cake cases, filling them about two thirds full.
Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes and then cool on a wire rack.
Once cool, make up the icing sugar according to the packet. You can add colouring/flavouring if you'd like, but I prefer plain white.
Spoon the icing onto the tops of the cakes, smoothing and spreading with the back of the spoon. Add the sprinkles while the icing is still wet and leave to set (if you can wait. It'll do no harm to jump right in).

You can find all the recipes here

 About The Book

From fairy cakes to first dates!

Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…

So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.

Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?

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