What is the difference between cup cakes and fairy cakes?
What is the difference between a fairy cake and a cupcake? Cupcakes are bigger than fairy cakes and use a generous amount of frosting on top. In comparison, fairy cakes are often drizzled with icing rather than piled high with the buttercream or cream cheese frostings that American-style cupcakes are famous for.
How do you keep a Christmas cake moist?
Wrap the cake in greaseproof paper or baking parchment then wrap it in kitchen foil. Store cake in a second layer of foil or in an airtight tin. You can repeat the feeding process every couple of weeks for three or four feeds. However, if the cake makes the work surface damp, appears wet or stodgy, discontinue feeding.
What is the best alcohol to put in a Christmas cake?
What is the best alcohol to put in a Christmas cake? A reasonably strong spirit (around 40% ABV) with a warm, fiery flavour will compliment the flavour of the cake, and help to preserve the cake, so it will keep for longer. You can use standard rum, whisky or brandy.
How long will fairy cakes stay fresh?
Will keep for up to 2-3 days stored in an airtight container in a cool place.
Why are fairy cakes called fairy cakes?
There is a misunderstanding in North America that they are decorated to “look like fairies.” In fact, they are called Fairy Cakes because they’re thought to be small enough for the fairies to eat, and pretty enough to attract them.
What size is a fairy cake?
Firstly, fairy cakes are smaller than cupcakes. In grocery, Tesco’s range includes distinct cupcake and fairy cake cases, while cake cases manufacturer Herald has two size options of 60mm and 95mm.
Can I wrap my Christmas cake in cling film?
Yes. For best results, wrap it well with cling film, then put it in a Ziplock bag or wrap it again with foil and store it in the freezer (usually for up to 6 months, though this dependes on the temperature of your freezer).
When should I start feeding my Christmas cake?
Our advice is to feed it once after it’s initially baked, then no more than four times during the maturation period. Try a teaspoonful of whichever alcohol you’ve chosen before you begin feeding your cake to test its strength.
Can I use plain flour instead of self-raising?
No. If your recipe asks for plain or self-raising flour, it is important to remember that these two ingredients are not interchangeable and you should use the flour recommended in the recipe along with any raising agents, such as baking powder or bicarbonate of soda.
Why are my fairy cakes dry?
If you put too much flour in, the wet ingredients will absorb the flour leaving your cake dry and crumbly. Your cake can also end up dry if you don’t add enough butter or eggs. Make sure you follow the recipe correctly next time and always double check your oven temperature.
Why do my fairy cakes crack on top?
A peak is usually caused by an oven that’s too hot! The cake surface is baking quicker than the batter in the middle. This causes it to burst out of the top like a mini volcano. Turn your oven down a bit and bake for a little longer.