Fairy Cakes

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Fairy Cakes
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Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 1 hour

I don't know anyone who doesn't adore cupcakes and for kids, calling them Fairy Cakes just makes them all the more desirable. For me, a Fairy Cake would be light in color and bright in flavor, and if it were topped with what looked like little fairies that had alighted there for a rest, that would be perfect. Use butter frosting to top the treats.

What you'll need

  • Cupcakes
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon extract, vanilla, orange or lemon
  • 1 tablespoon citrus zest, orange, lemon, lime
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 egg whites

  • Toppings
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon extract -- vanilla, orange or lemon
  • 4 1/2 to 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup fruit-flavored O's cereal
  • Colored sugar, several colors

Yields 24 cupcakes

How to make it

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F, and line 24 muffin cups.

  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

  3. Beat butter with an electric mixer in a large bowl at medium speed for one minute. Add sugar and extract and continue beating until fluffy -- about 2 minutes.

  4. Add flour mixture and milk to butter and sugar alternately until well blended.

  5. Remove beaters and clean well before beating egg whites in a clean bowl until stiff peaks form.

  6. Fold egg whites into cake mixture until well blended.

  7. Divide evenly among muffin tins.

  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

  9. Frost each cupcake with Butter Frosting using a bag fitted with a large star tip or by spreading frosting onto each with a knife. Sprinkle each cupcake with colored sugar.

  10. Top cupcakes with fruit flavored O's placing two together to form "wings."

  11. Butter Frosting

    Beat butter with an electric mixer for 1 minute.

  12. Add extract and half of the powdered sugar. Beat until fluffy.

  13. Add remaining powdered sugar alternately with milk until frosting is the consistency desired.

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