The Cool House: Cupcakes and family secrets

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Cupcakes and family secrets

You know you're part of the family when...

Someone offers you the chance to feel the difference between saline and silicone breasts - saline today, silicone sometime later this summer

They trust you enough to tell you things secure in the knowledge it will not reach the internets the following day

Someone confesses that when they were small they liked to eat the paper that cupcakes are baked in. Bonus points if you admitted you preferred the casings to the cupcakes. Double bonus points if, while telling this story, you are actually chewing on the paper.

They eat all of your Strawberry-Thyme cupcakes but want to know why they are so tiny. That's because these are English fairy cakes (insert inappropriate joke here) adapted from the super-sized American version here. If you are a US reader, make the American version. If you're European and have access to the smaller paper cases the recipe is as follows:

Strawberry-Thyme Fairy Cakes

Take 3 sprigs of thyme and infuse in 5 tablespoons of milk. Set aside for 15 minutes. Discard the thyme. Cream together 100g butter and sugar. Add two eggs, one at a time, with a little self-raising flour, beating between each addition. Carefully fold in 100g sifted SR flour and a pinch of salt. In a separate bowl, mash a couple of strawberries, grate in the zest of half a lemon. Carefully stir this into cake batter with one or two tablespoons of the thyme-infused milk. Divide between 12 paper cases and bake in 180c oven for 12-15 minutes. Cool.
For the Glacé Icing
Mash another couple of strawberries with the rest of the milk and another teaspoon of lemon zest. Sift in enough icing sugar to make icing that coats the back of a spoon and pour it over those fairy cakes.


Jen said...

Your strawberry cupcakes look better than the linky ones....

Marilyn said...

Lovely! What beautiful glace icing - they deserve to be on a cake stand in a garden with some iced tea. However you enjoyed them, I'll bet they were good.