What is the difference?

What is the difference between a fairy cake and a cupcake?

Have you ever wondered? I always thought they were the same thing but no – now that I am pursuing my career as a baker I am finding a few things out.

Like what is the difference between these two goodies? How do you get them to fill the case properly without mixture spilling over the sides or being completely wonky? The answer to this is not to overfill them, so for a mini-cupcake or petit-four just a small teaspoonful of mixture, for a cupcake around 40g no more, and for a fairy cake 2 desert spoons. Try baking them for a little longer at a lower temperature for a nice even bake.

So here is the difference. Cupcakes are a different shape to fairy cakes. The cases are not so angular and they are baked in a muffin tin. From what I can see the mixtures don’t vary much at all. To me a fairy cake is less somehow sinful, smaller and much less elaborately formed. Cupcakes are iced with huge swirls of buttercream icing so that they are pretty much a ratio of 50:50. They are small cakes designed for one person and baked in a paper or foil cup.

The first mention of a cupcake was in 1796! They are still going strong! In my research I have discovered that the people who get most excited by cupcakes are not children as you might expect, but their parents. The most popular flavour?

You guessed it chocolate.

And people are super impressed if you decorate them with chocolate buttercream and a mini flake. Apparently that makes them look really professional.

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Red Velvet Fairy Cakes

 

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Vanilla cupcakes

 

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