We have a WINNER & Nigella's Fairy Cakes for SPRING!

First of all I want to thank every one of you who entered the drawing for the cookie/biscuit cutters, and for taking the time to leave such fantastic comments! I wish I could send this set of cutters to each of you.
Our winner this time is Karen from Karen Cooks!
Congratulations Karen!
If you will contact me via email with your mailing address I'll get the cutters right off to you. I hope you enjoy them.
Thank you again everyone for entering! I will be having another drawing soon ~ and I hope you'll check back and enter for another chance to win.
Aside from St. Patrick's Day I haven't been in the kitchen much this week.
Getting the groundwork completed for the Chicken House has taken priority over most anything else because the chicks are growing so fast!
Happily the weather has been gorgeous, so working outdoors has been a delight.
I did take a few minutes today to make Nigella Lawson's super easy (food processor) Fairy Cakes.

If you haven't made these, I hope you'll give them a try ~ I don't bother with boxed cake mixes for cupcakes ~ Nigella's recipe is just so simple!

This is how simple they are to make ~
Whir 1 stick of butter
2 eggs
3/4 cup self-rising flour (you can make your own in seconds)
7 tablespoons granulated sugar
in bowl of food processor until mixed.
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons milk, vanilla extract if desired, and pulse until combined.
Place batter in standard size cupcake papers in pan and bake for 12 to 14 minutes.
Yay! You can skip the boxed stuff!

Decorate any way you like.
This time I used Nigella's suggested icing, tinted with food coloring and topped each with an M&M.

See how easy?
The recipe makes exactly 12.

I love that!

Just perfect for the first day of Spring. *heart*
If you would like a printable copy of the Fairy Cake recipe and Nigella's Icing,
you can find it on my recipe blog~ click HERE.
Thank you for stopping by today.


  1. Little fairy cakes are beautiful. The colors are so soft and pretty that surely fairies really do enjoy these beautiful creations.

  2. These are so beautiful. Have a nice weekend.

  3. That looks like a great "Mum I have to take something to share for my birthday.. TODAY".

    Love Nigella too...I have the first episode of Nigella Feasts awaiting me on the digial box recorder :)

  4. These are the colors, wrappers, purple shredded paper!

  5. I really like those Fairy Cakes too..thanks to you..I like the double wrapper too..Trop cute:)

  6. these are a MUST TRY for sure. they are beautiful. love how you displayed them.

  7. Oh Mari, these look delicious! I have a question about the recipe. If I use the all-purpose flour instead of the cake flour, do I still use the same amounts of baking powder and salt? Is cake flour a finer grind of flour? Thank you. I always enjoy visiting you!

  8. What a nice surprise! Thank you so much, Mari! These little fairy cakes are adorable and so easy! I'll send you my mailing address :)

  9. Those are adorable. And now I want a cupcake. :)

  10. Happy Happy Spring Spring Mary!
    Just gorgeous...and I agree this is a fabulous recipe!

    So funny...I was just thinking of baking these last night...

    GMTA always GF...
    Kiss the chicks for me...:)

  11. Happy Spring!!! I love these cupcakes - so pretty and simple (love that). I'm afraid to make them since I'd want to eat them all and bathing suit season will soon be here. I really enjoyed your baby chick post...we had chickens in our yard when I was a kid. It brought back so many memories..have fun and enjoy the fresh eggs - I wish we had a yard big enough to keep chickens now.

  12. What pretty cupcakes for spring!
    It may be spring now, but it's snowing like crazy here in Mo.

  13. Your blog ..... it's amazing and soooo inspiring. Nice to find you!

    A small footprint from Agneta & Sweden

    Ps. I have an ongoing jewelry contest on my blog. Welcome! Ds

  14. I love all the beautiful pastel colors that you chose! Gorgeous.

  15. These cupcakes SCREAM Spring! How lovely!

  16. Congrats to Karen:-)

    Oh, these are so cheery! How great will it be to use fresh laid eggs in your Fairy Cakes?! I've never seen this recipe, but you are much easier can it be?

    Have fun with those adorable chicks.

  17. Congratulations to Karen! Awesome giveaway.

  18. Congrats to Karen!!

    These cupcakes are presented so beautifully!


  19. These sure look like spring, I love the beautiful colors.

  20. These cupcakes are beautiful! I adore the soft pastel colors.

  21. These are just so pretty and shout springtime! Beautiful! I have this cookbook and stare lovingly at the photos of her fairy cucpakes everytime. You may just have convinced me to finally make them.


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