Mother’s Day is traditionally a time when we fuss over our mums.
It’s their special day to be spoilt and waited on.
My husband requested his favourite cake for afternoon tea on Mother’s Day….
(anyone would think it was ‘Father’s Day’)… lucky they are one of my fav’s too!!
I grew up with these little cream and jam fancies…. and I’ve certainly shared them here on my blog before.
Here in Australia we call them Butterfly or Fairy Cakes, but I’m not sure if they are an Aussie thing or more widely known.
The recipe was passed down to me from my mum, who had it handwritten in her 1960’s exercise book that held her most used recipes. . . so it’s a classic.
I’ve been making it all my adult life and it’s definitely one of our family favourites.
They are a Sunday afternoon fav for us and I’ve never met anyone who didn’t delight in their sweet, creamy texture.
When we are feeling quite decadent, we even top them with a little Persian Candy/Fairy Floss…. just on special occasions!
Have you ever tasted Persian candy floss/cotton candy?
It’s made from sesame and sugar. It is called Pashmak which means “little wool” in Persian, as the confectionery resembles sheep’s wool. I buy it in a specialty deli, but if you live in the city it is probably more readily available.
Butterfly (or fairy) Cakes
2 eggs, 4oz butter, ¾ cup caster sugar, 1 ½ cups self raising flour, ½ cup milk.
1. Preheat oven to 180.
2. Line a 12 cup cupcake pan with paper cases.
3. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl of electric mixer and beat for 3 minutes.
4. Spoon into paper cases and put in the oven for about 20 minutes until golden and crisp on top. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Using a sharp knife, slice out a round disc from the top of the cake. Cut this piece in half to form two wings.
Fill the centre of cake with a large teaspoon of raspberry jam and top with whipped cream.
Insert the cake wings into the cream. [I like to add another little drop of jam between the wings].
Just before serving, dust the cakes with icing sugar or Persian candy floss.
TIP: This is an easy and fun project for little ones to help with or suitable for young cooks to tackle on their own.
I hope that Mother’s Day is a special occasion for all my shabbilicious friends.
Happy Mother’s Day,
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