These fairy cakes look beautiful – and there’s not a hint of food colouring in sight. Fresh redcurrants and unrefined icing sugar is all it takes to make this vibrant pink colour.
- For the fairy cakes:
- 125g(5oz) butter, at room temperature
- 125g (5oz) Light Muscovado sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 125g (5oz) wholemeal Self-Raising Flour
- 2 tbsp milk
- For the icing:
- 100g (4oz) redcurrants
- 300g (12oz) Golden Icing sugar
- 12 sprigs of 2-3 redcurrants
Preheat the oven to 200ºC (180ºC fan, gas 6. Line a patty tin with 12 paper cases. Put the butter and Light Muscovado sugar into a bowl and mix together with an electric mixer until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
Gradually whisk in the eggs, then sieve in the flour, tipping in the bran that doesn’t pass through the sieve holes. Add the milk and gently fold everything together.
Divide the mixture between the paper cases. Bake for 15 minutes until the cakes are risen and pale golden. Cool on a wire rack.
Remove the redcurrants from the stems, with a fork and put them into a food processor. Whiz until smooth and add halve of the Golden Icing sugar, whiz again until combined, then add the remaining Golden Icing sugar, blend again until smooth.
Spoon redcurrant icing on top of fairy cakes and finish with a sprig of 2-3 fresh redcurrants.
Try this icing with other fruits such as raspberries, blackcurrants, strawberries etc.