Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fairy Cakes and Pixie Dust

Do you have memories of spending time baking in the kitchen as a child?  I used to ride the bus after school to go to my Grandmother's house.  It was a really long ride to get to her house, but I was so excited to go there because she always had something for us to cook.  She never failed to have the ingredients for pizza that we would make together.  We would pop it in the oven and I can remember begging to turn on the oven light and so I could see how it was progressing as it cooked.  When it was finished, we would sit down and have a meal just for the two of us that was made even tastier by my part in its creation.  

Today I still find it naturally easy to entertain our children by cooking up something wonderful in the kitchen.  It doesn't matter if we are making smiling faces out of our fruit or baking some wondrous creation in the oven, cooking with children is still a wonderful way to create a little magic.  
Fairy Cakes with Pixie Dust: The Charm of Home
From the ages of three and up I started taking children into the kitchen to try simple skills like stirring the cookie mix or measuring out the ingredients.  As they get older their skills get more advanced.  Whatever we are creating it is full of fun for the children to see all of their efforts at measuring and mixing turn into an edible treat.  The best kitchen helpers can start out as bakers and end up having begun lessons in math and chemistry.  And nothing beats the pride and satisfaction of the finished product that they had a hand in making.

Fairy Cakes with Pixie Dust: The Charm of Home
In our house this week we are celebrating some magic with a little pirate tea party with fairy cupcakes that are of course sprinkled with pixie dust.  We are building excitement and eagerly awaiting the release of the all-new Tinker Bell Movie The Pirate Fairy, from Walt Disney World.
Important links for the all-new Tinker Bell Movie, The Pirate Fairy:
Purchase the movie here.
Visit the Disney Fairies Facebook page here.
Own it on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD April 1st.
Fairy Cakes with Pixie Dust: The Charm of Home

My son and sweet little neice have made some fairy cupcakes to go with this pirate themed tea party.  They really had fun in the kitchen and playing pirates.  The maraschino Cherry Fairy Cakes with Pixie Dust were a hit with the children.  Try making them for your next tea party.
Maraschino Cherry Fairy Cakes with Pixie Dust

For the fairy cakes:
2/3 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
5 egg whites
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, unsifted
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
1 teaspoon almond extract
16 maraschino cherries, cut into eights
For the frosting:
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
5 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice

To decorate:
18 maraschino cherries with stems 
sugar glitter

Cake instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and egg whites for three to four minutes using a stand mixer.  In another medium-sized bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.  In a small bowl, mix cherry juice, and almond extract together.  Add flour mixture to creamed butter mixture, alternating with milk and cherry juice mixture.  Stir in cherries by hand.  Spoon into regular size paper baking cups.  Fill two-thirds of the way full.  Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.  Cool the cupcakes on a wire rack until completely cool and ice as desired. 

Frosting instructions:
Blend together room temperature butter, powdered sugar, almond extract, and extra cherry juice.  Add more cherry juice if needed to get the desired icing consistency.  

To decorate:
Use a large star tip with a pastry bag to create the icing design.  Remove your cherries with stems from the jar and pat them dry on a paper towel.  Place the cherry in the center of the cupcake and sprinkle with sugar glitter (Pixie Dust).    
Yield: 18
Recipe adapted from: Red Couch Recipes 
I will link this to:
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Throwback Thursday at Glitter, Glue, and Paint
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow 
Fabulously Creative Friday at Jen Rizzo 
Just For Kids Linkup at Homeschooling Mom 4 Two


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

This is so much fun, Sherry. My mother never wanted me in the kitchen so I had to learn how to cook and bake on my own. I was thrown into it when I was looking after a couple of little ones and their parents ran a service station. Not only did I have to cook meals for them and the children, but all the men that worked in the service station plus the men who worked in the autobody shop. That was about twelve adults in all! Needless, to say, I had to learn really fast. I was quite the expert by the time I left for nursing school. It was a good experience for me. The cherry cakes with fairy dust are very cute. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend.


sarah said...

What a lovely weblog you have :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I just loved this, Sherry!

Mary said...

Sherry, You had me at fairies & cakes! Such a sweet post, I'll take a sprinkling of pixie dust anytime :)

tonka D said...

I have a two year old daughter and we love making muffins together. Although the kitchen looks like after the hurricane passed, moments of happiness and joy on her face while we waiting for the final result are my great treasure.
Adorable blog :)
Greetings Tonka!
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CraveCute said...

Oh Sherry! What a wonderful post and gorgeous photos! Brings back memories for me!