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Celebrating the ElderFlower Harvest with Belvoir Fruit Farms

My Three and Me were recently asked to host a competition to celebrate Belvoir Fruit Farm’s 30th anniversary. To mark their anniversary and the six week annual elderflower harvest, Belvoir Fruit Farms will stage the first ever Elderflower Festival, to be held at Belvoir Cricket Club in Knipton, Lincolnshire, on 13 July. The festival is open to everyone and promises to be a fun-filled, family event. There will be a cookery demo from Frances Quinn, (BBC Great British Bake-Off Winner) and she will judging the cake baking competition too.
In the mean time if you fancy baking something with the kiddiewinkles then why not try out this very easy recipe.
Sophie Conran’s Elderflower Fairy Cakes for Belvoir

Sophie says, “These fairy cakes are basically quite a simple sponge mixture. As fairy cakes use the same ingredients as any sponge cake, most cake recipes can be used to make fairy cakes. You can try adding other things to the mixture, like spices, raisins, cocoa powder, broken up pieces of chocolate, mashed banana or even grated carrot to make mini carrots cakes.

To Make 8 – 10 Fairy Cakes You Will Need:

100g butter, softened
100g sugar
2 eggs
100g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180C for a fan oven
  • Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and use a wooden spoon to beat together until pale, light and fluffy.
  • Beat the eggs in a jug then gradually add to the butter mixture, beating well between additions.
  • Sift over the flour and baking powder then gently fold in along with the vanilla extract.
  • (If all that mixing by hand looks a bit too much like hard work simply put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a hand-held blender although you may need to do this bit if you have very young children)
  • Line a cupcake tin with paper cake cases and half fill each case with the cake mixture.
  • Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until the cakes have risen and look golden. Cool on a rack then decorate.

To Decorate Your Fairy Cakes

Sophie says, “Frosting and decorations are defining characteristics of a fairy cake. There are different ways of icing your fairy cakes but I like to ice them with either simple sugar icing, or butter icing better still try this delicious elderflower caramel icing which is also great on ice cream or pancakes.

For the caramel

100g caster sugar 
25g unsalted butter 
25ml Belvoir elderflower cordial 
100ml double cream

  • Heat the sugar, butter and a tablespoon of water in a small pan on a medium/high heat. 
  • Stir a little until it starts to brown. 
  • Stir in the double cream and allow to bubble for another 5 minutes or until all the sugar has dissolved and you have a smooth sauce. 
  • Lastly, add the cordial and stir through. 
  • Keep warm until needed.

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