When you think of a fairy cake what comes to mind? Sweet pastels, magically dripped icing, an inside filled with pixie dust? If you said yes to that then this is the cake for you! A fairy cake with fairy dust filing that is pure delight.
I know you’ve seen fun cake insides here before, we actually invented the whole candy inside a cake thing 7 years ago! Did you know that? See the first piñata cake ever made right here.
Although this type of cake has gone through thousands of revisions over the years, this fairy inspired version might be my favorite idea yet. Let’s lose ourselves a little between the sugar dust and the frosting drips shall we??
Not only is the cake magical on the inside, but the decoration on the outside screams fairy cake to me. And… it’s easier to create this look that you’d imagine.
How to decorate a fairy cake
- Start by baking the cake per recipe instructions below, allow the cake to fully chill.
- Once frosted, roll a layer of sugar dust mixed with sprinkles along the bottom 1/3 of the cake.
- Next take a large spoon with icing in it and gently run along the top of the cake to create the now famous drip lines, which make any cake look utterly magical.
End by piping little fairy mounds on top of the cake with a bit more sprinkles. Before serving place a sparkler candle (since it is obviously the most magical kind) on the cake for celebration time.
A fairy cake filled with fairy dust filling
- 2 ¼ cup sugar
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- Dash of salt
- 4 cup flour
- 1 ½ cup buttermilk
Fairy Dust Filling
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 2 cups sugar dust in various coloes
- 1 cup small sweet candy
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla in a mixing bowl and mix together on low-medium speed until combined.
Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, half the amount of flour, and half the amount of buttermilk to the mixing bowl. Mix on low speed until mostly combined.
Then add the remaining flour and the remaining buttermilk and mix on low. Once the batter is mostly combined, mix on medium-high for 30 seconds-1 minute until completely combined and smooth.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Fairy Dust Filling
Make a beautiful and colorful combination of sprinkles and candy to fill the center of your cake with.
Find a cookie cutter or a round shape (I sometimes use the top of a cup and trace around it with a knife) to make a circle/hole in the middle of your cooled cake. Make sure the size of the hole leaves at least 2-3 inches of cake around the hole on all sides.
Using your cookie cutter (or knife), cut the sized hole from the center of your cake and discard the center hole (or save it and eat it later). Do this to all layers EXCEPT FOR THE TOP LAYER OF YOUR CAKE.
Assemble your cake on a cake board, layer by layer, with buttercream in between each layer of cake, leaving the center hole of your cake buttercream free. Do this with all layers except for the top layer of your cake.
Fill the center hole of your cake to the top with your colorful combination of sprinkles and candy.
Place your top layer of cake (the layer without the hole) on top of your cake so that the candy/sprinkle filled hole is covered.
Ice and decorate your cake.
How to fill your fairy cake recipe
Following the instructions above, you’ll fill the fairy cake only in the top layer. The joy is that when you cut into the cake the fairy dust filling oozes out in a beautiful, magical display. Much like what I imagine would happen when you find that fairy house deep in the forest.
Celebrate any party with a little magical fairy love. This cake along with a simple server and pretty garden elements around.
(Photography ©A Subtle Revelry by Ashlyn Savannah Photo, Styling by Silly Sweet Madi.)
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