Saturday, March 3, 2012

Enchanted Irish Fairy Cakes, Featuring Author Diane J. Reed

To kick off the St. Patrick's Day celebrations, the lovely and talented author, Diane J. Reed, is here to share her coveted Irish Fairy Cake recipe with us. I stumbled across this tasty treat in her magical Irish love story, Twixt, and have been pestering her for the recipe ever since!
  
Enchanted Irish Fairy Cake Recipe
{ © by Diane J. Reed { Makes 1 Dozen {
Special Caution: This fairy cake recipe is featured in the novel Twixt, and is rumored to help one see fairies! Don't be surprised if you suddenly spy flits of sparkling light or hear twinkling laughter and become "fairy struck" by inexplicable feelings of joy... 

Fairy Cake Ingredients:
½ cup (1 stick) butter
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
½ cup sour cream, room temperature
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Seeds of 1 vanilla bean (scrape seeds into batter & discard hull)
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons corn starch
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 handfuls rolled oats

{ Now here’s where the MAGIC comes in! According to your fancy, add any of the following ingredients that you like (go with what your heart tells you!):

½ cup of chopped walnuts/or pecans
½ cup of chopped dried fruit (such as dates, cranberries, apple, or apricots)
A few flower petals!
Then wiggle your fingers and sprinkle joyful feelings (it matters!) 

Lemon Fairy Icing Ingredients:
1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese
¼ cup (½ stick) butter
2 cups powdered confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel (zest)
Several drops of yellow food coloring (to desired color)
(Feel free to add more or less sugar/lemon to taste)

Directions for Enchanted Irish Fairy Cakes:
Heat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with paper liners. Cream the butter & sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until light & fluffy, then add eggs, sour cream, vanilla extract & vanilla seeds (discard hull!) and mix until creamy. Add flour, cornstarch, salt & baking soda and mix at low speed until just combined (don’t overmix). Stir in by hand the with a wooden spoon the 2 handfuls of rolled oats and any or all of the following: chopped nuts, dried fruit, flower petals & sprinkles of good feeling (remember, this is where your MAGIC comes in—so be creative and play!). Spoon the batter to fill cupcakes liners & bake for 20-30 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean). Cool to room temperature before frosting.

Directions for Lemon Fairy Icing:
Mix cream cheese & butter with an electric mixer & add lemon juice, lemon zest & powdered sugar, beating until creamy. Spread a generous amount on each fairy cake—and if you happen to swipe a lick (like Rose does in Twixt), prepare yourself to see fairies! Adorn with flower petals, of course!



Sophie: Since we have you here, Diane. :) Tell us a little about Twixt and how you came up with the idea.

Diane: My inspiration for Twixt began with a visit to an old graveyard in a small Rocky Mountain gold-mining town in Idaho (near where I lived at the time) that was filled with beautiful Celtic crosses from the nineteenth century! And each marble grave marker was inscribed with the name of the county in Ireland where the individual had been born. The mayor of the town explained to me that these Irish gold-seekers had escaped the Great Famine (where many of their peers had died and were thrown into anonymous trenches in the Old Country). So they were determined that when their time came to pass, the world would always know their names and their heritage. Along with them, they brought many fairy stories and superstitions to the Idaho region, which sparked my imagination for writing an epic Irish romance that includes their fairy magic!

Sophie: What are you working on next?

Diane: I definitely have a sequel to Twixt in mind, but currently I'm working on a Young Adult novel.
 Check out Diane's website http://banditsranch.com to find out more about the author and learn about her secret life as a cowgirl!

13 comments:

  1. Yum! I'll definitely try it expecting to see fairies, and I have the perfect steed for them should they visit, a Corgi. (Corgi's are rumored to carry fairies, if you'll look really close, there's even a saddle on their back.:))

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    1. I didn't know this about Corgis! Magical powers and the dogs of English royalty...? That's so cool!

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  2. great post-love the recipe and will definitely be reading Twixt! Excellent interview Sophie.

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    1. Thanks, Chris! I need a day at home to do nothing burn candles and bake. :)

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  3. I will certainly be trying out this recipe Sophie!

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    1. Thanks, Azra! And thanks so much for following my blog. Let me know if you see any fairies when you try the recipe... :)

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  4. Great recipe and interview! I will have to try it out. My boys love to cook.

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    1. Thanks, Christina! Hope you and your boys enjoy a fun (and magical) day of baking very soon. :)

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  5. Wonderful interview, and love the fairy cake recipe! Makes me hungry ...:)

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    1. Even though it doesn't have any chocolate in it? I know how you love your chocolate, Juliette!

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  6. Hi. I just finished reading The Selkie Spell and loved it! My grandmother from Galway used to call my father her little selkie- said she and my grandpa plucked him out of the sea! He had the blackest curls and green eyes. I now have my own little selkie who says he talks to the faeries who hide in his walls at night. I can't wait to make these faery cakes with him. Thanks again for a wonderful read and I look forward to book 2 this summer!
    -Kimber

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    1. Thank you SO MUCH, Kimber! What a wonderful message to come home to. :) I'm so happy you liked The Selkie Spell. And please let me know if you see any faeries zipping around after you make the cakes!

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  7. Found out about you through my Twitter friends and have ordered The Selkies Spell and Twixt. Can't wait to get them. Will include info on both on my fairy website: www:herbgatherings.com and Twitter @clarayafaya
    Intrigued by the Irish Fairy Cakes recipe and will be making it soon and will post a picture then. So glad I've found your blog. Serendipity - or the fairies at work?!

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