Jubilee Planning: fairy cakes rule, OK?

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Fairy cakes, iced cakes, little cakes, call them what you will, you need a sea of plates of these sweet treats to celebrate a jubilee properly.

They are easy enough to rustle up, just a basic sponge mix divided between party cake cases and popped in the oven for 20 minutes and you are good to go. Because it’s what’s on top of a fairy cake that really makes all the difference. And it can be as simple or as elaborate as you like.

Red, white and blue

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For a jubilee party, you need some patriotic cake toppers and a splodge of white icing or buttercream with a blueberry or a strawberry on top is an easy way to fly the food flag.


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Talking of flags, another easy win is a paper flag on top of a plain iced cake. They usually come mounted on cocktail sticks which means you can add a bit of height to your buffet selection by popping them in with a bit of clearance from the icing.


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Fairy cakes need sprinkles. That’s the story. You don’t need me to tell you that they come in all shapes and colours and even with added glitter. Just enjoy.

Plain and simple

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Sometimes, simple is best and those times most likely include when you are catering for several hundred people at a street party and have precisely one night left to finish the food. Whatever lovely ideas you have for fairy cakes, there is something charmingly retro about a plain little cake with a splodge of icing on top, glistening in its case. Don’t stress about creating works of art. Simple will win plenty of hearts, too.

About Post Author

Lydia Starbuck

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.