Celebrate Mother’s Day 2014 with the Swettenham Arms

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This year’s Mother’s Day (also known as Mothering Sunday) falls on the 30th March. Traditionally, it’s a time for children to honour and celebrate their mothers, usually with a gift, card or treat of some kind, to thank them for their care throughout the year. There are also records dating back 400 years of people making a special effort on this date to visit the church where they’d been baptised, their ‘Mother Church’, a custom which was known as ‘going a mothering’.

If you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, how a batch of these pretty fairy cakes, decorated with crystallised flowers? They’re simple enough for children to make with a little supervision, and are sure to please. Alternatively, why not treat your mum to a meal at the Swettenham Arms? We’ve got a special Mother’s Day menu planned at only £29.95 per person, so give us a call to find out more.

Mother’s Day fairy cake recipe

For the cakes:

100g butter, softened
100g sugar
2 free-range eggs, beaten
100g self-raising flour

For the buttercream:

125g butter, softened
200g icing sugar
1 tablespoon milk

For the flowers:

Selection of edible flowers, such as mint, rose petals, violets etc.
White of one egg
Caster sugar
A paintbrush

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade and place 12 paper cases in a 12-hole bun tin.

To make the cakes, put the butter and sugar together in a large bowl and beat until pale and fluffy. Add the egg, and beat again, then the flour, a little at a time. Beat between each addition, until the batter is smooth. Spoon the mixture carefully into the cases, filling each one no more than half full, then bake for 15 minutes until golden brown and spongy. Lift the cakes out of the tin and onto a cooling rack.

Meanwhile, make the buttercream. Beat the butter and sugar together until fully combined, adding a drop of milk if the mixture seems a little stiff. Spread a little buttercream over each cake, and make a swirly pattern with a fork.

For the decoration, carefully paint each flower with egg white, then dip it in sugar. Place on a plate to dry, then use to decorate the cakes.

Happy Mother’s Day!

The Swettenham Arm x

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