Kids in the kitchen: Nell's fairy flutter cakes
We're letting the kids in the kitchen and we're liking the results, writes Janine Kennedy.

When we first launched our Kids in the Kitchen series in March, lockdown had just begun and kids all over Ireland were getting stuck in; helping their families in the kitchen.

When Nell Fitzgerald's mummy sent in a video of Nell making these delicious fairy flutter cakes, it got misplaced in the flurry of entries, so we're sharing it now - just in time for some weekend baking with the kids.

Nell lives in Co Tipperary with her mum Laura, dad John, brothers Senan and Joe and little sister Moll.

She is excited to be celebrating her seventh birthday in two weeks so we want to send our very best birthday wishes from Irish Country Living.

Nell's parents are both really great cooks, so it's no surprise she's as comfortable in the kitchen as she is on camera.

You can still look back on our entire Kids in the Kitchen series and, if you have a budding chef in your home, we always love to see and share what Ireland's smallest chefs are up to. WhatsApp any recipes and videos to 089-249 9922.

Nell's Fairy Flutter Cakes


300g self raising flour, sifted

300g caster sugar

300g softened butter

6 large eggs

150ml honey

For the buttercream icing:

500g icing sugar, sifted

1 tsp vanilla extract

60g softened butter

3-4 Tbsp milk


  • 1 Preheat the oven to 180C and line a muffin tin with paper cups.
  • 2 In a large bowl, add the six eggs and mix. Over the eggs, sift the self raising flour and then add the sugar and butter. Mix well to combine.
  • 3 Evenly distribute the batter among the muffin tin. Bake the cakes for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the bun comes out clean.
  • 4 While the cakes are cooling, make the buttercream: sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Add the vanilla and butter; mix. Add the milk and mix until smooth.
  • 5 When the buns have cooled, slice the tops off and cut them in half (they are the fairy wings). Add a tsp of honey on the cut top of the bun, then add some buttercream. Place the two "wings" on top of the buttercream, leaving and space going down the centre. Add sprinkles to that area.
  • 6 Repeat this process until all of the buns are decorated. Enjoy!
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