When I was a small child sunday evenings were always something to look forward to. The mam would make up a bundle of sandwiches, apple tart and sometimes if we were really good, fairy cakes.

Nowadays the cupcake seems to have taken over the humble fairy cake, they’re everywhere… such perfection and iresitabily. They now appeal to my small one as the fairy cake once did to me.

And while I continue my quest to master the enchanting, perfectly shaped and iced cupcake, I will keep my small one impressed with my ever so messy but endearing Bugaboo buns.

Bugaboo buns

Makes 12 • Baling time: Approx 15 minutes •Inspired by Martha Stewart

4oz castor sugar
4oz butter
2 medium eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4oz plain flour (sieved)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons milk

4oz unsalted butter
8oz icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk

To decorate
Sprinkles or mini smarties

1. Preheat oven to 200c/gas 6/180c(fan). Line a 12-hole bun tray with baking cases.
2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Drizzle in the beaten eggs.
4. Mix in the vanilla extract and milk.
5. Fold in the flour.
6. Spoon the mixture into the baking cases and bake for 15 minutes.
7. Leave to stand for a couple of minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
8. Meanwhile sift the icing sugar and add to the butter, milk and vanilla extract and mix until light and fluffy.
9. Divide the mixture in two bowls. Leave one as is, add a small drop of red food colouring to the other.
10. Slice the tops off the cooled buns and cut in half.
11. Spread the white icing on the bun, position the wings on top and cover with the pink icing.
12. Pop a jelly on the bun for the bugs nose and liquorice for it’s antennas and op with mini smarties or sprinkles – you’ve got a bugaboo!

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