Posted By: jglass 
Jul 30  # 1 of 1
Martha Grimes' Fairy Cakes

2/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon hot water

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Food coloring, as needed

To make cakes: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 (12−cup, 1 1/2−inch) muffin tins (to make 24 cakes). Set aside.
Sift together flour and baking powder; set aside.
Place eggs and sugar in a bowl and whisk until thick. Fold in flour mixture gently. Add melted butter and hot water. Blend thoroughly, using spoon. Divide mixture into muffin tins. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.
To make filling: While whipping the cream with an electric mixer set on medium−high speed, gradually add sugar and vanilla extract. Beat until the texture of shaving cream. If desired, divide mixture and stir in food coloring.
To assemble cakes: With a sharp, pointed knife, cut away risen area from the top of each cake and set aside (do not discard). Fill hole with a dollop of whipped cream. Cut reserved top sections in half to form "wings." Place wings on top of cream and you have fairy cakes.
Makes 24 cakes.