Earlier this year we spent a blissful week in sunny St Ives. There’s a wonderful little Post Office shop there, right near the harbour that is toy heaven – lots of pocket money toys and ways to extract money from us parents – and it was here that we first discovered the delight that is Num Noms – collectible, scented characters that you can mix and match to make your own fusion of flavours.
Despite being a very grown-up 10 year old, for my daughter it was love at first sight, so when we were sent some Num Noms in the post she was very excited, especially with the added brief of getting creative in the kitchen – we love to bake!
We were sent some of the Num Noms Freezie Pops variety which happens to include this one, a motorised little fella which, while fairly innocent looking, takes great joy out of terrorising my cat.
When it came to the #WackyBakers challenge we decided to take inspiration from one of the other available Num Noms – Nana Swirl.
Yes, Nana Swirl is a banana cupcake which inspired us into making….little banana cakes!
These little Banana Fairy Cakes are SO easy to knock up and great for little hands to get messy in the kitchen. Mine both loved helping with making the cakes but they loved the decorating even more. Even if I did have to bite my tongue a bit about my lovely hundreds and thousands pebbled-dashed kitchen floor…
Banana Fairy Cakes
100g caster sugar
200g butter, softened
140g self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 very ripe banana
140g icing sugar
hundreds and thousands (lots!)
Heat the oven to 180c/gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole bun tin with fairy cake cases.
Put the caster sugar, butter, flour, eggs, vanilla and banana in a big bowl together and beat with an electric whisk or stand mixer (or your own fair hands if you’re feeling energtetic) until the banana is mashed and everything is mixed together well.
Divide the cake mixture between the cases and bake for 20-22 mins until a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean.
Leave to cool.
Once completely cool, you can start to decorate. Mix the icing sugar with a little water to make it spoonable – don’t make it too runny or it will just run straight off the fairy cakes. Spread the icing over each cake and then cover in the hundreds and thousands!
I think we’ve done Nana Swirl justice, don’t you?
The love affair with Num Noms continues in our household – they’ve already made an appearance on Draft 1 of the Christmas List and they little packets would make great stocking fillers so I will be ‘stocking’ up soon….(see what I did there?!).