Whenever I think of Patty Cake, this nursery rhyme immediately comes to mind:
“Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can;
Roll it up, roll it up;
And throw it in a pan!
Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man”
Growing up, we always referred to Cupcakes as Patty Cakes. Our Mum would make these light, precious little cakes for special occasions. If we were really lucky, she would turn them into Butterfly Cakes by adding a little strawberry jam and whipped cream – yum!
When researching how to make Patty Cakes, I was curious if there is any real difference between a Cupcake and a Patty cake, but my google research led me to the conclusion that Patty Cakes are simply a term commonly used in Australia to describe a delicious Cupcake.
This is my Mum’s recipe and funnily enough it is VERY similar to my Vanilla Cupcake recipe.
To make a simple icing for your cakes:
Combine 2 cups of icing sugar mixture, 2 tablespoons of hot water and 1 tablespoon of soft butter in a small bowl. Whisk until mixture is smooth and butter has completely melted. Add a couple of drops of food dye and using a teaspoon, cover the top of your cakes.
This is a great recipe to make with kids, as it’s easy to put together and they can have fun and go wild with the decorations.
What is your favourite Patty Cake/Cupcake Topping?