Have you ever wondered how to make Patty Cakes – or even what the difference between Patty Cakes and Cupcakes are? Well read on!
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 easy Patty Cake recipe is my Mum’s recipe and funnily enough it is VERY similar to my Vanilla Cupcake recipe.
I like to ice our Patty Cakes with a simple icing and then the kids can decorate them with 100s and 1000s, coconut or leave as is. We don’t use any special icing recipe, I simply 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 each Patty Cake – it’s as simple as that!
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?
How to make Patty Cakes - Back to Basics
- 1 1/2 Cups of Self Raising Flour
- 2/3 Cup of Caster Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
- 3 eggs lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 125 g butter - softened.
- Preheat your oven to 190 degrees.
- Line a 12 hole cupcake tin with paper cases.
- Add all ingredients to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat slowly for 1 minute until the ingredients start to combine. Increase the speed to high and beat for another 3 minutes.
- Spoon the mixture into paper cases, pop into the oven and bake for approximately 18 minutes or until they are cooked through.
- Leave the Patty Cakes to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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