Exploring Irish Cooking: Butterfly Buns or Fairy Cakes for Bealtaine

Butterfly Bun or Fairy Cake.  Photo by Grey Catsidhe.
Butterfly Bun or Fairy Cake. Photo by Grey Catsidhe.

It’s been awhile since I posted about my attempts to explore Irish cooking.  Since it’s Bealtaine, I figured I should take a peek at some possibilities.  I came across Queen Cakes which sounded appropriate, but the author, Dariana Allen, explained that they were usually made for Nollaig Bheag.  However, the variation with wee wings felt particularly appropriate for Bealtaine!  A look around the internet revealed that there are variations in Ireland as well as Scotland and England.  Some call them butterfly buns, and others call them fairy cakes.  I followed Allen’s recipe, which was shared online here, but made a lemon frosting.  The first few I made look kind of like sick butterflies.  I cut the tops too thin,  Really, truly cut the top off, slice it in half, and position as wings on the frosting.  Dust with confectionary sugar.  So cute and easy! I can’t wait to share some with my grovies tomorrow!

One thought on “Exploring Irish Cooking: Butterfly Buns or Fairy Cakes for Bealtaine

  1. My dad called them butterfly cakes and would make them for me on my birthday 🙂 This article brought a smile to my face, thanks.

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