Friday, 21 June 2013

Shetland Flag-Topped Lemon & Seaweed Fairy Cakes

The 21st of June is Shetland Flag Day. Designed in 1969 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the transfer of Shetland from Norway to Scotland the Shetland Flag was not officially recognised until 2005 by the heraldic authority in Scotland. In 2007 Midsummer Day was adopted as Shetland Flag Day.

Image from Wikipedia
We see many Shetland flags around the islands now as the flag, incorporating a Nordic cross, is now an established and recognised symbol of Shetland’s identity.

Unfortunately, our family Shetland flag has long since disappeared into the dark recesses of a child's bedroom so to honour Shetland Flag Day I made fairy cakes with Shetland ingredients and topped them with sugar paste Shetland Flags. The children loved them. :)

What are you doing to celebrate Shetland Flag Day?

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Shetland Flag Fairy Cakes
Lemon fairy cakes with a touch of Shetland seaweed topped with a sugar paste Shetland Flag in honour of Shetland Flag Day: 21 June
  • 125 grams Shetland Dairy butter
  • 125 grams caster sugar
  • 2 large Shetland hens eggs
  • 125 grams self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 2-3 tbsp Shetland Dairy milk
  • 1 tsp Shetland seaweed sprinkle
  • 6 heaped tsp homemade lemon curd
  • 250 grams blue sugar paste
  • 50 grams white sugar paste
1. Preheat oven to 200 C and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.2. Place butter, sugar, eggs, flour, lemon extract and seaweed in a food processor and blitz until well combined.3. Add enough milk to form a soft consistency.4. Spoon into the paper cases and bake for 15 minutes, until golden.5. Transfer to a wire rack to cool while you make the toppers.6. Roll out blue sugar paste on a surface sprinkled with icing sugar until 4 mm thick. 7. Using a drinking glass the width of the size of your paper cases, cut out 12 circles.8. Roll out the white sugar paste and cut into 1 cm long strips.9. Cut strips into the width of your circles and stick to the blue sugar paste with a finger dipped in a little water.10. Cut the tops off the fairy cakes if they've risen too much and spread 1/2 tsp lemon curd on the top of each.11. Place the sugar paste flags on the top of the fairy cakes and serve!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 fairy cakes


  1. Recipes like this make me feel very unimaginative! Seaweed in a cupcake - who would've thought it! They look great, so very uniform, and what a great way to celebrate a local event!

    1. Seaweed is a really versatile ingredient. There's a local company who harvest and dry it and turn it into a handy sprinkle. I put it in pasta and sprinkle it onto all sorts of dishes. :) Thanks for your lovely comment!

  2. happy shetland flag day - your cupcakes look very locally sourced and I love the photo of the kids holding their cupcakes - it must be very light in your neck of the woods - just been to a winter solstie celebration here

    1. Thank you :) A winter solstice celebration sounds like a lovely thing to do!


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