Throwing a birthday party for a child can be an overly daunting experience… The preparations, the cooking, the decorating, the cleaning, the mess, the millions of little munchkins running around in a pool of chaos… But when you see them laughing with chocolate smeared across their faces and cake crumbs scattered down their pretty party clothes it somehow all seems worth it! Parties are fun!
Vegan Fairy Customs
Leilani turned 3 around a month ago and had decided months beforehand that she wanted a fairy party. One of the most important factors in having a fairy party is turning the birthday child into a fairy! We bought Leilani a vegan Hawaiian Fairy costume and a matching one for Malia (10 months). My little niece Eve and my best friend’s daughter Lyla both had matching ones as well so we had four little matching Hula fairies fluttering around!
Vegan Fairy Party Food
The next most important thing in hosting a vegan fairy party is of course the food. Think pink (and purple) is my motto here, as fairyland is full of pink! It was a morning tea, so I didn’t need to provide more than snacky type foods. Here is what I served:
– Fairy bread with purple sprinkles (nuttelex margarine and Hopper purple 100’s & 1000’s which is completely vegan and coloured with vegetable juice extract)
– Pink/Purple fruit platter: strawberries, blackberries, crimson red grapes and watermelon
– Vegetable sticks and crackers with store-bought beetroot dip
– Purple corn chips
– Beetroot chips
– Berry juice
– Although not pink, I served vegan party pies that I pre-ordered from La Panella Bakery inPreston. They might have lacked in the fairy theme department, they were a huge hit!
Vegan Fairy Cake
This year I couldn’t be bothered with a complicated fancy cake so, so I made a simple vanilla berry cake in a big rectangle shape and topped it with pink white chocolate icing (coloured with raspberry juice) and white sprinkles.
All in all, the party turned out to be magical and fantastical! Full of fairy dust and fun, proving that vegan party food is innovative, easy and delicious and can be more than appropriate for your little vegan sugar-plum fairy’s special day.
Nat’s Easy Fairy Cake – Recipe
4.5 cups of flour
3 cups of sugar
6 tsp baking powder
1 cup of frozen mixed berries
3 tablespoons of vanilla essence
6 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
600ml of water
300ml of rice bran oil (or other neutral oil)
2 cups of vegan chocolate chips
6 cups of icing sugar
1/3 cup juice from thawed frozen raspberries
Hoppers White 100’s & 1000’s.
Preheat oven to 175c
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking powder. Mix well.
Make a well in the centre and add the vanilla, vinegar, oil and water and whisk together until well combined.
Fold through the berries.
Pour into a pre-oiled large rectangle cake tin and bake for approximately one hour, until golden and spongy.
Allow to cool before removing from the pan.
Once the cake is cooled, it is time to prepare the icing.
Melt the white chocolate and add the icing sugar and raspberry juice, adjusting the icing sugar to desired consistency (should be relatively stiff, not runny – the amounts can be quite variable so experiment until what works for you).
Spread the icing on the cake and top with the white sprinkles
Have a fantastic fairy party!