1890 ad for "unrivalled" fairy cakes

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15 Responses to “1890 ad for "unrivalled" fairy cakes”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Don’t think I’d want little naked babies sitting on mine, thanks

  2. Fef says:

    Fairies added to show scale.

  3. Anonymous says:

    FYI @devophill & @Anom#6

    THIS is a fairy cake: http://www.littleshamrocks.com/image-files/fairy_cakes_lg.jpg

    Or any cake that has a little piece cut off the top and something added between, normally buttercream. We still have cup-cakes in the UK, they’re not synonymous.

    The little top piece is sometimes split in two and looks a little like wings on the top; hence fairy.

  4. dr.hypercube says:

    Peek Frean makes a kick ass Digestive – one of the things we always loaded the card with when we came back to the States from visiting Gramma in North Bay (also – cheddar, beer).

  5. Crispy Critter says:

    Peek, Frean & Co.’s Unrivalled Fairy Cakes! Perfect for building your own Total Perspective Vortex!

  6. dculberson says:

    I bought their cakes based upon the claims in their ad and found them to be significantly smaller than the average toddler. I’m contacting the ASA.

  7. Stefan Jones says:

    Peek Freans! Their tea biscuits were, and probably still are, sold in the States. They had a great commercial that suggested that they were a serious cookie too sophisticated for kids.

  8. proletariat says:

    There’s a joke about Antinous somewhere in there..

  9. IWood says:

    Those are high class biscuits. I recognize them.

  10. sergeirichard says:

    Don’t they come from England?

    From childhood, I can picture a biscuit tin that was faded even then. But I didn’t remember there was a comma in the name, or that it was spelled quite like that. I entertained a vague hope that the biscuits partook of the quality known as “Freen”. And not just moderate, ordinary Freen, but Peak Freen.

  11. Anonymous says:

    in ireland (dublin anyway), that’s what we call cup cakes – “fairy cakes”. no sh1t

  12. devophill says:

    So that’s what a fairy cake is! Now I know in case I ever need to extrapolate the whole of creation.

  13. MadMolecule says:

    Ooh, are they made from real fairies?

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