By Cory Doctorow at 10:07 pm Tue, Jun 15, 2010
Peek Frean Fairy Cakes - 1890
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.
Didn’t they used to make pecan sandies?
There’s a joke about Antinous somewhere in there..
Those are high class biscuits. I recognize them.
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.
in ireland (dublin anyway), that’s what we call cup cakes – “fairy cakes”. no sh1t
So that’s what a fairy cake is! Now I know in case I ever need to extrapolate the whole of creation.
Fairies added to show scale.
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.
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).
Peek, Frean & Co.’s Unrivalled Fairy Cakes! Perfect for building your own Total Perspective Vortex!
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.
Ooh, are they made from real fairies?
Don’t think I’d want little naked babies sitting on mine, thanks
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