Percy Pig Fairy Cakes

Percy Pig Fruity Fairy Cakes

There’s a new Marks and Spencer’s Food shop recently opened up in Hong Kong. Oh my lord, it’s amazing.

As every expat knows, its the food from home that you find yourself missing the most. When anyone comes back from a stint back home, questions will always enviably turn to exactly what they ate. Bonus points for roast lamb, fish and chips and proper Cadburys chocolate. As much as we all love heading out for char siu fan, steaming baskets of dim sum, or epic plates of fried rice, food from home takes on a mythical, magical status. Linked with the people and memories of home, it becomes deeply entrenched in our hearts.

That, and we’re all basically just fatties who love to eat!

Percy Pig Fairy Cakes

Marks and Spencer food halls go a long way to reducing this food longing. Walking in is like walking briefly back into the UK. I could have spent an awful lot of money in there, and I had to force myself not to buy half the shop.

It took, for example, a large amount of will power not to purchase a huge Melton  Mowbray Pork Pie. It cost about $90, getting on for 10 pounds, and contained about a weeks worth of calories. It looked incredible though, I’ve never seen one like that in Hong Kong. It was more like I was in my local butchers back home than 8000 miles away in Asia. The bakery section is tantalising, freshly baked breads, pastries and cakes, the smell wafting out in the shop, dragging you in nose first. Then there’s the entire shelves dedicated to biscuits and cookies, very hard to say no to.

Percy Pig Cakes

Of course there’s one little treat I can’t leave any Marks and Spencers without; Percy Pigs. Who doesn’t love a Percy Pig?

I’m calling these fairy cakes because they remind me more of the simple fairy cakes I first learnt to bake, than fashionable, trendy cupcakes. Their light, fruity and sweet, with the flavour coming from a little pot of fruity yoghurt. I’ve used raspberry, but strawberry would work well too.

They’re topped with a simple vanilla buttercream, and finished off with a Percy Pig.

Percy Pigs Fairy Cakes

If you’ve got any little people in your life you want to start baking, this could be the recipe to get them started. The buttercream doesn’t need piping, a smear with a knife would be lovely too. If you are making them for children, you could reduce the sugar and butter by using a small teaspoon full of a simple water icing to secure your Percy. The recipe also doubles well, just add the eggs one by one, mixing in with a little flour each time.

Percy Pig topped fairy cakes

Percy Pig Fairy Cakes

(makes 6)

for the cakes

60g butter

60g caster sugar

1 large egg

60g plain flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

100g raspberry or strawberry yoghurt

for the buttercream

150g butter, softened

150g icing sugar, sifted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 Percy Pig sweets, to decorate


Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/ 350F and line a cupcake tin with 6 paper cases.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in the egg, along with a tablespoon of flour.

Fold in the remaining flour and the baking powder, followed by the yoghurt.

Divide evenly between the cupcake cases.

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until risen and golden.

Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Once cooled, make the buttercream. Beat the butter until smooth, then beat in the sifted icing sugar and vanilla extract.

Pipe or spread onto your cupcakes. Top with a Percy Pig sweet.

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  1. I’ve been thinking – the cost of that enormous pork pie probably isn’t much more than you would pay for it over here, which is a good thing I think, as it would be so easy to put the price up a lot because it’s imported.

    Love Percy Pigs. Did they only have the one variety? There are about 7 in the UK now and even Percy Pig loo roll!!!!

    • That sounds distinctly like justification to buy the pie to me!!

      Haha, you can seriously buy Percy Pig loo roll?! Amazing! It hasn’t quite made it here yet, although the locals would LOVE it so i’m sure it’s only a matter of time! There are quite a few varieties here now, we defiantly have Percy Pig & Friends, and Reversey Percy, and no doubt a few others too.

      • Yep, loo roll, kitchen roll, tissues, drinks, even an Easter egg! He has branched out quite a bit in the last 18 months. They would definitely love it over there, it’s well within the Hello Kitty sphere of things.

        My personal favourites are the rosy noses. I find the reversey percy’s a little too chewy. Oh, and the fizzy tails, how can I forget them! A bag of rosy noses and fizzy tails and I’m all set.
        Wait till you come home, M&S will be full of the Christmas perceys then! 🙂

  2. What a cute cupcake! I live in Australia & just *wish* M&S would open a store here. #crossesFingers

  3. I do love a good Percy Pig! These cupcakes showcase them brilliantly

  4. Long live the Percy Pigs!! What a brilliant idea, I think these need baking ASAP, who needs an excuse! M&S food shopping makes me undeniably happy, not ashamed to admit it! 🙂

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