Easy iced buns

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus rising


Makes 20
Kids will love these old fashioned iced buns, get them to help you decorate them too!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze un-decorated

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal183
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.46g
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  • 500g white bread mix (we used Wright's)
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg



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  • 350g icing sugar
  • sprinkles (plus food colouring, if you like)


  1. Pulse together the bread mix and sugar in a food processor or table-top mixer. While the motor is running, add the egg and about 250-300ml lukewarm water, until a soft dough is formed. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth, about 5-10 mins. Leave in an oiled bowl, covered with oiled cling film, in a warm place until doubled in size – about 1 hr.

  2. Knock back dough by squashing with your fist, and divide into 20 even-sized pieces – keep covered with a clean tea towel so they don’t dry out. Shape each into a sausage and place on an oiled baking tray. Cover with oiled cling film and rise until doubled in size again.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Remove film and cook buns on top shelf for 8-10 mins, until golden. Cool on a wire rack. To decorate, mix icing sugar with a little water until stiff but spreadable – add food colouring, if you like. Dip in the top of each bun and scatter with sprinkles.

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Comments (25)

linaelvira's picture

Despite using said bread mix the dough is VERY sticky, a lot of extra flour when kneading is necessary. Turned out nice and soft and fluffy though and you can go to town with different icings! :) I cut a slit in mine horizontally and loaded with strawberry and apricot jams as well.

kateisabelle's picture

looks really nice will try it soon

JJ69's picture

These iced buns are really yummy!

cxt115's picture

Made these with my nephews and niece (3yr-9yrs). Although the dough was a bit sticky and a fair bit of extra flour got added whilst kneading (which the children did), they turned out fantastic! Will definitely make again.

littleh's picture

Made these today with my children. Followed the advice and made using my usual 500g bread machine recipe plus the sugar and egg. It was very wet and hard to work but tastes wonderful. Will never buy shop bought again! Might try with less water to compensate for the egg next time, there will be a next time.

profilea2's picture

These are so cute and great fun to make with the kids. And as far as naughty treats go this is ways less bad than a muffin!

blackbird17's picture

My grandchildren (and their parents) loved these and they were so easy to make. I didn't use a bread mix, just my usual white bread recipe for my breadmaker. I whisked up the egg and then added water to the 300ml mark and didn't find the dough sticky at all. Sugar was just the right amount to sweeten the buns without making them over sweet. I shall be making these a lot.

keenoyt's picture

these are brilliant! really easy to make and turned out great!
only reason they didnt get 5 stars was they were a bit heavier than i expected.
i made them in the evening and my little boy had great fun decorating them the next day and he loved eating them to!
Will definately make again!

winker968's picture

Made these today, used hovis whiite bread mix as that's what I had in. Used fondant icing sugar to make the icing. Buns were lovely and my daughter, who is an iced bun fan, liked them better then the baker's.

lisldiesel's picture

I used strong white flour and some sugar, butter and milk. Very sticky, but once kneaded with some extra flour, the dough was managable. I live in a house without central heating, so proving was a bit tricky, but once risen, and baked ... WOW really tasty buns. And I haven't even iced them yet! Kids can do that tomorrow :)

lisa-joe's picture

This dough was so sticky I swore I wouldn't make it again........Until I ate one! Very tasty, much better than the bakery ones. I made the dough in the bread machine. I tried it again but scooped the dough into a medium silicone roasting tray rose it, baked it at 170 instead of 180 for approximately an extra 10 minutes. Cut into 12 squares and iced. Yummy and no sticky fingers!

amandacook1's picture

Try slicing in half and putting jam and fresh cream inside. So so good but not for the waist line??

parisblue's picture

Made these today... Throw them away ,,,, had a problem with icing sugar as it had a chemical taste ... Don't know why but a shame really

nevetaylor's picture

still they need to make it easy and put ingredients up the top and actually put the ingredients other than thatg i loved them :)

browneyedsam's picture

I made this with my 8 year old daughter and she loved it - very simple to bake with kids and she got very creative with the decorating

lwills's picture

Just made this for the first time, I used the Wright's white bread mix. They are really good although tougher then the usual iced buns you buy from the shops. Thats probably because they have less rubbish in them! Really tasty and relatively easy to make. The dough is sticky and the icing sugar is too much but will be making them again.

flowwerbe1l's picture

I have made this recipe up again. This time I divided the mixture into 12 round rolls instead. After I used the doughnut filling nozzle from our cheap icing kit to fill the buns with homemade stewed apples. I then iced as above (but left out the sprinkles). They were another fantastic version of an old favorite!

flowwerbe1l's picture

A couple of expats looking for a taste from home. We used a 500g loaf recipe for our breadmaker. After making up the recipe we thought it was a bit too soggy and added about a scant half cup of flour extra. They were great and we still have over half in the freezer for a rainy/ snowy day! Who says 'bread won't rise at altitude'!

mdarmody's picture

Followed recipe to the letter and failed, would be better if they had mentioned you need yeast with other bread flour

veacoker's picture

Don't blame the recipe if you don't read it! It clearly says to use bread MIX not flour.


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