Glamorous fairy cakes

Glamorous fairy cakes

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus cooling time

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Makes 24 cakes
A retro twist to a childhood favourite - learn how to make fairy cakes then decorate for any occasion

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze un-iced

Nutrition: per cake

  • kcal193
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars31g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.2g
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For the cakes

  • 140g butter, very well softened



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs



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  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 25g custard powder or cornflour

For decorating

  • 600g icing sugar, sifted
  • 6 tbsp water, or half water and half lemon juice, strained
  • edible green and pink food colourings
  • crystallised violets
  • crystallised roses or rose petals
  • edible wafer flowers


  1. Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Arrange paper cases in bun tins. Put all the cake ingredients in a large bowl and beat for about 2 mins until smooth. Divide the mixture between the cases so they are half filled and bake for 12-15 mins, until risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack.

  2. Mix the icing sugar and water until smooth and use a third on eight of the cakes. Divide the rest in half, and colour one half pale green and the other half pale pink. Decorate the white ones with crystallised violets, the pink ones with the roses and the green ones with the wafer flowers. Leave to set. Will keep for up to 2-3 days stored in an airtight container in a cool place.

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Comments (49)

shirley1265's picture

great recipe and so easy to vary toppings. My 9 yr old's favourite is spread them with nocilla and add mini marshmallows

helliecopter's picture

A very simple recipe that's really tasty! I've just made 2 batches of halloween cakes, adding orange colouring paste to one, and green paste to the other.
The cakes taste yummy and are a good texture, and don't taste custardy - but it does add something!
Will definitely whip these up again.

sarahgraham4's picture

I have tried many fairy cake recipes but this has to be the best by far.

mo8food's picture

used ground almonds instead of custard powder.Cakes were so easy to make, delicious ,looked so pretty and everyone thought they were yummy.

sarahdobbing's picture

I used this recipe to make some England cup cakes for the match today - see picture. It's great for icing as the tops come out completely flat. I had to take them to a friend's house and unfortunately, the colours ran together in the heat, but they looked great before!
As England won, does this mean I have to make them for every match to ensure we stay in the World Cup??

crobson759's picture

Very easy to make, made them for my daughter party. I didn't have any of the topping so used sprinkles and cherries instead, still just as nice tho.

jazpami's picture

Best cupcake recipe I've ever come across, surprisingly little ingredients for batter that goes a long way! Beautiful colour, even in my awful oven and I top them with whatever I like! Perfect for my cake sales at college.

minettc3's picture

Lovely cakes best I've baked. Made 12 muffin size cakes and decorated them with lemon icing yum.

minettc3's picture

Lovely cakes best I've baked. Made 12 muffin size cakes and decorated them with lemon icing yum.

maiyanis's picture

I loved them to bits, I will making this my signature cupcake recipe

gervais's picture

I made these in mini muffin cake cases for my year 12 students as a farewell treat, the custard powder is a fantastic extra and the icing just excuisite. So very pretty.

minxer's picture

These are yummy cakes. made them for my daughter's 2nd birthday and will make again for the party at the weekend! I just used normal sprinkles and only 400g of icing sugar but this was still way too much icing and probably only need to use 200g as there must have been half of it left!

domesticgoddesskate's picture

Turned out beautifully, a lovely recipe.

cowbag750's picture

Wow!! So quick and easy ........ my 2 boys loved them and will be definitely be making them again!!!!!!

gwenniep's picture

Delicious, best fairy cake recipe ever, I've now made them loads of times and they're a big hit with everyone.

sheepcat's picture

vary easy and simple and taste great!!

tlereya's picture

I have done these.. and they were delicious! However, I was extremely bad at spreading the icing on top of the cakes! How do you do it?

deborah_38's picture

Having tried many fairy cake recipie's, this was far the best that I have ever tried. I have made them twice now, I used melted chocolate on the tops of mine with white chocolate sprinkles. I have even been asked to make them for my partners mum...must be good!!!..:)

xoxradicalxox's picture

oh and better without custard puwder

xoxradicalxox's picture

this recipe is better with wholemeal flour just thought i would let u know thanks it is a really recipes lol bye.


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