Snow-capped fairy cakes

Snow-capped fairy cakes

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 20 mins

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Makes 18
Mary Cadogan’s fairy cakes are a treat for the whole family and they really do taste as good as they look

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal210
  • fat9g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars22g
  • fibre0g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.31g
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  • 175g butter



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

  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs



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  • 200g self-raising flour
  • finely grated zest 1 orange



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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp milk



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For the icing

  • 1 egg white
  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • 175g icing sugar
  • fruit jellies and silver balls, to decorate


  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Line 18 holes of a 2 x 12-hole bun tins with paper cake cases. Melt butter and cool for 5 mins, tip into a large bowl with all the cake ingredients, then beat together for 1-2 mins until smooth.

  2. Spoon the cake mixture into the cake cases, filling them three-quarters full (a heaped tablespoon is about right). Bake for 15-18 mins until lightly browned and firm to the touch. Cool on a wire rack.

  3. To make the icing, put the egg white and orange juice into a heatproof bowl, sift in the icing sugar, then set over a pan of simmering water. Using an electric hand whisk, whisk the icing for 7 mins until it is glossy and stands in soft peaks. Remove from the heat, then whisk for a further 2 mins until it is slightly cooled.

  4. Thinly slice the fruit jellies. Spoon the icing onto the cakes, swirling it with a knife, then decorate with slices of jelly fruits and a few silver balls. Leave to set. The cakes will keep for up to 3 days in the cake tin.

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Comments (48)

nikki2008's picture

great for kids

nicola2382's picture

These are the best cupcakes I've ever made, they look very impressive and taste fantastic!!!

hotnspicy's picture

Made them yesterday and they were a real success was abit scared incase the icing didn't come out well instead it was lovely. Would like to know if l can use the same method (the icing) for the xmas cake ?thanks

custard25's picture

I have just made these for my 2 year olds nursery cake sale and will be really proud to take them in. Sponge is lovely and the icing looks amazing. I added princess cake decorating bits (pink hearts and sparkly bits) and they look gorgeous on top. Very happy x

legood's picture

The icing is delicious! Had a trial run today as I want to make them for my daughter's 4th, Princess themed party. Going to do what Melanie mentioned and turn the icing pink though for true princess power!

ummyusuf's picture

Came out really well, even the frosting.....was a bit worried it wouldn't work but after 7 mins it went shiny and had the soft peaks. My husband raved about them....the kids gobbled them all up and so I guess they loved them.

jompower's picture

Fab cakes so easy to make and such a wow when they are put on the party table. My children love them and ask for them loads.

apes1978's picture

these were really nice, they looked really good, but i used lemons instead of oranges, i think its nicer!

melaniepugh's picture

This was my first ever attempt at baking cakes and I was very pleased with the results and even the icing worked and was totally gorgeous too!! I was tempted to add a touch of food colour I may do them again for mothers day with a pink icing instead !! mmmm...

angelabullen's picture

I made these for my daughters 5th birthday. The kids loved them and they looked great. Just making my 2nd batch for pudding tonight, easy to make and taste great.

yachtservices's picture

These tasted great but I couldn't get the icing to thicken eventhough I whisked it for over 15 mins. I will use buttercream next time

janerollinson's picture

Really nice and fun to make with my little boy.

cakelover's picture

great icing! yum

chasmeenkphjsc's picture

Have just made the snow capped fairy cakes will be taking them to work for the nurses to eat will let you know what they say

glorious's picture

these are fab. can anyone tell me are fairy cakes and cupcakes different?

jmistovski's picture

oh so so good and easy to make. I added cocoa powder too. thank you for this recipe!

pinpin79's picture

Made these yesterday and the majority were gone before the icing was even properly cooled. Will def. make again,

georgeb74's picture

Absolutely fantastic! The cakes taste divine - beautiful orangey taste. I made them for my son's 4th birthday and decorated with sprinkles, silver balls and chocolate beans! Not sure what size cake cases you were supposed to use but I used normal fairy cake ones (as opposed to muffin ones which are bigger) and I therefore made about 28 cakes!!

vetski's picture

Made these for my daughters 3rd birthday party - "snow fairy" theme. they looked the part and tasted it too!! The icing was the trickiest part, I almost over "whipped" it!

mumof3girlygirls's picture

Made these with my children today, they were easy to make, tasted great and looked really good! will be making again


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