Iced fairy cakes

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus cooling


Makes 12
Teach 8-14 year olds how to make fairy cakes and guarantee a fun kitchen activity

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per cake

  • kcal331
  • fat22g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars27g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g very soft butter



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

  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 2 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing

  • 200g very soft butter



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

  • 200g icing sugar
  • food colouring, sprinkles, marshmallows etc


  1. Ask a grown-up helper to turn the oven on to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put a paper case in each bun hole.

  2. Put the sugar and butter (it must be soft or you won’t be able to mix it properly) in a bowl and mix it together. Sift in the flour.

  3. Break the eggs into a separate bowl (spoon out any bits of shell that fall in) and add them to the bowl with the vanilla. Mix everything together.

  4. Divide between the cases using a spoon, scraping it off with a knife. Ask a grown-up helper to put the tray in the oven for 20 minutes.

  5. Mix the butter and icing sugar to make a creamy icing. Add colouring, if you like. Push an icing nozzle into an icing bag, then scoop in the icing.

  6. Let the cakes cool completely in the tray. Pipe icing onto each cake and decorate with marshmallows or sprinkles, or whatever you like.

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Comments (48)

bess2001's picture

I made these with my 3year old great nephew and he had a ball making them ( with a little help from me ) took no time at all and he loved putting the icing on top, great recipe , and cakes were gone in no time at all

winters01's picture

I made these with my 4 year old this evening- best fairy cakes I've ever managed to make! Really light and fluffy sponge.

rosieatwood's picture

Very nice and easy

dinkydi66's picture

Just made these with my 19 & 23 year old daughters. We used ready made butter icing which I guess is cheating slightly. I still think the best bit was licking the spoon & bowl :-)

kipper13's picture

Used this recipe to make some cakes for a party. Really easy and the results were fantastic.

123dance4's picture

i made these at the weekend i couldnt belive how dry the mix was i had to mix it with my hands to get it to stick together it was like huge breadcrumbs it got better the more i mixed it though! they tasted nice but a bit too sugary but the buttercream was to die for!! i would give it a two out of 5 for the cake 5 for buttercream :) if anyone could gie me some advice or a recipie to make really nice plain cupcakes fom scratch??

123dance4's picture

thanks for this recipie it took me while to actually find a good recipie that wasnt telling me to use a ready cake mix!im going to make them for my family and save one for my best friend ill hope she will like it :)

lindsay990's picture

Made these very quick and easy cakes ready for the Cake Sale we have at school tomorrow which I had forgotten! They are perfect and took no time at all.

munibah_ahmed's picture

Made these and were great!
I put the marshmallows on before the cupcakes had cooled so, I had half melted marshmallows on top!
Brilliant though!Should try that again sometime...

fionaandailis's picture

Came out really well despite my 3 year old twins helping. The butter was salted - would unsalted taste much better?

samcoates's picture

Great basic recipe, so easy for the kids to help and its a great base for any type of topping. We are just waiting for next batch to come out of the oven before turning them into butterfly buns!

moonbaby7's picture

Nice and easy to make, made them with my four year old for his teddy bears picnic. We changed the topping to a simple fondant icing, also we got 18 generous cakes out of the mix.

rosey1's picture

Really lovely basic cake recipe which I shall use again and again - made them on my own today but will enlist my 6 and 3 year old next time as you cannot really mess this one up!

jackz210's picture

This are really lovely! I had no vanilla so used a big dollop of golden syrup and they were just yum. Really good for my sweet tooth and kids loved making them!

ladywite's picture

I tried this recipe with my 4 year old daughter for Father's Day and it turned out great. We made 15 cupcakes though, instead of 12 by adding 20g more flour and caster sugar and 3 eggs instead of 2. It turned out very well!

As for the icing, I added some milk to the mixture.

222niamhy222's picture

the recipe for the icing made the icing to buttery and oily. but the cakes tasted good!x

kimmy173's picture

My boyfriend and I made these for fun over the weekend and they tasted lovely! We enjoy making cakes and these were fun and easy. If children were involved I'm sure they would enjoy making it and the result is pretty much foolproof.

amyhanrahan999's picture

yummy yummy yummy. forgot to get a cake for my partners birthday whipped these up with him he soon forgave me

sanjala's picture

Very easy and kids love it. What more can one ask for from a fairy cake!

magickat's picture

These are so quick, simple and versatile. I iced the first batch for Halloween and in the second batch I added chocolate chips and coconut - delicious!


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