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)

Petawilson's picture

Very good. We added broken up chocolate money left over from Xmas, well I did, my son kept eating his. I halved the icing amounts and still had some left over.

tinaeturner's picture

Made them with chocolate chip and orange icing went down with kids great would make again

FamilyH's picture

NOT the best fairy cake recipe ever. My sister made these, and consequently she was the only one eating them. They were burnt around the edges (even though she put them in for less time than essential) and went stale in about a day. I've seen a better batch before definitely.

Maria_583's picture

Gonna try this.Looks so easy and delicious.

cloclo15's picture

Just made these with my 18 month old - used stork instead of butter and vanilla bean paste instead of extract but otherwise followed the recipe to the letter. I used a handmixer which certainly speeded things up. The mixture was enough for 14 buns (traditional fairy cake rather than muffin tin size).
I had planned to turn half into butterfly cakes but they didn't rise as much as expected (might add baking powder next time) so instead we iced them all with a glaze made from part icing sugar and a drop of either orange squash or lemon juice for flavour. I had bought a tube of decorations which little one had a ball sticking on top, though by the end most were going in his mouth rather than onto the cakes.
Will definitely make these again!

Bon33's picture

Made these with my 3 1/2 year old, they are most definatly the best cupcakes we have tasted the whole family loved them. This will be a very well used recipe in this family for many years.

quiqui's picture

These cakes came out fantastic. They were easy to make. Really light and fluffy. When mixing the flour into the sugar and butter mix it was a bit flaky and I thought i went wrong somewhere but once I added the egg and mixed it in it was great. I would advise using a handheld electric mixer it took no time at all.

Kisrah's picture

Very easy to make and the cakes were delicious. Going to experiment with different toppings and flavourings.

kandi1's picture

Made these for a birthday party - really easy and taste great.

Ash_0203's picture

I absolutely love this recipe! Quick, easy and gorgeous looking cakes at the end. Can't fault this recipe. Perfect for kids during summer holidays... Xx

caitlin683's picture

I'm thinking of making these for a car boot is this resipe cheep for what it is I would like it very much if someone would tell me :)

tomlin121's picture

I made these for my sons lunchbox they went down so well that I even caught my husband eating them!

gemz_1987's picture

I made these for Mother's Day and they tasted amazing! Didn't quite make 12 though but its about quality not quantity :)

rubyrose21's picture

Made this today it was very easy and effective with nozzles .
I would recommend this recipe .

rubyrose21's picture

Made this today it was very easy and effective with nozzles .
I would recommend this recipe .

noddy1978's picture

Followed this recipe to the letter with big eggs and sustituted the vinilla for milk. these were the best i'd made using internet recipes.I cut these in half when cooled, added some fresh whipped cream and layered chocolate spread on top. I also added chocholate ice-cream on the side

vixtoto's picture

Just made these with my 2 yr old son and we added left over choc chips. Taste fab :)

shlush's picture

These were really quick and easy to make.
Mine didn't rise as much as I had expected. I might add a bit of baking powder in the future.
I also used half the quantities for the icing - and even then I had some left over!

callie80's picture

Made these with my two boys 7 & 5yrs- simple receipe & came out lovely

1003790's picture

These cakes are so easy & yummy! I can't comment on the icing as I find a butter icing too rich so I just used an icing sugar & water glaze.


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Tips (2)

Jade98's picture

For the icing if you add 155g of Icing sugar and 185g of butter its more fluffy and doesn't taste gritty

Short Hamstrings's picture

Add 1tsp baking powder and these will rise beautifully. Check after about 15 mins cooking as they may not need the full 20 mins.