Iced fairy cakes

Iced fairy cakes

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(40 ratings)

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 eggs



    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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Elly Long's picture
Elly Long
28th Feb, 2019
Quick, simple and easy. Perfect for making with kids, for kids. Nothing too sophisticated or complicated... lovely, simple to follow recipe to get young ones involved! :)
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I believe
28th Jan, 2019
Very tasty quick and easy recipe and great tasting fairy cakes.
10th Sep, 2017
Nothing too special here, it's just pound cake with buttercream essentially. We swapped out the buttercream for bog standard icing with a bit of lemon in it as I think the kids are getting a bit too obsessed with buttercream now it's in vogue - keep it for the butterfly cakes, fairy cakes don't need it.
3rd Jan, 2017
Love this recipe! Very easy and taste so yummy.
25th Aug, 2016
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.
8th Jun, 2015
Made them with chocolate chip and orange icing went down with kids great would make again
15th Dec, 2014
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.
3rd Nov, 2014
Gonna try this.Looks so easy and delicious.
18th Feb, 2014
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!
13th Jan, 2014
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.


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28th Jul, 2015
For the icing if you add 155g of Icing sugar and 185g of butter its more fluffy and doesn't taste gritty
Short Hamstrings
8th Jun, 2015
Add 1tsp baking powder and these will rise beautifully. Check after about 15 mins cooking as they may not need the full 20 mins.
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