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Iced fairy cakes

Iced fairy cakes

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(30 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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23rd Sep, 2012
Made these with my two boys 7 & 5yrs- simple receipe & came out lovely
26th Jul, 2012
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.
24th Jun, 2012
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
24th Jun, 2012
I made these with my 4 year old this evening- best fairy cakes I've ever managed to make! Really light and fluffy sponge.
23rd Jun, 2012
Very nice and easy
23rd Jun, 2012
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 :-)
15th Jun, 2012
Used this recipe to make some cakes for a party. Really easy and the results were fantastic.
27th Apr, 2012
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??
21st Apr, 2012
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 :)
21st Mar, 2012
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.


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