Easy iced buns

Easy iced buns

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(23 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus rising


Makes 20

Kids will love these old fashioned iced buns, get them to help you decorate them too!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze un-decorated

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal183
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.46g
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  • 500g white bread mix (we used Wright's)
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg



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  • 350g icing sugar
  • sprinkles (plus food colouring, if you like)


  1. Pulse together the bread mix and sugar in a food processor or table-top mixer. While the motor is running, add the egg and about 250-300ml lukewarm water, until a soft dough is formed. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth, about 5-10 mins. Leave in an oiled bowl, covered with oiled cling film, in a warm place until doubled in size – about 1 hr.

  2. Knock back dough by squashing with your fist, and divide into 20 even-sized pieces – keep covered with a clean tea towel so they don’t dry out. Shape each into a sausage and place on an oiled baking tray. Cover with oiled cling film and rise until doubled in size again.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Remove film and cook buns on top shelf for 8-10 mins, until golden. Cool on a wire rack. To decorate, mix icing sugar with a little water until stiff but spreadable – add food colouring, if you like. Dip in the top of each bun and scatter with sprinkles.

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5th Jul, 2020
I really enjoy making these. Going to experiment with flavours to fill them with also. I normally add some cinnamon though to the dough.
13th Jun, 2020
Just made these and they are fabulous. Used my bread machine for the hard work, and 250ml of water. They were a bit "rustic" in shape and size, but tasted sooo much nicer than shop bought ones.
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Philippa Coward
5th Mar, 2020
Having read others’ comments and then making it myself. there’s definitely something wrong with this recipe. My view is that it’s the quantity of water. I reserved 50 ml and even so, the mix was wet. I then added more and more flour which made it unworkable. Either add the water in small increments or find a better recipe and don’t waste your ingredients like I did!
19th Oct, 2015
Despite using said bread mix the dough is VERY sticky, a lot of extra flour when kneading is necessary. Turned out nice and soft and fluffy though and you can go to town with different icings! :) I cut a slit in mine horizontally and loaded with strawberry and apricot jams as well.
kateisabelle's picture
6th Sep, 2014
looks really nice will try it soon
13th Jul, 2014
These iced buns are really yummy!
23rd Jun, 2013
Made these with my nephews and niece (3yr-9yrs). Although the dough was a bit sticky and a fair bit of extra flour got added whilst kneading (which the children did), they turned out fantastic! Will definitely make again.
5th Apr, 2013
Made these today with my children. Followed the advice and made using my usual 500g bread machine recipe plus the sugar and egg. It was very wet and hard to work but tastes wonderful. Will never buy shop bought again! Might try with less water to compensate for the egg next time, there will be a next time.
11th Oct, 2012
These are so cute and great fun to make with the kids. And as far as naughty treats go this is ways less bad than a muffin!
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1st Aug, 2012
My grandchildren (and their parents) loved these and they were so easy to make. I didn't use a bread mix, just my usual white bread recipe for my breadmaker. I whisked up the egg and then added water to the 300ml mark and didn't find the dough sticky at all. Sugar was just the right amount to sweeten the buns without making them over sweet. I shall be making these a lot.


Darway's picture
8th Jun, 2019
New novice baker here. When you say "Leave in an oiled bowl, covered with oiled cling film", do you mean sunflower oil? Also "oiled baking tray", can you use greaseproof paper? Thanks
goodfoodteam's picture
10th Jun, 2019
Thanks for your question. You can use any mild oil for this, sunflower or vegetable are good options.
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