Iced fairy cakes

Iced fairy cakes

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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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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TastyCat's picture
29th Apr, 2020
A simple and easy to follow recipe. I make these frequently with my 3 year old. Fun to decorate in different ways.
french_cook's picture
9th Apr, 2020
Very easy to follow recipe, foolproof. I didn't have any vanilla extract so I used orange extract instead and added some dark chocolate chips. They are lovely and light.
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Joanne Maguire
1st Apr, 2020
Very easy to do, really tasty cakes but beware for a fan assisted oven 20 minutes is way too long, needed rescuing after 10!
Cooking Kel
6th Oct, 2019
Lovely cakes! You only need half of the icing ingredients though.
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Joshua Golliker
10th Sep, 2019
first step- get a grown up to help so i called my elderly mother :)
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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.


31st Mar, 2020
How long can they be stored for and can you freeze them? Thanks in advance.
6th Jan, 2020
Hi, are these calories per cake definitely correct? 331 each seems very high considering there are only 245 in a standard size Snickers bar! Thanks.
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7th Jan, 2020
Hi James, The calories reflect the use of all the icing in the recipe, some commenters have said that you only need half the amount. This recipe was written for a step-by-step feature in our magazine with children doing the cooking, so the icing amount had a certain allowance for wastage due to their dexterity. Thanks for flagging it, I'll ask our nutritionist to take a look.
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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