Fairy cake recipe

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Serves: 12

By forkhandles

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  • 225g self-raising flour

  • 170g icing sugar

  • 225g sugar

  • 55g cocoa powder sifted

  • 1 bag white chocolate (or both, to decorate)

  • 225g butter melted

  • 110g butter

  • 4 free range eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4 and prepare two 12-hole trays with fairy cake cases.
  2. Whisk together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add the flour and the butter, folding the mixture together gently.
  4. Pour the mixture carefully into the fairy cake cases.
  5. Bake the fairy cakes for 10-15 minutes, until golden on top and a skewer carefully inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack before removing from the tin.
  7. To make the icing, whip together the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder.
  8. Once the fairy cakes are cool, ice them liberally and decorate with chocolate buttons

Additional Information

  • Nut Free

  • Gluten Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Cake/Dessert

  • Kids can help

  • Make Ahead

  • Kids party

  • cake

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  • IsItMeOr 24/04/14 16:21

    Not sure what went wrong with my icing - I ended up with a solid ball of unyielding stuff. I halved the icing quantities though, so maybe that was the problem??? Otherwise, seemed to work fine (I didn't get to eat any, as they all went!)

  • RuchedCurtain 20/01/13 22:17

    Really good recipe - melted butter takes out the effort of creaming/remembering to leave it out to soften. really yummy spongy texture too - top recipe!

  • MrsRhettButler 17/11/11 00:02

    Lovely fairy cake recipe, I will be using it every time now! I also found that it made much more than 12 though, more like 20 (big ones!) Very yummy

  • Tempingmaniac 19/10/11 15:59

    Made these today - great recipe and very fast. Made them in silicone fairy cake cases - worked really well.

  • loomer 26/08/11 22:16

    Superb recipe, wasn't convinced it would work without creaming the butter, but they were fantastic - so light and moist. We added some chopped pineapple and made icing with just sugar and pineapple juice. Definitely sticking with this recipe in future.

  • caesar04 16/07/11 13:44

    Easy peasy and delicious! Just spent a lovely half hour with DS making these as its a very rainy day today. He's having a nap while cakes cook and cool and we'll decorate when he gets up. Brilliant!

  • rachyaimeelou 29/06/11 18:36

    me and lo had fun making this, we also added marshmellows, didnt work but stil fun, the frosting was lovley and we decorated with silver balls and choc chips....makes more than 12 tho, we ended up with about 24 lol

  • bamboobutton 28/03/11 14:50

    i have also been searching for the perfect recipe for cupcakes/fairy cakes and this is a brilliant recipe. quick to mix up, no faffing creaming butter etc. rose beautifully and are wonderfully light i added lemon zest and juice to both cake and icing mix and it was deeelish!

  • SenoritaViva 25/01/11 15:43

    Have been searching for the 'perfect' fairy cake recipe for a while. This is it. We added choc chips added some orange essence, orange icing on top. Utterly delicious.

  • hotcrossbunny 21/01/11 14:19

    Recipe made 12 perfect muffin size cakes. Delicious and so easy! I added sultanas to the mix - yum!

  • nomorecake 05/10/10 16:01

    Perfect cakes every time. Versatile recipe, we add different things to it every time. My two year olds favourite things to make. As already mentioned the recipe makes more like 26 cake. And I tend to leave them in the oven for 20 mins. But 10 out of 10!!

  • leena17 03/10/10 18:17

    excellent, easy peasy

  • ladylush 26/11/09 23:23

    Fool proof recipe. I can't bake but these turn out lovely each time.

  • RubyBlueberry 02/09/09 10:38

    We made these but instead of icing and decorating we added half a pack of chocolate drops. They were super duper yummy (and faster to eat!)

  • dizietsma 23/08/09 16:35

    12? More like 26! Not that I'm complaining, who could complain about lots of fairy cakes? I made this with granulated sugar and they still turned out great, very moist and tasty.

  • mamadiva 05/06/09 08:21

    So simple even I can do it! Makes lovely cakes, really light and fluffy and also provides extra for a few more cakes/licks of the spoon :D

  • 27/03/09 14:37

    Made nice fairy cakes. We love cakes in our house so these went down a treat.

  • rosybud 19/03/08 15:55

    Makes really light fluffy fairy cakes, dd and friend loved them. Mixture would make more like 16 cakes than 12 or extra mixture to lick off the spoon (obv very crucial). Yum