Simple Fairy Cakes

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    • Vegetarian
  • 74 Reviews

    5 star rating

Fairy cakes are a great recipe to introduce your children to baking and are a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy together. Let your creativity run wild when decorating.


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (fan 150°C, gas mark 3). Line a muffin tray with 10-12 paper cases.

  2. Beat together the butter and sugar, then add in the eggs one at a time mixing between each addition. Add the vanilla extract.

    • 100g Butter
    • 100g Silver Spoon Caster Sugar
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1 tsp Nielsen Massey Vanilla Extract
  3. Carefully fold in the flour until just incorporated.

    • 100g Allinson Self-Raising White Flour
  4. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden on top. Insert the tip of a knife into the cases to check that they are baked throughout. If they are ready the knife should be clean when removed from the sponge.

  5. Allow to cool on a rack.

  6. To make the icing, add a few drops of water to the icing sugar until the consistency becomes smooth and glossy. Add more water if needed, or if the icing becomes too runny add a touch more icing sugar to thicken.

    • 150g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar
  7. Spoon the icing on to each cake and decorate with a handful of coloured sprinkles.

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  1. 5 star rating

    Great highly recomend this my third time makeing them.

  2. 5 star rating

    Great so easy to make this is my third time making them highly recomend

  3. 4 star rating

    I made a fat mistake guess what I’m 10 and I opened the oven while the cakes were baking 😂😂😂😂 but they still smell amazing in the oven even tho there now flat fairy cakes 😂

  4. 5 star rating

    Like the last nine year old girl I did the exact same as her and I didn’t have any vanilla so I last that out there in the oven right now they smell sooooooo good I’m not nine tho but I made them myself I’m 10 and I can’t wait to eat them

  5. 1 star rating

    I would love to make them but I don’t have the ingredients to make the cakes 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  6. 5 star rating

    How good are these actually I haven’t even made them so I’m asking

  7. 5 star rating

    Yum yum. 51 first cakes made. Happy as Larry

  8. 5 star rating

    The cakes were delicious

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  10. 5 star rating

    I just want more

  11. 5 star rating

    Lovely best cakes ever

  12. 1 star rating

    no fairy disappointed

  13. 5 star rating

    It sounds good yum

  14. 5 star rating

    Just did them they are so good but I used a different book but there the same they were great with my brother who is 8 we loved them you need to try them I love backing I have made lots
    of cakes I have made a four tier cake and lots moreThey were so good !!!!!!! P.s you should try them they were so fluffy but you need to do double the amount to get 12

  15. 4 star rating

    I have not done it yet but they sound so good !!!!

  16. 3 star rating

    They haven’t risen much but they still taste good

  17. 5 star rating

    Amazing recipe made these with my 3 yr old son and will be making again so easy to follow and turned out delicious

  18. 5 star rating

    they were the best cakes i ever had and super easy and very fluffy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    the icing was a bit watery but made a million times better and whoever made this is the best

  19. 5 star rating

    It is so good It risen so high it was so amazing 😱😆😍😍❤️❤️👍👍😍😍lots of emojis because it is one of the best fairy cakes ever 🧁

  20. 5 star rating

    delicious & fluffy, best cakes i ever made

  21. 5 star rating

    it will be great thank you very much

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  23. 5 star rating

    really great!!!
    they're perfectly light and fluffy, and taste great too!

  24. 3 star rating

    They tasted great

  25. 5 star rating

    Well i have not yet tried them but looking at these comments i can tell they are easy and amazing

  26. 5 star rating

    Perfect every time. Added squeezed lemon juice to the icing mixture instead of water.. so yummy 😋

  27. 5 star rating

    Perfect and oh so yummy every time

  28. 5 star rating

    Love this recipe and the cakes turned out perfectly! Great introduction to baking with my 3 old, she loved decorating with sweets!

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  30. 5 star rating

    amazing i baked them today with my children who really enjoyed it, this will be something that i will bake again

  31. 5 star rating

    They were brilliant

  32. 5 star rating

    Very f openood recipie turned out delicious both icing and cakes super golden when we took them out 5 star absolute delicious bake!

  33. 5 star rating

    Made these today tasted fabulous . The first time I have baked since I was 13 and at high school now 55. This has made me want to try something else. Wish me luck

  34. 5 star rating

    I am 9 and I made these cakes on my own! They are a brilliant recipe and an easy step by step process. I did not have any caster sugar or un salted butter so I used salted butter and brown sugar. Worked amazingly I loved them!

  35. 4 star rating

    Easy to do just made my first lot of cakes

  36. 3 star rating

    Sadly didn't rise as much as I wanted them to, they are quite soggy and underdone. Try to put them into the oven for a longer time as they take quite a long time to cook. They only made 8 so try to double the recipe. I am quite disappointed but maybe they will be better next time

  37. 4 star rating

    They are amazing so tasty and easy to make I just love it

  38. 5 star rating

    made them, absolutely amazing 😄😋
    did not get 12 cupcakes out of it i got 6. maybe they were too big

  39. 5 star rating

    Amazing light and fluffy sponge. So easy to make too

  40. 5 star rating

    Loved making these cakes as part of my granddaughter's (we live together) home school day today. Simple to make and very yummy.

  41. 5 star rating

    Made these so many times now and delicious every time! Thanks for the fab and easy recipe

  42. 5 star rating

    My 10 year old daughter just made the and they were scrumptious

  43. 5 star rating

    i cant believe this was great.
    i am a student in year 9 and my i had a homework in food technology that was about how to make fairy cakes and guess what!, i learned it and was able to cook them at school and when i ate them, it was so delicious. my parents were even proud of me.

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  45. 5 star rating

    i cant believe this was great.
    i am a student in year 9 and my i had a homework in food technology that was about how to make fairy cakes and guess what!, i learned it and was able to cook them at school and when i ate them, it was so delicious. my parents were even proud of me.

  46. 5 star rating

    I am a 10 year old girl and I made it for my family as a suprise all by myself and they are very tasty and everyone enjoyed them and now with covid-19 and lockdown I can’t stop making them 😂😂🤣

  47. 5 star rating

    We made them today with the kids and they turned out fab! I haven’t baked since my teens and I’m now in my 30s so enjoyed the experience! We used 150g of everything and 3 eggs and found it was perfect for a dozen fairy cakes 🧁 thank you for sharing the above

  48. 5 star rating

    So easy one of my kids made it by themself and she didn't need any help she said it was so much fun to make and am only 10 on help needed at all and there were so easy and amazingly teasty 🍰

  49. 5 star rating

    It was lovely! First time baking and wanted to do something simple like this! Thanks so much for this lovely easy recipe

  50. 5 star rating

    Simple recipe but delicious! Having read the previous comments, and as I was using larger cupcake cases, I increased the ingredients by 50%.....150g of butter, sugar and flour, 3 tsps vanilla extract and 3 eggs. The mixture made 12 well risen cakes, perfect for butterfly fairy cakes.

  51. 5 star rating

    Lovely thank you x

  52. 5 star rating

    I think that it was very good my parents loved it and my brother.They were great just Great

  53. 5 star rating

    Beautiful cakes, so tasty! I am not a baker, but I followed your recipe. Fantastic simple step by step...I’m so happy with the resulting cakes!! Yum!!! I could only get 8 though but I add more important ingredients for more...made them a few times now...always great results...😘 - Sarah G.

  54. 5 star rating

    Bit of a disaster. But first time in my 52 years that I have followed an easy recipe to bake a cake!! Are them anyway! 🥳

  55. 5 star rating

    Easy to make, I'm 12 and made them by myself. It didn't make 12 cakes though

  56. 5 star rating

    omg love the cakes they were amazing cakes I couldn't stop eating the cakes

    love love love love from Polly spice

  57. 5 star rating

    My 9 year old has just made these with only me putting in oven and taking out x they are lovely and she is very proud x

  58. 5 star rating

    I made It with my little brother and my grandma it was so much fun and easy And were only three and nine years old a super ways to cook delicious things it is an amazing way to cook try it it’s amazing❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️I think I am a little chef 👩‍🍳

  59. 3 star rating

    Just make the cakes there, they turned out lovely. I had no caster sugar and substituted granulated sugar and I spread over 12 cases but should have just made 9 or 10 and so would have been bigger. Smelled amazing while cooking and taste deli

  60. 5 star rating

    Not only are these really easy to make but they also taste really nice, I managed to get 12 normal sized cupcakes out of the mixture. One of the best recipes I’ve done for a long time

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  62. 4 star rating

    They were so tasty and my children made it them self and they are only 7,10 and 12 . They were amazing but you should put rises stop so they rise and are puffy even more

  63. 5 star rating

    They were sooooo yummy!!! Me and my sister made them normally when we make fairy cakes they go all wrong but this time we were surprised at how well they came out. You should go try them!!

  64. 5 star rating

    Great just great

  65. 5 star rating

    So easy my kids made these all by themselves (they're 5 and 9). I've got to say, they were pretty tasty!

  66. 5 star rating

    Omg so goood may very well be the best batch of cakes ever in fortunately it didn’t make 12 cakes aaaaarrrrrggggghhhh

  67. 5 star rating

    I'm ten and did this by myself and its very easy but the cakes still come out amazing and very tasty

  68. 5 star rating

    yum! defo recommend!!!😋😋😋

  69. 5 star rating

    Really quick to make. Surprisingly easy and simple.

  70. 5 star rating

    Perfect for a quick bake and fun for novice bakers and experts alike! They turned out perfectly, although a little more mixture is not a crime! You might want to increase the measurements if your doing about 12, but fun and easy. They are very tasty and the icing is super quick! This is our first time using this recipe and this website, and we look forward you using this site and recipe again! If you are putting a tiny bit of baking powder in you might want to not do as much mixture. The only reason to increase the amounts is if you want more cakes, and if when your putting them in the cases, don’t be fooled if they look a bit low, they do turn out big!!!!! Love the recipe and hope others use it, 😀😀😀😀😉😉👩‍🍳🧑‍🍳🧁🧁🧁

  71. 5 star rating

    Delicious and smell gorgeous I added coco powder to the cake mixture to give them a lovely hint of chocolate

  72. 3 star rating

    quite good

  73. 5 star rating

    Hi I just popped it in the oven it smells amazing also you should add baking powder so it rises

  74. 5 star rating

    I am going to try them and there amazing

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