Fairy Cake Recipe

As with larger cakes, these Fairy Cakes can be finished with icing and other cake decorations, such as sprinkles. This fairy cake recipe is quick and easy to make especially if you are using a food processor.

  Time to cook

  Preparation Time: 10 mins.

  Cooking Time: 15 mins.

Total Time: 25 mins.


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Fairy Cakes


125g butter
125g caster sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
2 large eggs
125g self-raising flour, sifted
2 tablespoons milk


  • By Hand Method
    • Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl and then add the vanilla essence.
    • Add the eggs, one at a time, adding a spoonful of flour between each.
    • Fold in the rest of the flour and then add a little milk as needed.
  • Food Processor Method
    • Add the butter, sugar, vanilla essence, eggs and flour to the food processor and blend until smooth.
    • Add a little milk and pulse - add enough milk to achieve a soft, dropping consistency.
  • Divide the mixture between 12 bun cases in a muffin tin. Bake in the oven at 200°C (Electric oven | Electric fan oven 180°C | Gas Mark 6) for 10 - 20 minutes until cooked and golden on top. Don't overcook the fairy cakes otherwise they will dry out. Lift the fairy cakes out of the muffin tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • For a simple icing topping, add a little water to some icing sugar until you have a smooth paste. When the cakes are cool, drizzle some icing mixture over the top. These fairy cakes are best eaten on the day they are made.

  This recipe was last updated on 30 October 2009



28 Apr 2012

dad n 2 little lds 7 n 4 yrs old baked these wonderful buns and they say they are more lovely than lovely a real fun and easy recipe but 15 mins quite must av been the best 4 dad


17 Apr 2012

Great cakes the whole family loved them! Covered them in chocolate left over from Easter eggs!


15 Feb 2012

Great and easy recipe! Everyone enjoyed.... Camasino Team


15 Feb 2012

I hope to make these in the next month. But for people who live in other countries, such U.S.A., you should add U.S. conversions next to the metric ones. And also add on the homepage that these are also known as Cupcakes. Cool!


29 Jan 2012

Very impressive recipe. Great for kids!

  Y4 of Camrose Primary School

09 Dec 2011

We had great fun using this recipe. We made some awesome cakes got amazing results. Thanks


31 Oct 2011

wow this is a fab cheap and easy recipe

  first time bakers

25 Oct 2011

We really enjoyed doing this recipe. It was great fun!!!!!!!!!! The cakes turned out really good and tasted amazing!


13 Apr 2011

This recipe was fab!!!!!!!!!! We made muffin size cakes and there yummy!!! Thank you for a quick and easy recipe.

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