Chocolate fairy cakes

    30 min

    Make some for your next party!

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    Serves: 16 

    • 175g (6oz) plain flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 75g (3oz) cocoa powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 300g (11oz) caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 250ml (8 fl oz) milk

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (gas mark 4). Line a bun tray with paper or foil cases. Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Fill the paper cups 3/4's full.
    3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Ice with your favourite icing when cool.

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    I've made these twice now and they're really nice. I don't bother putting the salt or bicarbonate of soda in the mixture. I agree that the mixture is very runny but works. The first time I made them in muffin cases and they made 15. They really rise in the oven so only fill 2/3 full in the case. The second time I halved all the ingredients to make less cakes and again they are perfect. I made chocolate buttercream icing the first time but it was too much chocolate so instead have vanilla buttercream now. Yummy! I would recommend to anyone who wants easy to make cakes.  -  21 Oct 2011


    I loved this recipe! At first i wasn't sure they were going to turn out right because the mixture was really runny, but it was good that the mixture was, because the cakes turned out fluffy but also like fudge cakes. I'm going to bookmark this recipe! Also i added the 300g sugar, i thought if your going to treat yourself to a cake, then why not go all out! P.s muffin tins only make 12  -  18 Sep 2011


    Something else. I put a chunk of chocolate into the middle using the end of a teaspoon to prize them open when just taken from the oven. May try with white chocolate next time!  -  18 Apr 2010