Fairy cakes

    40 min

    These little buns are so easy! Excellent for making with children on a rainy day. Decorate with chocolate buttons, hundreds and thousands, jelly beans, jellied diamonds or any other decorations.

    172 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • For the sponge
    • 2 eggs
    • 115g sugar
    • 115g self-raising flour
    • 115g butter, melted
    • For the icing
    • 135g icing sugar
    • 55g butter
    • 30g cocoa powder, sifted
    • To decorate
    • White chocolate buttons
    • Milk chocolate buttons

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C /Gas 4 and prepare a 12-hole bun/muffin tin with paper baking cases.
    2. Whisk together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
    3. Gradually add the flour and the melted butter, gently folding the mixture together.
    4. Pour the mixture evenly into the paper cases.
    5. Bake the buns for 10-15 minutes, until golden on top and a skewer inserted carefully into one of the buns comes out clean. Allow to cool for ten minutes on a wire rack before removing from tin.
    6. To make the icing, whip together the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder.
    7. Once the buns are cool, ice them liberally and smooth with a knife.
    8. Decorate with chocolate buttons. A pretty way of doing this is to stick them on at a 90 degree angle in layers all the way around so that each cake resembles a chrysanthemum flower.

    How to ice cupcakes

    Watch our How to ice cupcakes video to see how to dress them up or down for any occasion!

    Recently viewed

    Reviews & ratings
    Average global rating:

    Reviews in English (41)


    Something else. I agree with crazydaisy on this one... I mixed the butter and sugar together first, then added 1 egg at a time with half the flour. This is to stop the egg curdling the butter. Apart from that a great recipe. For lunch boxes I remove the cake from the case, cut in half and put the butter icing in the middle.. it just stops them from ending up with the icing all over the container.  -  10 Feb 2010


    Took shortcuts. Lovely recipe for nice light and fluffy sponge, i used the same quantity of ingredients, but i whisked the butter and sugar together until it goes a light colour, i then added the beaten egg and flour and whisked again for about 3 mins, i put mine in muffin cases and cooked for 15 mins at 180* then i cooled them on a rack and added some icing, i made some into spiders with cut plastic bendy straws for legs, some white choc buttons for eyes and a few sugar balls for the pupils, the rest i added green icing and put some jelly worms on, the icing i used was just icing sugar and few drops of water and food colouring bought from Asda as its natural with no added colourings. A really nice and easy recipe.  -  11 Aug 2009


    No mention of cocoa powder in the sponge recipe? Icing recipe was far too dry.  -  07 Dec 2011