Basic fairy cakes

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  • Serves: 12

  • Prep time:

    plus cooling time
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  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Child friendly
  • Make in advance

Fairy cakes are always a great treat for children, especially at kids' parties. This basic fairy cakes recipe is ideal for beginners, as it's a simple and easy recipe for fairy cakes that can be made and decorated with kids. This fairy cake recipe makes 12 fairy cakes and will take around 35 mins to prepare, bake and decorate. These party favourites are great to make with the kids, because they're such an easy bake - the kids will have so much fun baking them with you, as well decorating them and, of course, eating them! And the best thing about these fairy cakes is you can decorate them as creatively as you like. Once you've mastered this basic fairy cakes recipe you can try other variations including chocolate fairy cakes, strawberry or even red velvet.


  • 100g (3½ oz) self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 100g (3½ oz) soft margarine or butter, at room temperature
  • 100g (3½ oz) caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1tbsp milk (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (355°F, gas mark 4). Take a 12-cup bun tin and put paper cases in the cups. Sift together the self-raising flour and baking powder.
  2. Add the butter or margarine, sugar and eggs, and beat with an electric hand whisk for about 2 mins until well mixed. If the mixture is too stiff, add a little milk and mix again.
  3. Divide the mixture evenly between the cake cases to about half full. Bake for 15 -20 mins until risen and just firm.
  4. Cool slightly, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Ice and decorate the cakes - be as adventurous as you like!

Nutritional information per portion

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  • Calories 40(kcal)
  • Fat 8.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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James Atkinson

The time set [about 15 mins] was perfect however the cakes were far to buttery and I feel that half as much, if not less butter was required.


I made these cakes with my nephew's it was very fun and and easy to make we all enjoyed making them and eating them.We got very messy and they came out great.


thanks i had to make some basic fariy cake in school but you saved my life thanks for the recipe.


thank for the recipe just for fun. i am only 12 and i forgot to put in the sugar


i accendently put a tablespoon of baking powder so my cakes was massive!! My family fount it funny but tasted good still.


Thanks for the recipe. Made these for my mum for mother's day when she wasn't in the house (don't worry I'm 13 ^_~ ) My mum loved them thanks.x


These look lovely, but I ended up making 20, because when I mad 12 like suggested they went so big that they where out of control! Thanks

Millie Robinson Christy

Thanks for this recipe, it is for my cousin's birthday party and I'm only 10 so I will find it very easy.THANKYOUx


My last comment said these were easy to make and I have just put them in, and five minutes later they're MASSIVE! Thanks for this recipe, my fairy cakes sure look yummy!!


These cakes were so easy to make! I just put them in the oven and am hoping they turn out brilliant. The milk in them seemed to work wonders!? Fingers crossed. I also made the mistake of tasting some, forgetting it had baking soda... will that affect me in any ways???

Leah Ledger

thank you they were great evan though i am only 10 great webste once again thank you XxX


this recipe was super easy to make as i'm only 9 this recipe was easy to follow


i would just like to know which vinigar to use,white or black?


I think this website is really helpful to people who carn't cook i'm very glad i found this website on the internet... it's great!! x


for a lighter sponge omit 1 egg and add 3 small drops of vinigar this breaks down the fat and you cannot taste the vinigar when they are cooked try it and see my mother gave me the recipe when she was alive and like most people i went yuck vinigar but it worked so i always cook with it now.

Toby Scholes

WOW thankyou for your help. i have just made all different cakes using this recipe and they are fab!!!!! i am only 27 and i done it all on my own THANKYOU x


my daughters seven and she made them for me!! its such an easy recipe to follow and i think it should win a cake comp!


wowowowowow!!! that song is about these cakes!


I used this recipe to make mothers day cakes. I am 13 and found the recipe very easy and simple to follow and i used roll out icing to make petals to decorate them. But more importantly my mum loved them!!!!!

Jade :)

I am 12 years old. I LOVED these cakes and everybody I know who has tasted my bakin says what i make is gr8!!! Thanx so much! Success!


So easy to make and delicious! Perfect.


Making these for food tech tomorrow, normally I just mess around so I picked these... They look nice and easy;)

Chloe =]

I am 12 years old and I had a cooking exam.. I PASSED IT BECAUSE OF THOSE YUMMY CAKESS WHOO! Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooo.. ooooooooo...much :)


These are like the best cake,, YUUMMYY Has 1 with me rite now :DDDD They are very very tasty;) xxxxxx Cheers Alot;)


were goin to make these in tech yay the look yummy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


mmmmmmmm, i love CAKE :) :) :) yummmmyyyyy :):) my boyfriend likes cake too :)


They taste gorgeous! i love them i am only 11 and everbody liked them!!!!!!!!!! thank you for the recepie


I'm baking these for a picnic, any ideas for a nice topping?

fairy cake stand

This recipe is just what my two girls have been looking for. They are so pleased with it and will be baking this weekend. Going to the shops now. They have pictures of the cakes on a fairy cake stand. Thanks for making my girls happy.

alex and elyse :)

they are in the oven, but they don't look right, haha, they smell nice though!


one word AMAZING!

Sexy Babez

They taste gorgeous! One of a kind! Unlike the kids im scoffing them


i will make them they sound nice mmm


Well i made these cakes for halloween like planned, made some with chocolate on top, some with red icing & some with black icing. They went down a treat! Kids were coming to door asking for them lol mind you, now i can't get enough of them, they are fab!


To Rebecca, thank you for the less cals version. I am making these for kids Halloween & this is important for their diet. Cant wait to try them!!


we put the amount of ingredients that it said and all of the cakes turned out huge!! with big humps on the back of them but they tasted delicous..x!


I tried the recipe and baked the fairy cakes for the rest of my family and they simply loved it. Thank you for sharing :D x

Chloe Rothwell

Well i tried a different recipe from one of my dads grandmas cook books and it was relly wird and the cakes turned ourt horrible. My dad was shocked because when his grandma usesd to make them they were good and tasted good. I was just looking for a simple recipe that made nice fairy cakes and this recipe did it!!!!!!!!!


how do you work all of these out in table spoons if you dont have scaless??


Hi Thanks for the great recipe, however I used the ingredients as stated and they workout to about 95cals each, I used half spoon sugar and I used flora extra light to ensure calories were kept to a min. Fab recipe so simple... Thank you xx


Hi, These cakes are lovely! Try putting a tsp of Vanilla Essence in then at the end before baking them, it just finishes them off!! Great recipe, will be passing it on!! Thanks!

Jank Pickering

Hi goodtoknow, I used this recipe yesterday and the cakes were beautiful. Unfortunately my dog, (she's called Jemma), ate the last 3. Thanks a lot for the recipe, I have already told my friend Dicky about the site, and he is making some for a party on the StairCat next week he was so impressed! Thanks again x

Emma Pickering

YUMMIE!!!! There great!!! They were for my teachers last day at school... she loved them... i will definately tell my friends about this website and the yummy cakes... the only bad thing is that my dog (he is called jank) ate the last two! thanks =)


These are quite simply the best buns I've EVER made or tasted. I've made them about 5 times now, and they have come out perfect every time. I use marg not butter, and I always add the milk. So scrummy. I'm going to make double the batch in a minute to take to work tomorrow, in celebration of my 30th! Ideal for picnics, packed lunches, and keeping in the freezer ready to defrost for when unexpected guests drop in for afternoon tea.


Hey I am 12 and want to earn money by selling these yummy cupcakes for tomorrow. I tried to twist up the flavours and made all sort of ones. They turned out AMAZING and I hope my customers like them too. Any tips on how to make my cupquakery better?


I agree I've just made these instead of my usually recipe and I think there's too much egg next time I think ill use 2small eggs or increase the rest of the ingredients

Patricia Sparks

Cooking now! Looking good! I ought to know how to cook these but I have a memory like a sieve! Gonna ice and eat for tea x


I made 12 cakes with this recipe with my 10 year old daughter and it was the first time we ever did any baking. They turned out really nice. The cakes were gone in a flash so we made some more again and we used the same amount of ingredients for 18 smaller cup cases and they were just right. Everyone loved them. They were really spongy and soft and we topped them with lemon icing. We multiplied the ingredients by 4 and we made 72 cakes. Thank You


Nice and easy to make and tasted great

Ellie C

Lovely light cakes and so simple to make


Hey, im doing that today, im 12 and i love baking with my auntie :) i hope they work cos i have hungry family waiting for yummy cakes!!!


we made this this morning the two grand daughters and I found it really easy a treat for us and some for mum and dad later in the new house


I tried it, it tasted very good thanks for the recipe


wonderfully easy I added 100grams of raisins and 50grams of dessicated coconut. lovely

Diane Watson

Update... .... all good :)

Diane Watson

Thanks for this simple recipe. We are making these (24) for Sport Relief Day @school tomorrow, looking good so far, we are losing the art of cookery sadly :( Good that my lad is taught it in school, though (Special school) . Will update and let you know :) Hurrah for home cooking! :)

Rose Hardingham

I have just made these cakes and they are great i put a little bit of white iceing on top and a pink sweet in the middle (GREAT) i will make these again,

Katy goodtoknow Recipes

Glad you enjoyed them Lilly - bet your friends are pleased!


i made these fairy cakes yesterday i made 12 and their all gone now so i must of done somthing write :) im making somemore today for my friends at school to try my cooking :) x


if u buy a box of iceing sugar it should tell u on the back of the box ! :)


hi im 12 and im making these fairy cakes tomorro on my own :/ looking at the recipe it looks quite easy to do but there may be a bit of a mess haha :) so wish me luck for tomorro thanks bye :)

Katy goodtoknow Recipes

Hi Alicija. Sorry to hear that - we'll try and get to the bottom of it! A couple of things could be going wrong. Make sure you are using large eggs not medium. Once the eggs and flour are added to the mixture don't over mix otherwise the mixture will be heavy rather than light, and make sure they get in the oven straight away otherwise the cakes will lose. Good luck!


hi there, i have tried the recipe 5 times without success :-( my fairy cakes taste very strongly of egg, are dark in colour and the texture is more heavy than light, like sponge. i have used medium sized free range eggs, white caster sugar, white self raising flour, stork baking margerine, baking powder & a few drops of vanilla essence. i have used an electric hand whisk to cream ingredients together. before baking the mixture has been light and fluffy. i am mystified as to what is going wrong. can anyone cast any light? much appreciated thank you x x

Ciara Cake

i love the cakes they were delish !!!! :D ill be making them again definiety !! but one problem it doesnt tell me how to make the icing :S !!!


mmmmm.... still licking the bowl :D

Helen 40

I made these cakes for my son's stall for children in need fundraising and they were so easy Im going to make some more for his packed lunch and they are yummy:)))))


These cakes were beautiful,,,We loved them :) Yumm /yummmm

emily <3

i am making these tomorrow for my little cousins pool party looking at these coments ive made the right recipe choisexxxxx


i loved these..made them for my best friend thanks

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