Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes

(844 ratings)

What's my recipe book?


We know what it's like when you're browsing a site with as many recipes as ours. You find a brilliant recipe, want to make it again, but can't remember how you found it!

But we've solved the problem. Now, by clicking 'Save this recipe' or 'I cooked this' on any of our recipes, they'll be saved and grouped into your personal online recipe book. All you have to do is log in with your Facebook account to see them. When you click either of these buttons it will also tell your friends on Facebook what you've been cooking or saving so they too can give our quick and easy recipes a go (but you can turn this off at any time by visiting your 'My recipe book' page). Just click one of the buttons below or 'see my book' to get started. We hope you like it!

Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes
Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes
  • Makes: 12

  • Prep time:

  • Cooking time:

    (may need an extra 5 mins)
  • Total time:

    (plus decorating time)
  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes are so easy to make using storecupboard ingredients and they area ready in 30 minutes! This easy recipe shows you how to make a batch of 12 simple fairy cakes and how to decorate them with a simple icing and sweets. Get the kids to help you make these tasty fairy cakes; they can learn how to crack eggs and make smooth icing to drizzle on top of your mini sponges. This recipe couldn't be easier, but comes out perfectly every time - and everyone loves a fairy cake! Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes recipe is taken from one of her most famous books, Mary Berry's Baking Bible.


  • 100 g (4 oz) softened butter
  • 100 g (4 oz) caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100 g (4 oz) self-raising flour
  • 1 level tsp baking powder

For the icing:

  • 225 g (8 oz) sifted icing sugar
  • 2-3tbsp warm water
  • handful of sweets, to decorate

To make Orange Fairy Cakes: Add the grated rind of 1 orange in step 2. To make the icing, blend 225 g (8 oz) sifted icing sugar with the juice of 1 orange until you have a fairly stiff icing. Spoon over the tops of the cakes.


  1. Heat the oven to 200C fan, 180C fan, gas 6. Place fairy cake cases into a 12-hole bun tin, to keep a good even shape as they bake.

  2. Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat for 2-3 mins until the mixture is well blended and smooth. Fill each paper case with the mixture.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the cakes are well risen and golden brown. Lift the paper cases out of the bun tin and cool the cakes on a wire rack.

  4. Put the icing sugar in a bowl and gradually blend in the warm water until you have a fairly stiff icing. Spoon over the top of the cakes and decorate with sweets.

This recipe is taken from Mary Berry's Baking Bible, published by BBC Books, priced £25 and available from Amazon

Your rating

Average rating

  • 3
(844 ratings)

Your comments

comments powered by Disqus

    FREE Newsletter

    Plus get great deals and exclusive offers from Time Inc. (UK) Ltd and its partners.

    By providing your email address above you agree to the Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Policy

    Subscribe to Essentials

    Subscribe from only £22.99