Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes

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  • Makes: 12

  • Prep time:

  • Cooking time:

    (may need an extra 5 mins)
  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Child friendly
  • Make in advance

Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes are so easy to make using store cupboard 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! These fairy cakes make the perfect birthday treat, party food or food gift for friends, family and little ones. Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes recipe is taken from one of her most famous books, Mary Berry's Baking Bible.

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.


  • 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


  1. To make this fairy cakes recipe, 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

Nutritional information

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

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Brilliant recipe so glad ro have met this lady in person!


we are making the cakes now



Mrs T

I think that's because you're using muffin cake cases - if you use the standard fairy cake cases, it makes 12 easily. Hope this helps.

Mrs T

This is my new 'go to' recipe for fairy cakes - it also makes 10 muffin size cakes (needs to be baked for about 15 minutes) and if you substitute a dessert spoonful of flour for cocoa powder, you get fabulous chocolate cakes.


the only bad thing is when i try to make them it only makes 9 cupcakes but its still a good recipe


today i am going to make the cupcakes and enter them in a bake off


i have not yet tried but from these comments it seems like it will turn out to perfection


i amde this dish and i turned out brilliantly


These turned out great,much better than the excuse they call fairy cakes on the supermarket shelves and so much more fun too!

Megs Mum

I made these cakes today with my 3yr old daughter. I'm useless at making cakes and normally buy packet mixes. This recipe was simple and the cakes were perfect. Very quick and great fun making them with my daughter.


These are the best they really work and are qutck and easy to do and good for children to get involved

Tristy Robbie

Great simple recipe my daughter loved making them also added 1tsp of vanilla essence to the mixture whilst mixing added a lovely creamy taste :-)


These are also good with the zest of a couple of unwaxed lemons added to the mixture. I drizzled a lemon juice and caster sugar mix over the top of each and then sprinkled a tiny bit of caster sugar in the middle of each for show.


I'd love to try these, they look fun to make and easy enough to do with my son




just made these cakes.they are delicious, I will be making them again

jessie rose

I'm just baking these at the minute, my two little sisters (both aged three) found the mixing the best part. I have to samy that i have tried many simple recipes but this is by far the best for little hands to get stuck into. Many yumy thanks from me and the kiddies!


i made these fairy cakes with my three year old grandson. So easy, so tasty and such good fun.

megan ramshaw

it is yummy


it is a brilliant recipe i have made it and it is gorgeous


lucky you! i would really like to give heartfelt thanks to Mary.


agreed, buns or fairy cakes, certainly not cup cakes


My Son has diabetes 1, I therefore need to be careful with sugar, sometimes a nightmare. I still used the ingredients as supplied, I also added in a bannana. did not put the top on, they turned out great. as a sweet I used one spooful of icecream. so anybody with any ideas for cakes for me much appreciated.

Sue, North Wales.

I added chocolate chips to the mixture & they were delicious. Love how easy these cakes are to make.😍


why have we in UK adopted the name 'cup cake' when for generations we were content to use the name 'buns' ? We use bun cases and bun tins, but apparently, we now produce cup cakes, strange.


I just took a batch of 24 out of freezer for party tomorrow and they are great!


Does anyone know if these are any good if frozen?



Raspberry blower

naughty smell ... tee hee


'Had to translate a little to accommodate my American cooker..I baked for 23 minutes on 2nd from top shelf on 375degree f ...maybe a few minutes over, next time 20 minutes. American flour not as good as British SR flour but results were not bad considering. I loved the convenience of this easy recipie.


Got burnt in the oven, I think 170C would probably be a better temperature rather than 200C. Also I found that the mixture was very dry(I probably did something wrong) so I added 2 tsp of milk to it to get the right consistency. I think I'll stick to the recipe my mum taught me, never goes wrong!


how dare you use that word around mary berry!


#WARNING# if you are planning to cook these cakes in a fan oven. Pre-heat your oven to 170c and cook them for 12-15 minutes. After this time check your cakes with a cake tester or cocktail stick and if the stick comes out clean when inserted into the cakes then they are done. If your stick comes out with mixture on it then put your cakes back into the oven for another 1-2 minutes. Continue this method of cook check until the cakes are cooked. Hope this helps =D.



Stick your head in an oven

Learn how to spell before attempting to write a comment. Idiot!





barbra queen dilly

I think lemon icing goes very well with it too ....................

barbra queen dilly

I love this recipe it made 12 cupcakes!!!!


being new to cooking, found this recipe a fantastic help for a novice like myself, very pleased


thisvb recipye dsucvks


Yes,fairy cakes have been around a lot longer than the modern craze of muffins and cup cakes are and require fairy cake paper cases. This recipes makes 12. I think they are much less sickly and still perfect for children.


Really good recipe. Light, fluffy and easy to make!


Thiese are the easy things I have made and they tase so nice :)


Very easy recipe for children to follow . Five year old nephew had great fun

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