Mary Berry’s iced fairy cakes recipe

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  • Vegetarian
makes: 12
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 15 min
(may need an extra 5 mins)

Nutrition per portion

Calories 208 kCal 10%
Fat 8g 11%
Carbohydrates 33g 10%
  -  of which Sugars 27g 30%
Protein 2g 4%
Salt 0.5g 8%
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  • Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes are so easy to make using store cupboard ingredients and they are ready in just 30 minutes!

    This easy iced fairy cakes recipe shows you how to make a batch of 12 simple fairy cakes and how to decorate them. It’s super simple glace icing and sweets.

    Not everyone knows how to make cakes perfectly. However, with this recipe for Mary Berry’s iced fairy cakes you don’t have to have any previous baking experience to get a perfect result.

    It couldn’t be easier to whip up these these little iced cakes. The result is so rewarding too. These special cakes are the ideal recipe for anyone wanting to get into baking with the little ones. Easy to make with kids, Mary Berry’s cakes taste delicious and the little sweets on the top add a pop of fun and colour.

    These fairy cupcakes make the perfect birthday treat, party food or food gift for friends, family and little ones. You could even whip up a batch for school bake sales. This Mary Berry recipe is taken from one of her most famous books, Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.


    • For the cake:
    • 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 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    Top tip for making Mary Berry’s iced fairy cakes

    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.

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