Sophie Grigson’s flower power fairy cakes recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 30 min
Cooking: 20 min
(plus cooling time)
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  • Kids love to ice and decorate fairy cakes. Invite the grandparents over so the kids can show off (and eat!) their creations.


    • 110g (4oz) softened butter
    • 110g (4oz) caster sugar
    • 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
    • 75g (3oz) self-raising flour, sieved
    • ½tsp natural vanilla extract
    • Baking cases
    • To decorate:
    • 454g ready-to-roll white icing
    • Selection of food colourings


    • Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºC/gas mark 4). Place the baking cases in a fairy cake tin.

    • Cream the butter with the sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and vanilla extract, alternating with spoonfuls of flour. Fold in the remaining flour.

    • Divide the mixture between the baking cases. Bake for 15-20 mins until well risen and firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack.

    • To decorate, divide the icing into balls and add food colouring a drop at a time to create different colours. Using a rolling pin, roll out the coloured icing into thin sheets – if they’re sticky, dust with icing sugar. Use a cookie cutter or a knife to create flower shapes then lay different sized flowers to create your own individual designs – star and heart shapes also work well.

    Top tip for making Sophie Grigson’s flower power fairy cakes

    Give the kids free rein to decorate the cakes. Mix together 2tbsp of orange juice with sieved icing sugar and make a thick but easily spreadable icing. Divide into two bowls, colour each one with a few drops of food colouring and place a selection of 100s and 1000s, jelly diamonds and chocolate strands in bowls. Gather the kids around and set them to work!

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