Vanilla fairy cakes recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 15 min
(may need an extra 3 mins)

Quick and easy, we’ve added great ideas for these fairy cake decorations like topping with chocolate frosting or making rose decorations.


  • For the fairy cakes:
  • 125g (5oz) plain flour
  • 250g (9oz) condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 85g (3oz) margarine or butter
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • For the frosting:
  • 200g (7oz) icing sugar
  • 55g (2oz) margarine or butter, softened
  • Few drops vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp condensed milk
  • Sugar sprinkles or cake decorations, to decorate
  • You'll also need:
  • 12-hole muffin tin
  • 12 muffin cases


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4).

  • Place the flour, condensed milk, egg, vanilla extract, margarine and baking powder in a bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer for 2-3 mins until pale and fluffy.

  • Spoon into the muffin cases and bake for approximately 15-18 mins until springy to the touch and golden brown. Cool slightly then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

  • Beat the icing sugar, butter and vanilla with enough condensed milk to bring the mixture to a soft consistency. Spread or pipe onto the cakes. Decorate as desired.

Top tip for making Vanilla fairy cakes

For a chocolate frosting: Beat 3tbsp cocoa powder into the icing.

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