Easy Iced Fairy Cake Recipe

iced fairy cakes

Whether you are baking for boredom, teaching life skills to your little ones, looking for fun activities to do on an upcoming sleepover or short of treats for your youngsters’ birthday party. A simple fairy cake recipe is always essential to learn. Making delicious fairy cakes really are easy and fun to make too. Your kids can easily get involved and channel all their creative juices using creamy icing, mixing food colouring or learning how to craft butterfly cakes.

Check out our simple baking recipe below…

brother and sister baking and laughing.

Fairy Cakes Recipe (Makes 12) Ingredients:

  • 225g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
messy baking station


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C fan) and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper fairy cake cases.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Sift in the flour and baking powder and gently fold into the mixture.
  5. Stir in the milk to make a smooth batter.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the fairy cake cases in the 12-hole bun tin.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cakes are golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  8. Allow time to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Decorate with icing sugar or your favourite icing. Enjoy! Note: You can also add a tsp of vanilla extract or your favourite essence to the batter.
piping bags full of pink, red and white icing
multi-coloured sprinkles

Plenty of sprinkles

Bish, bash, bosh! Sprinkle away like the Salt Bae meme using multi-coloured sprinkles. If you are making cupcakes or fairycakes in the Winter, it may be worth using festive colours or even metallic sprinkles to re-create that icy look.

Decoration Ideas:

If you want to encourage your kids to become culinary artists and experiment with colour and textures then you should go all out with your decorations. Here are a few decoration ingredients you can add to your sweet fairy cakes to make them stand out from the crowd…

multi-coloured sweets

A handful of sweets

So simple and easy, adding a handful of sweets to an iced fairy cake is a cheap and cheerful way to decorate your cakes. Buy a packet of Haribo sweets and stick them on or jazz them up with some Millions or even some bashed-up biscuits!

If you want to use chocolate you can always shave a bar of chocolate over the top or put a piece of chocolate at the centre of your fairy cake in the batter before it goes into the oven. When you bite into it you’ll have a yummy chocolate filling!

small bottles of food colouring

Drops of food colouring

Ever heard of marbling? This technique is used when changing the colour and pattern of icing. Add a few drops of food colouring (different colours) near each other into your bowl of icing and then use a cocktail stick to drag the colours into one another. This technique is great for decorating fairy cakes at Halloween time. You can make cobweb designs, ghosts and crystal ball patterns. Experiment with blue food colouring, red food colouring, green food colouring, and all the colours on the colour chart!
pink buttercream fairy cakes

Buttercream Icing

There is nothing more delicious than thick, fluffy and creamy butter icing on top of a delicious fairy cake , oof! You can make butter icing at home using icing sugar and unsalted butter. People also tend to get creative with the flavours of buttercream using ingredients like vanilla extract, cocoa powder, orange zest or lemon zest.

If you are serious about piping patterns onto your fairy cakes then you can either buy or make an icing bag yourself. You’ll just need some scissors to snip the end of the bag or a collection of icing nozzles.

If you aren’t too fussed about how the buttercream icing looks, then spooning buttercream on top of your batch of fairy cakes is just as delicious.

iced fairy cakes

Glacé icing / Icing sugar

The go-to decoration we all know and love (that takes literally seconds to make) is the glacé icing technique. This icing is much thinner than buttercream and you can make it as drizzly or thick as you wish. You always need a lot less water than you think when making icing using icing sugar. Use Glacé icing if you want to achieve the drizzly icing look!

Have you got itchy fingers? Learn plenty more easy-to-follow recipes like our Fairy cake Recipe in our food & eating section of the Hub. We’ve got everything from your favourite cereal cakes like our Chocolate Rice Crispy Cake Recipe to Hot Chocolate Recipes and even a Christmas Cake Recipe.

If you would rather dine out somewhere for your desserts then you must check out food & restaurant articles! Discover everything from fluffy doughnuts and cheesecakes in our Desserts Places Near Me article. Find the frothiest milkshakes in our Milkshakes Near Me blog or check out the Northern Irish wonder that is the Pie Queen in our Pie & Mash Near Me blog.

Whether you’ve got the need to mead or you are finding new ways to supply your kid’s party with sweet treats, we hope you find lots of helpful inspiration from our food and baking articles. Happy baking! 

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