Glamorous fairy cakes

A retro twist to a childhood favourite – learn how to make fairy cakes then decorate for any occasion

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:15 mins
    Plus cooling time
  • More effort

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 193
  • fat 6g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 36g
  • sugars 31g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 2g
  • salt 0.2g


  • 140g butter, very well softened
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 25g custard powder or cornflour
  • 600g icing sugar, sifted
  • 6 tbsp water, or half water and half lemon juice, strained
  • edible green and pink food colourings
  • crystallised violets
  • crystallised roses or rose petals
  • edible wafer flowers


  1. Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Arrange paper cases in bun tins. Put all the cake ingredients in a large bowl and beat for about 2 mins until smooth. Divide the mixture between the cases so they are half filled and bake for 12-15 mins, until risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack.

  2. Mix the icing sugar and water until smooth and use a third on eight of the cakes. Divide the rest in half, and colour one half pale green and the other half pale pink. Decorate the white ones with crystallised violets, the pink ones with the roses and the green ones with the wafer flowers. Leave to set. Will keep for up to 2-3 days stored in an airtight container in a cool place.

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