Vanilla fairy cakes with white icing displayed on a ceramic cake stand

Fairy cakes

  • makes 12
  • Easy

These soft and spongy fairy cakes, flavoured with vanilla, are true classics – add extra decorations to jazz them up, if you like


Bake a batch of classic fairy cakes, then check out our lemon fairy cakesstrawberry cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes and more easy cupcake recipes.

Looking for more child-friendly bakes? Try our cornflake tart, rocky road and kids’ chocolate birthday cake.



  • caster sugar 125g
  • unsalted butter 125g, softened
  • eggs 2
  • vanilla extract 1 tsp
  • self-raising flour 125g


  • icing sugar 200g
  • milk 1-2 tbsp
  • food colouring, sprinkles, marshmallows to decorate (optional)


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cases.

  • Step 2

    Put the sugar and butter in a bowl and mix together until pale, soft and fluffy. Gradually add in the eggs and vanilla until combined, sift in the flour and mix until smooth.

  • Step 3

    Use a spoon to divide the batter between the cases. Bake for 20 minutes until golden and a skewer inserted come out clean.

  • Step 4

    Put the icing sugar in a bowl, and mix in enough milk to loosen until the icing just falls off the spoon. Add colouring, if you like.

  • Step 5

    Let the cakes cool completely and then spoon icing onto each cake, letting some drizzle down the sides, if you like, and decorate with whatever toppings you prefer.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 236
  • Fat 9.5g
  • Saturates 5.7g
  • Carbs 34.7g
  • Sugars 27.1g
  • Fibre 0.4g
  • Protein 2.5g
  • Salt 0.2g