Halloween fairy cakes recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: easy
Prep: 30 min
Cooking: 10 min
(may need an extra 5 mins)
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  • Our Halloween fairy cakes make fun scary cakes to bake with the kids this October.

    Spider’s webs, monsters and vampires – make these Halloween fairy cakes as scary as you dare using writing icing and sweets. The kids are going to love baking, decorating and eating these spooky cakes. This recipe makes 12 fairy cakes in total and will take around 40 mins to make and bake. How long they take to decorate is up to you – and the kids! Get creative with your designs, from spooky spiders to ghoulish ghosts and maybe even some gruesome details with lots of red food colouring. These Halloween cupcakes are the perfect addition to any Halloween party food offering. Just double the quantity to make a bigger batch of cupcakes.


    • For the
    • scary fairy cakes:
    • 110g (4oz) butter or margarine, softened
    • 110g (4oz) caster sugar
    • 2 medium eggs
    • 110g (4oz) self-raising flour, sifted
    • 15g cocoa powder
    • 2-3 drops of vanilla extract
    • For the decoration:
    • Ready-to-use fairy cake icing in white and yellow (like Dr. Oetker Ready to Use Fairy Cake Icing)
    • Writing icing in various colours (we used black, red and green)
    • Mini, mini marshmallows
    • Chocolate stars
    • You'll also need:
    • 12-hole fairy cake baking tray
    • 12 fairy cake cases


    • For the scary fairy cakes: Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Place the baking cases into a 12-hole fairy cake baking tray.

    • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

    • Gradually beat in the eggs and the vanilla extract. If the mixture starts to curdle, add a little flour.

    • Fold in the remaining flour and cocoa powder with a large metal spoon.

    • Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the baking cases and bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 mins until well risen and firm to the touch. Remove the fairy cakes from the oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack.

    • For the decoration: Choose your desired colour of fairy cake icing, massage the pouch for 1 min to loosen the icing, then snip the corner off the pouch and pour a small amount of icing over each cake. Using a knife, spread the icing thickly over the fairy cakes.

    • Decorate the cakes using the writing icing and sprinkles to make scary faces. Make them as scary as you dare!

    Top tip for making Halloween fairy cakes

    Baking tip: Use a metal spoon rather than a wooden spoon (which retains moisture) to mix cake ingredients together at the end. Cut and fold the mixture with your metal spoon to keep the air in your mixture. Never beat at this stage.

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