Orange fairy cakes recipe

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Orange fairy cakes
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  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories260 Kcal13%
Fat15 g21%

These orange fairy cakes are infused with a fresh, citrus orange flavour thanks to the zest and juice of an orange. 

Not only are these orange fairy cakes gluten-free, but they are also dairy-free too. Use gluten-free flour and baking powder as well as dairy-free spread. These fairy cakes take just 15 mins to prepare and 15 minutes to cook. One fairy cake is just 260 calories.


  • 125g (4oz) gluten-free plain white flour
  • 1 level tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 125g (4oz) dairy-free spread
  • 90g (3oz) Fruisana fruit sugar, plus 1 extra tbsp (alternatively, use 125g/4oz caster sugar)
  • 2 medium eggs
  • Grated rind and juice 1 large orange
  • 8 muffin tins, lined with fairy-cake paper cases




  1. Set the oven to 190°C (375°F, gas mark 5).
  2. Put the flour, baking powder, spread, sugar and eggs in a mixing bowl; add half the grated orange rind and 1tbsp water.
  3. Beat well with a wooden spoon until mixed. Spoon the mixture into the paper cake cases.
  4. Bake for 15 mins. Remove the cakes from the muffin tins and place on a wire rack to cool.
  5. Heat the orange juice in a small pan with the extra tbsp of sugar. Boil until syrupy.
  6. Pour over the hot cakes, then sprinkle with the rest of the grated orange rind. Leave to cool before serving.

Top tips for making orange fairy cakes

This recipe would work just as well with standard baking butter, baking powder and plain flour. You could also try this recipe with lemon or lime instead for an extra tangy, citruses version.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies