Vanilla fairy cakes recipe

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Vanilla fairy cakes
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Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time15 mins (may need an extra 3 mins)
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Whip up a batch of these vanilla fairy cakes in just four simple steps. Each sponge is infused with vanilla extract.

The icing is also flavoured with vanilla extract as well as icing sugar, butter, and condensed milk. The icing is smooth and creamy and really compliments these vanilla fairy cakes. Decorate with a choice of sprinkles, chocolate chips, or edible flowers.


For the fairy cakes:

  • 125g (5oz) plain flour
  • 250g (9oz) condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 85g (3oz) margarine or butter
  • 1½ tsp baking powder

For the frosting:

  • 200g (7oz) icing sugar
  • 55g (2oz) margarine or butter, softened
  • Few drops vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp condensed milk
  • Sugar sprinkles or cake decorations, to decorate

You'll also need:

  • 12-hole muffin tin
  • 12 muffin cases




  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4).
  2. Place the flour, condensed milk, egg, vanilla extract, margarine and baking powder in a bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer for 2-3 mins until pale and fluffy.
  3. Spoon into the muffin cases and bake for approximately 15-18 mins until springy to the touch and golden brown. Cool slightly then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  4. Beat the icing sugar, butter and vanilla with enough condensed milk to bring the mixture to a soft consistency. Spread or pipe onto the cakes. Decorate as desired.

Top tips for making vanilla fairy cakes

To make chocolate frosting, beat 3tbsp of cocoa powder into the icing. Make sure you sieve the cocoa powder otherwise you'll end up with chocolate lumps in the icing.

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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