Vanilla Fairy Cakes / Cupcakes

[adapted from recipe that my 4½ old daughter brought from school]

vanilla cupcakes


for the muffins

  • 2 large or 3 smaller eggs
  • ½ cup golden caster sugar
  • ½ bar unsalted butter – 125g (melted and cooled down)
  • 1½ cup self rising flour

for vanilla butter cream

  • ¼ bar unsalted butter – about 70g
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 pinches of fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup full fat milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract or 1 tbs vanilla sugar
  • few drops of food colouring – optional (I used natural pink food colouring made of beetroot juice)
  • sprinkles – optional


  • baking tray for 12 muffins
  • 12 paper muffin cases
  • electric whisk
  • piping syringe or just a knife

cupcakes for Valentines


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (356°F).
  2. Whisk eggs and sugar until fluffy, slowly fold in flour and melted butter and mix well.
  3. Scoop out mixture into muffin cases and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Remove from the muffin tray and leave to cool down.
  5. When muffins are completely cooled down cream together all ingredients for vanilla butter cream except food colouring and sprinkles.
  6. Once butter cream is smooth add colouring gradually to achieve desired colour.
  7. Top each cake with generous portion of the cream, spread it nicely with a knife or piping syringe, decorate with some sprinkles and and place in the fridge for couple of hours.

This recipe make 12 cupcakes.


When making muffins add few drops of milk if dough is too thick to scoop out easily.
Fairy cakes can be easily stored overnight in air tight container in the fridge.
Replace spotty sprinkles with heart ones for Valentine’s Day cupcakes.

Your thoughts…

  1. Margot, happy blog-birthday!!! Many more! It has been really a joy everytime I visit here.

  2. What lovely cupcakes!!! I bet it was nice to get your recipe from your child instead of the other way around!

  3. This is my favourite cupcake and that frosting is just so so yumm. Beautiful.
    How do you get your pictures so beautiful and clea any tips?

  4. Thank you for such a nice words! :)

    @Happy Cook – I use macro lens for most of the photos and then I edit them in Photoshop… believe me, they don’t look sooo good straight from the camera.

  5. Margot thank you for the info. I dont have special lens for taking close up :-(
    I always love your pictures.

  6. Wow a four year old made that. Color me impressed.

  7. Bentobird/Jenn says:

    Magical colors for the fairy cakes! So very pretty…!

  8. Classic cupcakes that look fancy and delicious.

  9. Nice recipe it looks nice i will try in my home . Now my mouth is full of water. YUMMY ….

  10. This is a fabulous treat!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *