Scary Fairy Cakes

So the pumpkins have been carved and fingers are still in tact. Costumes and face paint are ready for the big dress up. Barmbrack is made and chunky, buttery slices sampled by all. Most of the charms are still hidden in the cake, bar one, the matchstick which I got!! Poor Me! See Halloween Barmbrack for the definition of each charm.

With a cold, rainy day threatening and a request for a ‘chill out’ day from the kids, we decided to keep the creativity going and make a few Scary Fairy cakes.

This is a recipe I make a lot as it is so simple, you just dump all the ingredients in the food processor and whizz together. It’s a great one for a cake sale for that reason and also because they are the fluffiest fairy cakes that melt in the mouth. Usually I make a chocolate butter icing using melted plain chocolate, I use a chocolate with 70% cocoa as I think any bitterness from the chocolate is diffused by the sweetness of the sugar and gives a rich chocolatey taste to the cakes.

However, for the day that’s in it, orange food colouring has been used for that Halloweeny affect and some melted dark chocolate for decorating.


  • 125g/4.5oz soft butter
  • 125g/4.5oz caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 125g/4.5oz self raising flour
  • Heaped tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk

Butter Icing

  • 250g/9oz icing sugar
  • 125g/4.5oz soft butter
  • A few drops of orange food colouring
  • If making chocolate butter icing, I use anything from 50g/2oz of melted chocolate, depending on how chocolatey you want the flavour. Cool the melted chocolate a little before adding to the butter icing.

Preheat the oven to 170c/325f/gas 3. Line a bun tray with bun cases, this mixture makes between 12 and 15 fairy cakes.

Put all the ingredients for the fairy cakes into a food processor and whizz until you get a smooth mixture. Spoon into the bun cases and bake in a preheated oven for approximately 15 -20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before decorating.

Next, either in a food processor or using an electric hand mixer, beat the butter and icing sugar together until like and creamy. Sometimes using a splash of hot water is needed to get the correct consistency. Add a few drops of food colouring, err on the side of caution until you get the desired shade of orange.

Have fun decorating the fairy cakes in spooky designs using melted chocolate, sprinkles or whatever you fancy!

Enjoy! And have a very Spooky Halloween!!!





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