Fairy Cakes and lots of other family friendly recipes for the summer holidays


Get cooking with the family with one of our child friendly recipes

The summer holidays are well and truly upon us and the cries of ‘what are we doing today?’ ring loudly. Put the children to good use whilst teaching them a life skill they will be eternally grateful for…and get them cooking! Children are never too young to learn and it may just mean you get a night off cooking ever so often.

This is a great easy ‘all in one’ recipe to get little ones to help with and slightly older ones to make on their own, they will love to impress you with their decorating skills!

Fairy Cakes


  • 125g softened unsalted butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 225g icing sugar (sifted)
  • 2-3 tbsp of warm water
  • Decorations such a hundreds and thousands, sugar flowers etc


  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/gas mark 6
  2. Put twelve cake cakes into each hole of a muffin tin.
  3. Put all the ingredients except for the milk into a food processor or mixer and blitz until smooth. Add the milk down the funnel whilst pulsing to make a soft dropping consistency.
  4. If doing in the traditional way, cream the butter and sugar, add the vanilla and then the eggs one at a time adding a spoonful of flour each time. Fold in the remainder of the flour, then add the milk
  5. Spoon the mixture evenly into the cake cases.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked and golden. Young children should be supervised when using the oven.
  7. Leave for five minutes and then carefully remove the cakes and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  8. When the cakes are cold put the icing sugar into a bowl and gradually add the water until you have the icing at a consistency that you like.
  9. Drizzle the icing over the cakes (you can use the back of a spoon to spread over the cakes) and then decorate with the decorations.
  10. Enjoy.

 Share your family friendly recipes…

We would love to see all your family friendly recipes, we were thrilled with all the entries in last month’s link up, over forty summer recipes.

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Sally is the publisher of Foodies100, the UK's largest directory of brilliant UK food and drink blogs and bloggers. Every day of the week, we promote the UK's best and most exciting blogs about food and drink.

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