Jamie's Food Revolution Hits Hollywood

Tea party fairy cakes recipe

Who says fairy cakes are just for kids? Try Jamie Oliver's classy fairy cake recipe with fresh raspberry icing.

Jamie: "These fairy cakes are made using a simple sponge recipe, but then you can take them in so many different directions by making a variety of icings and toppings - far too many to mention here! So I'm going to give you one of my favourites. See what you think then have a go at making up some of your own toppings."

Makes 18 cakes


For the sponge

  • 225g unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs, preferably free-range or organic
  • 225g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 lemon

For the fresh fruit icing

  • 100g fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries or blackberries)
  • 150g icing sugar


To make your sponge:
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5

2. You can make your cakes like this (by hand), or in a food processor. Beat the butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon, until very light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each one in well before you add the next. Sift in the flour. Finely grate in the zest of the lemon then fold the mixture together.

To bake your cakes:

3. Place 18 paper cake cases into muffin tins. Use tablespoons to evenly divide the mixture between the paper cases. Put the muffin tins into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.You can check to see if the cakes are cooked by sticking a cocktail stick right into one of them. Remove it after 5 seconds and if it comes out clean they're cooked; if it's slightly sticky they'll need a bit longer, so put them back in the oven for another 5 minutes, or until cooked through and golden on top. If you cook them for too long, though, they will go dry so keep an eye on them.

4. Remove the cakes from the tins and transfer to a wire rack to cool

To make your icing and ice your cakes:
5. Mash up 50g of your chosen berries with a fork or whiz them in a food processor. If the fruit has pips you may want to pass it through a sieve to make it lovely and smooth. Sift over the icing sugar and mix until you have a smooth paste.

6. When the cakes have cooled completely, drizzle a teaspoon of your
icing over each one then top with the rest of the fruit - if you're using strawberries, slice them up first.

© Jamie Oliver

Photography © Matt Russell


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