Iced Fairy Cakes

Looking for a little something sweet? Fairy cakes are easy to prepare and always popular with their soft caps of icing.

Number of servings : 18 cakes

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Type of meal : | Cakes | Cakes

Special diet : | High fibre | Low fat | Heart Health | Low calorie


1⁄2 cup reduced-salt margarine
1⁄2 cup caster (superfine) sugar
2 eggs
1 cup white self-raising flour
1⁄4 cup whole-wheat self-raising flour
1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
finely grated rind of 1⁄2 orange
30 g dried apricots, thinly sliced, to decorate


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line a 12 cup and a 6 cup cupcake pan or muffin pan with cupcake cups.
  2. Place the margarine, sugar and eggs in a large bowl. Sift the white and whole-wheat flours and the baking powder into the bowl. Add the orange rind and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes or until smooth and creamy.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cups. Bake for about 20 minutes or until just firm to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. (The cakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days before being iced.)
  4. To make the icing, place the ricotta in a bowl and sift over the icing sugar. Add the orange rind and beat with a wooden spoon until well mixed.
  5. Spread a little icing over the top of each cake and decorate with a couple of dried apricot slices. Serve as soon as possible after icing.

Fibre-rich: Dried apricots are one of the richest fruit sources of iron and they provide soluble fibre. Using a mixture of whole-wheat flour and all-purpose flour increases the fibre content of these cakes without making them too heavy.

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