Great Pink Bake Off

We held a Great Pink Bake Off cake sale at work in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. I decided to make old fashioned fairy cakes to donate to the cause & I spent a fun afternoon decorating the fairy cakes with my niece & nephew.

Here’s the recipe if you want to recreate the fun & deliciousness at home. 


  • 115g/4oz butter
  • 100g/3.5oz golden caster sugar
  • 115g/4oz self-rising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 drops vanilla extract

      For decorating:

  • 150g icing sugar
  • warm water
  • 1 drop of vanilla extract
  • 2-3 drops of pink colouring (optional)
  • 100s & 1000s and soft silver balls as desired


  • Preheat the oven to 180oC and line a 12 hole cupcake tin with 12 cake cases. If making heart shaped cakes, grease the heart shaped silicon mould using oil spray.
  • Cream together the caster sugar and the butter until it forms a light and fluffy consistency
  • Add the egg gradually, folding in some of the flour to prevent the mixture curdling.
  • Add the vanilla extract and mix
  • Fold in the remainder of the flour and the baking powder and mix together into a smooth batter (take care not to over mix the batter)
  • Divide the cake mix between the cake cases or heart shaped moulds
  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 mins. 
  • Once cooked, allow the cakes to cool before decorating

      For decorating:

  • Mix in 1 or 2 teaspoons of warm water into the icing sugar to form a smooth paste.
  • Add a drop of vanilla extract and mix in
  • Add food colouring and decorate with 100s and 1000s as desired


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