Fairy cakes with crushed raspberry cream: the only vanilla cupcake recipe you will ever need

Fairy cakes are the ultimate kid’s birthday party staple. These fairy cakes with crushed raspberry cream are so easy and quite delicious and definitely elevate the simple fairy cake to something special.

I may be showing my age, but when I was young, no birthday party was complete without fairy cakes. These fairy cakes with crushed raspberry cream are so easy to make that a child can make them with minimal assistance. At the same time, the raspberry cream and the vanilla elevate them from normal fairy cakes and make them something special that could grace any afternoon tea tray.

Fairy cakes with crushed raspberry cream are simple, delicious and perfect for afternoon tea. Close up of a fairy cake with a cup of tea in the background.

#d1eeecThe recipe is based on one in Modern Classics Book 2 by Donna Hay (HarperCollins, Australia, 2003). In the Donna Hay version, they are not fairy cakes, but the base recipe is the same. I have a few tips for you, too.

What are fairy cakes?

Fairy cakes, also called butterfly cakes, are cupcakes with wings. They are cupcakes – often a sponge cake – that have had part of their tops removed, have been filled with cream or icing. The top that was removed is then cut in two and placed back on the cupcake to look like wings. They are also normally dusted with icing sugar to look like magic dust.

Half a dozen fairy cakes with crushed raspberry cream, dusted with icing sugar and perfect for afternoon tea or the next kid's birthday party.

The ultimate vanilla cupcakes

Whether or not you decide to fill these fairy cakes with crushed raspberry cream, you should save this recipe to Pinterest or whether you save your recipes.

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Why should you take note of it? This recipe is a busy Mum’s dream. It really is a ‘throw it all in the mixer and press start’ recipe. No separate creaming of the butter and sugar. You don’t have to sift the flour (though I normally just sift it straight into the bowl). The butter does not even have to be room temperature – just leave it out of the fridge for about 10 minutes.

This ‘all in one bowl’ approach also makes these fairy cakes with crushed raspberry cream ideal for any budding bakers who wish to try their hand. You might need to read the recipe, provide the right measuring cups and check for bits of eggshells, but the rest they should manage themselves.

Of course, it also means less to wash up afterwards.

A delicious fairy cake with crushed raspberry cream, partly eaten and pictured with a fork.

Like our moist chocolate cupcakes, this vanilla cupcake base is also a great staple to have in your armoury. It is a simple, yet delicious cake with a clear vanilla flavour. It works great with fruit or chocolate toppings and frostings, as a base for funfetti cupcakes, or with a simple icing and candy decoration for kids. Of course, these fairy cakes are still the quintessential children’s birthday cupcakes.

Quality is the key

Some bakers swear by quality ingredients, organic where possible. The argument is that you get what you put in.

I agree with this statement for three ingredients:

  1. Self-raising flour. Here it is not really a question of quality, but the flour should not be too old. Older flour results in flatter cupcakes.
  2. Cocoa. Good quality, unsweetened baking cocoa will make for better chocolate cupcakes. Poor quality cocoa will have higher starch levels and lower cocoa fat. This results in dryer cakes and biscuits.
  3. Vanilla. Especially in the case of a vanilla cupcake.

Imitation vanilla essence should not come near these cupcakes. I prefer not to use pure vanilla essence or bourbon vanilla sugar either. Instead, I use a good quality vanilla paste.

In this recipe, the quality of the vanilla makes a difference.

A fairy cake with crushed raspberry cream, in a scalloped patty pan and dusted with icing sugar, photographed from above. Easy and simply delicious. Yum!

Baking tip

This recipe is supposed to make 12 cupcakes. However, I often find that it makes 14. Instead of wasting the rest of the batter, I make the cupcakes.

At some stage, very long time ago, I read that you should put about a centimetre of water in any empty ‘cups’ remaining in the muffin pan. It apparently promotes even baking and keeps the tin from warping.

Personally, if your tin warps, it is probably a good indication that it is time to get a new tin. I’m not sure that there is actually any scientifically-proven benefit of the water, either.

That said, where there are only a few cupcakes in a tin, I do add water to the empty cups. I have a feeling that it helps the cupcakes rise and colour more evenly. This may be me just trying to convince myself that it is worth the effort.

What's left of a delicious fairy cake with crushed raspberry cream; pictured with scalloped patty pan, fork and fun melamine plate.

Try these fairy cakes with crushed raspberry cream for your next afternoon tea or kid’s birthday party

Fairy cakes are the quintessential kid’s birthday cupcake. These fairy cakes with crushed raspberry cream are simply delicious. Even better, they are so simple that your aspiring baker can do most of the work.

The vanilla cupcake is also definitely one to have in your arsenal – it’s so versatile!

When will you bake them?

Just a thought: Are you planning a dinosaur-themed birthday party for your little one? You could label these fairy cakes with crushed raspberry cream ‘Dilophosaurus cupcakes’ or ‘Corythosaurus cupcakes’. The ‘wings’ on the cupcakes resemble the head crests on these two dinosaurs. Easy, delicious and on theme!

Fairy cakes with crushed raspberry cream: the ultimate kid's birthday party cupcake. Simple and simply delicious
Close up of a fairy cake with crushed raspberry cream, on a fun blue plate. So simple and simply delicious - perfect for any kid's birthday party or afternoon tea

Fairy cakes with raspberry cream

These fairy cakes with raspberry cream are simply delicious but so simple to make that a child can even do all the work. They are the ultimate kid’s birthday party cupcakes.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Australian
Servings 12 -14 persons


For the cupcakes

  • 125 g butter at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2/3 cups caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

For the raspberry cream

  • 250 g frozen raspberries defrosted
  • 1 cup of double cream
  • 1 tablespoon of icing sugar sifted
  • Icing sugar for dusting.


For the cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 180°c.
  • Place the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, milk and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 4 minutes or until the mix is smooth and a pale creamy colour.
  • Line a muffin tin with 12 paper patty cases. Spoon in the mixture until it is three-quarters full.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes until cooked when tested with a skewer. Allow to cool.

For the raspberry cream

  • Place the raspberries in a bowl and crush lightly with a fork.
  • Add the cream and sift in the icing sugar and fold to combine.
  • Use a teaspoon to scoop out a hole in the top of the cake, reserving the scooped out pieces. Cut the pieces in half.
  • Fill the hole with the raspberry cream. Place two halves on top of the cream to resemble wings. Dust with icing sugar.


If you can’t find double cream – which has happened to me before – use mascarpone. You might need to thin it down a little with a little normal cream.
I use frozen raspberries. You can use fresh raspberries, but I find that frozen raspberries are often MUCH cheaper and were frozen while ripe. Just make sure that you thaw them out and drain them very well. Otherwise, your crushed raspberry cream will be sloppy.


Serving: 1gCalories: 285.04kcalCarbohydrates: 29.49gProtein: 3.9gFat: 17.29gSaturated Fat: 10.39gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 80.15mgPotassium: 84.94mgFiber: 1.78gSugar: 15.31gVitamin A: 626.37IUVitamin C: 5.58mgCalcium: 64.23mgIron: 1.12mg
Keyword birthday cupcakes, easy baking, fairy cakes
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Fairy cakes with crushed raspberry cream: the ultimate kid's birthday party cupcake. Simple and simply delicious; make some today! Close up image of fairy cake with pink wrapper

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