Friend Cakes

Friend Cakes

Personalise cupcakes for your friends and family with an icing writing pen or alphabet letters.

Friend Cakes




Makes 12

You will need:

For the cakes

  • Self-raising flour (6oz/170g)
  • Caster sugar (6oz/170g)
  • Butter (6oz/170g)
  • 3 large eggs
  • Few drops of vanilla essence

For the decoration

  • Fondant ready roll icing (or regal icing or marzipan)
  • A little icing sugar/confectioners sugar
  • Alphabet candy letters or an icing writing pen


How to make Friend Cakes…

See steps in photos

  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180°C/350°F
  2. Measure out your ingredients.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until the mixture falls off the spoon and the grittiness has gone.
  4. Beat in one egg until the mixture returns to a smooth consistency.
  5. Add a third of the flour and fold in gently.
  6. Repeat steps 4 & 5, alternating beating in one egg and folding in flour until all the flour and egg is combined.
  7. Add about half a teaspoon of vanilla essence and mix in well.
  8. Fill a cupcake tray with cupcake cases and divide the mixture evenly between 12.
  9. Put the cakes in the centre of the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden and a knife comes out clean and transfer to a cooling rack.
  10. Roll out your fondant icing per the instructions to about ¼ cm thick.
  11. Use a cookie cutter to cut disks of fondant icing.
  12. Once cool, spread each cupcake with a little jam.
  13. Place a fondant disk on each cake.
  14. Write a friend’s name on each cake or, if you have bought alphabet candy letters, mix up a little icing sugar and water and add a little to the top of each cake before placing the alphabet letters on. Leave to set.


Friend Cake Tips…

  • You can use your own cupcake recipe for this.
  • If you would like chocolate cupcakes, substitute 1oz/30g of flour for 1oz/30g of cocoa powder and stir through the flour. Leave out the vanilla essence.
  • Use a butter/margarine that comes in a block and not a tub. The tub margarine tends to have more water in it and causes the cake cases to come away from the cake when they cool.
  • Cut the butter up into small pieces to make creaming easier and quicker.
  • Take the butter out of the fridge for a little while before starting the cupcakes to make it softer and easier to cream with the sugar.
  • If you’re using a food processor, beat one egg in at a time, then add all the flour in at once and ‘pulse’ the machine to keep the air in.
  • Try not to put too much jam on the cake as the fondant icing will slip.
  • Try not to put too much icing on the fondant if you are sticking letters on as it will cause the letters to slip before it sets.

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