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Reducing the food bills - make your own fairy cakes

One of the main ways of reducing your weekly food bill is to cut down on all the extras that you buy.  The crudites and cakes.  These are often rather expensive items and you can easily make them at home for a lot less.

I have certain recipes that I go back to again and again, as they never fail me and below is my fail safe chocolate fairy cake recipe.  There are also some great chocolate cupcake recipes on The Backing Mad Site.

Ingredients (Makes 18 cakes)

6oz of margarine
6oz of caster sugar
2 large eggs
5oz of self raising flour 
1 oz of coco powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 
half teaspoon of baking powder 
3 teaspoons of milk


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

Cream the sugar and margarine together together, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix until they form a smooth batter.

Put in to case cases and cook for 15 minutes.  If you are unsure if they are cooked or not then take a wooden kebab stick and poke in to a cake, if it comes away clean then the cakes are cooked.

They let the children lose with the sprinkles!


  1. Looks yummy! Flapjacks are a good homemade treat too, and super cheap. We stuff ours with loads of dried fruit :)

  2. This seems easy enough for a beginner like myself and my four year old daughter. Will give it a try and let you know. I am always looking for ways to cut down on my grocery bill. I now make my own bread which my family loves.


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