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Blackberry and chocolate fairy cakes

03 August 2017

These pretty little fairy cakes are egg and dairy-free, making them ideal for grandchildren with allergies or dietary requirements.

Vegan blackberry and chocolate fairy cakes
Egg and dairy-free blackberry and chocolate fairy cakes

Preparation time

15 minutes

Cooking time

20 minutes




For the cupcakes

  • 250ml almond milk
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 80ml rapeseed oil
  • 1tbsp vanilla seed paste
  • 210g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 120g blackberries, chopped if large

For the icing

  • 150g icing sugar
  • 20g blackberries plus extra to decorate


These pretty little cupcakes are egg and dairy-free, making them ideal for grandchildren with allergies or dietary requirements. The rich chocolatey flavour and the tart blackberries make a delicious combination.

1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan and line two bun tins with fairy cake size cases. In a bowl beat together the milk, sugar, oil and vanilla until combined.

2. Reserve 2tsp of flour then in a separate bowl sieve together the flour, cocoa and baking powder. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until all combined. Sprinkle the reserved flour over the blackberries and gently shake them until they’re coated then gently stir into the batter.

3. Divide the mixture between the cake cases, bake for 20-24 minutes until the cakes spring back when you gently press the tops. Leave to cool completely.

4. While the cakes are cooling, make the icing. Roughly mash the blackberries and stir into the icing sugar.

5. When the cakes are cold spread the icing over and top with a whole blackberry.

Cooking tip

These work best in smaller fairy cake cases. The cakes can cook and rise quickly without drying out. We’ve used almond milk but you can use any milk you prefer.

Nutritional information

Per cake: 177 kcal, 3.9g fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 24g sugar, 0.2g salt

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