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Mini Buns With Coloured Icing

I nearly always make tiny buns for a birthday because the children (in my experience) only want a little taste of everything and I am sick of finding half eaten buns around the house days later!!!


  • The Buns

  • 110 g Butter

  • 110 g Sugar

  • 2 Eggs whisked

  • 0.25 teaspoon vanilla essence

  • 140 g Plain Flour mixed with 1/4tsp Baking Powder

  • Icing and Coloured Sugar

  • icing sugar as much as you need

  • Food Colouring . Assorted

  • Water

  • Mixed Lollies . Sraties, jellybeans etc


  • The Buns:

  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 190c.

  • 2.

    Cream the butter, add the sugar and beat until light.

  • 3.

    Add the beaten eggs gradually, then the vanilla and lastly fold in the flour and baking powder, bring together. (or put all the ingredients into a food processor and whiz up until it comes together!!)

  • 4.

    Put into mini bun cases sitting in mini bun trays and cook for 7-10 minutes.

  • 5.

    Cool on a wire rack, before you ice them.

  • Icing and Coloured Sugar:

  • 1.

    Sieve 100g icing sugar into a bowl and add about 2 tsp of boiling water and a DROP (or more if you want good bright gaudy icing!) of your chosen food colouring.

  • 2.

    Beat with a wooden spoon and add another drop of water if it is too stiff to spread over the top of a bun, add more food colouring if you want a deeper colour!

  • 3.

    If you have made it too wet, just add more icing sugar.

  • 4.

    This will make enough to ice about 20-30 mini buns.

  • 5.

    I like to make a few different colours.

  • 6.

    Then when the icing is made, take a small palette knife, or a table knife and dip it into a cup of boiling water. This will make it easier to spread the icing and it will give it a nice glossy shine.

  • 7.

    Then if you want to put a smartie, or chocolate button or whatever, put it on now, before the icing sets.

  • 8.

    To make the couloured sugar, put 100g of icing sugar and 1 or 2 drops of your chosen colouring into a sieve, and sieve into a bowl - then sieve it all again.

  • 9.

    Keep doing this (maybe another 2 times) until the food colouring has tinted the sugar. Then spread a very thin layer of icing and dip the top of the bun into the coloured sugar.Cute !


If you want to you can add rasisins or chocolate chips to the flour

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