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Two jammy buns on a small flowered plate. One bun is split open to see the strawberry jam inside.
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Jammy Buns

Easy recipe for jammy buns. Ideal for baking with children and for birthday parties. Essentially fairy cakes with a jammy surprise in the middle.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Teatime
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Fairy cakes
Servings: 12 cakes
Author: [email protected] Cooks


  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 125 g butter, at room temperature
  • 150 g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (5ml)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (5ml)
  • Jam for the filling
  • Icing sugar to finish (optional)



  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/ 180°C fan/ gas mark 6/ 400°F
  • Put a paper case in each hole of the bun tin - no need for greasing.

For the Jammy Buns:

  • Put all the ingredients except the jam into a bowl and mix together well with a hand mixer
  • Put a teaspoonful of mixture into each paper case to cover the bottom and make a slight depression. You should use about half the mixture, maybe a little more
  • Put a small spoonful of jam into the depression. Add another spoonful of mixture on top of the jam and smooth to completely cover it
  • Cook for 20 minutes
    Depending on your oven, you may need to turn the cakes after 15 minutes to ensure even browning
  • Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack
  • Sprinkle with a little sifted icing sugar before serving.


Jammy Buns will keep for at least a week in an airtight container, longer in the fridge.