How Many Syns In A Fairy Cake? Find Out Here!

Updated on 
10 July, 2022

Are Fairy Cakes Slimming World Friendly? - Our Syn Guide!

If you are craving some fairy cakes or maybe you feel like baking, you will need to make sure you're tracking the syns in your fairy cakes in order for them not to affect your weight loss on the SW plan.

Are Fairy Cakes Slimming World Friendly?

Fairy cakes on average have around 5-5.5 syns depending on whether or not they are iced, making them average in syns for a small cake, we would suggest having them in moderation to avoid spending too many syns. 

To find out more about the syns in fairy cakes, we've composed a small syn guide below taking you through how many fairy cakes you can have on the slimming world, syn values, low syn alternatives and an SW recipe for making your fairy cake!

How Many Fairy Cakes Can I Eat On Slimming World?

At 5 syns for a fairy cake, you can have up to three fairy cakes before using up all of your daily syn allowance, making the average in syns.

Fairy cakes remain quite low in syns in comparison to other cakes since their ingredients are basic, consisting of a plain vanilla sponge and a little icing. Still, although fairy cakes have an average syn value, they can be quite high in fat and sugar, having up to 6g for just one little cake, so we would suggest eating them in moderation.

Syn Values Of Fairy Cakes

Fairy cakes all have a similar syn value, however, they can differ from brand to brand depending on the ingredients and icing, so to help you stay on track, we've listed some popular syn values of them down below.

  • Sainsbury's 6 Iced Fairy Cakes 192g Sponge Cakes with Icing and Hundreds and Thousands - 6 syns.
  • Asda 12 Fairy Cakes - 4.5 syns.
  • Howell's Nine Plain Fairy Cakes 280g - 6 syns.
  • Morrisons 12 Iced Fairy Cakes - 5 syns.
  • Sainsbury's 6 Victoria Fairy Cakes 303g - 12 syns.
  • Tesco Ms Molly's 12 Iced Fairy Cakes - 5 syns.
  • Aldi Holly Lane 12 Iced Fairy Cakes - 5 syns.
  • Essential Waitrose & Partners 6 Iced Fairy Cakes - 7 syns.
  • Tesco Ms Molly's 12 Fairy Cakes - 4 syns.
  • Co-op 6 Tea Time Fairy Cakes White Icing - 7 syns.
  • Asda 12 Chocolate Fairy Cakes - 4.5 syns.
  • Morrisons 12 Plain Fairy Cakes - 4.5 syns.
  • Sainsbury's 12 Fairy Cakes 235g - 4 syns.
  • Regal Bakery 12 Plain Fairy Cakes 280g - 5 syns.
  • Tesco 9 Easter Fairy Cakes - 6 syns.
Syn Values Of Fairy Cakes

Low Syn Alternatives To Fairy Cakes

If you find Fairy cakes to be too high in syns, or you are looking for another sweet treat like a mini cake, we've got some low-syn alternatives for you to check out below.

  • Cadbury Heroes Party Cupcakes 9 Pack - 25 syns.
  • Tesco 6 Celebration Cupcakes - 14 syns.
  • Maltesers 12 Double Choc Crunchy Munchy Cupcakes - 14 syns.
  • Tesco Red Velvet Cupcake 2 Pack - 14 syns.
  • The Cake Crew Mini Afternoon Tea Cupcakes 9Pk - 5 syns.
  • The Cake Crew Rainbow Cupcakes 4 Pack - 10.5 syns.
  • Tesco Chocolate Fudge 2 Pack Cupcakes - 14 syns.
  • Tesco Finest 9 Mini Cupcakes - 5 syns.
  • Wicked Kitchen 4 Lemon Cupcakes - 7.5 syns.
  • Oggs Vegan Mini Vanilla Cupcakes 9 Pack 180G - 4 syns.
  • Tesco Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins 16 Pack - 5 syns.
  • Thorntons Cupcake Creations Chocolate & Toffee 6 Pack - 13.5 syns.
  • Tesco 2 Rhubarb & Custard Cupcakes - 12.5 syns.
  • Tesco Vanilla Cupcake Kit 290G - 15 syns.
  • Tesco Chocolate Cupcake Kit 315G - 15 syns.
  • The Cake Crew Butterfly Cakes 6 Pack - 10.5 syns.
  • Tesco Double Chocolate Mini Muffins 16 Pack - 5.5 syns.

Our SW Fairy Cake Recipe

Fairy cakes can be high in syns, so why not make your own SW version at home for when you feel like something sweet? Our recipe below has just 2.5 syns a cupcake and are lemon drizzle flavour!


  • Six spoons of sweetener.
  • Two eggs.
  • 50g of low fat spread.
  • Two drops of vanilla essence.
  • 100g of self-raising flour.
  • One lemon.
  • Nine teaspoons of icing sugar.
  • Lemon juice.
  • Yellow food colouring.


  1. Start the recipe by heating your oven to gas mark 6 then lining a muffin tray, grate your lemon zest in a bowl and reserve the zest for later use.
  2. Whisk your eggs, and sweetener and spread in a bowl, add the flour and combine with the zest and vanilla essence, bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  3. To make your drizzle mix the sugar, lemon juice and food colouring then drizzle over the cupcakes.
Our SW Fairy Cake Recipe

Last Words

Overall, Fairy cakes are average in syns, having 5 syns per cake, but this can be more depending on the icing, this means you could have up to 3 cakes for your whole 15 syn daily allowance. To save syns we suggest making your own fairy cakes with sweetener at home to cut down the sugar with our recipe above.

Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.
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