Jubilee Iced Buns

Diamond jubilee celebrations have begun here in Britain and whether one is in favour of the royal family or not (I am), it is hard to screw one’s nose up at the prospect of two public holidays. Only two monarchs in British history have had cause to celebrate 60 years of reign, though arguably such a thing meant a little more in the days of Queen Victoria who celebrated her diamond jubilee in 1897. Still, it is clear from the festive atmosphere to be found in Britain, as well as other countries, that the support and excitement surrounding the multi-national Royal Family remains palpable. Clearly, this is a very important time for Britain and failing to mark the occasion with a sweet and very British treat would be a little remiss. So, despite the rather gloomy lighting conditions, I hope you all enjoy my iced buns.

It would seem that recipes are slowly creeping back into my cooking. Indeed, this was my first attempt at making iced buns and I thought a specific method ought to be followed. Iced buns have a very specific set of criteria; they should be soft, ever so slightly sweet and golden brown, but with only a gentle sniff of crust. Luckily, I stumbled across a corking recipe on BBC GoodFood which produced utter perfection. These buns can in no way be improved – you have, rather quickly, reached the pinnacle. Enjoy the festivities!

God save the Queen and all that royalist phlegm.

Jubilee Iced Buns

Makes 8-10


• 225g plain flour

• 225g strong white bread flour

• 7g sachet of fast action yeast, or equivalent

• 125ml warm water

• 125ml milk

• 2 tsp salt

• 50g caster sugar

• 1 egg, beaten

• 50g butter

• A little oil

• 225g icing sugar

• 1 tsp red food colouring

• 1 tsp blue food colouring

• A little water


1. Mix together the flours, yeast, water, milk, salt and sugar. Once it has all come together add the egg followed by the butter. Once you have a uniform, sticky dough, turn it out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. Grease a large bowl, pop in the dough and leave to rise in a warm place for an hour or so.

2. Once the dough has risen knock it back, divide into eight lumps, shape and place on floured baking trays. Leave to prove under a tea towel for 30 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 220C. Bake the buns for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Leave to cool completely before icing. To make the icing follow the guide on the packaging, divide into three bowls and colour accordingly.

Cost: Every ingredient in these wonderfully simple, yet decadent buns is very cheap; the entire batch should set one back a mere £1.30. Clearly, making these would be an incredibly frugal and cheerful way to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.

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98 comments on “Jubilee Iced Buns

  1. cookinginsens
    June 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Those are so cute! I find that using recipes gives you more experience at combining different flavors and also varies your repetoire. Using a recipe doesn’t mean that you can’t cook but that you are interested in what others are doing. For instance, I’m going to do your Glamorgan sausages, but not exactly 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks, Rosemary. I agree entirely! Oh yes, you’ll love those. I expect your version will contain meat…

  2. Cathy
    June 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Lovely! Haven’t had an iced bun in years! Very British! 😉

  3. wutheringbites
    June 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    mmm they look yum! 🙂 bet the queen would want one of those !

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks! I’ve had many comments on my buns. I suppose she might 😀

  4. Somer
    June 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Yum!!! I’m totally making those- minus food coloring 😉 I was totally ignorant as to what all the hullabaloo was with the Jubilee. Thanks for the education!

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      I used only natural food colouring :D. No problem – I like to educate 😀

      • Somer
        June 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

        Like what, beet juice and blueberry juice? Intrigued…?

        • frugalfeeding
          June 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

          No, but the colourings are from natural sources… I’ve not actually looked :D. I got them from a specialist shop.

  5. debbrunson
    June 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Cute. ‘Despite the rather gloomy lighting conditions’… I enjoyed the look of your iced buns. Well posted 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks, Deb! The photos weren’t too bad in the end.

  6. glutenfreehappytummy
    June 3, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    aw those are so pretty! i love the festive colors! thanks for sharing!

  7. Carine
    June 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    They really look both yummy and cute! Will try them 🙂

  8. Korena in the Kitchen
    June 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    When I first saw the title I mis-read it as “Jubilee Iced Beans”. These iced *buns* look much tastier than what I was imagining.

  9. Susan
    June 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Frugality even during the Jubilee! These are so sweet!

  10. thebigfatnoodle
    June 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    The flotilla was totally awesome! Hope you were as glued to the TV as I was. Honestly, I’ve never had an iced bun before. I see them at the bakery’s all the time but they don’t look appetising at all. The ones you’ve made are totally different, think it’s the beautiful golden brown you’ve achieved. Congratulations! Enjoy the 2 days off too, we’re going to the Godalming fireworks tomorrow night. Are there any near you too? Happy bank holiday!

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      I know, it was magnificent. I was fairly glued, my girlfriend was more so. You should totally make these, they are well worth the effort. I didn’t get 2 days off… I had 2 days on… No, no fireworks here, but there was a beacon lit here.

  11. on thehomefrontandbeyond
    June 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    a lovely way to celebrate – we are celebrating too – I really love the Queen – I was born on her birthday so of course I think that is special

  12. NickkiT
    June 3, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    They look really yummy! And cheap to make too..what more could you ask for? One of these would go perfectly with my cup of tea right now 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks! Exactly. They are the perfect treat in my mind.

  13. Allotment adventures with Jean
    June 3, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Love the Diamond Jubilee buns. I am watching all the celebrations on the TV from Brisbane, Australia. The flotilla of boats on the Thames was amazing, the Queen looks so well. There is no doubt in my mind that the Brits know how to put on a party.

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Awesome – so cool that so many people are watching/celebrating it. Oh yes, we certainly do.

  14. egg me on
    June 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Iced buns? I don’t think I’m familiar with these. From the recipe and pics, I’m imagining soft, chewy somewhat sweet rolls. Is that right? Help an American out! But they look good. I’ve been catching coverage of the Jubilee all weekend too. Keep calm and Queen on.

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Oh you must acquaint yourself with them! You simply must. That’s a fairly good description, yes.

  15. Simran S. & Stacie D.
    June 3, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Talk about kid-friendly – the colors alone!

  16. lorrielorrieb
    June 4, 2012 at 12:32 am

    We are quite pleased by the Jubilee here in Canada, especially here in Victoria where they LOVE all things British. Lovely buns!

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Awesome! I’m glad you lot love all things British – we’re a damn good nation 😀

  17. baconbiscuit212
    June 4, 2012 at 2:48 am

    These looks amazing. Did you pick the colors just for the Jubilee?

    I second lorrielorrieb. Lovely buns, Nick!

    And that’s not a come on 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks! I did indeed :D. Haha, are you sure? I’ve had an awful lot of women comment on my buns recently…

  18. Eha
    June 4, 2012 at 3:11 am

    An appropriate recipe, methinks! And ‘thank you’ all the way from Australia for mentioning the Jubilee. Hate to tell you I went to school whilst there was still a British Empire and we would spend hours on rehearsals of songs like ‘Dominion over palm and pine’ [remember the ‘sun never set over the British Empire’ 🙂 !] Yes, those days may somewhat be over but credit should be given to the achievements of a great lady who promised way back when to spend her life serving her country and her peoples. She has. God bless! [Hhmm, love the buns, am nor quite sure of the colours 🙂 !]

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks! Haha, indeed – she’s really rather incredible.

  19. Aimee@clevermuffin
    June 4, 2012 at 5:29 am

    How fun – yet again another post making me wish I was back in Britain. It’s amazing how much you can get caught up in the atmosphere, I was there for Kate and Wills’ wedding and I even watched the tele movie the nit before. These look very yum, suit the occasion well 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks, Aimee! I’m dreadfully sorry you’re not here – it’s all very festive.

  20. Shiny Tomato
    June 4, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Mmmm….lovely looking buns. I’ve been watching the jubilee celebrations across the pond in Canada and loving every minute of it.

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks! Awesome – the television has gone mad here, it’s on all the time!

  21. rhubarb whine
    June 4, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I should imagine it’s quite jubilant there by now 🙂 (hee hee, see what I did there? ) Great looking buns. Yum 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Hah – it is indeed, the television has gone bonkers for sure.

  22. Juls
    June 4, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I marked the occasion in the restaurant of a South Bank hotel looking at the Thames as all the boats passed and our dear 86 year old queen passed in the middle of this flotilla where she was expected to stand for three hours waving in the rain. That’s British stoicism at the core! I also marked the occasion with far too much Merlot and am sorry for myself this morning though not quite enough to pass up an opportunity to comment on what lovely buns you have.

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Sounds wonderful. Isn’t she simply incredible – debates about the monarchy aside… ah yes, merlot… my favourite :D. I’m enjoying all of the comments on my buns… haha.

  23. Chica Andaluza
    June 4, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I saw this recipe on the BBC site and have been tempted to make it – they look great and it´s good to hear it works so well. Hope you´re having a great Bank Holiday weekend!

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Oh you must, Tanya!Thanks! I’ve actually worked both days 😀

  24. Promenade Claire
    June 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I haven’t had an iced bun in years!! a trip down taste memory lane

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      I hadn’t either – it was a welcome flashback.

  25. Shira
    June 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    So fun and festive these are Nick – adorable and delicious looking! 🙂

  26. Beth
    June 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    They look as lovely as the Queen’s Hats!

  27. Stephanie
    June 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Ooh, love the colored icing on these! Great way to make the buns more festive. My twin girls would love the pink ones.

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie! I bet they would, though they were supposed to be red really 😀

  28. allythebell
    June 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Ah, royalist phlegm, just the image I wanted to have in mind when looking at these buns. We barbarians here in the colonies don’t get the holidays but we’re celebrating anyway, so I might give those a try. Minus the phlegm.

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Haha – dreadfully sorry! Hah, barbarians – so true :D. You’ll love them, Ally.

  29. Heather
    June 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I heard of Jubilee but had no idea what it was all about – thanks for the mini history lesson!

    These iced buns look totally addicting!

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Haha, no problem. Britain has gone loopy over it.

  30. The Opinionated Foodie
    June 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Beautiful and festive! Would this be an appetizer or dessert or does it even matter?

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Doesn’t really matter. I consider them more of a snack really.

  31. accordingtocarey
    June 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Darling buns! These would be great for an Easter celebration!

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Yes, they would go down a treat then, or at any other time of the year 😀

  32. Shumaila
    June 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I don’t think I have ever had iced buns. They look good though- maybe I should try them!

  33. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    June 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Those are some very festive looking buns you have there, Frugal!

  34. anniejameson
    June 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Love iced buns and don’t think I have had them since school! If I have a healthy week maybe I can reward myself with a batch of these. Or take a batch to my (relatively) new workplace. I’m sure they would be happy! Thanks for sharing!

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Yes, do! They’re not massively unhealthy like a cake or cookie though!

  35. Bob Vivant
    June 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I just love these little buns. Iced buns aren’t all that common here, but I wish they were. These sound delish. And they are so pretty on a plate.

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks, Bobbi! They really are lovely – a tea time treat!

  36. chefconnie
    June 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Very nice. I think I will bookmark this recipe. Your baking is always so lovely.

  37. Savory Simple
    June 5, 2012 at 2:44 am

    These are so fun!

  38. Michelle
    June 5, 2012 at 2:51 am


  39. Eat Healthy Be Happy
    June 5, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Those look tasty! Gotta love a good sweet bread. =)

    • frugalfeeding
      June 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks! They really are ridiculously wonderful.

  40. Mama's Gotta Bake
    June 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Love the buns! Very festive. Love the queen too!

  41. Karista
    June 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    What a fun celebration! Watched the festivities on the tv. We’re quite enamored with the royals over here. And I find myself completely enamored with the iced buns. I’ve never had one and will remedy that soon with your tasty recipe. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Awesome! Thanks, Karista! You should 🙂 They are a classic.

  42. lambyknits01
    June 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I love a good sweet bread recipe and learning about new ways to prepare them. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  43. cakeboule
    June 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    They look great – love the colours so bright and vibrant!

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks, Jacqueline! I think that was the most important thing so I’m glad I achieved it.

  44. Rhoda Kirwan
    June 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    These look so cute! Yum!

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks, Rhoda – that’s partly what I was going for 😀

  45. Liz Tesar
    July 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm


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