Fairy Cake, Poison Pie

Hazard Information

Route: Ingestion     Plant Part: All

Scale: Low

Breathing difficulties, dizziness, headache, vomiting. Symptoms usually appear within 24 hours.



Common Name(s)

Fairy Cake

or Poison Pie

Latin Name

Hebeloma crustuliniforme


Fungi. The cap is up to 7.5 cm (3 ins.) across, buff to pale ochre tan in colour with a slightly greasy feel when moist. The stalk is approx. 5 cm (2 ins.) high, white with small scales at the top. The gills are pale clay brown and the fungi smells strongly of radishes.


Some of this species are edible and very similar in appearance so unless positively identified do not eat any.


Breathing difficulties, dizziness, headache, vomiting and diarrhoea. The symptoms usually appear within two hours of consuming and recovery within 24 hours unless severe.

Growing Season

Late Summer to late Autumn.


Open mixed woodland sometimes on heath land.