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Butterfly cakes

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Serves 1 - 14 Cakes

Cute little cakes shaped like butterfly wings. Expect these to fly off the plate!

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  • 113g butter or margarine, softened
  • 113g caster sugar
  • 113g self raising flour
  • 2 medium free range eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 56g butter, softened
  • 113g sieved icing sugar


    1. Preheat oven to 190 C or 375 F
    2. Cream butter or margarine with sugar until light, fluffy and pale in colour. By hand is best but a hand whisk is fine too!
    3. Beat the eggs and add them bit by bit with spoons of sifted flour. Bit by bit ensures the mixture does not curdle. Gently fold in an any flour left over when the egg is used up.
    4. Add the vanilla or any other flavourings desired and half fill the paper cases with the mixture and bake for about 15 minutes until risen and firm but not too dark.
    5. Leave the cakes to cool then cut a slice from the top of each cake and cut this in half.
    6. Place some of the butter icing on top of the cake then arrange the 'wings' how you want them.
    7. Enjoy!

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20th Mar, 2016
So easy to make and they taste lovely - just golden and crisp on the outside and still very moist on the inside. Cut your slice out of the top very quickly after removing from oven to make sure the inside cools quickly and doesn't continue cooking. I put homemade jam under the buttercream when I make them. Always go down really well.
29th Mar, 2014
I made these cakes today using this recipe my 2 girls helped they were really easy to make looked great tasted delicious even my hubby isn't a cake lover he loved them fab thanks
10th Jul, 2013
I added a bit of milk into the buttercream icing, because for me it was practically a lump of butter in the bowl.
25th Jun, 2013
To the tune of 'Put Some Sugar On Me' by Def Leppard #put some sugar on meeeeeee preferably icing put some sugar on meeeeeee you can make me taste good when you're ma-a-kin' butterfly buns.... (guitar solo) #
23rd Feb, 2013
Made the butterfly cakes but added sqeeze of fresh lemon juice and added buttercream and lemon curd jam YUMMY
20th Jul, 2012
Great recipe, although I also added a bit of strawberry jam under the icing. Had a lot of fun making this with my four year old son. He especially enjoyed sticking the wings on top!
24th Mar, 2012
Really lovely! Will be doing these time and time again :)
14th Feb, 2012
Lovely recipe, came out nice and soft on the inside, with a kind of chewy crunch on the outside. Filled the butterfly bit with strawberry jam and butter cream, yum!
6th Jun, 2011
Thanks Amy the recipe was a hit! Yummy Scrummy! People actually said "Where did you buy these from????"
2nd Jul, 2015
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29th Aug, 2013
does anyone know roughly how many cakes this recipe makes?
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10th Nov, 2013
Hannah Hibiscus
4th Nov, 2018
Fantastic! They taste great and all my family agree. I've made them three times already and am going to make them for a children in need cake sale! I add about 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the buttercream too. Would recommend 100% as they are so quick and easy.