Buttery Butterfly Cakes


Butterfly 2012

There have been very few butterflies this year so far… the long cold spring? The torrential rain in May and June? In any case I decided to make my own in cake form a couple of weeks ago! Why we don’t have these more often I do not know. These fairy/butterfly cakes are mixed up in an instant, light and delicious, and versatile too. You could use jam or lemon curd instead of butter cream. Add a few chocolate chips for fun. Or put some sprinkles on after they’re assembled.

Butterfly Cakes


Cake batter

  • 125g (1 stick and 1 tbsp) soft butter
  • 125g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 175g (1 2/5 cups)SR flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsps milk or cream

Butter cream

  • 100g (4/5 cup) icing sugar
  • 50g (1/2 stick) soft butter

Preheat oven to 190Β°C (375Β°F) and prepare 12 muffin cases. Beat the butter until creamy and then add the sugar and beat until incorporated. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then sift in the flour, salt and baking powder and fold in gently. Finally stir in a little milk or cream to get a nice “dropping” consistency. Fill 12 muffin cases, and bake for 15-20 minutes.

When cool, cut out the tops so that you have a disc of cake you can then halve. Don’t make the indentations too deep. Mix the icing sugar and butter together until creamy – I do this by hand. Then fill the tops and place the two halves of the disc on top “the wrong way round” and at a slight angle to form a butterfly.




34 thoughts on “Buttery Butterfly Cakes

      • You too Cathy I took lots of photos of this place yesterday as the rains held off and will for most of today YEAY.

        I have serious weeding to do so the corn can grow πŸ™‚
        with all the rains and more this week to hit it is 2 feet shorter than it should be 😦

        I took lots of photos of this place yesterday while it was NICE OUT πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad we haven’t had too many cabbage white butterflies, as the caterpillars devour my salad leaves. I’ve had a longer harvest this spring! πŸ˜€

    • I’m hoping so too. I’d love to see another Swallowtail – one visited my garden last summer for the first time and they’re so pretty.

  1. IΒ΄m missing all the lovely colourful butterflies too. What a good idea – Butterfly Cakes! They look very delicious…

  2. Thanks for the recipe πŸ™‚ and I guess it’s due to cold and rain but now that things are picking up (eventually) we see a lot of butterflies, thankfully πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

  3. I didn’t realise until I read your post, but I haven’t seen a butterfly for a few days now… lots of bees though. Next weekend is our village fete – I’m going to use your butterfly cake recipe to make some buns for the tea stall, thank you for the idea!

    • Yes, we have lots of bees too… we also have a bee nest in our roof, but they are very peaceful bumble bees, so they haven’t troubled us at all. Glad I could help with the fete – hope the cakes go down well! πŸ˜€

  4. What a lovely inspiration πŸ™‚ Yesterday I have been on a childΒ΄s birthday and we have had Muffins. I should have known this creation πŸ™‚

  5. Your cakes look so good! Sadly we have far fewer butterflies this year too and hardly any at all in the prolonged rain of last year. Our garden feels less alive without them.

    • I scanned the garden again yesterday and saw three, two of which were cabbage whites. Yes, very sad without them, but there’s time and hope yet!

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