Butterfly Cakes

Now let’s be honest, who hasn’t at one point in their lives made these delightful little Butterfly Cakes? A perfect quick bake especially if baking with children.

I used my favourite Victoria Sponge recipe for the Butterfly Cakes but also included a little twist in a hidden surprise…now don’t get too excited it was only a spoonful of jam but mixed with the vanilla icing was delish!!  I used jam as I had some to use up but you could just as easily use lemon curd or even marmalade.

What you need:IMG_2035

For the cakes (makes approx 24)

225g soft butter
225g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 large eggs

For the filling and topping

About 4 tbsp raspberry or strawberry jam
5oz butter, softened
10oz icing sugar, with a little for dusting
1-2tbsp milk
Flavouring if required (I used some vanilla essence)

What you do:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°c. Line your bun tins with paper cases.
  • Put the butter in a large mixing bowl, and add the caster sugar, flour, baking powder and eggs (basically, chuck all your ingredients in the bowl together).
  • Beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes until smooth and then divide amongst the paper cases.
  • Bake for approx 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown.  Cool on a wire tray.

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  • Meanwhile make the icing by combining the butter and icing sugar with an electric whisk or in a freestanding mixer.  Add an flavouring or colouring as required.  I used vanilla.
  • Cut out a circular shape from the cake and cut this in half to create the ‘wings’.
  • Fill the holes with a teaspoon of jam and top off with the icing.  I tried to make mine a little prettier by piping the icing on.  Pop the ‘wings’ back on top of the cake into the icing.

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  • Sprinkle with icing sugar to decorate and enjoy with a nice cuppa!

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Until next time…Happy Baking!


  1. 3rd April 2016 / 9:24 am

    Ooh I love butterfly cakes! This was a blast from the past!!

    • 4th April 2016 / 9:17 am

      Ha ha, I made a Pineapple Upside Down Cake recently too…very retro! 🙂

  2. 3rd April 2016 / 10:34 am

    Another thing I used to bake ALL the time once I learnt how 🙂 Along with a sausage plait hahaha

    Yum x

  3. 3rd April 2016 / 3:45 pm

    Very impressive Butterfly Cakes. Save me some.

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