Butterfly Cakes
Sweet Treats, Yummy Recipes

Butterfly Cakes, making cupcakes with children.

Come on boys, admit it.  Butterflies (or flutterbyes if you’re under 5) are pretty and you like ’em.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of, boys wear pink now so butterflies are just the logical next step.

Now that you’ve fessed up, let’s talk about the delectably edible kind and who better to take us through the steps than two very boisterous boys (who couldn’t speak in a whisper or sit quietly for 5 minutes if their lives depended on it)?  Not even if you bribed them with cake…and chocolate…and toys…

Butterfly Cakes

Butterfly Cakes

Butterfly Cake Ingredients

The Ingredients

  • 125g (1 stick + 2tsp) butter, softened
  • 125g (1/2 cup) golden caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g (1 cup + 3 Tbsp) Self-Raising Flour


1/ Preheat oven to 190C (170C fan forced)/375F and line a 12 hole muffin/cupcake tin with paper cases

2/ In a bowl beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy

3/ Gradually add the eggs to the mixture, beating until well combined

4/ Stir in the vanilla

5/ Sift the flour into your mixture and fold flour in gently until mixture is combined

6/ Divide evenly between cupcake cases

7/ Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden on top and a skewer in the centre comes out clean

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8/ Leave to cool completely on a wire rack before beginning the next step

Butterfly Cakes

Icing (Frosting)

  • 100g (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 200g  (1 and 1/2 cups + 6 Tbsp) icing (confectioners) sugar

9/ In a bowl beat the butter until smooth and add the icing sugar.  Mix together until smooth

10/ Cut the tops off your cupcake.

If you’ve never made butterfly cakes before, you can do this one of two ways.  For the cakes the kids made, I sliced the tops off using the paper case as a guide, this gives you “big wings” and lobs off the whole lot.  For smaller, more delicate wings I sliced further up where there was a noticeable “bump”.  The smaller wings are more delicate and a little fiddly for little ones (i.e they smoosh ’em in seconds).

Cutting tops off Butterfly Cake

11/ Put a nice big blob of icing on top of each cake and position your wings on top

12/ If you like you can dribble a line of jam down the centre of your wings (I used lemon curd as it was all we had in the cupboard)

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13/ Enjoy!

Butterfly Cakes

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