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Beautiful Butterfly Cakes

It is thought that the origin of butterfly cakes came about when someone’s fairy cakes had risen a bit too much – so the tops were cut off so they could be iced more easily – and soon someone thought of turning them into ‘wings’.

When I was growing up butterfly cakes were standard fare at birthday parties. Practically everyone’s mum made them! They’re quick and easy to make, looking and tasting really delicious.

Prep time: 10 mins to make the mixture, 15 minutes to assemble cakes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

Butterfly cakes


(makes 12-15 cakes)

For the cakes:

  • 2 eggs
  • 110g (4oz) self-raising flour
  • 110g (4oz) butter/margarine
  • 110g (4oz) caster sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder


For the filling:

  • Jam
  • 220g (8oz) icing sugar
  • 110g (4oz) butter
  • Milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (fan)/200C (electric)/Gas mark 6
  2. Lay out 12 cake cases in a bun tin
  3. Mix the sugar, flour and baking powder together
  4. Add the butter/margarine and eggs
  5. Whisk all of it together
  6. Using a teaspoon, fill the cake cases with the mixture (be sure to give them a fair amount)
  7. Put the tray in the oven for around 15 mins or until they are golden brown
  8. Take them out of the oven and place on a cooling rack
  9. Make the icing by whisking the butter and half the sugar together, once they are mixed add the rest of the sugar and a dash of milk, continue whisking
  10. Use a sharp knife to cut a upside-down, shallow cone shape out the top of the cake, cut this in half. Fill the hole in the cake with a scoop of jam and icing and then place the cut-out cake on top (like wings.) Sprinkle some icing sugar on top of your cakes

Getting it all sorted out

All the equipment needed for making these delicious little cakes is available in the Butterfly Loft.

Some of the basic ingredients are already in the kitchenette, so check before you go shopping.

Within a minute’s walk of the Butterfly Loft is our pretty High Street where you’ll find shops selling everything you need for this recipe (and much more). We have a Budgens and McColls. Every Saturday morning there’s a traditional market in Timor Court featuring a large fruit and veg stall with good quality produce.

And (doing our bit for the environment) we provide Butterfly shopping bags so you can shop your socks off!

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