Bakes, Cupcakes

Classic Butterfly Cakes

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I love a classic British butterfly cake and as they are my dad’s favourite they are constantly in demand in our house. So today I’m sharing with you an adaptation of a recipe by Mary Berry.

What you’ll need for the cakes:

  • 100g soft margarine
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

What you’ll need for the icing:

  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 350g icing sugar
  • (Optional filling – salted caramel sauce and morello cherry jam)

Let’s get started!

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200˚C and place cupcake cases into a bun/muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla and combine with the butter mixture.
  4. Now add in the dry ingredients (the flour and baking powder) into the bowl and stir until the mixture is a smooth, thick batter.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Once the cakes are golden brown, leave them to cool on a wire rack.
  7. Meanwhile, cream together the icing sugar and unsalted butter with an electric whisk to create the buttercream icing. For a creamier texture, a splash of milk can be added.
  8. Cut the top off all the cupcakes and cut that slice in half again, creating the look of wings.
  9. An optional step is to add a sauce of some kind to the top of the cake for an extra flavour boost. I chose to add salted caramel sauce and morello cherry jam to the cakes.
  10. Using a star nozzle and piping bag, pipe the buttercream on as a swirl on top of the sauce then place the wings at an angle on top.
  11. For a final touch, add a dusting of icing sugar over the tops of the cupcakes and they’re ready!

I always love making these cupcakes! So have fun experimenting with different flavours and sauces!

I hope you enjoy making this recipe! If you have a go don’t forget to share your makes with us on Instagram @aboxofbuttons or on Twitter @aBoxofButtons! See you next time!

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