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Butterfly Cakes

These pretty winged cupcakes take the ordinary cupcake to new heights.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: butterfly cakes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 312kcal



  • 2 eggs
  • 125 grams plain flour
  • 125 grams caster sugar
  • 60 grams butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

Mock Cream

  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 225 grams butter
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar



  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees celsius (fan-forced).
  • Line cupcake tins with 12 paper patty pans.
  • Beat butter and sugar to a cream.
  • Weigh eggs and, if necessary, adjust flour and sugar measurements above to match the egg weight.
  • Beat eggs well and add to butter and sugar mixture along with vanilla essence. Beat again to combine (1-2 minutes on medium speed in a stand mixer).
  • Sift flour and baking powder into mixture and fold together to form a smooth batter (lowest speed in a stand mixer).
  • Pour into cupcake patty pans.
  • Bake for 17-20 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely after removing form the oven.

Mock cream

  • Combine water and sugar over heat until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool completely.
  • Whip butter to a cream, then start adding sugar syrup slowly while continuing to beat.
  • Once sugar syrup is added, slowly add icing sugar while continuing to beat.

Assembling butterfly cupcakes

  • Cut a round circle in the top of each cupcake, leaving a little space at the edges and angling the knife towards the centre of the cupcake. You should be able to scoop out a cone shaped piece of the cupcake once the circle is complete.
  • Pipe mock cream into the centre of the cupcake.
  • Cut the cone-shaped piece of cake in half - you now have two wings to sit on top of the mock cream.
  • Once you've added the wings to all of the cupcakes, dust lightly with icing sugar.



Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.6mg