Friday, July 27, 2012

I baked: Lemon curd butterfly cupcakes

Like all other children, my kids love cute things, including cute food. Something simple like rice balls with a smiley face made out of seaweed puts a smile on their face. They love it so much, that it even makes them finish their dinner faster (Parenting tricks LOL). As a treat one evening, I wanted to make them a "cute cupcake". So I made them these lemon curd butterfly cakes, adapted from Delia Smith's recipe from her Complete Cookery Course book.

One of Hubby's aunts from Scotland makes these fantastic butterfly cakes with buttercream frosting. I tried them once before and thought that they were wonderful - both delicious and beautiful. With a little imagination, I managed to make my cupcakes look like pretty butterflies too. And they were really delicious too - the slightly tart lemon curd went well with the cupcakes. I think these will be wonderful at any birthday or tea parties.

I'm a little butterfly
Born in an oven
Christened on a cupcake
Eaten in half an hour.  

Fly away, butterfly

Lemon curd butterfly cakes
Recipe adapted from Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course
Preparation time: 20-30 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Makes 12

175g self raising flour, sifted
A pinch of salt
110g butter, at room temperature
110g caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the filling
1 quantity lemon curd (see recipe here)

For decorating
An assortment of edible balls/flowers
Spaghetti strands, dyed pink

1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Line a 12-cup muffin tray with paper baking cases.

2. First of all, make the filling. I made mine the evening before and then left it to cool in the refridgerator.

3. To make the cakes, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and beat til absolutely smooth (1-2 minutes). Then, using a spoon, drop an equal quantity of mixture into the paper cases, about 2/3 full and then tap lightly to settle the cake mixture.

4. Bake the cakes for 15-20 minutes until well risen and golden or when a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove them to a wire rack and leave to cool.

5. When they're cool, take a sharp knife and cut the top off each at an angle about 1cm from the edge of the cake. Be careful when you remove it as you do not want to damage the "wings". You will get a cone-shaped round leaving a cavity in the centre (for the filling).

6. Cut each cone in half and set aside. Fill the cavity with the lemon curd, then sit the two cone-shaped pieces of cake on top like butterfly wings. Decorate as you see fit. I used edible balls for its body and then flowers to decorate the wings. The spaghetti strands can be cut into short pieces (about 2cm) for the antennae.

*Your children can help combine ingredients in bowl (Step 2), as well as fill the paper cases. Also, they can help you decorate the cupcakes - it will be a great time for them to be creative.

P.S. Sean of EatDrinkKL was the only one who guessed correctly what the lemon curd was used for. :)

Full set of photos can be viewed here on my Facebook page. 

*This recipe was featured on DailyBuzz Mom's Top 9: Good Day Sunshine. 


  1. Hi Yen, this is very pretty and looks really easy too... a cupcake idea I can do with my kids :) - Mich

    1. You may have to cut the wings out for them since it is quite delicate, and place them on the lemon curd / other frosting of your choice. But you can let them decorate them. And mixing the batter also is kids-friendly.

  2. your future cafe must sell cupcakes, ok! :D

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks Michelle, think all kids will like them.

  4. The cupcake looks so cute and the frosting is really appetizing... after finishing one, want another. ;P

    1. Thanks Fujiko, Baby D really like this cupcake. Eat a few right?

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    1. I've updated my blogroll edi, and also added Cikipedia in there :D

  6. These cupcakes are so CUTE! Your daughter looks adorable too! LOVELY post! :)

    1. Thanks Kit. Children-pleasers, these cupcakes.

  7. lovely cupcakes, your daughter must be very happy to have these cupcakes!

    1. Actually my son was more happy, cos he really love the lemon curd.

  8. Pretty surprised that the kids were ok with lemon curd! The butterfly must have done the trick... :D

    1. Baby D likes the lemon curd, even on its own!

  9. Irresistible...matching my cuppa coffee with it! ^^

  10. yor, so beautiful!!! <3 very creative !! I never thought that we can make butterfly cupcakes! ^^

    1. Hi Eunice, butterfly cupcakes is your sifu's favorite. :D


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