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
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)
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.