Butterfly cakes on a plate
This is a cake recipe that your kids can make with minimum supervision. Children will enjoy making the cake mixture and seeing it turn into small cakes within half an hour.
Topping the cakes off with butter icing and whatever decorations you have to hand is a recipe sure to keep your kids occupied.
For the cakes
2 medium eggs
110g / 4oz self-raising flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
110g / 4oz butter (soft)
110g / 4oz sugarButter Icing
170g / 6oz icing sugar
85g / 3oz butter (soft)
3 drops of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of milkPREPARATION TIME: 20 minutes
Remove the butter from the fridge and keep it at room temperature for 30 minutes
This recipe is a lot easier if the butter is soft.
Pour all the ingredients for the cakes (not the Butter Icing ingredients) into a bowl and start off the mixing with a fork or spatula.
Preheat the oven to Fan 150 C / 170 C / 325 F / Gas Mark 3.
Mixing ingredients for Butterfly Cakes
Continue mixing until all the ingredients are well mixed together.
Use a spoon to fill each cake case about half to two thirds full with cake mixture.
Butterfly cake case filling
Place the filled cake case on a baking tray. A flat tray is fine but if you have a bun tin with cake case holes, all the better.
Place cakes on a baking tray
Place the baking tray in the pre-heated oven (Fan 150 C / 170 C / 325 F / Gas Mark 3). Put it in the middle of the oven and cook for 30 minutes.
Do not open the oven door for at least 20 minutes. If you do, the cakes may well collapse. They are cooked when lightly golden brown.
Baked butterfly cakes
Use a sharp knife to slice off the top part of each cake. Cut the sliced off top of each cake into two, these will be used later to form the wings of the butterfly.
Slice off butterfly cake wings
Place all the ingredients for the butter icing in a large bowl and stir for about five minutes until all the ingredients are well combined.
Mix butter icing ingredients
Place about a teaspoon full of the butter icing on top of each cake. Then push the "wings" into the butter icing.
More decorations can be placed on the cake depending on what is available. Click the picture below for our kids ideas!
Decorated butterfly cakes