Butterfly Cakes | Recipe

Butterfly Cakes are one of my all time favourite things to make (and eat). They’re so simple but give a little twist on the standard cupcake, they don’t require many ingredients either, you can usually find them all in your cupboards/fridge. These are ideal for a ‘pick me up’, I’m definitely an ‘I’m feeling down lets make a batch of cakes girl’ rather than just picking up the nearest junk food I can find. I find baking therapeutic and often I feel better after just baking cakes, then feel amazing once I’ve eaten them. So, having a down day? Bake yourself some of these!

Butterfly Cakes

Butterfly Cakes Ingredients:

Makes 12 Cupcakes


120g butter

120g caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

120g self raising flour

2 medium eggs


120g icing sugar

60g butter



Preparation – 10 minutes | Baking – 15 minutes


1. Preheat your oven to 190c and line a cake tin with 12 cupcake cases.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy using a wooden spoon or hand whisk. Add the vanilla essence.

3. Beat the eggs with a fork then add them into the mixture a little at a time along with a little of the the flour. Fold in the rest of the flour, fold until the mixture is well combined trying to keep as much air in the mixture as possible.

4. Fill the paper cases with the mixture, fill them to about half way then bake for around 15 minutes, checking on them often after 10 minutes. You want them to be golden and bouncy to the touch.

5. To make the topping, whisk the icing sugar and butter together to make butter icing. Leave the cupcakes to completely cool before adding this to the cakes.

6. Cut a slice from the centre of each cake and fill the ‘hole’ with the butter icing mix. Cut the slice you cut out of the cake in half and place it on the topping to look like butterfly wings.




I’d love to see your photos on Twitter (@AmiRoseBlog) if you have a go at making these yourself. They’re definitely one of my favourites to make.

Until next time,

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  1. 17th February 2016 / 10:05 am

    These look so cute, reminds me of my childhood!

    Parie x

    • 18th March 2016 / 1:04 pm

      They remind me of my childhood too, I love making them.

      Ami xxx

    • 18th March 2016 / 1:04 pm

      Yes of course!! Can't wait, we need to plan something. You need to come to Bristol for cake too!

      Ami xxx

  2. 17th February 2016 / 11:53 am

    Ahh that's such a cute idea, I've never thought of that before! I'd be perfect for kids parties as well as adult haha.

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

    • 18th March 2016 / 1:04 pm

      I love making them and they're so simple.

      Ami xxx

  3. 17th February 2016 / 1:27 pm

    I love butterfly cakes, my mum used to make them when I was little. Baking really is so therapeutic, I love it!

    Sian xx Cakey Dreamer

    • 18th March 2016 / 1:05 pm

      I love baking so much, I'd bake all day if I didn't have to work, and if I didn't put on the pounds as a result.

      Ami xxx

  4. 17th February 2016 / 4:55 pm

    Oooh these look gorgeous! I used to bake all the time but I've gotten so busy the past few years that I never have the time anymore.. I definitely want to give these a go though! They'd be super cute for Easter! xx

    Ciara Rose | http://www.ciara-rose.com

    • 18th March 2016 / 1:05 pm

      Thank you, you should start baking again, I find it perfect to relax.

      Ami xxx

  5. John Agnew
    18th February 2016 / 6:37 am

    I feel the same – I love the satisfaction when you see the finished product and know that you made it all yourself. So much better than just going and buying it from the shop or eating crisps or sweets (which I'll admin I'm sometimes guilty of) Great post 🙂 I might make some tonight!!

    John ¦

    • 18th March 2016 / 1:06 pm

      Yes definitely, I'd much rather spend the time making something myself. You know what's gone in it then too.

      Ami xxx

    • 18th March 2016 / 1:06 pm

      Thank you, which cupcakes did you make for Valentines?

      Ami xxx