Butterfly cakes - recipe

Butterfly cakes

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  1. 1

    For the cakes, preheat the oven to 180°C fan (160°C, 350°F, gas 4) Line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases.

  2. 2

    Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until well combined. Fold the flour into the mixture. The mixture should be of a dropping consistency, if not add a little milk.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 250g Butter (unsalted)
    • 4 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 250g Self-raising white flour
  3. 3

    Divide the mixture between the cases and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

  4. 4

    For the butter icing beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 140g Butter (unsalted)
    • 140g Icing sugar
  5. 5

    Add the remaining icing sugar and one tablespoon of the milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth. Beat in the milk if necessary, to loosen the mixture.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 140g Icing sugar
    • 1 tbsp Milk (whole)
  6. 6

    Using a small pointed knife cut a circle about 2.5cm width out of the cake leaving a cavity in the centre. Cut the round in half and set aside. Now fill the centre of each cake with the buttercream and return the two pieces of cake to sit on top like butterfly wings. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

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