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Strawberry Butterfly Cakes

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About the bake

Chances are butterfly cakes are one of those first few recipes that you learnt to cook so why not enjoy an hour in the kitchen and bake them with your own children. This recipe is courtesy of Seasonal Berries the strawberry growers of Britain in aid of Breast Cancer Care. You can find more details online about the charity’s Strawberry Tea campaign, visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk/strawberry.

43Total Time
25Prep Time
18Bake Time
12Serves
Easy

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C, gas mark 4). Line a 12 section bun or muffin tray with paper cake cases.

  2. Step 2:

    Add the butter, sugar, flour and baking powder to a food processor or mixing bowl then add the eggs and beat until smooth.

  3. Step 3:

    Spoon into the cake cases, level the tops with a round bladed knife then bake for 15-18 minutes until well risen and golden brown and the tops spring back when pressed with a fingertip.

  4. Step 4:

    Leave the cakes to cool a little in the tin, lift out and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  5. Step 5:

    To decorate, beat the butter with half the icing sugar (no need to sift) in a food processor until smooth. Add the remaining sugar and 50 g (2 oz) chopped strawberries and beat until smooth and the strawberries have coloured the buttercream pale pink. Or if you don’t have a processor, make the buttercream in a bowl with a wooden spoon then mash the strawberries with a fork then mix in.

  6. Step 6:

    Cut a small circle from the top of each cake with a knife then scoop out with a teaspoon. Pipe or spoon the strawberry buttercream into the centre of the cakes.

  7. Step 7:

    Cut 6 sponge tops in half then press into 6 of the cakes at angles to look like butterfly wings. Decorate the remaining cakes with 6 halved strawberries pressed into the buttercream in the same way. Dust lightly with sifted icing sugar.

Ingredients

  • For the butterfly cakes

    • 100g Butter (unsalted) (at room temperature)
    • 100g Unrefined golden caster sugar
    • 100g Self-raising white flour
    • 0.5 tsp Baking powder
    • 2 Egg(s) (free range) (medium)
  • For the decoration

    • 100g Butter (unsalted)
    • 225g Icing sugar (plus extra for sprinkling)
    • 50g Strawberries (plus six extra for decorating)

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