Sunday, 10 March 2013

Chocolate Butterfly Cakes

After a long day peeking around Cambridge (and loving it), I was feeling rather weary today, and in desperate need of a chocolate fix. Due to my lent, I can eat unhealthy things if I've baked them... which I have extended to allow me to eat the decorations too (shh don't tell). In between essays, I found time to create these little beauties to fulfil my cravings. They're incredibly easy and quick to make, and they look so nice! My mum even went as far as to suggest they look like 'real butterflies!', I'm not so convinced. I also decided, with the last cake left to decorate, to go all out and create my first ever 'art deco' cupcake:

I have to say, this has definitely filled that chocolate void!

Recipe (makes 10 large buns/12 slightly smaller ones):
6oz butter
6oz caster sugar
3 eggs
5oz self-raising flour
1oz cocoa powder
1/4tsp baking powder

1. Fill a bun tray with cases, preheat the oven to 180oC.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together until well mixed.
3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing in between additions.
4. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and baking power, and fold in.
5. Dollop large, even spoonfuls of mixture into the cases.
6. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool before icing.


I don't have a recipe for this because I just judge by eye, but if you mix icing sugar, a small bit of butter, cocoa powder and some milk together, you should end up with a good chocolate buttercream.


  1. How yummy do they look!
    S xx

  2. I think your Art Deco cupcake is an inspiration - quite wonderful!