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Making delicious chocolate butterfly cakes is an easy and tasty baking project!
Making delicious chocolate butterfly cakes is an easy and tasty baking project!
Butterfly cakes have always been my favourite buns since I was a child and made them in my home economic cooking class.

They were so simple to make and the perfect treat when you wanted to pig out. I’ve always made the original basic ones but I recently came across chocolate butterfly buns.

They’re still so easy to make it is simply just adding one extra ingredient during the preparation. I can honestly day that these cakes are fabulous, tongue-tastic treats for your taste buds. They can be enjoyed by everyone, so why not have a go at making some for yourself.

What You’ll Need:

  • 12-16 Bun cases
  • Baking tray
  • Whisk
  • 2 x Bowl
  • Metal spoon
  • Cooling rack
  • Knife

Ingredients needed to make the buns:

  • 110g/4oz butter or margarine
  • 110g/4oz caster sugar
  • 2 medium sized eggs
  • 75g/3oz sieved self-raising flour
  • 25g/1oz sieved cocoa powder

Ingredients needed to make the icing:

  • 75g/3oz unsalted butter
  • 175g/6oz icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Milk or warm water

Ingredients needed to decorate:

Sieved icing sugar



Step one: Pre-heat oven to 180º/ 350ºF/ Gas mark 4

Step two: Using a bowl add the butter and sugar and mix together well using a whisk until light and fluffy.

Step three: Add the eggs and whisk together. (If the mixture curdles then add a little bit of flour.)

Step four: Add the cocoa powder and the flour and mix into the rest of the mixture using a metal spoon.

Step five: Put the bun cases on a baking tray.

Step six: Spoon the mixture into the baking cases.

Step seven: Place the baking tray into the oven for 15-18 minutes or until firm and well risen.

Step eight: Take out of the oven and leave on a cooling tray.

Step nine: When cool, take a knife and cut a circle out of the top of each bun. Cut at an angle approximately half an inch away from the edge.

Step ten: Cut the circles you cut away from the bun in half and set aside.

The icing:

Step eleven: Take a bowl and add the butter and whisk until soft.

Step twelve: Sift and mix in the icing sugar gradually.

Step thirteen: Gradually add milk or water into the bowl, whilst mixing, until the icing becomes fluffy and spread able.

Step fourteen: Sift the cocoa powder into the mixture and mix well.


Step fifteen: Place a small amount of icing into the wholes made in the buns.

Step sixteen: Place each half of the circle that was cut from the bun and place into icing on top of the bun at an angle, (so it looks like butterfly wings.)


Step seventeen: Sift icing sugar onto the tops of the buns.


For an extra treat, try adding a few sweeties between the ‘butterfly wings’.




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