Butterfly buns

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  • Makes: 10

  • Prep time:

  • Cooking time:

    (may need 5 mins extra)
  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Child friendly
  • Make in advance

This simple butterfly buns recipe is a bake sale favourite! The kids are going to love making these easy butterfly buns. In just a few simple steps you can have these tasty fairy cakes ready in 40 mins, so they’re quick to make as well as easy. This recipe for buns makes 10 medium sized butterfly buns. Each bun is packed with buttercream and jam making them a delicious treat for kids. This recipe is so easy to make and get the kids involved. They can help measure ingredients, mix and pour the batter as well as make the cake 'wings' too. These butterfly buns would be ideal for kids’ parties or as a party favour in goody bags. This recipe shows you how to make your own buttercream too.

Swap the jam for something naughtier like peanut butter or chocolate spread.


For the buns:

  • 100g (4oz) caster sugar
  • 100g (4oz) butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100g (4oz) self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 15ml (1tbsp) milk

For the buttercream:

  • 50g (2oz) butter, softened
  • 75g (3oz) icing sugar
  • 2tbsp strawberry jam
  • Icing sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 190C, gas 5. Line a muffin tray with 10 paper muffin cases.
  2. Place the sugar, butter, eggs, flour, baking powder and milk in a large bowl and mix with an electric whisk until pale and creamy.
  3. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake for 15-20 mins until risen, golden and firm to the touch. Transfer to a cooling rack. Leave to cool.
  4. To make the buttercream, place the butter in a bowl and sift over the icing sugar. Beat until smooth.
  5. Slice the tops off each cake and fill the cavities with a little buttercream and jam. Cut each sliced top in half and arrange on top of the filling to resemble butterfly wings. Dust lightly with icing sugar.

Nutritional information per portion

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  • Calories 260(kcal)

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Nothing wrong with fat eat more fat less carbs!we have been lied to for years sugar destroys eat high fat low carb diet little excercize and still lose weight


second time I have made them this week used stork margarine instead of butter and got 12 muffin size cakes out of the mixture well risen beautiful cakes melt in the mouth texture

graeme high school

these are really good


i made some xmas versions of these and they turned out great there was red and green swirls all throughout the bun, got the best in my class:)


going to try tomorrow wish me luck


Made these yesterday and they were so easy to do, helped by my 5 yr old, they were really tasty, so making chocolate ones today......yummy cant wait to try these......


I made these last year for a friend's birthday who loves butterflies and she said that they were her all time favorite and has requested to have them again this year - very scrumptious!!


my friend hates them but these proved her wrong




Can you use plain flour n baking powder or does it deffo have to be self raising flour


Fab recipe, quick, easy and delicious, perfect!!


Simple and easy to make even the mother in law liked them. I just added a bit of coco powder to the mix

bridgette belfast

Yum yum we added options belgian choc powder to the butter cream and then dusted with iceing sugar :-)) very easy to follow will defo make these again


I made these for my family and they loved them


These look fab, can't wait to make with daughter! ;)


i made these for a charity day at my work... so delicious will be making these again :)


made these today for the second time in a week. this time i used stork instead of butter. i think the stork made these cakes so much lighter and alot tastier. i dont put jam on them


When we looked at the buns we were very pleased lovely firm buns

Cupcake eater

Simple easy to make with 3 year olds well ok they do get a bit messy :) one of the best recipes for butterfly cakes


Cakes didn't rise. No butterfly wings!!


Good work mines are perfect


these are really good I recommend you make these xxx


that good thanks i am going to make some for a party too <3 x


I made these with my son for the family he liked them that much he ate most of them. Really simple the best I've made yet.


I made these for a family party and they went down a treat. Dead easy to make and very tasty.

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