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

Butterfly buns are a really cute way to surprise the little ones, especially if it's someone's special day! If you want to turn it into a fun activity, the kids are going to love making these butterfly buns with you. In just a few simple steps you can have these tasty butterfly cakes ready in 40 mins, so they’re quick to make as well as easy. This simple butterfly cake recipe is also a bake sale favourite, because they're so simple to make. This recipe 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 for 100% homemade butterfly cakes - so nobody can accuse you of copping out!

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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Alex Lorien

This is the first thing I ever baked and they are so nice! I put a drop of food colouring in with the butter icing to make it a little different.


love them*


very nice buns love then and im making them now thay are so yummy!


these are really yummy!!

Susan Robinson Hamilton

I will be making theses with my son once his better as he lOVES Butterflys. I have shown him the picture and he has asked if they will make him fly lol x


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i have made these twice now and my nan who used to be a cake maker even said they were the best she'd ever tasted. fantastic!


I made these, just without the Jam an Stork instead of butter last night and have just 1 left and have earned massive brownie points with all my work mates and family!


making these today, with my darling wilba hope they taste good, or wilba will have some complaining to do.-.-


OMG!!!!Sooo cool! I'm gonna go make them tomorrow. Oh, I can't wait!!!!!!


The website is fab! Instructions really easy to follow. Lets hope that they taste great too!!! :) x


the recipe looks good, can't wait to try it out with my cuzzy, hope it goes well, but it seems like a fabulous recipe according to the comments, fingers crossed xXxX


Made these today with my children, really easy to make and they turned out delicious!!! Will be back to try more recipes!


Really yummy, and easy to make.My mum and brother wanted sceonds, best cakes they had ever had.They look so nice aswell!


great easy recipes for the kids and myself easy to follow love it

niamh wilson

Great fairy cakes. I used the ingredients added some vanilla essence and red food colouring, also dyed the butter cream icing pink and they were fab. My daughter loved more store bought cakes!


This website was very useful, i needed the orignional recepie but all the others online seem to be modernised with icing ect. Have made these for tomorro (mothers day) and they have turned out perfect! :P




i made the butterfly buns and they were brilliant and this website is really helpful


this website is brilliant,, i have got some great recipes easy to follow and a pleasure to browse.


i give this website a 5 star! it is so easy to read,so easy to find the recipie you want and is free! what more can i ask for!!!!!


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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