Butterfly Cakes Recipe

Hello everyone, welcome back to Gluten Free Hannah!

Butterfly cakes are one of the simplest cakes to bake, but when they are baked right, they are just delicious. Here is my super simple recipe to make perfect butterfly cakes every time. Enjoy!


115g gluten free self-raising flour (I used ASDA’s gluten free self-raising flour)

½ tsp baking powder (I used Dove’s Farm Free From Gluten baking powder)

115g margarine

115g caster sugar

2 eggs

2 tbsp milk

½ tsp vanilla extract

For the buttercream icing

85g butter

175g icing sugar



Preheat the oven to 190°C, and put paper cake cases in to a muffin tray. I managed to get 9 out of mine, but it depends how big your cases are as to how many you will get. I feel it is better to have less and make sure they are filled nicely, as it is easier to cut the ‘wings’ if the cakes are bigger!

Sift the flour into a bowl and add in the baking powder. Then add the margarine, sugar, milk and vanilla extract to the same bowl. Lightly beat the eggs and add those in too.
With an electric whisk, beat together until you get a smooth mixture.

Spoon an even amount of mixture into each cake case and bake for 15-20 minutes. I started with 15 minutes but put mine back in for another 2 minutes just to finish off.

Otis is making sure they’re not burning!

Once they are golden brown, remove the cakes and place them on a wire rack to cool.

To make the topping, first soften the butter, then place it in a bowl and beat until fluffy. Sift in the icing sugar and continue beating until creamy and smooth. I started using an electric whisk but found it a lot easier to use the back of a spoon and almost push the butter in to the icing sugar. It takes a long time to get the right consistency, but it is a lot easier if the butter is soft!

When the cakes are cool, using a sharp knife, cut a circle from the top of each cake. Make sure the circles aren’t too small or too shallow. Cutting each circle in half creates the wings of the butterfly. Spread some of the buttercream topping in to the centre of each cupcake and then press each wing in to the topping.

Super easy and super delicious!

And there you have it – super easy butterfly cakes!

Please let me know how you get on with this recipe and any others you’d like to see!

Until next time,

Hannah x

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