Butterfly Cupcake Recipe

Sometimes I get mails from some of  you asking for kid's recipes. Though there are a number of kid's friendly recipes here, I haven't made anything in particular keeping in mind the little people :).

However last week I got a chance to bake something for my 3 year old nephew. We made a short Mumbai trip and I was very excited to bake something special for him. His name is Aditya and I call him Adiboy :). Jamroll's are Adiboy's favorite and then I made some plain cakes. Even my sis in law & nephew are big plain cakes fans like me :). Now you might be thinking why I didn't bake anything special for my bro, well he doesn't say NO to any food ;)

Now coming to this recipe, I think kids will like this recipe, especially with jam & cream. I've seen some recipe books for cooking with kids. This is one such recipe where you can include your toddlers also, especially while filling, cutting & arranging the wings & all. You can try baking it for your kid's b'day party.

May be you can bake it for your valentine too :). Wish you all a happy Valentines day in advance!!

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Here is the recipe:

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Butterfly Cupcake

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Course: Baking, Cakes and Bakes, Dessert, Sweets
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 125 gms Butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 2/3 cup Caster sugar (150 gm)
  • 3 Eggs (room temperature)
  • 1.5 cups Self-raising flour (225 gm)
  • 1/4 cup Milk (60 ml)
  • 1/2 cup Jam (160 gm)
  • 300 ml Thickened cream
  • A handful of Strawberry


  • Preheat the oven to 180 C, 10 mins before baking.
  • Combine butter, essence, sugar, eggs, flour & milk in small bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat on low speed until ingredients are just combined. Increase speed to medium, beat about 3 minutes, or until mixture is smooth and changed to a paler colour. Line the cupcake tin with paper cases. Drop slightly rounded tablespoons of mixture into paper cases. Bake in the preheated oven for for 20-25 mins. Turn cakes onto wire racks, turn top-side up to cool.
  • Using sharp pointed vegetable knife, cut circle from top of each cake; cut circle in half to make “wings”. Fill cavities with jam & whipped cream. Place wings in position on top of cakes; top with strawberry pieces and dust with a little sifted icing sugar, if desired.


I got around 15 standard size cupcakes from the above qty. Once filled with cream & jam, it should be refrigerated if made more than an hour ahead of time. Unfilled cakes can be stored at room temperature for 3 days in an airtight container. I used breakfast cream for filling. You can also use a small size round shape cookie cutter to cut circles from the cupcake.
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Please see the Butterfly Cupcake made by Josphine, based on the above recipe.

Butterfly jam cupcakes Josphine
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Recipe source: The Australian Women's Weekly, Cooking Class Cakes.

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16 thoughts on “Butterfly Cupcake Recipe”

  1. Hi Maria… just wanted to let you know that  I like your blog very much… the recipes are so easy to follow and turn out good… I made the kurumilagu chicken and liked it very much… today I’m going to make aalu gobi masala… will let you know how it turns out… take care and keep posting new recipes…:))

  2. Hi Maria ,truely speaking i have become a great fan of your website.All your recipes are excellent.I love your fish biriyani and chicken stew.Anyways you are great….Maria God bless you and your family.

    • Dear Thara,

      Thank you so much for such a lovely comment :)

      Great to know that you like the recipes here…thanks again for the wishes.

      Best wishes to you too…


  3. Hi Maria,
    I am a frequent visitor of your site , and all your reciepes are really good . Kudos to you!!! I have tried out a lot of your recipes and all had come out very well. I have a 4 year daughter, Upanayana. She is not that fond of cakes, eventhough ihave baked cakes of different flavours, the only cakes she had tried a slice is the orange cake and vanilla cake. But since a few days she is bugging me to make pink cake for her..( believe me she is sooo fond of pink colour).
    Could you please guide me to make real pink colour cake without icing, as she doesn’t like sweet.. (vanilla or butter cake taste is ok with her)

    Awaiting your reply and thank you in advance.

    • Hi Maya,

      Thank you so much :)

      Advance b’day wishes to Upanayana! May God Bless her!

      When you say pink colour cake, first thing that comes to my mind is strawberry cake. You can make a strawberry cake without icing, if she likes that flavor. I saw a recipe here:


      Also I’ve seen some ready made strawberry cake mixes.

      Another option is using a pink food color in vanilla or butter cake. If pink color is not available, you can use red color, but use only very little.

      Hope this helps….


  4. maria ilove ur sight can u send some easy curries for lent to have with chappathi. my husband is fed up of dhal and potato curries.

    • Hi Ceissy,

      I’ve posted some veg recipes other than dal & potato. You can see it in the vegetarian category.

      There is a mushroom peas masala, cauliflower recipes and a number of paneer recipes too.

      Hope you find it useful…



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