Lemon butterfly cupcakes

Gemma and Jacob love to bake cakes, and traditional cupcakes are always a winner. We like to experiment with flavours – quite often this means vanilla or chocolate, but this weekend we decided to try something a bit different. Inspired by the spring sunshine, we went for lemon cupcakes.

Lemon butterfly cupcakes
Perfect recipe for baking with children.
  1. 115g Flora Buttery
  2. 115g caster sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 140g self raising flour
  5. Half a teaspoon baking powder
  6. Zest of half a lemon
  7. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
For the icing
  1. 85g Flora Buttery
  2. 225g icing sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  1. Place all cake ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Beat with a wooden spoon until well mixed for 2–3 minutes.
  3. Place mixture in 12 paper cases placed in a muffin tray.
  4. Bake in a preheated moderately hot oven 180ºC, 160ºC fan, gas mark 4 on second shelf from top for 15–20 minutes until soft and springy to the touch. Cool on a wire tray.
  5. For the icing, place all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and beat together until smooth. Spread evenly over the cakes and decorate!
  6. For the butterfly cakes, carefully slice a thin layer from the top of the cake and cut into 2 equal parts. Ice the cake as usual and then pop the 2 cut off pieces onto the top of the icing to create butterfly wings!
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The beauty of these cakes is in how adaptable they are. You can go with a traditional cupcake, iced and decorated any way you like. Or, you can mix it up a bit by slicing the top to create lemon butterfly cupcakes.

You can change things up further by adding in some little extras. My kids love raisins, and so we mixed a couple of handfuls of raisins into the cake batter before baking – I always think that lemon and raisin works really well together. You could even try something a bit more unusual by adding fresh fruits to the mix – raspberries, strawberries or blueberries perhaps?

Flora Buttery lemon cupcakes

Flora Buttery lemon cupcakes

Flora Buttery lemon cupcakes

Flora Buttery lemon cupcakes



  1. Diane Hicklin
    March 19, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    These look lovely

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