Vanilla butterfly cupcakes

Looking to please some old friends? A batch of nostalgic butterfly cakes will be met with gasps of delight every time. These sweet little cakes are connected to many happy memories for many Aussie bakers and are a true delight to make. Our vanilla bean cake recipe is made delicately fragrant with vanilla, sweet jam, and velvety cream and topped off with the cutest little butterfly wings!


  • 125 g  Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup CSR Caster Sugar
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 150 ml thickened cream (whipped)
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • CSR Soft Icing Mixture (for dusting)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and place 12 paper cases into a cupcake tin.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer on medium until pale and fluffy. Slowly add the eggs and mix well. Add the flour, baking powder, vanilla and milk, and continue to mix until smooth. Be careful not to mix too quickly or the ingredients will fly out of the bowl!
  3. Carefully spoon the batter evenly between the paper cases, and then ask Mum or Dad to transfer them into the oven for 20 minutes or until cooked and lightly golden. Once baked, remove the cupcakes from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
  4. When the cupcakes have cooled completely, use a knife to cut a 2cm circle from the top of each cupcake. Cut the tops in half and set them aside. Spoon one teaspoon of the whipped cream into each cupcake hole, and then top with a little bit of jam. Finish the butterfly cakes by placing two halved cake pieces over the cream to create wings.
  5. Dust with icing sugar and then the cupcakes are ready!

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