When I was growing up we called these fluffy petite delicacies. . . butterfly cakes.
But you may know then as fairy cakes.
In our house, these little individual cakes topped with their fairy wings were not ‘everyday’ cakes.
Of course I wished they were. . . but they were more of a weekend special my mother served for gatherings and tea parties.
Filled with cream and jam and topped with a dusting of the finest sugar, these little darlings never fail to make people smile.
I’m not sure of the origin of this recipe.
It was passed down from my mum, who had it handwritten in her 1960’s exercise book that held her most used recipes. . . so it’s a classic.
I’ve been making it all my adult life and it’s definitely one of our family favourites.
2 eggs, 4oz butter, ¾ cup caster sugar, 1 ½ cups self raising flour, ½ cup milk.
1. Preheat oven to 180.
2. Line a 12 cup cupcake pan with paper cases.
3. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl of electric mixer and beat for 3 minutes.
4. Spoon into paper cases and put in the oven for about 20 minutes until golden and crisp on top. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Using a sharp knife, slice out a round disc from the top of the cake. Cut this piece in half to form two wings.
Fill the centre of cake with a large teaspoon of raspberry jam and top with whipped cream.
Insert the cake wings into the cream. [I like to add another little drop of jam between the wings].
Just before serving, dust the cakes with icing sugar.
My family will be enjoying these butterfly cakes for afternoon tea today.
It’s not a special occasion . . . just a cold winter’s afternoon that requires a little ‘yumminess’ to put a smile on everyone’s faces.
I’m sharing my mum’s butterfly cake recipe at this week’s link parties and with these friends: Inspiration Exchange, Live Laugh Rowe, The DIY Dreamer, Tutorials, Tips & Tidbits, Blissful White Wednesday, Transformation Thursday, French Country Cottage, The Vintage Farmhouse, 36th Avenue, Be Inspired Friday at Common Ground.
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