Butterfly Cakes with home-made Cherry Jam

P1010209     Happy New Year! and in what I fear may be setting a tone for the year very early on - I give you a little cake! These are surely the easiest cupcakes in the world, they can be iced with buttercream, royal icing and decorations, or as in this case, interpreted as butterfly cakes.  The light sponge top is removed, cut in half to resemble butterfly wings and replaced atop a pile of luscious jam and vanilla scented cream.  The name may be reminiscent of children's birthday parties, but I have seen many an adult eat more of these than they probably should! 

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Butterfly Cakes with home-made Cherry Jam
 
Recipe Type: Nigella Lawson's fairy cakes
Author: Kitchen Diva
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Ingredients
  • For the cakes:
  • 125 g self raising flour
  • 125g very soft unsalted butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs (free range)
  • 1-2 teaspoons good vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients apart from the milk in the bowl of a food processor or Thermomix and blitz until smoothly combined. Then add milk and blitz again until you have a smooth dropping consistency.
  2. Divide the mixture between the cases and bake for 15-20 minutes until tops are risen and golden brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
  3. Using a small pointed knife (serrated if you have one) carefully remove a cone-shaped piece from the centre top of each cake, and cut into two halves (these are the wings).
  4. Fill the cavity with jam of your choice (in this case home made in the Thermomix using an adaptation of a David Lebovitz recipe) and with whipped cream, slightly sweetened with icing sugar. Carefully place the two 'wings' back onto the sponge and garnish with icing sugar, and in this case, Raspberry Dust from Summer Sensations (another blog post)...
  5. Some of the decorative paper cupcake cases on the market are porous, and butter may seep through during cooking, spoiling their appearance. Avoid this by using double liners - I use inexpensive white ones placed inside the decorative ones (see photo).