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Butterfly cakes recipe

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Need ideas for a kids' party? The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen invites you to try Butterfly cakes Recipe. Enjoy a stunning collection of kids party food any kid would be impressed by.

Preparation Time 30 minutes
Cooking Time 25 minutes
Makes 18


250g butter, at room temperature
330g (1 1/2 cups) caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
4 eggs, at room temperature
450g (3 cups) self-raising flour, sifted
250ml (1 cup) milk
100g (1/2 cup) raw caster sugar
80ml (1/3 cup) water
125g unsalted butter, at room temperature
315g (1 cup) raspberry jam


Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 18 large (185ml/ 3/4-cup) muffin pans with paper cases.

Use an electric beater to beat the butter, caster sugar and vanilla essence in a large bowl until very pale and creamy. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, until combined. Use a large metal spoon to gently fold in half the flour alternately with half the milk, until well combined. Repeat with remaining flour and milk.

Spoon the mixture evenly into the paper cases. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool.

Meanwhile, combine raw caster sugar and water in a saucepan, and stir over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and set aside for 20 minutes to cool to room temperature. Use an electric beater to beat the butter in a small bowl until white and creamy. Add the sugar syrup in a thin, steady stream and beat until well combined.

Use a sharp knife to cut a shallow V-shaped piece out of the top of each cake, about 1.5cm deep, leaving a 2cm-wide edge. Cut the piece of cake in half crossways to form 2 semicircles. Fill centre of each cake with 21/2 tsp of raspberry jam. Arrange 2 semicircles of cake in jam. Place mock cream into a clean piping bag fitted with a 1.5cm diameter fluted nozzle and pipe down centre between the "wings" on each cake.

Good Taste - July 2002, Page 67
Recipe by Sarah Hobbs

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