Filled with a spoonful of buttercream and a dollop of zesty lemon curd, these Lemon Curd Butterfly Cakes are a delicious teatime treat. So quick and easy is this recipe to whip up, you’ll barely notice that your buns have flown off the plate. Perhaps literally.
Everyone knows how to make butterfly cakes, but it’s the filling that’s important. The sweet, creamy buttercream contrasts beautifully with the tangy homemade lemon curd, making for a surprisingly complex flavour.
Of course, these lemon curd butterfly cakes are suitable for children’s parties. But you’ll find they’re also very much at home adorning a cake stand, beside that slightly over the top afternoon tea you indulge in on a Saturday.
Though pretty, butterfly cakes are the very definition of frugality. Effortlessly decorated, you’ll have no need of a shed full of icing to mask all those little baking sins. In baking all the money is spent on decoration. Remove it if possible.
Lemon Curd Butterfly Cakes
For the buns:
2 large eggs
the zest of 1 lemon
* The quantity of butter, sugar and flour should each be the same as the weight of the eggs
For the filling:
25g salted butter
40g icing sugar, extra for dusting
2 tbsp homemade lemon curd
Preheat the oven to 200C/180C(fan) and line a cupcake tin with 12 paper cases.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one by one until fully incorporated.
Gently fold in the flour and lemon zest. Divide the cake batter equally between the paper cases and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
Set the baked cakes aside to cool. Beat together the remaining butter and icing sugar to make your buttercream.
With a knife, scoop a circular cone out of the top of each bun. Cut these in half. Fill the hole with a little buttercream, followed by a little lemon curd.
Top each cake with the halved cones (as pictured) and dust liberally with icing sugar.
Cost: Despite needing two separate filings, these butterfly cakes require very little decoration or surplus ingredients. As such, these attractive little buns should set you back no more than about £2.50.
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