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Pretty butterfly cupcakes

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Packed with sweetness, these Butterfly cupcakes are the perfect treat for afternoon tea. They're easy to make and will satisfy your guests.

  • Makes18
  • Cook time20 minutes
  • Prep time30 minutes, (+ cooling time)
Pretty butterfly cupcakes


  • 250g butter, softened
  • 1½ cups (330g) caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 4 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs
  • 3 cups (450g) self-raising flour
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • ½ cup (125g) 100’s & 1000’s, to decorate
  • ½ cup (160g) raspberry jam


  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1½ cups (240g) icing sugar mixture
  • 1 tbs milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C. Line eighteen 1/3 cup (80ml-capacity) muffin pans with paper cases.

  2. Step 2

    Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour and milk, in alternating batches, until just combined.
  3. Step 3

    Spoon the mixture evenly among the lined pans. Use the back of a spoon to smooth the surface. Bake for 20 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centres comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Step 4

    To make the buttercream, use an electric mixer to beat the butter in a bowl until very pale. Gradually add the icing sugar, in batches, beating well after each addition. Add the milk and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  5. Step 5

    Use a small sharp knife to cut a cone-shaped piece from the top of each cupcake, about 4cm wide and 1.5cm deep. Cut each cone-shaped piece of cake in half to form 2 semicircles.
  6. Step 6

    Place the 100’s & 1000’s on a small plate. Place half the buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a 1cm-diameter fluted nozzle. Spread the remaining buttercream over the top of each cupcake. Dip each cupcake into the 100’s & 1000’s to coat. Spread a little buttercream over each semicircle and press into the 100’s & 1000’s to coat.
  7. Step 7

    Spoon raspberry jam into the hole in the top of each cupcake. Arrange the semicircles of cake in the jam to create the butterfly wings.
  8. Step 8

    Pipe the buttercream down the centre of each cupcake between the wings.