THE CLASSIC BUTTERFLY CAKE.

THE CLASSIC BUTTERFLY CAKE RECIPE.

I was baking at the weekend and made these sweet butterfly cakes or fairy cakes as they're sometimes known. I love these simple, classic cakes. They're filled with a dollop of strawberry jam and a spoonful of buttercream and are the perfect Summertime treat.

There's something about a simple butterfly cake that always makes me smile and it's not just the hidden jam surprise center although that's always been my favourite part. Butterfly cakes take me right back to childhood. Growing up they were a birthday party staple but lately they seem to have fallen out of favour and been replaced with giant cupcakes or muffins instead. Bring back the humble butterfly cake, I say. Let's grab out mixing bowls and get started.

THE CLASSIC BUTTERFLY CAKE RECIPE.

Ingredients (makes up to 12 cakes).

recipe adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.

For the cakes.

120g plain flour

140g caster sugar

1½ teaspoons baking powder

40g unsalted butter

120 ml whole milk

1 egg

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the filling.

125g icing sugar

40g unsalted butter (room temperature)

25 ml whole milk

A couple of drops of vanilla extract

Strawberry jam

Icing sugar to decorate.

Instructions.

Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F) Gas mark 3.

Sift the flour. sugar and baking powder into a bowl. Add the butter and beat using an electric whisk or mixer until you have a sand like mixture. Make sure to use the slowest speed as this can get messy. When everything is fully combined gradually add in half the milk and mix togther.

Whisk the egg, vanilla extract the last of the milk together in a separate bowl. Pour into the flour mixture and mix for a couple of minutes or until the mixture is smooth and fully combined.

Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the sponge turns a light golden colour.

Leave the cake to cool on a wire cooling rack.

While they are cooling you can make your buttercream filling.

Beat the icing sugar and butter together. In a separate bowl combine the milk and vanilla extract. Add to the butter mixture a couple of tablespoons at a time.

Once all the milk has been added continue to beat until the buttercream becomes light and fluffy. This normally takes around 5-7 minutes using my electric hand mixer. If you find the buttercream is still too thick you can add more milk a teaspoon at a time or icing sugar if your mixture is too runny.

Take your fully cooled cakes and cut a circle out of the top of each one. I recommend using a sharp knife for this part so if you're baking with kids you might want to do this step yourself. Cut each disc in half and set aside.

Carefully spoon in some strawberry jam and top with some buttercream. Place the cut disc pieces on top to make butterfly wings and dust with icing sugar.

I think these cakes are best eaten within 3 days but they can be kept in an airtight container for up to 5.

THE CLASSIC BUTTERFLY CAKE RECIPE.
THE CLASSIC BUTTERFLY CAKE RECIPE.

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Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.

TRIED AND TESTED: 3 INGREDIENT CHOCOLATE AND BANANA CAKE.

SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH THIS 3 INGREDIENT GLUTEN AND DAIRY CHOCOLATE AND BANANA CAKE

I know I normally share a quick craft project on a Monday but today I thought we'd do something a bit different and try a quick recipe instead.

I don't know about you but I'm a sucker for those novelty recipes you see popping up on Pinterest and Facebook. They always look so tasty but I hardly ever get around to actually making them. Today I decided to change all that and thought I'd try making a recipe I pinned for a 3 ingredient chocolate banana cake. It's not only sugar free but also gluten and dairy free. It promises to be light and fluffy, a healthy alternative when you have a craving for something sweet. I'll admit I was feeling skeptical. Surely butter and sugar the best part of a cake? Here's how I got on.

SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH THIS 3 INGREDIENT GLUTEN AND DAIRY CHOCOLATE AND BANANA CAKE

Like it says in the title you only need 3 things to make this cake, a banana, an egg and some cocoa powder. I started by mashing my banana into a bowl before adding the egg and cocoa powder. The original recipe says to use a blender but I used an electric hand mixer instead. Mix until the batter is smooth.

For my first attempt I greased the inside of a small 4 inch cake tin and popped it in the oven at 350°F. When I went to check on it after 10 minutes the top had burnt and the inside was still gooey. Fail. My oven can be a little temperamental so for my second attempt I lowered the oven and used a large ramekin instead. The same thing happened, burnt gooey batter so I did a bit more googling and came across this recipe that recommended using a microwave and mug to bake your cake.

I greased the inside of my mug and poured in the batter. I set the microwave to 1 and a half minutes and out came the perfect fluffy looking cake. Success! I turned my cake out onto a plate and dusted with some icing sugar.

Ingredients:

1 banana,

I egg,

3 tablespoons of cocoa powder.

1. Add the peeled and mashed banana to a bowl.

2. Add one egg and 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to your mashed banana.

3. Use a food mixer or blender and mix until a smooth batter mixture is formed.

4. Grease the inside of a mug and pour in your mixture.

5. Microwave for 1-2 minutes. You may need to adjust this time depending on your microwave.

6. Tip out your cake and lightly dust with icing sugar.

7. Enjoy!

SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH THIS 3 INGREDIENT GLUTEN AND DAIRY CHOCOLATE AND BANANA CAKE

What's the verdict?

Well, the cake was light and fluffy as promised and looked a little like a muffin on the inside. It was surprisingly moist although I wouldn't say it was sweetest of things. In fact I sprinkled on a little extra icing sugar as I was eating to help sweeten it up. I think if I was making it again I'd try adding a little sugar to the mixture instead of sprinkling it on afterwards.

There is it, my tried and tested 3 ingredient chocolate banana cake. What do you think? Will you be making a chocolate banana cake of your own?

SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH THIS 3 INGREDIENT GLUTEN AND DAIRY CHOCOLATE AND BANANA CAKE

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Gathering Beauty

Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.

CHOCOLATE NUTELLA MUG CAKES.

2 Minute Microwave Chocolate Nutella Mug Cakes

Chocolate Nutella mug cakes you bake in the microwave in 2 minutes? Yes, please.

Have you tried making a microwave mug cake before? I've made a few of them in my time but none of them have turned out to be as good as this one. It's delicious and moist and has the added bonus of leaving behind only minimal washing up. All you need is a tablespoon, a mug and a fork and you're all set. Of course if you want to be a bit fancier and don't mind the extra dishes you can spray your mug with some non-stick cooking spray first and turn your finished cake out onto a plate.

If you're looking for a quick and easy sweet treat I can recommend giving this one a go.

Ingredients for Chocolate Nutella Mug Cakes

Ingredients needed for Chocolate Nutella Mug Cakes (makes 1 large or 2 small servings depending on the mug).

3 tablespoons of Nutella,

4 tablespoons of sugar,

3 tablespoons vegetable oil,

1 medium egg,

3 tablespoons of semi-skimmed milk,

3 tablespoons of cocoa powder,

4 tablespoons self-raising flour.

recipe adapted from This Little Street.

How to make Chocolate Nutella Mug Cakes

1. Add the Nutella, sugar, vegetable oil ,egg, milk, cocoa and flour in this order to the mug. If you want to turn your cake out spray some non-stick cooking spray into the mug before adding any ingredients.

2. Whisk with a fork until all the ingredients are combined. The mixture should have the consistency of a thick milkshake.

3. Microwave for around 2 minutes. This will depend on your microwave and how moist you like your cake.

The first time I made this I popped it in the microwave for 1 minute 45 seconds and the cake was still uncooked at the bottom. The next time I microwaved it for 2 minutes and it turned out perfectly. You may need to adjust the time depending on the size of your mug and the power of your microwave.

4. Dust with icing sugar or top with cream and enjoy.

Chocolate Nutella Mug Cakes

I'm thinking of trying this snickerdoodle mug cake next and maybe this chocolate peanut butter one. They both look so good. I've definitely been bitten by the 2 minute mug cake bug.

Want more? You can find my other recipes here or you might want to check out my Quick and Easy Microwave Blueberry Mug Cake.

Quick and Easy Microwave Blueberry Muffin Mug Cake

Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.

SWEET AND SIMPLE PEACH LEMONADE.

Sweet and Simple Peach Lemonade.

Peaches are in season in the UK at the moment so they're everywhere. I picked up a load of these delicious looking saturn peaches on the weekend and wanted to use them to make two things, a sweet peach lemonade and a quick cheats version of peach ice cream.

Today I'm sharing the sweet and simple peach lemonade. It's light and refreshing with just the right amount of tang. Perfect for cooling down on a hot Summer's day. Not only is it delicious but it also has the added bonus of being really easy to make, all you need is 4 ingredients and a blender.

Sweet and Simple Peach Lemonade Recipe.

Ingredients needed to make this fresh Peach Lemonade: (makes around 1 litre)

4 peaches,

The juice of 2 lemons,

400 ml water (still),

1-2 tablespoons of agave syrup according to taste.

recipe adapted from here.

How to make Sweet and Simple Peach Lemonade.

1. Cut up the peaches and remove the pit. I left the skin on mine but you could remove it if you want. Pop the peaches in a blender and blend until smooth.

I set my blender to the smoothie setting and let it do it's thing. It didn't have any problems dealing with the peach and the skins but if you're worried about any left over fruit pulp pass your mixture through a fine sieve before adding your water and lemon juice.

The blended peaches were a dark orange/brown colour (see below) but changed to a light golden peach as soon as the other ingredients were added so don't worry if this happens to you.

How to make Sweet and Simple Peach Lemonade.

2. Add the lemon juice and water and blitz together. Your peach lemonade should go light and frothy.

3. Sweeten your lemonade to taste with some agave syrup and stir well.

4. Serve over ice and drink.

I didn't have any ice but what I did have was a punnet of raspberries in the freezer so I popped a couple of the frozen raspberries into each glass instead. They worked really well. Store any leftover peach lemonade in the fridge in a pitcher with a lid for a couple of days. Don't forget to give it a good stir before you serve.

Enjoy.

Sweet and Simple Peach Lemonade.

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Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.