Lemon butterfly fairy cakes recipe

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  • Nut-free
makes: 18
Skill: medium
Cost: cheap
Prep: 25 min
Cooking: 20 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 240 kCal 12%
Fat 14g 20%
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  • These lemon butterfly fairy cakes, also known as butterfly buns are topped with lemon curd and dusted with icing sugar.

    The delicious, zesty lemon sponge and the light and creamy mascarpone pair perfectly together. This recipe makes 18 butterfly fairy cakes and will take around 45 mins to prepare and bake. Ready in just three simple steps.


    • 175g (6oz) butter, softened
    • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • 175g (6oz) self-raising flour, sifted
    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • 250g (9oz) tub mascarpone
    • 2tbsp icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
    • 6tbsp lemon curd


    • Preheat the oven to 180°C (355°F, gas mark 4). Line 2 bun tins with 18 paper cases. Beat the butter, eggs, flour and sugar together using a wooden spoon or electric hand whisk, until the mixture is light, fluffy and drops off the spoon or mixer easily. Fold in the lemon zest.

    • Divide mixture between the paper cases. Bake for 20 mins until cakes have risen and are golden. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

    • 3 When the cakes are cold, cut off tops and set aside. Beat together the mascarpone and 2tbsp of icing sugar. Put a teaspoon of the filling, plus a teaspoon of lemon curd, on each cake. Cut the tops in half and stick into the mixture. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

    Top tips for making lemon butterfly fairy cakes

    You could use cream cheese or freshly whipped cream instead of mascarpone if preferred.

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