Sunday, 9 January 2011

Chocolate butterfly buns

It's still cold, snowy, icy and beautiful out here.  What else is there to do but get on and do some baking?  After all the Christmas gluttony has made short work of all those extra treats, and when it's cold and you're pregnant who wants to start the New Year on a diet or health kick?

Recipe for Chocolate Butterfly buns

110g margarine
110g caster sugar
2 eggs
85g self raising flour

Butter icing:
60g margarine (I needed a little more than that)
110g icing sugar
85g cocoa powder (I used drinking chocolate powder and needed less than this)


To make the buns:

  • Cream together the margarine and caster sugar until soft and fluffy and then beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a little flour of the mixture starts to curdle.
  • Fold in the rest of the flour.
  • Fill a dozen cake cases with the mixture.  Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 190 degrees C.

To make the butter icing: 

  • Cream together all the ingredients until soft and smooth.


  • When the buns are cool use a sharp knife to cut a round out of the top of the buns.  
  • Fill the space with the butter icing.  
  • Cut the rounds in half and arrange as "wings" in the top of the butter icing.  
  • Sprinkle with a dusting of icing sugar.

As we were making these I became a little concerned that we might not actually have enough bun mixture to make the buns - Little C was half stirring, but mostly just eating the mixture straight from the bowl.

When it came to eating the buns though... he was keen on the idea of the cake, but then pulled out the icing and wings, and started eating the bun.  It took Big C offering some of the lovely chocolatey icing on the end of his finger and several tastes, before he finally got around to the idea that it was nice.  I'm still not sure that he's entirely convinced that they are delicious.

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