Recipe | Chocolate orange butterfly cakes

Making the most of the delicious combination of chocolate and orange, these cakes are easy-to-make and fun for kids of all ages.

Chocolate orange butterfly cakes 4

Ingredients (makes 8 buns/cup cakes – multiply up as you need! Muffins also an option…)

  • 100 g self-raising flour
  • 100 g butter/margarine
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • A packet of Jaffa Cakes (non-UK-based readers, I will return to this!)

For decoration

  • 75 g butter/margarine
  • 150 g icing sugar
  • Orange food colouring
  • Chocolate Matchsticks (once again, non-UK-based readers, I will say more about this later…)
  • Writing icing

A note on ingredients

A key ingredient for this recipe are Jaffa Cakes, a type of biscuit/cookie-sized cake sold here in the UK. I’m not sure about their availability elsewhere (I’m sure you’ll let me know!). However, I imagine there’s an equivalent wherever you live. They have a cake base, topped with a layer of orange jelly and dark chocolate. This picture will give you the idea:

Jaffa cakes

For the antennae I used orange-flavoured Matchsticks, which are widely-available chocolate sticks here in the UK. Again, I’m sure there’s an equivalent wherever you are, or you can always use liquorice! Here’s a picture of the Matchsticks:

Chocolate matchsticks


Pre-heat your oven to 150 degrees C. Put your fairy cake/bun/cup cake cases (whatever you prefer to call them!) in your tray.

Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, flour and baking powder. Stir until you have a smooth mixture.

Put a spoonful of the mixture into each cake case. Make sure the bottom of the case is completely covered. Pop a Jaffa Cake on top. Cover the Jaffa Cake with another spoonful of mixture. I experimented, and it turns out it’s best to place the Jaffa Cakes chocolate side up! The following picture shows both options πŸ™‚

Jaffa cakes in cup cakes

Bake the cakes until golden brown and springy to touch. This should take about 25-30 minutes. They need longer at a lower temperature to allow the mixture to cook around the chocolate in the centre without burning the top.

You may decide that muffins are better. I think I’ll use muffin cases next time I make these to prevent over-filling/rising. As seen in Exhibit A:

Cakes risen

If you’re wondering, this is what the inside of the cakes looks like:

Jaffa cake inside cup cake


Blend together the butter and icing sugar to make your buttercream icing/frosting. Add as much orange food colouring as you want. I had to add more than I thought I would just to get a subtle, pale orange:

Pale orange icing

I then piped swirls of the buttercream onto the top of the cakes. As you can see from the following picture, I covered some entirely, and others I just did a little in the centre.

Choc orange butterfly cakes

Cut the Jaffa Cakes in half and stick the halves into the icing to make the wings. Cut pieces of Matchstick for the antennae. Use writing icing (shop-bought in tubes – cheat!) to add additional decorations to the wings and antenna (the green and blue blobs and swirls). You could stick on Smarties or M&Ms… I’m sure you’ll come up with some far more imaginative ideas than I did!

Choc orange butterfly cakes 3

And that’s it! They’re delicious, cute and easier to make than the length of this post might suggest!

Give them a try and let me know how it goes! πŸ™‚

And if you’re not a fan of choc-orange, you can also check out my recipe for traditional butterfly buns/cupcakes.

Chocolate orange butterfly cakes

Β Claire Huston / Art and Soul

31 thoughts on “Recipe | Chocolate orange butterfly cakes

  1. Lovely cakes, Claire! I like your decorating skills. πŸ™‚ Oh you’re going to laugh, but when we visit my husband’s family in London, we stock up on Jaffa Cakes, ha ha. One Christmas, they had this long, long box with funny saying written on it, and inside there were something like four or five normal-sized packages of Jaffa Cakes. I think perhaps scarcity makes us horde them or even think they taste better than they do? ha ha

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