Yesterday was Australia day so I wanted to make something to celebrate! These lamington butterfly cupcakes are a great alternative to making full size lamingtons. They are quick, easy and don't involve the mess that comes with making the full size lamingtons. Yet they still have the same beautiful flavours of chocolate and coconut with a soft cake centre. Plus the kids love cupcakes any day and my husband loves butterfly cupcakes so it's a win win.

I made a vanilla cupcake for the base. Then you simply dip the cupcake in chocolate icing and then dessicated coconut. They are great even without the cream. Also for an alternative twist you can also add some jam too! These are quick to make with the cream making them even more delicious to eat. They make a lovely morning tea :) Happy Australia Day 2016!

Makes 12 cupcakes

Lamington Butterfly Cupcakes
Lamington Butterfly Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcake

  • 100g butter (softened)
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk

Topping

  • 130g icing sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa
  • 70g dessicated coconut
  • 3 Tbsp hot water

Method

Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 170 degC fan forced and line 12 muffin tins with baking cases.
  • Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl
  • Cream butter in a mixing bowl with a paddle for 1-2 minutes
  • Add sugar in a couple of batches and beat until sugar is mostly dissolved and the mixture has become pale
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating until just combined each time
  • Scrape the bowl to ensure even mixing of ingredients as required
  • Add vanilla extract and beat until just combined
  • Add half the flour mixture to the mixing bowl and beat until just combined
  • Add the milk and beat until just combined
  • Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until just combined. Do not overbeat as this will toughen up the mixture
  • Divide the mixture into the cupcake cases. I use an Icecream Scoop which makes it super easy!
  • Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes until a tester comes out clean
  • Remove from tins and allow cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack

Topping

  • To a small wide bowl add the dessicated coconut
  • To another small bowl add the icing sugar, coconut and 3 Tbsp of water
  • Mix the chocolate icing ingredients together until smooth and quite runny. Although not too runny that it doesn't stick to the cakes
  • Dip the cooled cakes into the chocolate icing and then the coconut
  • Allow the cakes to set for half an hour or so
  • You can whip your cream in the meantime and have a cup of tea :)
  • When ready to serve cut out the centre of the cakes. These will be cut in half and will form the butterfly wings
  • Add cream to the centre of the cakes and then top with the butterfly wings
  • Serve straight away :) Enjoy!

So I had some remaining strawberry puree. Hmm what to do! So I was thinking a yummy frosting. This has a perfect strawberry taste without tasting like just a lot of butter on a cupcake. Lemons in the cake make it nice and fresh and go beautifully with the strawberry. Yum :) I just used whatever juice and extract I could get out of 2 lemons. Makes approx 33 cakes

Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes
Lemon cupcakes with strawberry buttercream frosting

Lemon Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 230g butter softened. (1 cup approx)
  • 380g self raising flour (3 cups approx)
  • 400g caster sugar (2 cups approx)
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk (240ml)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest

Method 

  1. Line cupcake tins with liners. (Around 30-34)
  2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius fan forced.
  3. Cream butter and sugar by mixing using a scraper blade on medium speed, until lighter and fluffier in texture.
  4. Add vanilla and eggs one by one, until combined.
  5. Sift flour twice.
  6. Add flour and milk in alternate batches to mixer and mix until just combined.
  7. Add zest and lemon juice and mix until just combined. (Do not overmix)
  8. Fill cupcake tins with mixture (around 3/4 full). I like to use an icecream scoop which makes this step super easy and clean!
  9. Bake in oven for around 18-20 minutes until a tester stick comes out clean.
  10. Allow to cool in tin for around 5 minutes then move to a cake cooler tray to cool completely before frosting.

Strawberry Frosting

Ingredients

  • 165g strawberry puree
  • 170g butter softened
  • 330-350g icing sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash red food colouring

Method

  1. Reduce puree to 3 tbsp by putting in a saucepan over low - medium heat. Keep an eye on it and stir every so often so it doesn't burn or reduce too much.
  2. When puree has reduced transfer to a small container and place in the fridge or freezer to cool, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add all ingredients to a mixer bowl and mix until combined and creamy. Add a small amount of food colouring (I used a tiny bit of pink Wilton gel food colouring. If required add more icing sugar (or milk) to gain desired consistency/thickness for piping.

References

All recipes for lemon cupcake batter

Cooking classy for strawberry frosting