Celebrate International Chocolate Day on 13th September with these delightful Black Forest Butterfly Cakes.

Perfect mini-puddings for an autumnal racing picnic, they’re also a real teatime treat.

Ingredients

150g golden caster sugar
150g butter, softened
125g Leckford Estate Plain White Flour
25g cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
3 medium eggs
1 tsp Dr. Oetker Vanilla Extract
180g Dr. Oetker Easy Swirl Chocolate Flavour Cupcake Icing
12 Cooks’ Ingredients Glacé Cherries
Dr. Oetker Silver or Gold Shimmer Spray

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180ºC, gas mark 4. Place the sugar, butter, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, eggs and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Using an electric hand whisk, beat for 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  2. Sit paper muffin cases in a 12-hole muffin tin and divide the mixture between them. Bake for 15–20 minutes until firm. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.
  3. With a small, serrated knife, carefully slice the top off each cake. Using the star nozzle, pipe a large swirl of chocolate flavour icing onto each cake. Cut each top in half and position the wings back in place. Sit a cherry in the centre of each cake then spray lightly with shimmer spray before serving.

Recipe and photograph – Waitrose: thousands more recipes can be found at
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