Butterfly Surprise Cake / Candy Filled Strawberry Cake

              My 2nd daughter Sheza had her 5th birthday yesterday. This was a surprise cake for her. A butterfly shaped strawberry cake with heaps of her favourite gems/smarties inside….


For Strawberry Cake:

2 cups plain flour/ all purpose flour
150 gm butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup strawberry pulp/puree
1- 1 1/4 cup sugar, powdered
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp strawberry essence

For Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3-4 cups icing sugar/ confectioner’s sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3-4 tbsp milk

Ready to roll fondant
food colours
candies like gems/ smarties / M&M’s


For Strawberry Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degree celicius. Grease a baking pan with butter and dust it with flour or spray with a cooking spray. Here I used small butterfly shaped mould.
  2. Sift together plain flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and keep it aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add butter and sugar and beat well till light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add sifted flour to this mixture and beat well till combined. If the batter is thick, add the milk as required and mix well.
  6. Add strawberry puree and strawberry essence and mix well.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack…
 For Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
  1. In a bowl, add the butter and beat until smooth and creamy at medium speed using electric mixer.
  2. Add 3 cups icing sugar/ confectioner’s sugar , little at a time on low speed,until it mixes well with the butter.
  3. Then increase the speed to medium and add vanilla extract and  milk and beat until smooth and creamy…
  • To prepare this butterfly shaped cake, I baked four small cakes with this batter using butterfly shaped mould. Then allow the cakes to cool completely and level the top of each cake with a knife.
  • Cut out centres / inside of two cake layers using knife .
  • To assemble cake, place one uncut cake layer on a serving plate or cake stand and spread or pipe frosting around the edge of the cake.
  • Stack the two cut out cakes on top of the bottom layer with frosting in between each.
  • Fill the centre/ hole with the smarties/ gems /M & M’s or other candies.
  • Then top the cake with the other uncut  cake layer with some frosting.
  • Cover the cake with the remaining frosting, smoothing it out well. Then I covered the cake with Ready-to-Roll Icing / fondant and decorated with sugar sprinkles…
  • When ready to serve, cut the cake and surprise the kids !!!


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