Butterfly Cakes

Difficulty: Easy-Medium

Makes 12


Recreating treats from my childhood is something I love to do so thought it was about time I veganised the classic Butterfly Cakes! A lovely vanilla cake topped with cream and jam, perfect for a birthday party or afternoon tea. I reckon these ones taste even better than the ones I had as a kid, what do you reckon?


  • 1 x 270mL cans coconut cream (Woolworths Select works great for this recipe)
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup icing sugar
  • Raspberry or strawberry jam to serve


  1. You’ll need to pop the coconut cream upside down in the fridge for 24 hours beforehand (hint: keep some in your fridge at all times so you’re always ready to go!)
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a muffin tray with liners like the ones pictured (at a stretch you could use regular cases but don’t fill them up as much!)
  3. In a medium bowl or jug, whisk together the almond milk and apple cider vinegar, set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, or electric mixer bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  5. Now whisk the sugar and oil into the almond milk mixture.
  6. Gradually add the wet mixture to the dry while mixing with your electric mixer. Add the 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract also.
  7. Mix well until only small lumps remain.
  8. Fill the liners to the top of the pan. Because you’re using liners with higher edges you can afford to do this!
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean and the top is golden.
  10. While the cakes are cooling, make your whipped cream. First you will need to drain the clear liquid from the top of the can.
  11. If the remaining cream is still pretty runny, just let it sit on the bench for a while until it starts to firm up.
  12. Chuck the coconut cream into your electric mixer and whip until it becomes light and airy.
  13. Add the icing sugar and remaining vanilla and whip some more until incorporated.
    Once the cakes have cooled completely, grab a small, sharp knife and cut out a circle while the blade is pointing to the middle of the cake. This should leave you with a cone-shaped piece of cake.
  14. Fill the hole with cream and jam before cutting the cone in half and placing back on top.
  15. Serve fresh.



  • Natalie

    I love vanilla cake and this looks just scrumptious!

    • Chelsey

      Thanks Natalie, it was delicious! 😀

  • Caeli @ Little Vegan Bear

    These are such a throwback to my childhood too! My nan used to make the BEST angel cakes. I’m keen to try them again…it’s been such a long while. Yours look lovely 🙂

  • Sara

    Thanks for the recipe, I made the cakes and they were very nice however the recipe was confusing. It didn’t state when to mix in the sugar. Also, it didn’t state when to mix in the oil. When I made the cakes, I decided not to add in the oil as the mixture seemed runny enough without it. The cakes worked without the oil, but I am confused about the reference to the oil – i.e.. whether it is necessary, and if so, when to mix it in. Please advise? Thank you.

    • Chelsey

      Hey Sara! So glad you made them and they turned out well despite the fact I clearly left out a step, whoops!!! I’ve fixed it all now, but it’s good to hear that they were ok with out oil, a great option for those who want an oil-free alternative 😀