Recipe of the week: Lemon Curd Butterfly Buns

Recipe of the week: Lemon Curd Butterfly Buns

If you’re looking for a super quick and easy sweet treat either for a get together with friends, a birthday, or a fun baking session with your kids, these Lemon Curd Butterfly Buns are for you! They are a basic vanilla sponge cupcake but instead of filling with buttercream, I fill them with lemon curd. Super quick easy because you can just dollop a spoonful from the jar. No sifting icing sugar necessary, although it’s nice to sprinkle some on at the end for show!

Lemon Curd Butterfly Buns

Serves: 12


  • 175 g self-raising flour
  • 125g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp milk (at room temperature)
  • Lemon curd


  • First take the milk out of the fridge and measure it, put it in a glass and leave to one side to come up to room temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 C/160 fan. Place 12 cupcake cases in a muffin tin.
  • Using an electric mixer beat the butter until it’s light and fluffy. You can use a wooden spoon if you prefer, but it will take longer!
  • Gradually add the sugar a bit at a time and really beat after each addition. When it’s all added continue to beat with the mixer for another 5 minutes – this is what makes the sponge good!
  • In a jug beat the eggs and vanilla extract. Now slowly add the mixture to the butter and sugar a spoonful at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Use a metal spoon to add the flour and carefully fold it in. Do this in three batches, followed by a tbsp of the milk. So flour, milk, flour, milk, flour, milk.
  • Spoon the mixture into the cases evenly and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.
  • Once cooled, use a knife to cut out a circle off the top of each cupcake. Fill with a generous spoonful of lemon curd. Cut the circle into two and pop them on top of the curd so they look like butterfly wings.
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar for a nice finish, if you wish.

If you like sweet treats you might like my delicious Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Cookies recipe.

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Are you looking for a quick and easy cupcake recipe? These lemon curd butterfly buns use a simple sponge recipe and you don't need to make buttercream, just a big dollop of good quality lemon curd! Check the recipe out on my blog.



  1. 10th May 2017 / 8:40 pm

    Great tip to make it light and fluffy! I wouldn’t have thought to put lemon curd in, what a lovely idea!

    • thisismenow
      10th May 2017 / 8:47 pm

      Ah honestly it’s the best tip to get a good sponge. Beat beat beat that butter! Xx

  2. 10th May 2017 / 8:40 pm

    Oh my goodness Susie, these looks so tasty. We were busy baking today, blueberry muffins. Next week, we are going to try your recipe.

    • thisismenow
      10th May 2017 / 8:46 pm

      Oh I love blueberry muffins! Thanks for reading x

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