Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based blogger, mama, creative, coffee-only with my oxygen, vegan, plus-size fashion lover and feminist.


Low Calorie Blueberry Butterfly Cakes.

The lovely folks over at recently advertised for bloggers to take part in their January healthy baking challenge. I was keen to try some less fattening cakes so jumped at the chance to take part.

I had a choice of a few different recipes to try but really liked the look of these Low Calorie Blueberry Butterfly Cakes. Butterfly cakes remind me of baking as a child and fill me with this great sense of nostalgia and warmth. So without further ado, here is the recipe;

Low Calorie Butterfly Cakes
  • 55g low fat spread
  • 55g Half Spoon Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 85g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened apple puree

    For the filling:
  • Crème Fraîche
  • Blueberrys
  • Vanilla pod

  • I used Half spoon sugar and new Lurpak Lightest spread.

    The method of these cakes is pretty standard. You cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.

    Add the egg and beat until smooth (if it starts to split add a couple of pinches of your flour)

    Then fold in the flour and apple puree.

    Divide the batter into cupcake cases and cook at 180C. The recipe stated to cook them for 12-15 minutes although mine were nowhere near done at this time. They cooked for around 25 mintues and were still a little pale and unrisen. They were cooked fine in the middle though.

    Once cooked and cooled, its time to cut the butterfly wings. With butterfly cakes you would usually just cut the peaked top off but as these didnt rise well I cut a small round out of each one instead so my wings are a bit chunky.

    I added some vanilla seeds to my Crème Fraîche and filled each little hole with a generous dollop, smooshed the wings in place and studded a couple of lovely blueberries in the top. Although you could us any fruit you had lying around.

    The cakes themselves were a little heavier than the full fat recipe I usually use but taste-wise they were lovely, I really like the Crème Fraîche with the added vanilla, it really lifted the whole recipe.

    Overall these little guys are pretty tasty considering they are low-calorie, the recipe on Baking Mad doesn't actually tell you how many calories are in each cake but I went onto and calculated it and it is roughly 148 calories per cake. Is that good?

    What is your favourite low-cal/low-fat/healthy bake? Or how do you adapt your recipes to be healthier?