The Food Exchange – July – Birthday (and a recipe!)

This has definitely been my favourite Food Exchange project to date!

This month it is a year since Greta from Made by Greta and I started the Food Exchange. So we decided this month’s theme should be a birthday theme! I had a few ideas on which recipe I should give to Greta. We ended up giving each other fairly similar recipes! To see my challenge for Greta head over to her blog!

Greta’s challenge for my was a butterfly cake! It was so simple to make but looked really beautiful and tasted really good too! It is definitely the perfect recipe for a summer birthday!

Greta didn’t have a recipe, so sent me a picture and some pointers on how to get to the finished cake. If you would like to see how I made this cake, have a look at the bottom of the blog post.

I kept it fairly simple with a vanilla sponge, vanilla buttercream and decorated it with raspberries, sliced strawberries, cherries and oranges!

I have really enjoyed the first year of The Food Exchange and the 12 projects Greta has set me. I think my top 3 from last year are; the apple parcels, the Christmas vanilla biscuits and the marble bundt cake! It was very difficult to choose though!

Thank you Greta for all of the challenges! I hope we can keep The Food Exchange going for another year!

Make sure you head over to Made by Greta to check out her bithday bake, I can’t wait to see how it turned out!

Lucya xx

You can find out what The Food Exchange is about and see our previous bakes here.

Birthday Butterfly Cake Recipe


85g butter, softened

150g sugar

2 eggs

135g plain flour

1.5 tsp baking powder

75ml whole milk

0.5 tsp vanilla essence


1 quantity of vanilla buttercream

2 Mikado Sticks (for the ears)

A selection of fruit



Preheat the oven to 170c (fan assisted).

Grease and line an 18cm cake tin.

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one by one beating well in between.

Sieve the flour and baking powder into the mixture, then carefully fold into the mixture until everything is well combined.

Finally, stir in the milk and vanilla extract.

Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin.

Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Allow to cool in the tins for 5 minutes, before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Once the cake is completely cool, level if necessary.

Cover the cake in buttercream. Then cut the cake in half. Turn the cakes 180 degrees so that they look like two wings (see photo)! Cover the sides with the rest of the buttercream.

Finally, decorate with fruit and stick the Mikado sticks into the cake as the butterfly’s antenna!



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