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Gooseberry Butterfly

Gooseberry Butterfly


  • 225g self-raising flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 200g golden caster sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 150g pot natural yogurt

  • 4 tbsp elderflower cordial (we used Bottlegreen)

  • 175g butter, melted and cooled

  • 330g gooseberries, topped and tailed, or use frozen

  • 50g golden caster sugar

  • 1 tbsp elderflower cordial

  • 200g crème fraîche

  • icing sugar, for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 200C / fan 180C / gas 6. Put 12 muffin cases into a muffin tray. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Beat the eggs, yogurt, elderflower cordial and melted butter together with a pinch of salt, then stir into the dry ingredients. Spoon into the cases (they will be quite full), bake for 18-20 mins until risen and golden, then cool on a wire rack.

  2. Meanwhile, put the gooseberries and the sugar into a frying pan, then gently cook for 10 mins until most of the berries have collapsed, but there’s still some texture. Taste for sweetness (add more sugar if you like, but remember that the cakes are sweet), then stir in the elderflower cordial and allow to cool. Once cool, fold into the crème fraîche.

  3. To serve, cut a section out of the top of each cake using a small, serrated knife - heart shapes look sweet, but if that’s too fiddly simply cut off the top and cut in half, like a butterfly cake. Spoon a dessertspoonful or so of the fool into each cake, top with the piece that you cut away, then dust with a little icing sugar.

Recipe from BBC Good Food magazine, July 2008

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