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An array of blue swirl cake pieces sitting beside a bowl of butterfly pea flower powder

Butterfly Swirl Cake With Butterfly Pea Flower Powder

To make this recipe vegan friendly, check out the ingredient substitutions at the bottom of this page.

Butterfly Swirl Cake with Butterfly Pea Flower Powder

  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Total: 55 mins
  • Yield: 1 cake

Dry Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 3.5 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 5 oz Milk
  • Vanilla Extract (to taste)
Ingredients for butterfly swirl cake on rustic table


Step 1

Pre-heat your oven to 350° F / 180° C.

Step 2

In a bowl, add flour, sugar, and baking powder and mix well. In another bowl, thoroughly whisk together melted coconut oil, eggs, vanilla, and milk until creamy. 

Step 3

Mix the two bowls and divide the batter into three parts.

In one bowl of batter, add 1 tsp of butterfly pea flower powder and mix well. 

In another bowl, add 3 tsp of butterfly pea flower powder and mix well. Leave the last bowl of batter plain.

Batters colored various shade of blue using butterfly pea flower powder

Step 4

In a greased baking pan (or lined with parchment paper) add the three batters, alternating between the different types one spoon at a time. 

With the help of a chopstick or the tip of a knife, create the blue swirls of butterfly pea flower batter. 

Batter of various shades of blue, swirled together in a cake pan

Step 5

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Allow the Butterfly Swirl Cake to cool for 10 - 15 minutes before removing it from the pan and slicing. 

And there you have it! The best color is natural color and that's where butterfly pea flower powder really shines. 

You can enjoy this cake knowing it's full of natural ingredients and boosted with anthocyanins.

Cut pieces of Ancient Choice butterfly swirl cake, colored various shades of blue

Recipe designed and photographed by Sweet Sensitive Free.

To make this cake vegan and gluten free, make the following substitutions.

Flour: 7 oz gluten free brown rice flour + gluten free starch

Eggs: 4.5 oz of vegan yogurt

Milk: 5 oz plant based milk


Butterfly Pea Flower Powder Swirl Cake

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