This year my twin grandchildren’s birthday theme was John Deere. I ordered the girl and boy JD stuff on line and then worked cakes to coordinate. My granddaughter’s cake was a Butterfly Birthday Cake. I had looked for butterfly cakes and nothing inspired me. I used the Wilton butterfly cake pan and adjusted the colors to match the birthday supplies.
I covered the inside of the pan with cake release before using. The pan held a little more than one box mix so I used the extra to make little cupcakes that the kids decorated. I baked the cake the day before and froze it so it would be firm. The buttercream frosting recipe didn’t seem to want to set up on the humid day I made it and I kept adding more powered sugar and ended up with the whole top done in stars with a #16 tip and Wilton coloring. I don’t know if the frozen cake had anything to do with the frosting issue or not. I had intended to make parts of it smooth, but it would not work.
The antennas were spiral candles and added a finished touch. I didn’t have a container big enough to hold the cake so I just sat it in the refrigerator for a day and a half uncovered. I was concerned it may dry out, but it was great. My granddaughter was thrilled when she saw her cake.
These are 2 different butterfly cakes. The yellow for my mom the pink and yellow for my cousin's 15th birthday. I looked all over the internet for an interesting cake to make my mom and after seeing some of the other butterfly cakes in here I made my own version of a Homemade Butterfly Birthday Cake. SUPER EASY!
For the caterpillar in the center I used 3 cupcakes. For the wings I used 4 heart cakes. I have 2 heart shaped pans so it goes a bit faster. After all the cakes and cupcakes are cooled arrange on your cake board till you get the desired tilt of the wings that you want. Gently lift cupcakes from center and frost top AND sides.
Next frost the hearts. I used twizzlers that I trimmed for the antenna on both cakes, but on one cake I frosted the eyes, on the other I just put a dollop of frosting then set in google eyes. For the mouth on one cake I used a banana shaped candy, the other I used a piece of twizzler.
To add decoration I just used colored sugar and candy sprinkles. Very easy cake to make.
I made this butterfly birthday cake for my daughter's 30th birthday. The bottom layer is a red velvet cake with butter cream icing and the top layers are chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream. For the red velvet cake I used the recipe from the Martha Stewart website, it came out velvety smooth. The choc cake is an old family recipe -
Oven 180C/350F. Bake 20 - 30 mins. in 2 large or 3 medium cake pans. Beat butter, sugar, salt, vanilla until light and creamy, Beat in eggs.
Fold dry ingredients (mixed together) and buttermilk little by little to egg/butter mix. Mix to smooth, fill pans and bake. After kneading and coloring the fondant icing I "rested" the fondant overnight in the fridge.
I pressed and dried the butterflies, heart, bow and flowers for 2 days before placing on the cake. Finally I used glitter and gold dust to add some bling! My daughter loved the cake!