I made this Butterfly and Flowers Birthday Cake for a friend’s daughter’s 3rd birthday. I made 2 different sized round chocolate cakes and covered them in buttercream and pale pink fondant (sugarpaste). I made white fondant (sugarpaste) and I used cutters to cut out her name, age, three butterflies and lots and lots of flowers and leaves. I used paste food colourings mixed with alcohol to paint the flowers, leaves and butterflies and sprinkled them with various colours of edible glitter.
I used pink, gold and blue dragees for the middles of the flowers and the spots on the butterflies. I put the small cake on top of the big cake using buttercream. I mixed some of the pink sugarpaste with hot water to make a “glue” to stick on the flowers, leaves and butterflies. I put the flowers and leaves around the outside of each cake and also where the top and bottom cakes met. I mixed edible gold with alcohol and painted the letters and number gold, then stuck the name and age around the bottom cake. I put the butterflies in the middle of the top cake.
To do the butterfly and flower cake for my daughter’s birthday, I had to buy a butterfly cake mold. So I went on EBay and got a used one for pretty cheap. I used twenty six cupcakes for the flower. I used three yellow cake mixes. I had to mix six different icing colors.
For the flower I used the largest star tip I could find and just drew rows of frosting. For the butterfly I iced the cake as smooth as I could with the pink icing then used a circle tip for the lines of purple. I used the same tip when I did the black for the butterfly’s body.
For the lags of the butterfly I used straigt candles and slowly heated them up over the stove so I could bend them without breaking them. I think that was the hardest part of the whole cake.
My daughter and all her friends loved it. The only bad part was that the black icing coloring stains everything.
I made this cake for my daughters first birthday. This was my first attempt at "creative cake making" and this homemade butterfly cake was easy to make and turned out great.
I used one round cake pan, cut the cake in half, put the round edges together and trimmed a triangle out of the straight edges to make the shape of the wings. I am not good with icing so I covered the butterfly in one layer of icing and then decorated with mini marshmallows and jellybeans. The jellybeans did melt in the heat and the colors started to run into the icing. I wouldn't use the jellybeans again but I will definitely make this homemade butterfly cake again if requested.
With more experience I would be much more creative with the decorating. The sky is the limit, but I wanted to be safe and make sure my daughter's cake didn't turn out to be a mess.
I just saw your website tonight and was amazed at some of the talent out there in cake design and artistry. I made a homemade butterfly cake for my daughter for her 1st birthday. She told me she wanted a butterfly cake. I thought 'where does a person get a butterfly cake?' So I ventured into making one myself.
Well, here is what I came up with. I used a regular round cake pan, a grocery store cake mix, some cream cheese whipped icing and some butterflies from a dollar store here in town. We iced in a ladybug as well. If the cake is worthy of your site, I would be honored to see it with the other wonderful cakes.