Thanks to this great website I had heaps of ideas for my little girl's first birthday cake. I decided on a butterfly cake and purchased a butterfly shaped cooking tin from online. I then set about looking at all the icing ideas from this website and just loved one of them (thanks #17!!) so decided I would try to copy it.
The icing is butter icing and the cake is banana. I cannot believe how easy it was to pipe, I had never used a piping bag in this way before, but to be honest it was the easiest cake I have made so far and took hardly any time. The most annoying part was cleaning the icing bag in between colours! The recipe for the icing was 125g butter, 1 1/2 cups icing sugar, 2 tbsp milk. Whip butter until it is as white as possible, add half the icing sugar and the milk, blend, then the remainder of the icing sugar.
I doubled this mixture and still had quite a bit left over. I used licorice for the outline as I could not source black piping, but in the end this was much easier to use and manipulate. I flavored the icing with strawberry essence. I was really pleased the colours were as bright as they were as initially I wished to use pastel colours but I think this was more effective.
Give it a try, no one would believe I had made this myself and they are still talking about it. I will definitely use this technique again.
This Butterfly Cake was my (twin) daughter's second birthday cake. My husband and I usually put in a lot of effort into these cakes!
I usually use Nigella's buttermilk cake recipe. It is moist and sturdy - perfect for cutting out. Like with my other cakes I design, print and laminate a picture which I stick to a thick board. In this case I've added some laminated butterflies and flowers and stuck them to some asetate to give a 3D effect.
I always use gel of powder colouring and purchased some ready made icing butterflies decoration and smarties to make the seams a bit more neat.
I made this butterfly cake for my daughter's 5th birthday, which falls on the first day of spring. We had visited this website a couple of weeks prior to her birthday, and she wanted a green butterfly like one she found here.
I modified it a bit and came up with this one using 4 heart shaped cake pans for the wings and 3 cup cakes for the body, using a total of only 2 boxed cake mixes. For the icing I used canned icing colored with bright gel food coloring found at the grocery store.
The easiest way to create the basic butterfly cake was to prepare three cakes in a 11x13 pan. One would be used to get the basic head and body shape and then the other two would be for two wings each.
The wings were basically four separate similar-sized hearts. I covered it all with fondant and decorated a little with those princess color glitter gels now available. I used bbq skewers to make antennas. Overall a definite success!