I made this chocolate cake for my baby girl's first birthday using inspiration for a butterfly cake I found on this site.
Several days ahead, I made the butterflies and letters out of rolled fondant. I used a butterfly cookie cutter (small and large), circle (from the top of my salt shaker) and popsicle sticks. For the letters. I just made one long strip and then bent it to make the letters. I used the cap from a thin marker to make the small circles. I let these dry for a couple of days. To make the butterflies look like they were flying, I bent cardboard and let the butterflies dry in the crease.
Then I made a rectangle cake and a round cake, frosted them, covered each with coordinating fondant colors and then stacked them. I attached the dried fondant decorations by painting a bit of water on the back so they would stick.
Fondant was much easier to work with than I expected, it was a lot of fun, and I was very pleased with the results. Doing the job in small chunks of time made this job mama-sized as my biggest challenge was keeping the baby occupied while I tried to work.
I used the Wilton Butterfly pan for this butterfly cake. The party Colors were lavender and green so I used the Violet coloring and made a light purple and dark purple, some yellow icing and then black for the butterfly body.
I used a star tip for the whole thing except for the eyes, mouth and other yellow "dots" you see. For those I used the #3 Wilton tip. I did the yellow dots on the butterfly wings and also all around the bottom of the purple icing and on the top where the head is. Then I dyed some coconut green and spread it all around the cake.
I had purchased some white chocolate covered strawberries that were covered in little chocolate curlicues that I placed all around the cake. Since the party theme was Enchanted Garden, I placed little fairy picks in each of the strawberries. I bought the fairy picks at a local cake decorating store. I also made the "Wilton Buttercream Icing" but used a boxed cake mix.
This was my first attempt at a star-tipped cake and while it isn't perfect (or even perfectly symmetrical), I am hoping it will inspire others! Thanks!
My 10 year old niece wanted a butterfly cake and was really pleased with this one. I made batter from 2 boxed cake mixes (yellow or vanilla cake mix), and baked them in 2 9x13 glass pans. I cut off the rounded top of each cake to make it more even.
Each wing was cut from one of the 9x13 cakes , and I used the left over cake pieces to make the center and head of the butterfly (several pieces were cobbled together but you can't really tell once it is frosted).
I decorated using store-bought frosting, white frosting spread evenly over wings and chocolate for the center and head, then used a Wilton's icing decorator for the pink edges (vanilla frosting with a few drops of red food coloring). I used M and M's for decoration, and pipe-cleaners for antennae.
It was easy and my 13 year old daughter was able to help.