This is a very easy to make butterfly cake. I made them for each of my daughters first birthday to match the 1st (girl) birthday theme we bought at a party store. As always I never buy a shaped pan-I always look online for ideas of how to use pans I have-this one was two 9x13 cake pans. As always I'm pressed for time so I cooled them in fridge-and this too helps when shaping-I don't freeze because I find it takes longer too work with and also doesn't taste the same. Once cooled I cut 1" short-ways from one side-this is the body of the butterfly. Then I made an x in the other part. This will make 4 equal triangles. One a board place the 1inch body in middle. Then take one of the triangles and lay the pointed side to touch the body-each on a side-these are the wings. Then use filling to fill in and and the second top layer to it. I used canned icing tinted with light and darker shades of purple and pink. I used the star tip to fill in as it gives affect to it and so much easier than having to try to make it flat! I used purple pipe cleaners for the antennas-just stuck them into top. I used M&M for eyes. It may sound difficult but trust me all the cakes I make are so easy. I find a lot of ideas on this site & seach for shaped cakes ideas.
This Butterfly Cake was for my kindergarten class’s reunion. Each year we set butterflies free so that was the theme of the party. I used three 9 by 13 inch rectangle vanilla cakes for the wings which I carved into the shape of the wings. I decided the shape of the wings by drawing out the shape and actually in the end, ended up turning then upside down from the original plan. I crumb coated the wings separately. A large chocolate cupcake was used for the head and a loaf pan for the body.
The wings were covered with blue icing and then the colours were piped on using a shell piping tip. The body was chocolate frosting which I piped on with a star tip and added chocolate chips in rows. There were jellybeans and more icing for the details on the butterfly wings. I used live saver gummies for the eyes and licorice rope for the antennas. I used Wilton gel colors to get such bright tones on the cake.
It was fun but a cake this large was hard to fit in the fridge for cooling and setting. Needless to say, the kids loved it.
I used a strawberry cake mix for this butterfly cake because I wanted the inside to be pink, in a 9 inch round cake pan. After cooling I put it in the freezer for a few minutes to hopefully make it easier to cut.
Then I cut it in half and placed round edges together, a little off center. I cut a small notch out of both sides. I used Wilton food coloring. Leaf green and yellow for the green and Rose for the pink parts. I also used a tube of black gel to make my outlines first.
The body is a Twinkie. I bought the frosting mix in a box so that the consistency would be right for the star tip. Also, I bought premade fondant for the blue base. I rolled it out with a rolling pen that had the designs in it already and put it over my pizza stone.
Then I placed the whole thing on a cake stand. That's it. Not hard to make, but did give my hand a cramp squeezing out all of those stars.