I made this cake for a friends Wedding. using boxed red velvet cake mix and my own homemade cream cheese frosting. I doubled the recipes for the top and middle tier and 4x for the bottom. I covered the tiers in marshmallow fondant that I made, with a butter cream frosting I also made. I made the butter cream somewhat thicker than usual to get the swirls just right. The butterflies are made out of gum paste using a butterfly shaped cutter. I then decorated the butterflies with pink pearl dust powder that I mixed with a small amount of vodka. (the vodka evaporates and doesn’t leave the cake wet and sticky like water could.) I also used pink and green pearls around the bottom of the Top and middle tiers. And to decorate the top tier. I used actual ribbon because I could not get “real” ribbon in time. (the “real” ribbon is edible.) I made the cake three days before covered it in the cream cheese frosting and let sit over night. The next morning, I covered the cake with the fondant. And went to work on the butterflies. The smaller butterflies on the cake I made using a small heart shaped fondant cutter. I cut the bottom of the heart off to make the shape of the wings. There you have it. A simple but elegant cake.
For my daughter's summer birthday, we wanted something with flavors my family liked that still looked special for a birthday. So, I made a Fruity Butterfly Cake with chocolate cake from scratch and baked it in a butterfly shaped pan (although I think it would be just as easy to cut the shape from a 9X13). Then I covered it with simple white cream cheese frosting. Then I sprinkled grated chocolate over the middle to make the body of the butterfly. I just grated a chocolate bar with my cheese grater and let my kids cover the body very densely.
To decorate the wings, I cut up strawberries and melon to make the wings alike (this was a fun puzzle for my kids to help decorate too). I was a bit slow to cut the fruit into thin slices that were not angled toward the center but kept my cuts parallel to each other - this gave me bigger and more even sections of melon to work with and better matched circles from the strawberries.
Then we arranged the candles as the antennae and served with ice cream and the extra fruit scraps.
I made this cake for my nieces princess slumber party and butterflies were the main theme. I used a wilton butterfly tin for the shape. Butter cream was used for the purple and the pink using food colour to get the different colours. Royal icing was used for the black and the orange. I used orange pipecleaners for the antannaes.
Wrapping paper was used to decorate to board the cake is put on.
Use a wilton star shaped piping tube for the decorations.
If you don't have orange food colour, just mix red and yellow to get the orange. Using more or less of red or yellow will alter the shade of orange, so play around wirh your colours. Be creative and you won't go wrong.
Another alternative to butter cream icing is rtr icing, this gives the cake a smooth and professional look. RTR icing can be purchased from any cake supplies shop. Bit keep in mind rtr icing needs to be kneeded and rolled so butter cream icing is easier to use and children and alot of adults too tend to like butter cream icing more than rtr icing.