Our daughter LOVES butterflies and daisies. We were not surprised when she wanted a Butterflies and Daisies Birthday Cake for her 6th birthday party.
I had purchased pans to create the shapes of the cakes. I like to bake from scratch and not a box. The butterfly cake was cookies and cream. The daisy cake was sweet strawberry. I used butter cream icing on both; pink, purple and yellow. The daisy was decorated with a star tip and a writing tip. The butterfly was decorated with a writing tip and also the star tip. The smaller butterflies on the side were made of candy melts.
I free handed them onto waxed paper; one wing at a time. Before they started to set I sprinkled soft pastel non pariels onto the wings. Let them harden overnight; then used icing and chocolate chips to set the wings in place. I also made and decorated iced sugar cookies. Butter cream again on both and for the butterflies I put soft pastel non pariels on the wet light purple icing.
This is a birthday cake for a 19yo who only asked for the color Purple and Butterflies. This was the end result. The cake itself was Red Velvet and the frosting Buttercream. I reccommend when frosting the cake use a wide tipped piping spreader and a flat frosting spatchula, the coverage makes it much easier to frost and less time consuming. After frosting the cake was refrigerated for 4 hours and then airbrushed with Purple food coloring. The butterflies and silk flowers were purchased from a local craft store and were the very last thing added to the cake before delivery and are the only things not edible.
This cake alone has gotten me alot more requests for cake orders. I love making the cakes and have fun with the different requests. I have only been doing cakes from my kitchen for the past 3 years. And I have never taken a decorating class. Although Id like to.
1. Using a round pan bake the cake as instructed on the box, after both are baked place them in the freezer until firm. (I made two 9" round pans)
2. Remove from freezer and cut in half. Flip cake sides the the straight edge is out: () - )( Cut out a triangle 1/3 from the bottom of each wing, position the two triangles between the wings as the body.
3. Brush away any crumbs and refreeze if necessary, then apply a glaze base to the entire cake. (I frosted the cake and when it was finished the frosting was almost 2" thick!))
4. Using a star tip decorate with florets. :) Use round tips for words.
If you make the cake in advance (recommended) freeze it after decorating, then when you set the cake out to defrost as it warms all the moisture will be nicely trapped inside the icing for a delicious moist cake. :)
I made this cake for my niece's first birthday. I used a triple chocolate cake recipe for the cake & made two 8" round layers. I cut each layer in half, turned them backwards to make the wings, and layered them. I stacked Oreo cookies (held in place with some frosting) in between the cake halves to be the butterfly's body, frosted the cake with pink frosting, & then added candy coated chocolate kisses to the Oreos (again with frosting to hold them in place) & to make a design on the wings. Everyone loved it & it was pretty easy to do. There is a lot more frosting than you would need for a normal cake (because you're frosting the part of the cake that's normally inside the cake!) so keep that in mind when you're gathering your supplies!