Made this for my daughter's 1st Birthday. The flowers are silk from Michaels (pink hydrangea and roses) and I ordered the butterflies from The Butterfly Grove website. I used #20 wire, wrapped it around a pen to create spirals then attached some of the butterflies and silver balls to the ends to create movement. I wired the flowers, smaller butterflies and curly ribbon together into three large bouquets and one small one, then wrapped the stems of each assembly with aluminum foil to prevent any small pieces of wire or covering from coming off inside of the cake when the bouquet was inserted (make sure none of the foil will show once the bouquet is inserted). The cake is a simple white 1/2 sheet cake piped with pink roses and ruffle edging with pink sugar roses and leaves in the center. The small icing flowers are on toothpicks to allow ease of placement and to create a 3-D effect. Use a sturdy cake board to support the weight and use a few dabs of icing to "cement" the cake to the board then pipe the ruffle edging. The large pink butterfly in the middle of the cake is a clip on I found at Michaels and just clipped to the silk hydrangea.
This is my first fondant cake. I used a 8x8 pan and made a home made chocolate cake. While my cake baked I tinted my white marshmellow fondant this pretty sunflower yellow you see here. After kneading in the color my daughter created a stencil for me out of wax paper in the shape of a butterfly. I then placed a few chocolate chips in a ziplock bag and melted the chips, after melting the chips for about 40 sec in the micro I then snipped the tip and traced the outline of the butterfly. I did the same with orange melts and filled in the butterlys. I let the butterflys sit in the fridge till they harden while I rolled out the fondant. Once I placed the fondant over my cake I then smoothed out the cake then placed the butterflys over the cake. I used a few drops of the melted chocolate to glue the butterflys onto the cake. This is how my daughter and I created our very first butterfly fondant cake. Yay! Just an FYI, I was able to research on line how to make marshmellow fondant, well worth all the effort.
I decided to make my daughter a homemade butterfly birthday cake recipe for her 2nd birthday. Her theme was butterflies, so I thought it was fitting. I used a heart shaped Wilton cookie pan. I found this on sale the day after Valentines day. It is a chocolate cake mix.
I used swiss cake rolls for the body of the butterfly. I trimmed off the pointy ends of the hearts, and turned them to make the wings. I used buttercream frosting, tinted with neon food coloring. I frosted the entire cake with the 2 base colors, and let it harden a bit. I then drew a teardrop shape and cut it out of wax paper to use as my stencil for the wings. I outlined the inside pieces of wings with mini M&M's. Then I filled in each wing section.
The eyes and mouth are also mini M&M's, and pipe cleaner antennae. I used sugar crystals to try to make the wing pieces shimmery, but it didn't work really well. I would suggest edible glitter. I couldn't find any in my town.