I love making original cakes for my girls for their birthdays. Usually I make a replica of a beloved item such as a teddy bear, a doll or even their favorite blankies. This year I made a replica of my daughter’s butterfly shaped piñata. She loved it!
For the body I baked cake in a loaf pan. For the head, I baked cake in a small cheesecake mold. The wings are a free cut design using two 9x13 baking pans (needless to say we had a lot of cake bits left over!). Because the cut edges are so difficult to frost, I decided not to frost them, and just piped some frosting along the edges. I liked the effect.
I matched the piñata colors with homemade butter cream frosting died with Wilton concentrated gel icing colors. These gels make excellent bold colors and matched the colors of the piñata beautifully. And of course, two gold pipe cleaner antenna.
These pretty little butterflies were surprisingly easy to make. I drew out some butterflies onto wax paper and traced the lines with melted milk chocolate. I also used milk chocolate to make bodies for the butterflies. I filled the middle of the butterflies with melted white chocolate but have tried many other colors. While the chocolate is still liquid, I sprinkled them with colorful sprinkles. Then I refrigerated them until the chocolate was cold and firm.
I iced the cupcakes with a thin layer of vanilla frosting. Then to give the wings a raised looked I placed 2 M&M's on each cupcake to the wings would look "open". Place the wings on top of the M&M's on an angle, place a butterfly body between the wings and you're done. So Pretty:)
For the remainder of the cupcakes, I alternated scoops of purple and white icing in my icing gun for a swirled effect. Very Pretty.
We used boxed cake mixes to save time for our Butterfly First Birthday Cake. (Found from experience that if you mix it for about 5 minutes it comes out so much better). The bottom layer is chocolate with chocolate frosting on top, then a strawberry layer with strawberry frosting on top, then a white layer with cream cheese frosting over the whole cake. Then we used white fondant to cover the cakes.
Then we used colored fondant to create the butterflies, ladybugs, and caterpillar. The banner is fondant and written on with frosting dye. I cooked the cakes and my 14 year old daughter made and placed the decorations on the top.
My daughter wanted a butterfly cake for her 4th birthday so I came up with this idea for a butterfly cupcake birthday cake. I made a giant cupcake using a giant cupcake mold and then decorated it using fondant icing the butterflies and flowers.
I prepared everything a few days earlier so they could dry and then I stuck the butterflies onto florist wire with royal icing. My daughter absolutely loved this cake!!
The cake was just normal sponge with butter icing in the middle and the roses on top were also made with two toned butter icing and an edible silver ball put into the center of each rose.