My friend's daughter requested a butterfly cake for her 7th birthday. I got the Butterfly Birthday Cake Idea from this website but tweaked it a little so I didn't have to buy any pans. The wings are 4 heart shape pans made with 2 box mixes. The body is made of one cupcake for the head and an oval pan cut to shape. I always bake the cake forms the night before and freeze them for easier decorating.
When I put the bottom wings on I used the leftovers from the oval cake to fill in a small gap between the bottom wing and the body. I used buttercream icing for the whole cake. I highly recommend using the 789 tip and a featherweight icing bag when covering the cake because it is easier and gives even coverage.
Ice one piece at a time and smooth the icing with a frosting knife soaked in hot water. I started with wing 1, added wing 2, then the body and the other two wings. The cake was so big I had to put it on a foam board covered with silver wrapping bought in the cake department. The silver wrapping is especially helpful with a cake like this because it cleans easy so you can wipe off any frosting that may get on it without leaving grease marks for a nice presentation.
I made all of the decorations with a homemade marshmallow fondant. I used a circle fondant cutter, fondant letter cutters and designed my own patterns for the other shapes. The cake is trimmed on the top and bottom with a 21 tip. The antennae are pipecleaners and the eyes are googly eyes bought in the craft department.
This Butterfly Crazy Cake was made up for my daughter's 4th birthday. The size was 28cm wide and 7cm deep (roughly). And it was heavy.
I started on the butterflies about 3 to 4 months ahead of time as with there being so many different sizes I wanted a good mix of each one, plus you always need spares if any break. After they were set hard I painted each one with petal dust and finished them off with luster dust. Very time consuming and delicate.
The roses were done with the 5 point rose cutters, much easier than the single petal version (I find anyway, some may disagree with me). After the leaves dried and were dusted the same way, I made up a few sprays that pointed in opposite directions to the middle rose.
The grass was done using a garlic crusher (that was fun) but came up really good I think. The large butterfly on top was printed off the computer and I made a template out of cardboard. I cut that up into the individual pieces and traced out the shapes on the fondant making each "wing" just that little bit thicker that the last hoping to get that 3D look. Once it was on the cake, I put some edible glitter on top and steamed the entire cake.
Around the base edge of the cake I blended up some chocolate biscuits and spread them on before decorating. Some might think it would look better without it but it's up to you.