My step daughter wanted a butterfly cake for her 8th birthday. So I traced a picture of a butterfly on to paper and placed it on top of a chocolate cake. I made the chocolate cake in a rectangle tin. I then pinned the picture down and cut around the shape of the butterfly using a sharp knife.
I would normally use butter cream icing and would pipe this but in this instance. I used fresh whipped cream with strawberry essence and red food colouring. I just used a knife to smooth it all over the cake. The cream turned out a baby pink colour, which was good as this is my girl's favourite colour.
My step daughter chose her own decorations for me to decorate her cake. They included coloured sprinkles, mini marshmallows for the outline of the cake and gummy bears. The cake was so nice and light to eat using the whipped cream. I also used piped cleaners in the top for the feelers and placed 8 candles down the centre of the cake.
I used 2 heart shaped pans and 1 9" square pan to construct this Butterfly Birthday cake. I cut off the points of the heart shaped cakes and then made the body with the square pan and used the left overs from the square pan to put as the bottom of the body. You can see from the one photo how I constructed the cake before icing.
The icing was pretty easy, did the body in purple and the wings in pink and then added the yellow on the wings free handed. Then of course since this was for a little one, I added candies around the edging. Really simple trick if you are not good with the icing bags like me and lastly I used pipe cleaners for the antenna.
My cousin stated (jokingly!) that she wanted a purple and green sparkly butterfly for her birthday cake. I took it as a challenge and made her a Butterfly Birthday Cake. It's actually made with two butterfly cakes made with the Wilton butterfly pan.
I had a ton of fondant and Italian buttercream in the freezer left over from a wedding cake I'd made for this cousin's sister a couple months before. The blue fondant background is a bit marbled (on purpose). The sparkly parts of the butterfly were painted with vodka then sprinkled with sanding sugar. Some of the decorations were painted with pearl dust too. I used up a bunch of leftovers from that wedding cake!
I made this butterfly birthday cake for a meeting at my work, the staff loved it so much I had to cut it first or they wouldn't eat it! I made another one just like it for my mother's birthday and she just adored it. They tasted as good as they looked too!
I enjoy making the cakes without the shaped pans. I cut them out freehand and really don't know how to make frosting flowers, but I did my best and I think it turned out pretty good! I am trying more designs and practicing my decorating techniques. I am going to try to make all kinds of shapes to fit any occasion.
My cousin had requested a butterfly birthday cake for her 3rd birthday, so I took a square funfetti cake that I'd baked and cut it in 1/2 diagonally. I cut little triangles out to better resemble a butterfly, squared off the points on the wings to give a more rounded wing effect, and put a Twinkie in the middle for the body.
It was covered in fondant that I flavored with almond extract and colored purple, then decorated with homemade lime green buttercream icing. It went perfectly with the Tinkerbell theme and the lime green and purple cupcakes that I also made.