My best friend Heather asked me to make her daughter Kaylynn a birthday cake to remember. She knew that I usually always make the birthday cakes for a few of my other friends’ children and I always, always make my son’s cakes. I never buy one that is pre-made from the store. It is more memorable and special when you make one that comes from the heart.
So, it is her 10th birthday and Heather really wanted to make it super special. They had just lost her Daddy two weeks previous to a terrible brain cancer and she really just wanted her to have a day that was all about her. The chosen theme was going to be tye-dye and Kaylynn just loves butterflies. So that is where I went with it and made a Butterfly Cake.
And I really thought it was going to be a lot harder than it actually was to make this cake. I came across a silicon butterfly cake mold to use. I love these because the cakes always pop out with out a problem what’s so ever. Plus they gives you some added detail to work with. I went with a simple butter recipe yellow (scratch recipe) cake and various neon and bright colors to go with the tye-dye party theme (tip: try to always use the gel coloring when tinting your frosting. Not the liquid ones like food coloring. Otherwise they will make your icing thinner and harder to work with. Especially in warmer weather.)
The hardest part was doing the color blending on top of the cake. I used piping and then blended the colors together a bit with a few tools. You can use whatever you have handy, if needed, like a tooth pick or utensil from your drawer. Not necessary to buy special tools to blend colors.
Needless to say, this cake was a massive hit at her party! Everyone absolutely loved it and we got compliments throughout the entire party and are still getting comments on how awesome it was. I even received a few requests to do more cakes for others that attended the party. And, most importantly, Kaylynn was ecstatic! She even told her mom that this was “the best birthday ever!” Which made her mom get a bit teary eyed, but in a good way, for the first time in months. I am so happy that I got to be a part of their festivities and helped them both to have such a lovely day.
Coolest Butterfly Cake
For the last few years I’ve made my nieces their birthday cakes, every year I ask them what they want their cake to look like. One year my younger niece said she would like a Butterfly Cake, so I dug out my seldom used butterfly shaped cake pan, and after looking at it for a good part of the morning decided to put it away again, I could do better than that!
The cake is a chocolate bundt, nice and dense and moist. Each layer was sliced in half and loaded with a chocolate butter cream and then each layer was iced in more butter cream and then covered in fondant (sweet!) and allowed to dry slightly before it was assembled.
The butterfly’s are fondant cut with small cookie cutters, then bent into shape and dried, I then painted on the wing patterns using food dyes. She loved it!
Homemade 16th Butterfly Cake
I made this Butterfly Cake for my friend’s daughter’s birthday. I started to make butterflies three day early. Solid ones are fondant, rolled fondant out and used cookie cutter, laid them out on very lightly greased cookie sheet. The lacing looking one are royal icing. I used basic recipe, 3 egg whites 1 tbl spoon of lemon juice and 2tbs powder sugar. You don’t want to add sugar all at once, might not need it all. Combine and mix.
Have wax paper cut to size and print out of basic butterfly shape. Lightly grease wax paper top, use dab of royal icing to keep wax paper on print out. Then line basic butterfly shape and then pipe swirls but make sure everything is connected. Place on flower. Dry over night. These were 3 layers. So it took 8 cake boxes. I use Betty Crocker bake as box reads, adjust time for a big as pan. I used cream cheese frosting (which I wasn’t able to get smooth: two packs of cream cheese creamed, 4lbs powder sugar (may not need all) flavoring as you like to thickness you like. I iced each layer separate then stacked together. You should Google how to stack big cakes.
Then placed butter randomly down the one side. I used floral wire and “glued” butterflies on them with chocolate. Placed on cake. Bought feathers from floral department too. Bought numbers from house address section in hardware store. I took top layer off to transport separably. I found rime stone border in cake section at Hobby Lobby. Everyone loved it.
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