This year my twin grandchildren’s birthday theme was John Deere. I ordered the girl and boy JD stuff on line and then worked cakes to coordinate. My granddaughter’s cake was a Butterfly Birthday Cake. I had looked for butterfly cakes and nothing inspired me. I used the Wilton butterfly cake pan and adjusted the colors to match the birthday supplies.

I covered the inside of the pan with cake release before using. The pan held a little more than one box mix so I used the extra to make little cupcakes that the kids decorated. I baked the cake the day before and froze it so it would be firm. The buttercream frosting recipe didn’t seem to want to set up on the humid day I made it and I kept adding more powered sugar and ended up with the whole top done in stars with a #16 tip and Wilton coloring. I don’t know if the frozen cake had anything to do with the frosting issue or not. I had intended to make parts of it smooth, but it would not work.

The antennas were spiral candles and added a finished touch. I didn’t have a container big enough to hold the cake so I just sat it in the refrigerator for a day and a half uncovered. I was concerned it may dry out, but it was great. My granddaughter was thrilled when she saw her cake.