Thanks to this great website I had heaps of ideas for my little girl’s first birthday cake. I decided on a butterfly cake and purchased a butterfly shaped cooking tin from online. I then set about looking at all the icing ideas from this website and just loved one of them (thanks #17!!) so decided I would try to copy it.

The icing is butter icing and the cake is banana. I cannot believe how easy it was to pipe, I had never used a piping bag in this way before, but to be honest it was the easiest cake I have made so far and took hardly any time. The most annoying part was cleaning the icing bag in between colours! The recipe for the icing was 125g butter, 1 1/2 cups icing sugar, 2 tbsp milk. Whip butter until it is as white as possible, add half the icing sugar and the milk, blend, then the remainder of the icing sugar.

I doubled this mixture and still had quite a bit left over. I used licorice for the outline as I could not source black piping, but in the end this was much easier to use and manipulate. I flavored the icing with strawberry essence. I was really pleased the colours were as bright as they were as initially I wished to use pastel colours but I think this was more effective.

Give it a try, no one would believe I had made this myself and they are still talking about it. I will definitely use this technique again.