My daughter just turned 8 and she requested a Butterfly cake for her birthday. I looked into butterfly cake pans but they were so expensive so I searched the internet for other ideas. I found this site and someone showed a butterfly cake they had made using a heart shaped cake pan.
The idea was to use 4 heart shaped cakes and position them into the shape of a butterfly. That method made the butterfly way too big for me so I used 3 hearts and used the first two for the upper wings and then cut the 3rd heart in half for the lower wings. I cut the 3rd cake in half with a curve to create the look of wings and amazingly enough the middle piece that was left over fit perfectly down the center of the butterfly to make the body.
It was fun and easy! Hopefully I will have an opportunity to make it again someday!