Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Simple Butterfly Cake

This gorgeous butterfly cake, is simple to make using round cake pans.

Hun... What's for Dinner?: This gorgeous butterfly cake, is simple to make using round cake pans

Last week was Queenie's 6th Birthday. Such a bitter sweet moment in a mom's life, when her kids start growing up. On one hand I am excited that she is becoming more independent, showing more maturity, developing her sense of self. On the other hand, I miss the little girl who always needed to hold my hand any time we went somewhere, the extra snuggles, picking out her clothes for the day. All that is slowly slipping away, as I see a wonderful, beautiful, caring and strong little girl blossoming before my eyes.

Last month, as I was skimming through my news feed on Facebook, I happened to see this cake. I called Queenie over to show her, since she is in LOVE with butterflies, caterpillars and lady bugs. She asked if I could make her this cake for her birthday and I happily agreed. When searching for the tutorial for the cake, I found two versions; one on the Betty Crocker website and one on Pinterest.

This cake is very simple to make. I thought it was going to take a long time to frost and decorate, but it took me about 1 hour, maybe a bit longer. The sprinkled sugar was the trickiest part. Making sure to sprinkle just enough, as to not let it flow over the frosting edges onto the white part of the wing. I did mess up on the cuts, but think it turned out just as nice as the other versions mentioned above. It wasn't a perfect cake, but all of Queenie's little friends totally flipped for it. The smile on Queenie's face said it all!

Hun... What's for Dinner?: This gorgeous butterfly cake, is simple to make using round cake pans
 First cut cake in half, then make a second and third cut, creating two 1/3 pieces and two 2/3 pieces.

Hun... What's for Dinner?: This gorgeous butterfly cake, is simple to make using round cake pans
Place cake pieces on a cake board with curved sides together. Slightly separate pieces to form wings.

Simple Butterfly Cake
adapted from Betty Crocker/Pinterest
printable version

1- 9 inch 2 layer cake of choice (I made funfetti)
1/4 C all fruit raspberry jam
2 cans of fluffy white frosting (or pure white homemade frosting)
colour gels (purple, pink, blue and yellow)
coloured sanding sugar (purple, pink, blue and yellow)
1 candy stick (I went with a white colour)
additional sprinkles or candy covered chocolate bits (optional)

Cut domed tops off cakes to make them flat. Place 1 cake, cut side down, onto a large cutting board. Spread with raspberry jam, leaving a 1/4 inch border. Top with second cake, cut side down. Using a long serrated knife, make a cut down the centre of the staked cakes; dividing it equally in half (first cut). Cut each half of cake into 1/3 and 2/3 pieces (second and third cuts). Place the cake pieces on a cake board, with the curved sides together. Separate the cake pieces slightly, to make butterfly wings.

Set 1/3 C frosting aside, for later use. Frost outside of cake pieces, to form a crumb coat. Place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. Continue frosting with remaining white frosting. Separate the reserved 1/3 C frosting into 4 bowls, and using the colour gels, tint to desired shade. Place each colour into a zip top bag and snip a small piece from one corner. Pipe out shapes onto wings, using two colours per wing segment. Using a spoon, gently sprinkle small amounts of sanding sugar in the corresponding coloured outline. Place a candy stick in the centre to create the body. Use additional sprinkles to decorate along the edges (optional).

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GiGi Eats Celebrities said...

How beautiful! I would never ever want to eat such a pretty masterpiece!!

Michelle Meche said...

What a great birthday cake! I think even I could follow making it...I'm by no means a baker and even worse at decorating!
Thank you for sharing, Cindy.

Juliana said...

Beautiful way to celebrate Spring...very creative!
Hope you are having a lovely week Cindy :D

April's Homemaking said...

Thank you for sharing your recipe at Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up. :) Your cake looks great! I hope you stop by and join us again this week. http://www.aprilshomemaking.com/2014/03/meal-planning-monday-recipe-link-up-4.html