Butterfly birthday cakes are quite easy to make. They are a lovely addition to a child's birthday party. Not only are butterfly-shaped cakes easy to form out of readily available cake pan shapes, but the cake decoration options are very flexible. You can cover a butterfly cake with a layer of one or two colours of icing, draw wing patterns with a decorating tube or even use candy to decorate the wings with tasty, colourful spots and patterns.
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Things you need
- 10-inch round cake
- 9- by 9-inch square cake
- Colourful icing in one or more colours
- 2 strings of shoestring liquorice
- Decorating tube (optional)
- Round candies or chocolates (optional)
Cut the cakes in half. Use one half of the square cake as the butterfly's body. Arrange the half-circles as wings, with the flat sides facing away from the body.
Frost the cake with a layer of icing. If desired, frost various parts of the wings with different colours to create decorative patterns or use the decorating tube to outline the wings or draw designs on them.
Arrange the strings of liquorice as antennae, putting one end of each at the top of the butterfly's head and curling the other end outward toward the wing.
If desired, use round candies to create spots or patterns on the wings or eyes on the butterfly's head.
Tips and warnings
- Instead of baking a 9- by 9-inch square cake and cutting it in half, you can pour a shallow layer of cake batter into a greased bread pan and use the resulting narrow cake as the butterfly's body, adding a cupcake for the head if desired.
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