How to Make a Butterfly Cake


Make a round cake. (My recipe is for a white cake that fits a 28 cm round cake tin.) Cut the cake in half, and then cut a wedge from each half.

The knife is cutting the wedge.

The knife is cutting the wedge.

Invert the two sides and place the two wedges at an angle to look like a butterfly.

Ice the base of the cake with purple icing and then pipe along the edges with yellow icing.

Pipe pink icing onto the wings and decorate with candy.

Spoon colored coconut around the butterfly. Place a licorice stick between the wings and use yellow pipe cleaners for the feelers.

My modifications:

I didn’t have a 28 cm round cake tin, and I didn’t want to use the white cake recipe the instructions gave. I made a chocolate cake recipe that normally fits a 13 x 9 pan and baked it in two round cake tins I had. So my butterfly wasn’t very big.

The pink icing on the wings is supposed to be filled in; I just did a yellow outline and filled with candy. I didn’t do the coconut base. I didn’t have a licorice stick, so for the body, I iced a Tinkie (South African Twinkie–speaking of which, I heard Hostess went out of business–anyone want me to bring them a Tinkie??) I also didn’t have pipe cleaners (never seen them here), so I did the feelers in icing. Oops, I did them on the wrong end of my butterfly! My butterfly flies with its smaller wings! 🙂

I quickly iced the extra round cake with the leftover icing to say, “Happy Birthday Callie!” (Seen here.)

The feelers are on the wrong side--oops!

The feelers are on the wrong side–oops!

About Amy

I'm Amy, a missionary wife and homeschooling mother of five children, blogging about our lives and perspectives on culture in South Africa.
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12 Responses to How to Make a Butterfly Cake

  1. Melissa P. says:

    Love the cake! I’m sure she loved it! Quick question…will you be in WI at all during your trip? Iknow you will be busy visiting your supporting churches but I would love to see you guys.

  2. zebranay says:

    Loved the cakes Amy. I was so bad at making cute cakes when the kids were little that I always covered them with lots of color and decorations so my frosting messes wouldn’t show! As long as there was lots of distractions and their names my kids seemed to think they were great! Your train was awesome and if you hadn’t mentioned it the butterfly’s antennae would have gone unnoticed too. It was very pretty.

  3. Sheryl says:

    What a fun cake! I remember my mom making bunny cakes for us out of round pans. We loved them.

  4. Missy says:

    I found your post on the Creative Kids linky. I love your butterfly cake! My 8 year old daughter just finished taking a cake decorating course, (that’s what I blogged about today!) She would love to make this butterfly cake! Thank you for sharing!

  5. I linked up for you, Amy, and I pinned it to my boards and our group board! Hopefully you’ll get a little traffic.

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