Butterfly and Flower Cake



I made this butterfly and flower cake for an eight year old girl's birthday. The idea was to make something girly and slightly animated given her age. So I came up with the polka dot butterflies and simple fondant flowers and adorned the cake with a large, glittering, eye catching number '8' topper.






It was a 2 tier cake, covered in fondant and decorated mostly in fondant except for the 3D butterflies which were made using royal icing. I must say, it was a fun cake to make, and the number topper really made it for the cake!

 


How to Make the Butterfly and Flower Cake

These were the main supplies I used in making this butterfly and flower cake:

  • Cake - It was a two tier round cake measuring 6 inches and 8 inches in diameter. Both cakes were with an approximate height of 6 inches. I used my butter pound cake recipe for the cakes. Since my recipes were calculated for 4 inches high cakes, I multiplied the recipes by 1.5 times. Each tier consisted of 3 layers of cakes.
  • Buttercream - I used buttercream to sandwich the cake layers as well as to coat the cakes before covering them with fondant. Click here for my buttercream recipe.
  • Fondant - The entire cake was covered in fondant. I used Satin Ice fondant. The top tier was covered in Satin Ice Baby Blue fondant while the bottom tier was white fondant tinted with Wilton Juniper Green gel food paste. 
  • Black food marker - I used this to make the butterflies flying line on the top tier of the cake.
  • Purple ribbon - This was used to cover the sides of the cake board. The ribbon was purchased from a local craft shop.
  • Fondant flowers and leaves - These flowers and were made using fondant. I have made a separate tutorial page on how to make these flowers. Click here to learn more.
  • Butterflies - The orange the yellow butterflies on the cake were made using royal icing. I have a separate tutorial on how to make these royal icing butterflies. Click here to for the step by step tutorial on how to make these butterflies.
  • Number 8 topper - The topper was made using fondant and covered in glitter dust. Click here for the tutorial on how to make 3d standing number toppers.
  • Tappit cutters - I used the funky font alphabet cutters for the birthday girl's name on the cake board. And I have also put together a page with detailed instructions on how to use the tappit cutters. Click here to learn more. 


And this was how I assembled the butterfly and flower cake:

I made the butterflies and the number topper a few days ahead. These need time to set and harden and therefore I made them in advance so that they are nice and dry when I assembled the cake.

  • A day before the delivery, I baked the cakes, layered, filled and crumb coated them and then covered them with blue and green fondant. 
  • I then stacked them on top of one another using bubble straws. And then I started with the cake decorating.
  • I started with the flowers and this was how I made them (click on the image below for step by step tutorial):

How to Make Fondant Flowers


  • To make sure the flowers were placed in equal intervals all around the cake, I first measured the diameter of the cake, and then divided the number such that I get equal intervals. I marked the intervals on the cake and used it as a guide to position the stems and flowers.


  • I started with the stems and leaves and finally added the flowers. 



  • And then the butterflies went on. I positioned them as if they were flying towards the top of the cake. The butterflies were attached with royal icing (stiff consistency). I had to hold them in place for a few seconds and made sure I did not move that cake for a good 20 minutes after all the butterflies have been attached to give time for the royal icing to set. 




  • Next were the flowers on the top of the cake. I used 2 small flowers and positioned them as shown:


  • As for the birthday child's name, I decided to place it on the cake board. I used Tappit cutters for the alphabets and attached them to the cake board with shortening. And I added a butterfly at the end of the name. And then I wrapped the sides of the cake board with purple ribbon.


  • The last two steps were the border for the first tier and the butterflies flying line. For the border, I pinched out small pieces of fondant in random sizes, shaped them with hand into round balls, and attached all around the border with shortening. 


  • And finally, the butterflies flying line. I used a black food marker to draw the flying dots on the cake.


And that was I how I decorated this butterfly and flower cake.


Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of this cake :)


Happy Decorating!






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