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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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