Friday, March 4, 2011

Butterfly Birthday Cake

For my daughter's 4th birthday she wanted a butterfly themed party. This cake is very easy to make and fun to decorate. I actually made up one 9 inch round cake and used the rest of the batter to make cupcakes for the guests to actually eat at the party.

1 white cake mix
1 tub white frosting
food coloring
mini marshmallows
two toothpicks
sprinkles and edible glitter


Make white cake mix as directed on package. Bake one 9 inch and use the remaining batter to make cupcakes (12). Let cakes cool on rack. Wrap circle cake in plastic wrap and place in freezer for 45 minutes. While the cake is chilling, tint your white frosting with food coloring to get the right consistancy.

Take cake out of the freezer and cut it in half down the middle.

Separate the cakes and reposition on cake plate to resemble wings. Place one cupcake at the top between the wings for the "head." (be sure to remove paper casing around cupcake)

Cut strips of baking paper and place them underneath the edges of the cake. Use 1/3 - 1/2 of tinted frosting to cover cake to create a crumb layer sealing the cake.

Seal up the sides and around the cupcake. Place cake back in freezer for 45 minutes.

Use remaining frosting to apply final layer of icing. Use knife to create fun textures. I created ribs in the wings.

I created antennae by sticking a toothpick through four mini marshmallows. I used a highlighting colored frosting and sprinkles to make a face, body and accents on the wings.

I also sprinkled on edible glitter and colored balls on top of the accents to make it even more spectacular.

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