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butterfly birthday cake

A Butterfly Birthday Cake just screams "sugar 'n spice 'n all things nice". What little girl doesn't love butterflies? And when they're made of chocolate - even better!

The butterflies look impressive but they're very easy to make. All you need is a few candy melts and a little inspiration to make magic in your kitchen.

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ingredients

1st birthday cake - butterfly birthday cake

baking

1st birthday cake - butterfly birthday cake

1. bake the cakes and cool completely.

2. level the cakes and tort (split each into two layers horizontally).

3. fill and assemble each cake on a separate cake circle and secure with a dollop of frosting to stop it from sliding around.

4. crumb coat - this is a very thin coat of un-tinted buttercream you apply to 'set' the crumbs.

5. refrigerate the Butterfly Birthday Cake(s) for at least one hour.

Chocolate Butterflies

1. draw 16 simple butterfly wing shapes on a sheet of paper and tape the paper to the back of a cookie sheet.

2. tape a piece or wax or parchment paper over the top of the plain paper.

3. melt about 1/4 cup of candy melts in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds on high, stir and repeat until completely melted.

4. tint them purple, using your red and blue candy colors.

butterfly birthday cake wing detail

5. using the back of a teaspoon, fill in the wing shapes to about 1/8" thick (above, left).

6. melt 1/4 cup white candy melts and, using the tip of a wooden spoon, dab on some white dots along the top edge of the wings (above, center).

7. melt 1/4 cup pink candy melts and, using the tip of a wooden spoon, fill in a large pink oval shape on the lower half of the wing (above, right).

8. melt 1/4 cup white candy melts and tint them black then, using the handle of a wooden spoon, dab on a black dot in the lower part of the pink section (above, right).

9. let set for about 30 minutes then gently peel off the paper. It's that simple - now you have butterfly wings for your Butterfly Birthday Cake!

Assembly

1st birthday cake - butterfly birthday cake

divide the buttercream in to three bowls. Leave one white and tint the others light pink and light violet.

prepare three piping bags for trimming the cake. For the star borders you'll need two bags with star tips (#18 or similar), one with pink buttercream and one with light purple buttercream and another bag fitted with a small round tip (#4 or similar) and white buttercream for the bead border.

butterfly birthday cake frosting detail top

frost the 6" cake, graduating from white on the bottom to pink on the top, continuing with pink across the top of the cake, as shown.

butterfly birthday cake frosting detail bottom

frost the 10" cake, graduating from light purple on the bottom to white on the top, continuing with white across the top of the cake, as shown.

stack the 6" cake on the 10" cake and secure with frosting.

place your Butterfly Cake on to a plate or board now and secure with frosting to stop from sliding around.

trim the cake. Starting at the top - pipe a small white bead border around the top edge of the top tier, a purple star border to cover the join bewtween tiers and a pink star border around the bottom edge of the cake. Finish with white dots on the pink start border.

make five pairs of cuts about 2" long and 1" deep around the top of the bottom tier, using a small serrated knife. Angle the knife about 45° away from center when you're making the cuts so the wings will sit at a natural angle.

butterfly birthday cake butterfly detail

push one chocolate butterfly wing into each one of these cuts, as shown. Be gentle.

pipe a vertical row of stars between the wings to form a body, as shown.

add a set of antennae in white, using the small round tip.

butterfly birthday cake trim detail

finish by piping a circle of simple, white butterfly wing outlines around the cake board, alternating with pink stars.

You're done! Now go get a well deserved cup of coffee and sit back for a few minutes to admire your handiwork. Remember to take a picture while your masterpiece still looks perfect.

co-ordinating party supplies

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Rainforest Coloring Book

Butterfly Cone Hats

Butterfly Mylar Balloon

Butterfly Cake Pan

Butterfly Cookie Cutter

Butterfly Headband

Prismatic Butterfly Mylar Balloon

Butterfly Thank You Notes

Butterfly Tattoo Book

Butterfly Napkins

Butterfly Party Blowers

Butterfly Beverage Napkins

Garden Party Hat

Garden Party Candle

Garden Party Deluxe Favor Set

Garden Party Favor Set

Garden Party Lunch Box

Garden Party Napkins

Garden Party Face Paint

Learn About Insects Sticker Book

Garden Party Game

Butterfly Favor Bag

Garden Party Stadium Cup

Butterfly Banner

Garden Party Sticker

Butterfly Candle

Garden Party Streamer

Butterfly Centerpiece

Butterfly Dinner Plates

Butterfly Party Birthday Box

Butterfly Stickers

Garden Party Tattoos

Butterfly Table Cover

Garden Favor Set

Butterfly Favor Set

Butterfly Notepad

Butterfly Cups

Garden Party Ultimate Favor Set

Fairy Party Favor Bag

Fairy Party Banner

Fairy Party Party Blowers

Fairy Party Beverage Napkins

Fairy Party Centerpiece

Fairy Party Cups

Fairy Party Dinner Plates

Fairy Party Deluxe Favor Set

Fairy Party Favor Set

Fairy Party Cone Hats

Fairy Party Invitations

Fairy Party Mylar Balloon

Fairy Party Napkins

Fairy Party Personalized Banner

Fairy Party Personalized Button

Fairy Party Personalized Invitation

Fairy Party Cake Plate

Fairy Party Personalized Magnet

Fairy Party Personalized Stickers

Fairy Party Personalized Thank You Note

Fairy Party Stickers

Fairy Party Table Cover

Butterfly Net

Fairy Party Thank You Notes

Garden Party Mylar Balloon

Garden Party Beverage Napkins

Garden Party Dinner Plates

Garden Party Cake Plate

Garden Party Personalized Banner

Garden Party Personalized Button

Garden Party Personalized Invitation

Garden Party Personalized Magnet

Garden Party Personalized Stickers

Butterfly Party Deluxe Box

Garden Party Personalized Thank You Note

Butterfly Invitations

Butterfly Cake Plate

Butterfly Bubbles

Butterfly Wings

Butterflies Coloring Book

Garden Party Cups

Garden Party Invitations

Butterfly Deluxe Favor Set

Garden Party Personalized Placemat

Butterfly Personalized Mini Zipper Pull

Butterfly Pinata

Garden Party Banner

Garden Party Centerpiece

Bug Wall Decorations

Butterfly Ultimate Favor Set

Butterfly Sipper Cup

Butterfly Personalized Bag Tag

Butterfly Personalized Banner

Butterfly Personalized Button

Butterfly Personalized Invitation

Butterfly Personalized Luggage Tag

Butterfly Personalized Magnet

Butterfly Personalized Stickers

Butterfly Personalized Thank You Note

Sparkle Butterfly Personalized Bag Tag

Sparkle Butterfly Personalized Banner

Sparkle Butterfly Personalized Button

Sparkle Butterfly Personalized Invitation

Sparkle Butterfly Personalized Magnet

Sparkle Butterfly Personalized Stickers

Sparkle Butterfly Personalized Thank You Note

Butterfly Party Ultimate Box

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