Sunday, February 9, 2014

DIY Butterfly Cake

For several years my niece Mattie has asked me to make her birthday cakes. Last year I made her a rainbow cake with each layer different colors mixed together and topped with green icing. This year however she thought she needed to challenge me I guess and asked me for a butterfly cake.

Obviously I said ok but inside I was so scared and worried that I wasn't going to be able to make it for her so what do you do?? Search the internet of course!

I found several ideas on Pinterest and from Betty Crocker and so I took on the challenge!

I used 1 box of cake mix and used an 8 or 9" round cake pan ( I can't remember which one I used).

Because I used 2 pans I was able to stack this 2 layers high and it still worked awesome. 

You cook normal per the cake box instructions.

I used the Betty Crocker template here which made the shape so easy! 

I arranged the cake how I wanted it and placed a crumb coat on it for overnight and placed in our fridge. 

The next morning I iced it and decorated it. 

The decorating went great and I have a tip for ya!

I had read while researching the butterfly ideas that you could paint food coloring on to icing for a neat effect and coloring look. It turned out wonderful! 

Decorating was fun and really easy no right or wrong.

I was so happy to give this cake to Mattie and her love it.

Mission Accomplished! 



  1. Cute! I'm going to have to pin this one for a birthday (or spring project)

  2. I love this cake! Great job! ~Liesl

  3. Birthday cakes should always be themed! :) You did a great job with it and it looks pretty tasty!


  4. I think my Princess would be delighted with this! So going to keep it in mind! Great job!

  5. What a pretty birthday cake for your little girl! Can't let the birthday child down! :)
    I'll have to remember the food coloring tip!

    Stopping in from Boost your blog!

  6. Aw, cute! I do homemade cakes too. I tried a Lego cake one year for my son and it was far from professional but thats how we roll here :)

  7. This is so cute and Happy Birthday to your little girl.

  8. This cake is beautiful and looks delicious too! I have a birthday girl turning 5 in a couple of weeks and I'll have to keep this one in mind!

  9. This is super impressive! I always think I can make things that are crafty but they never seem to turn out how I want them to. Ha! But I feel like I could pull this off. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. The cake looks great. I love butterflies and am thinking of having a butterfly themed party for my daughter so this cake would be perfect.

    Visiting from the BYB series

  11. What a beautiful job! I make themed cakes for my kids each year, so I feel for you in the whole pressure department! Congratulations on a job well done!


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