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Butterfly cake submitted by Nina C. from Hamptonville, NC
I baked the cake in a butterfly cake pan. Then let it cool.
I made icing (any of your choosing), and added shortening and powdered sugar to stiffen it up. I then added the colors as needed to the icing. I decorated as shown on the picture.
Turned out great, really loved it!
Cake submitted by Suzie S. from Bethlehem, PA
Bake 8" and 12" round cakes.
About 2 or 3 days before the party, make your favorite cut-out cookie dough (I like to use a sugar cookie dough). Roll out the cookie dough on a floured surface. Cut out ten 1/8-1/4" butterflies.
Don't put any sugar on top of these cookies (royal icing will be going there for decorations).
Bake at 375°F for about 9-11 min., or until golden edges appear. After cookies are cooled, make your icing (this is a hard drying candy icing).
Royal Icing Ingredients:
You can double this batch, if you like.
Beat all the ingredients until soft peaks form. If icing seems too stiff, add a few drops of water. Continue to mix 'till you feel it's workable. (You must keep a wet towel over the bowl as well as your decorating bags, or the icing will dry out quickly.)
Divide the icing into colors for butterflies. Spread knife/spatula with a thin coating of icing over the wings in the base colors you'd like to use. Now put the icing into icing bags, and decorate the butterflies any way you'd like.
Don't forget to pipe the #5 or #6 tip for the body of the butterfly in the centers of each cookie. Let these dry for a day. (Remember the thicker you make the icing, the longer it takes to dry inside of the icing.)
The next day, turn the butterflies over. Using the leftover royal icing, you're going to attach the lollipop sticks. Put some icing on the back of the cookie.
Place the stick onto the icing and add a bit more icing, let it dry. (You will be inserting these butterflies into the top of the cake later.)
Bake double layer cakes from one of your favorite cake recipes. I always find it better to bake cakes at 325°F.
Wrap pans with baking strips (an old bath towel works as well). Cut into strips, soak in ice water and pin around the cake pan to prevent the sides of the cake from baking before the cake center.
When cooled, level the cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until you're ready to decorate.
Make your special icing or buttercream icing. Put your 1st layer down. Build a well around the edges. Add the icing and smooth out with the knife or spatula. Add filling if you prefer, put top cake together. Add icing to the cake and frost.
After frosting the cake, take flower cookie cutter, lightly make an impression where you'd like flowers to appear on the cake.
Using tip #3, fill in flower with your desired color. Using writing tips #3 or #4 (whichever you prefer), outline the flower to add a finishing touch. Then add dots to the cake. Now do the exact same thing on the other cake layer.
When you're ready to put the two layers together, you must support the top cake.
Make an impression with the smaller pan on the bottom cake's top (right on the icing), using only the pan's rim (make sure it's centered).
Lightly make an impression and remove the pan. Now you know where to insert dowel rods or cut straws for support for the top cake.
Cut dowel rods for support and insert them. (To measure the dowel rods, insert one into the cake. Pull out the dowel rod, where the icing rim shows on the dowel rod.)
Cut at least 8-10 dowel rods for support for the top cake. Using crushed graham crackers, sprinkle a light coating in the center of the impression you made. This keeps the icing on the cake when the top cake is removed at your party ready to be cut.
Put the cakes together. Add the grass with tip #233. You can use a tear drop motion, dots or a shell for the top borders.
Insert butterflies with the lollipop sticks at the top of the cake. And it's finished: you've created a beautiful 2 tier butterfly cake.
Cake submitted by Anne-Maree P. from Brisbane, Australia