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butterfly cake

butterfly cake

I love the spring colors in this beautiful butterfly cake from Betty Crocker. Click here for the link to the template to see how to cut the pieces to form the butterfly. The wing patterns are made from colored frosting with decorating gel outlining them and colored sugars sprinkled on to give a sparkly effect. The rainbow candy stick for the body matches beautifully with the wings!

Butterfly Cake

1 box Betty Crocker yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
Tray or cardboard (10×10 inches), covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
Frosting and Decorations
1 container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
1 candy stick (8 to 10 inches long)
Betty Crocker gel food colors (in desired colors)
Betty Crocker decorating gel (from 0.68-oz tube) in any color
Betty Crocker colored sugars
8 jelly beans or candy coated almonds
Small round candy decorations

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease or spray bottoms and sides of two 8- or 9-inch round pans. Make, bake and cool cake as directed on box for 8- or 9-inch rounds. Wrap and freeze 1 layer for later use. Freeze remaining layer 45 minutes before cutting to reduce crumbs.

2. Cut off rounded top of cake to make flat surface; place cake cut side down. Cut cake in half crosswise; cut each half into 1/3 and 2/3 pieces (as shown in diagram). Place cake pieces on platter to form butterfly. Gently separate cake pieces to form wings.

3. Reserve 1/2 cup frosting; set aside. Spread top and sides of cake with thin layer of frosting to seal in crumbs. Refrigerate or freeze 30 to 60 minutes to set frosting. Frost cake with remaining frosting. Place candy stick between cake pieces for butterfly body.

4. Stir food color into reserved frosting until well blended. Spread over cake in desired pattern on wings. Outline wing patterns with gel. Sprinkle with sugar crystals. Place jelly beans on corners of wings. Decorate butterfly with candy decorations. Store loosely covered.