Butterfly Cake

My younger daughter Aisha turned 4 on the 26th (India’s Republic Day). Even though we don’t celebrate birthdays in our family, it has become some sort of a tradition for me to bake cakes of their choice on that day.

This time I made a Butterfly Cake for her using the Wilton Butterfly pan. It’s a simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting. I usually prefer meringue based buttercreams but this time I went with simple confectioners’ sugar buttercream which is made just with butter (and sometimes shortening too), icing sugar, milk and vanilla since I was short of time. The antennae are made from cocktail toothpicks.
 It’s a really simple cake with very basic piping skills required but somehow I faced one problem after the other. To start off, for the first time my cake stuck to the pan even though I had greased it really well with shortening. I guess I was a bit hasty in removing it from the pan. After 10 minutes the cake hadn’t cooled sufficiently and part of it got stuck to my utter dismay. However, I managed to salvage the stuck part with a knife and put it back on the cake, hoping to cover the mishap with frosting. Secondly, when I added some milk to the buttercream that I had made the day before , it curdled. Thankfully, that too was resolved as I beat it again for a few minutes. So, all’s well that ends well.

One thing that I miss about such cakes made with novelty pans is the layer of frosting in the middle. It’s just too cumbersome for me to torte shaped cakes and fill with frosting. The instructions that come with the pan also do not mention anything about torting and filling. Have any of you attempted to torte and fill large shaped cakes like this one ?

I am linking this to :
Cake of the Week hosted by Casa Costello


22 comments on “Butterfly Cake

  1. we also dun celebrate b’days, but we buy a cake just to eat it, otherwise we normally dont. from this year, i have started baking instead of buying, and that happened during my second one’s b’day.. unfortunately, the cake was not upto my expectations… your cake looks lovely, i’m sure ur daugther wouldn’t mind the flaws… 🙂

  2. Thanks Rafeeda .It’s always more satisfying to have a homemade cake even if it’s not perfect. InshaAllah, with all the love that you put into your cooking and baking your cake will turn out according to your expectations next time.

  3. This blog is really gr8! You encourage me. I’m in the process of starting a patisserie business with the little cake knowledge i have.I desire more cake-bake skills.( Nice cake you made for your daughter)…you’re really passionate about all you do,& to keep up this blog takes dedication , i know.
    I’d appreciate it if you could suggest best courses options in Canada for me esp. Quebec area as it would also help with the French i’ve been learning.
    Thanks a lot & continue adding cheers to peoples’ lives.

    With love from Lagos,Nigeria
    Mes amities.

  4. Thank you so much for your kind words. For cake decorating the Wilton courses are really popular all over Canada and USA. I took two levels of the Wilton courses ( Decorating Basics, Fondant & Gumpaste).You can read my blog post about it. All the best for your new venture.
    BTW, my husband and his family spent nearly 3 decades in Nigeria , so it’s one place I hear about a lot. I love Nigerian food too.

  5. Thanks for your reply. I hope they had a great time in Nigeria, experiencing hospitality & warmth. I see you appreciate good food. Thanks.
    So is it that most Decorating schools offer the Wilton Decorating Basics? I really don’t know how it works.Then i saw an array of courses online in sugar craft & the like, only that i don’t know if most of those schools will accept an International applicant.
    Your daughters are sure having a great time learning great skills that will become a family tradition , i hope. Take care.

    Love from Lagos.

  6. Hello Inujin,
    I am doing good. I have been really busy these days as we are moving to a new house in a few days. That’s the reason why I am not able to give much time to my blog .It’s nice to read your comments. Keep in touch.

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