Butterfly Cake

cupMy daughter just turned 7. Her only birthday wish was to have a "cool cake."
(Oh, and a new bedspread which I can't make a decision on).

But all she could talk about was which kind of cake she could have.
The only inspiration she gave me was that she liked butterflies.

This is when all of my Martha watching and blog surfing come in handy.
Because these two "cool cakes" came to mind:
1. I remember loving this rainbow cake, featured on the Martha show, from Whisk Kid.
2. I remember dying over this heart cake, made by the lovely Bakerella.

So I combined those two concepts and made this:
cake 1

I watched the rainbow cake instructions and made 5 thin layers out of 2 batches of white cake.
(I divided the batter evenly, then dyed it).
Jenna actually loves the taste of fondant. But for people like me, who peel it off
and don't eat it, I made the buttercream frosting layer generous. (More than a crumb coat).
I baked, layered and frosted into the wee hours of the night. Then it went to the freezer.

The next day, I covered it with white fondant.
Let's pretend its flawless, and perfectly smooth.

Then I tried to dye some fondant the same color as the cake layers.
Then we (Jenna wanted to help every step of the way) rolled it out and cut out a million butterflies.
I wanted the butterflies to dry with their wings slightly popped up, so they'd be flying off the cake.
So we gathered every kitchen utensil we could think of for the butterflies to dry on.

Then we lined them up and glued them on with water.
partway done

Jenna was fully excited about a birthday cake photo shoot.
She can appreciate a food photo-shoot. She's no stranger to food blogs and the food network.
blowing out

But she could hardly wait to surprise her cousins with what was inside.
(She kept it a secret).

Yes, the outside was wanna-be Bakerella and the inside was wanna-be Whisk Kid.
Thank-you people I don't know, but idolize. You are my inspiration!
the inside

The kids were thrilled that each person got 3 butterflies on their slice.
No one had to fight over "more frosting" or "I want that decoration."
All slices were equal opportunity.

This 9" cake doesn't look that big, but it fed lots of people with half left over!
1-2 gone

And the most important thing was, Jenna loved it! She loved every step of the way.
loved it

I asked her if this qualified as a "cool cake" to her. She giggled a yes!

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  1. What an incredible cake! So perfect and beautiful. Both of my girls birthdays are coming up and this will be great inspiration...thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm in LOVE!!! I SO have to do this for one of my girls, seriously!! I'll have to read the directions carefully to make everything turn out so gorgeous!

  3. That is too cute! I love the decorations!!

  4. Love the rainbow surprise inside! So cute!

  5. That is the cutest cake I've ever seen. Well done Ashleigh.

  6. That cake is incredible!!! I almost ate my computer screen! That's the most perfect cake for Jenna. So...my birthday is November 12th and I want a cool cake...haha.

  7. Seriously cute. I'm hoping one of my girls will want one of these cakes. Of course I'll stress that it won't turn out as good.

  8. A job well done Ashleigh and Jenna!! You two make a great team!

    I know one day she is going to be on the food network. She is going to be on cake wars or sometihng like that...AND she is most definitely going to win!!

    Happy 7th birthday Jenna!!!

  9. That cake is GORGEOUS!! Wow - I love it. And the layers too - amazing!

    I shared it on my Tatertots & Jello FB page and linked to you :)


  10. I am in awe! Saw the link featured by Tatertots & Jello on Facebook and just had to stop by and check it out. It's even more amazing when you see the pics of the inside! And your photo of the butterflies drying made me laugh. There was some clever improvisation there!

  11. So pretty! I love the bright and fun colors inside too! :)

  12. Hi I also saw this on FB featured by Tatertots & Jello - Love your cake - it's pretty! And I love butterflies! :o)

  13. Really adorable! The colors are fantastic!

  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE this cake!!! I'd love for you to link them up at sundae scoop! http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/

  15. OH, I just love this cake! It is amazing! I love how the outside is white with the sweet butterflies, but the inside is a surprise of color! :) I hope your daughter had a wonderful birthday!

    I saw you featured at Tatertots and Jello, and just had to see how you did this gorgeous cake!

    Beautiful Nest

  16. Sou iniciante na arte de fazer bolos para vender, Achei sua idéia linda e ficaria muito feliz se me enviasse a receita do recheio!
    Sou do Brasil e amo os blogs inglês. Meu marido é professor da língua inglesa. Meu e-mail é betijcdomingos@gmail.com

    Obrigada desde já e tenha uma linda semana!!!

  17. I want a diet coke cake for my birthday! Im such a silly girl I know and I joke. Just want to challenge your creativity..thats it do a stump bee in your bonnet..ok now Im just rambling.

  18. Oh my goodness.. this is heaven!
    I love!!

  19. This is the coolest cake I have ever seen! And I'm with Jenna... fondant is yummy :)Probably even better with lots of buttercream beneath!

  20. Love It! SO pretty!
    You should come link this up to my Making It With Allie party!

  21. What a beautiful cake! Thanks for sharing!

  22. LOVE this cake! Just beautiful!

  23. this cake is amazing...i love the colors

  24. LOVE this!! My daughter's seventh birthday is next month and I know she would love this!! Did you have a little cookie cutter to cut out the butterflies or did you do them by hand? I've never worked with fondant but am going to give this a try.
    Thanks so much for sharing. It is beautiful!!


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