Fluttering butterflies

Fluttering butterflies

Bake and Decorate
Laura Edwards

Exquisite fabric and feather butterflies on wires are widely available in an assortment of colours and designs and will fly over your cake to give instant impact.


Quantity Ingredient
1 Cherry and marzipan cake, baked in a round tin
1kg white sugarpaste
1 pot tangerine/apricot food colour paste
1 pot claret food colour paste
3 tablespoons apricot jam
icing sugar, to dust
1 1 cm blossom cutter, (optional)
2 x 1 m lengths 38 mm-wide ribbons in contrasting colours to coordinate with the butterflies
1m 15 mm-wide braided ribbon
50g white royal icing, (optional)
6-8 butterflies on wires


  1. Colour the sugarpaste the day before, if possible, using the 2 listed food colours, until you have achieved your desired shade.
  2. Gently warm the jam, sieve it, then brush all over the cake. Dust a clean work surface with icing sugar and roll out the sugarpaste into a circle roughly the diameter of the cake and sides and no thinner than 5 mm. Keep moving the sugarpaste and run a palette knife underneath it, adding a little icing sugar if necessary. Lift the sugarpaste on to the cake with your hands (or wrap loosely around the rolling pin) and place it on the cake. Rub all over and smooth around the side until you have a good shape, then cut away any excess sugarpaste.
  3. Run a knife under the cake and lift on to your final cake stand or plate. If you wish to press a blossom pattern into the sugarpaste, then push the cutter into the cake top and sides about 30 times. Leave to set for at least an hour or 2 if you can.
  4. Wrap the ribbons loosely around the cake, twining them together, and tie at the back or cut neatly and stick with a little royal icing. Twist all the butterfly wires together and attach to the ribbons at the back of the cake. Bend the wires over the cake so the butterflies appear to be fluttering above it.
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