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How To Make Realistic Edible Butterflies for Your Cake

  Many wedding cakes, and birthday cakes have butterflies on them that are cloth, or plastic. This step-by-step guide will show you how to make delicate, realistic beautiful butterflies that can be edible, or not to garnish any cake. Butterflies take a few days to make because of all the drying necessary between each step, so its a good idea to make a lot of butterflies at one time, and save them for later.

In this exampe I have used Vellum non-edible paper

Realistic Butterflies for your cake

View our butterfly cake gallery or upload your own butterfly cake Items Needed:
  • White THIN wafer/rice paper (This is sometimes difficult to come by, so if the butterfly does not need to be "Edible" you can use thin Vellum paper from your local paper store make sure it is not colored and non-toxic)
  • Non-Toxic Coloring Pens, or edible ink from your edible  printer
  • Clear piping Gel
  • Luster Dust or Sparkly Petal Dust (optional)
  • Black Stamens (optional)
  • A small amount of Royal Icing or 2 in. Ball of black colored fondant
  • Small pastry or art brush
  • Scissors
  • Tissue or Flower Formers

Click Here to Go to Printable images of Butterflies
1. Print an Image of butterflies on from your printer onto regular printer paper. (if you are using Vellum, Print directly onto with your edible ink and skip to step 3)

2. Place a sheet of rice/wafer paper onto your printed image, and using your coloring pens, trace the image. Wait to dry, then flip over and do the same thing on the reverse rough side and let dry again.(Drying time may take up to 24 hours)TIP: If you notice that your colors look dull and faded after drying.... don't worry! Adding the piping gell in the next step refreshes the color 3. Spread clear piping gel over over your butterflies. Piping gel should be spread on as smoothly as possible. There will be some smearing. Let dry until butterflies become tacky but not complete dry, otherwise they will be too brittle. Drying time is usually 12 - 36 hours OPTIONAL: Before drying, sprinkle fine edible glitter, or sparkly petal dust on the wings for that extra sparkle. (I have done this in the example images) 4. Repeat Step 3 on the reverse side, also allow for drying time.

5. Cut out the entire butterfly.

6. Place your cutout butterfly onto a square of parchment paper. Using black royal icing, I used tip 3, create the body and head. If Using black Fondant, roll a small amount into the size of the body you want.(Some like to cut the wings and insert them one at a time. I prefer to leave the wings connected and draw the icing through the center. Because I could never get the wings to stay straight if I cut them) OPTIONAL: Add the antennae by inserting the 2 flower stamens.7. Some like to prop up the wings using tissue or paper towels. I prefer to Place the parchemt square with my butterfly on it, into my Wilton Flower Formers. I use a smaller flower forme if I want the wings closer together, and larger for wings that I want more spread apart. STORAGE: To store your butterflies, simply keep them in any air-tight container or ziploc bag. The butterflies should not be kept anywhere moist, like the refrigerator or freezer.They can be stored with silica gel or other moisture absorbers in an airtight container. Moisture will make the butterfly wings warp and curl.
Here are some butterflies you can print out for this method: click to enlarge images
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Comments (26)

Thank you so much. I love butterfliers and I can't wait to try this method. Beautiful cake BTW.
Thanks so much for this technique! How gorgeous!
this is so imformative and a wonderful taske to do for any cake thank you i am so delighted to be able to do this i will let you all know the out come
I love butterflies!! What a great idea, thanks!
I apologize if this is a silly question, but do you remove the butterfly from the parchment paper when you're ready to use it?
Thank you very much for this tutorial. I have been trying to work up the nerve to try this. I' ll let you know how it turns out.
Gorgeous Cake man i just strated getting really into cake decorating and i freakin love ur cake.
Wow it's amazing
Awesome awesome awesome! Can't wait to try this! If I can get my hands on rice paper quick enough I think I'll do this this weekend for my birthday cake!
can't wait to try to make them
can i use frosting sheets for the butterflies?
Just gorgeous. I am so thankful that you have step by step directions on how to use rice paper and to make the butterflies. I have never done this before and it will come in handy. I appreciate it. You have done beautiful work and l also love your flowers. Can I or did you use fondant for them?
They're beautiful - thanks for the informative instructions! I'm adding there wonderful creatures to my (currently waaaay to long) "try this" list!
Thanks, these are beautiful!
can someone tell me what happened to the images that it states to download? Nothing comes up when you click on it.
Thank you. I get so many oows and ahhs when people see them and it's because of you.
Baking a birthday cake this weekend and your idea is just what I needed.
This is an outstanding tutorial. Thank you so much. The butterflies are so beautiful, and so real looking.
This is what I 've been looking for.Thanks my mother loves butterflies.
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