There are several different types of butterflies on this cake that a very specific sweet sixteen-er wants. Any suggestions on what exactly they're made of and how to do it??
for some reason I can't upload the photo, they look like the ones on both of these cakes:
They look like they are made of rice paper. There is a tutorial here on cc--http://cakecentral.com/articles/76/how-to-make-realistic-edible-butterflies
You may also want to take a look at http://www.clockworklemon.com/2011/06/gum-paste-butterfly-tutorial.html--these are gumpaste butterflies
Hope this helps.
The blue ones look like rice paper. Following is a "how to" posted on Cake Central (http://cakecentral.com/articles/76/how-to-make-realistic-edible-butterflies). The white ones look like gumpaste.
The second link looks like the butterfly plunger set from PME http://www.countrykitchensa.com/catalog/product.aspx?productId=636808
Here's a suggestion if you would like to buy some delicate butterflies for cakes. I think this site may be blocked by Cake Central, but try putting f-a-n-c-y f-l-o-u-r-s in a Google search (without the hyphens); it should be the first site that comes up. On their site, in the search box, put "wafer paper butterflies." I've always had good luck ordering from them.
P.S. I can't see the cake pictures. The links take me to the Google Images main page--no images.
Thank you sooooooooooo much CarrotJockey!!! I saw the tutorial using the rice paper but I haven't been able to find it anywhere and the gumpaste ones in the tutorial you posted look amazing.