How to Make a Gelatin and Royal Icing Butterfly

Here are instructions on how to create a royal icing and gelatin butterfly

List of Materials


Choose a butterfly pattern for tracing. You can hand draw one or print one from your computer.
You can also do a google image search to come up with some other patterns to trace.


Here is another pattern

Frisket Film. is really great stuff! you can find in any good art dept ! I use the low tack soft peel masking film , it peels rite off your pattern ! and can be washed and used over , its awesome stuff

Put out a butterfly pattern and place it under the frisk film

piped the outline with royal icing 2 times directly onto the frisket film.

Make sure your royal icing is COMPLETELY DRY before going to the next step!

Prepare your gelatin, and food coloring to gelatin according to you butterfly colors you want in the wings

while gelatin is still runny.. flood the inside of your royal icing pattern with the gelatin , try not to over do it, you only want a very thin layer of gelating ,

If you accidentally mess up, you can not go over you gel, it will lift off,so keep moving onto the next one. You need to work fast when flooding the inside of the pattern as gelatin sets up rather quickly . You will most likely need  to re-warm your gelatin to compleate your work , more than once (just  a few seconds in the microwave should do the trick),

Wait several hours (depending on your climate, you may need to wait up to 24 hours for gelatin to completely dry) then gently peel back the frisk film to reveal your wings!

good luck have fun , made a blue one , waiting for it to dry , it takes 24 hr’s do to your royal melts if like me- u over flood , lol

Comments (22)


Do you just do the wings on the film and then attach them to a separate body? That is how it looks... and as previously asked, what IS the body made of?? Very pretty, and looks reasonably easy to make!


You could also do this with chocolate, it would be more compatible with gelatin than royal icing. And it would be quicker :)


Awesome, awesome awesome!!!!!!! This is just an awesome project! I love this Gail, and your butterfly turned out beautiful! It is worthy of any stained glass piece that is cut from real glass.


I saw on CWB that you are featured here! well done and thank you so much for your tutorial. I wil try it sometime ;) first I have to find some poweder gelatine here ;)


Great butterfly! It looks like your wings are angled to the body when you attached them. How did you get them to set up like that? It looks like they would be drying flat when making them.


I checked with Michael's and could not find it, the gal didn't even know what it was and I searched all over the store for it, no luck :( so I am going to try this with wax paper.


I can't wait to try this out. I don't know how well this would work with chocolate though like someone suggested, especially if its warm out. Might not be as rigid. Leauna , try looking for the plastic sheets that you can buy to make your own custom stencils, I know they sell that at Michaels. It's not exactly the same, but it's clear enough to see the image/stencil though it. Hope this helps you out a bit. :)


How long does the royal have to dry before you fill it with gelatin. I made my royal with meringue powder and let it dry about 15 hours. After I put in the gelatin the royal started to break down. What did I do wrong?



I am thinking about trying this with a stencil of a peacock feather. Any recommendations on using multiple colors?


Anyone try with waxpaper? I live in a small rural town, cant get specialty stuff like that!! Need to make two cakes in the next few weeks with butterflies!

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