Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Chocolate Butterfly Cake

I've been meaning to post this recipe for more than a week now but with my son falling sick and work days being filled with meetings and more meetings I couldn't get to it until now. My daughter turned 6 on October 10th and for her birthday this year she was contemplating between a Butterfly cake and a Flower cake and finally after much thinking and some 'Eenie Meenie Minie Mo' she decided on the Butterfly Cake. She was positive about what flavour the cake had to be though when she declared that it had to be a chocolate cake.

So, I set about looking for websites that might illustrate how I can do a butterfly cake and found the perfect one at this website... I couldn't believe how easy it was (some very creative & smart thinking by the person who came up with it) and it didn't even need a special pan.. just a plain old round pan and a few cuts later, you've got yourself a butterfly! See the illustration I have below and you'll agree I am right. So, this is great for novices at cake decorating (like me) and a sure fire way to thrill your kids.

I did keep in mind some of the things I learnt from my last year's mistakes while making the Princess Castle Cake : 1) Make the cake abt 2 days ahead and refrigerate for atleast 12 hours so you can cut it easily 2) I wanted to bake the cake and make the frosting myself since the store bought mixes & frosting tubs didn't work well last time 3) Give ample time for the crumb coat to rest in the fridge before doing the final frosting. I defintely think that I got a better finish this time... not perfect still but a whole lot better.

The chocolate cake was really good - dense, moist, chocolatey a bit sweeter than store bought cake since I was going to do a light, not very sweet icing and for the icing I decided to go with my favorite whipped cream with a bit of cream cheese to give it more body. All in all a delicious & good looking cake.


Ingredients for the Chocolate Cake (makes one 9 inch)
All purpose flour - 3/4 cup + 1/8 cup (yes.. no typo there)
Cocoa powder - 1/3 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Baking powder - half tsp
Salt - half tsp
Egg - 1
Buttermilk - half cup (I just used home made yogurt blended with a bit of water)
Vegetable/Canola oil - 1/4 cup
Vanilla extract - half tsp
Light coffee - half cup (I heated up half cup water and added about a tsp of instant coffee)

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray bottom and sides of a 9 inch round cake pan, line with parchment paper then spray again with PAM. Then flour the pans (this cake is quite sticky so make sure you don't skip any of these)

2) Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder & salt. Combine uniformly with the sugar using a whisk in a large bowl.

3) In another small bowl, combine buttermilk, oil, egg and vanilla.

4) While gradually pouring the wet ingredients into the dry ingredents, beat them (I used a hand held beater). Finally pour the coffee and stir until it just comes together.

5) Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes clean. Cool in pan for 30 minutes before turning onto a cooling rack and cooling completely.

6) At this point, i wrapped it with cling wrap and refrigerated it overnight.

For the Whipped Cream Frosting:
Heavy Whipping Cream - 1 cup
Low fat cream cheese - 2 oz
Sugar - 1/4 to 1/3 cup
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Food coloring if needed (I used pink since she loves pink and purple)

1) Freeze the bowl and the beaters for atleast 20 to 30 minutes before doing this frosting.

2) First beat together the cream cheese, sugar, few drops of food coloring and vanilla extract until smooth. While still beating it, pour the heavy whipping cream slowly and continue beating until it holds a peak.

Assembly of Butterfly Cake:
Here's the illustration I promised you..

1) First put the cake bottom side up so you have nice clean level surface for the top.. using a sharp serrated knife cut cake in half so you have 2 semi circles.

2) Arrange them on a cling wrap covered tray so the curves are close to each other (but not touching).

3) Cut 2 notches or small triangles slightly below center and now the semicircles will look like wings of the butterfly. Take the 2 triangles you cut and put them between the 2 semi circles with bases touching each other - this forms the body of the butterfly.

4) First do a crumb coat which is basically a first layer of icing which will ensure that all the cake crumbs are not spread through the icing... Once that is done, referigerate the cake for another 6 hours or so before doing the second and final coat of icing.

5) Use a decorating gel pen / pipe a thin line of frosting to draw patterns on the wings.. We then used different kinds of sprinkles, colored sugar and jelly beans... to decorate the butterfly.

6) For the antennae you could use fruit roll ups or any long thin biscuit.. i just had some chocolate fudge that i melted a bit and stuck onto 2 halves of a wooden skewer and insterted them into the cake.


  1. Belated b'day wished to your daughter. And the cake looks so so beautiful.

  2. First of all, happy birthday to your princess and thanks for the cake, but even more for the shape and the step by step pics.

  3. Belated birthday wishes to ur daughter, seriously cake looks marvellous and soo beautiful..

  4. Belated birthday wishes to your daughter and the cake looks very beautiful.

  5. Happy Birthday to your daughter :) Cake looks amazing :)

  6. Belated wishes and God bless the little princess. This is such a lovely cake for a little girl and she is lucky to have a mom like you. I did not bake anything for the birthday boy :-((

    Hope your little one feels well soon. Take care. Hugs!

  7. Wow sounds cute and easy..looks yummy too

  8. Happy Birthday to your daughter.
    The cake looks beautiful. You make it sound so simple.

  9. thats nice of you to make cake for ur daughter's birthday. nicely done

  10. Thats a beautiful cake...bealated wishes to ur daughter!

  11. Very yumm and innovative butterfly Cake Dear.Luks spongy and delicious. Luv it.

  12. Nicely done cake, and belated wishes to your daughter

  13. OMG! That looks spectacular and GORGEOUS!!! What a beautiful creation Lavanya :) happy b'day to your little girl - we celebrated our little girl's birthday not too ling ago with a princess cake :)

  14. wow cake looks wonderful ......

    belated wishes to ur daughter .........

  15. I love how delicious n pretty the cute cake looks..
    belated b day wishes to your little darling..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  16. Belated Birthday Wishes to your Daughter and the cake looks lovely. Love the step by step pictures.

  17. well explained...butterfly cake looks beautiful

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  19. Wow, the cake sounds super cool, hope she loved this beautiful butterfly cake.
    Happy Deepavali to u and ur family!

  20. Belated birthday wishes to yr daughter. The cake looks beautiful.

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy Diwali.

  21. belated birthday wishes to your daughter. The cake looks amazing.


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