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.
BUTTERFLY CHOCOLATE CAKE
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..
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.