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May 15, 2012 - Butterfly Cake
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My one and a half year old loves butterflies. When she's sees on she'll yell: "futterflies ... flap, flap, flap!" So, while I'm not stuffing her with cake yet, this cake is nonetheless a tribute to her and to all other bufferfly fanatics out there:

Butterfly Cake

To make this cake, you'll need a Cake-Shaping Strip (look here about how to make one), heavy-duty aluminum foil, a sheet pan, prepared cake batter (see the Pear and Raspberry Cake recipe below or use about 2 boxes of cake mix), frosting (about 1 container of white frosting and 1 container of chocolate frosting), and food dye..

First, make a Cake-Shaping Strip as described here using nine sushi-mat segments. Line a sheet pan with two sheets of slightly overlapping foil. Shape the strip into a shape of a butterfly. Then wrap your foil sheets around your strip. Butterflies can have a lot of twists and turns along their perimeter, so just do whatever it takes to wrap the strip well. Cut the foil or use extra foil pieces where needed to wrap around the strip. Form loosely packed balls of foil and press them into corners (e.g., between the body and wings).

Butterfly Cake

Now prepare your cake batter. Here's a simple spring-time cake recipe. It might not be the best paired with the chocolate frosting, but it's delicious if you're not going to use chocolate frosting. See other cake recipes on our recipe tab.

Pear and Raspberry Cake
Ingredients:
2 boxes yellow cake mix
5 eggs
1 cup canola oil
3 (15-ounce) cans pear halves or pear slices, in pear juice or heavy syrup
1/2 (10-ounce) bag frozen raspberries
1 cup raspberry preserves

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a pan with cooking spray.

2. Cut the pears in 1-centimeter cubes. Reserve 2 cups of the pear juice.

3. Beat together the yellow cake mixes, eggs, canola oil and the reserved pear juice. Fold in the pear cubes and raspberries

4. Pour batter in prepared pan.

5. Drop a tablespoon of the raspberry preserves on top of the cake batter (not too close to the edges). Repeat with the remaining preserves Use a knife, to swirl the batter in with the cake batter.

6. Bake for about 35 minutes or until done.

7. Let cool, and then store in the refrigerator.

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After baking, carefully remove the wrapped foil and then the strip. If any batter leaked through the strip, cut it away from the cake before trying to remove the strip. While separating the strip from the cake, you can insert a knife between the strip and cake to help with the process (if it doesn't easily peel off by itself). At this point, I asked my daughter if she knew what this was. She said "Cake." I said "Yes, but what kind of cake? What does it look like?" She said "Cake?"

Butterfly Cake

Before I'll tell you how I decorated this cake, let me share a fun and easy idea that I had. Frost the cake with a medium-thick layer of white frosting. Then pick (or have a child pick) two food-dye colors. (I think that gel food dyes would work better, though liquid dyes would be fine.) Drop (or have the child drop) about 10 drops of each color across the cake. Then use an icing spatula to spread the colors out just a little. Use dyed frosting and pipe on a border.

Now, while I thought that that sounded like a lot of fun, I went with a method that I thought would lend for a better picture. First, I put 1/2 of a container of white frosting in a piping bag, and I dyed the other 1/2 purple. I spread the purple frosting on the cake, trying to spread it roughly in the shape of the purple frosting that you see below. Next, I put added a few drops of water to a container of chocolate frosting and put half in a piping bag. I piped on the chocolate lines and the broders, then I frosted the rest of the cake with the remaining chocolate frosting.

Now don't kill yourself trying to make the chocolate frosting smooth at this point, as it's nearly impossible. Instead, just let it completly dry. Then put a drop of water on a table knife and smooth a portion out and repeat this as necessary. Finally, just pipe on the white dots. And here's your "futterfly":

 

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