Baking cakes are really fun, especially if it is for a special birthday. The Easy cut-up cakes for kids book is loaded with some great birthday cake ideas, as well as cakes for other special occasions. The recipes are very easy to follow. Most of the cake recipes require a basic 8- or 9-inch round pan or 8- or 9-inch square pan. I would like to share one of my favourite recipes in the book, namely the “flutterby” recipe. I have baked this particular cake several times in the past. Kids absolutely love it! You can decorate your butterfly cake anyway you desire. I have decorate my butterfly with M&Ms, mini marshmallows, chocolate buttons and colourful sprinkles.
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What you need:
Pans – 2 (9-inch) round pans
1 strawberry cake mix
1 bag multicolour mini marshmallows
Black licorice rope
1 large bag pastel M&Ms or Skittles
Make cake mix according to package directions. Bake cake as directed on box for two round pans. Cool cakes in pans for 10 minutes, and then invert and cool completely on a wire rack.
Cut both layers of cake according to the diagram.
Arrange one of the rectangular pieces on the middle of a plate or foil-wrapped board. Frost the top, and then place the second rectangular layer on top. Frost the entire body with pink frosting.
Place one layer of the wings on each side of the butterfly body. Frost the top, and then place the second wing layer on top. Frost the top and sides carefully with pink frosting.
Open the mini marshmallows, and separate the pink marshmallows from the rest in the bag. Using a pair of kitchen scissors, cut the pink marshmallows in half lengthwise. You may not need to us them all, so cut them in batches. Place marshmallow halves, cut side down, over entire butterfly body (not the wings). Cut two pieces of the licorice rope and stick down the marshmallows into the cake for the antennae.
Finally, sort out the colours of the candy you’re using for the wings, making sure to incorporate some pink to match the body. Arrange a pattern on the countertop to make sure you have enough of every colour you’re using. Transfer pattern to the cake.
Note: You can change the colour scheme easily by using a different colour of frosting and mini marshmallows for the body. For example, try yellow frosting with the yellow mini marshmallows.