Learn how to pipe a beautiful buttercream butterfly for your cake without any special piping tips!
I first had the idea to pipe butterflies out of buttercream when piping my little buttercream flower fairies (see them here) for my buttercream fairy house cake tutorial. It took me a while, but I finally got round to trying it out and making this buttercream butterfly and rose wreath cake. I think they turned out great, and I love the fact you don’t need to rush out and buy any specialist piping tips to make them. All you need are a disposable piping bag, a bit of cellophane, some buttercream and a good amount of patience!
I decided to make beautiful jewel green and black/ dark brown coloured butterflies after a quick image search on Google. I had no idea such beautiful, bright butterflies existed – and just how many varieties there are. I think there might be one every colour you’d need to put on any cake you could ever make!
I started with an acrylic work board lined with a parchment paper circle (see my recommended products list to nab yourself some here). Next I cut a DIY leaf tip into my piping bag to pipe the wings (video tutorial link here) and made a cellophane cone full of darker buttercream for the outline (video tutorial here). Some careful piping later and my beautiful butterfly wings were ready to freeze then pop on a cake!
I took a smooth-iced cake (see my “secrets of the perfecty smooth buttercream finish” post if you don’t know how to make one) and piped a bunch of gorgeous red roses to go on top, which I also froze. You can see how to pipe perfect buttercream roses in my video tutorial here:
Then I decorated the cake. You can watch my “beautiful buttercream butterflies” buttercream butterfly piping tutorial here:
For more watch my buttercream flowers playlist:
💐bouquet cakes, 🌹 roses, 🌺peonies, 🌿leaves & more: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc2f13h89Ozr0WWT0NUXLybiEmSxSOLe9
Some other videos you may like to see:
🌈 Buttercream novelty cake playlist – 🌳tree stump, 🎁gift box, 🎨paint palette cakes and more: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc2f13h89OzrxO-QMoI9Modjka2Ze-i8Z
🍰 cake basic techniques playlist – how to layer, dowel, stack, make natural foods colours & more 🌈 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc2f13h89OzppuTaGRDi7-DH-1mtI94xI
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