Sunny Butterfly Cake Recipe

To capture nature's symmetry, make a paper pattern for this cake--when you do, feel free to create a different wing design. Look in a butterfly field guide or ask your child for inspiration.

Skill Level: Medium

Makes: One 10 x 10-inch cake; serves 6 to 8


  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 recipe Yellow Cake batter
  • 1 recipe Creamy White Frosting
  • One 4.25-ounce tube white decorating icing
  • Yellow food glitter, for dusting
  • Bright pink food glitter, for dusting
  • Orange food glitter, for dusting
  • One 6-inch pink/white twisted-stripe candy stick
  • 20 small yellow candies (such as Necco candy dots)
  • 22 small bright pink candies 


  • Waxed or parchment paper
  • One 9-inch round cake pan
  • Toothpicks
  • Wire cooling rack
  • Scissors
  • Cutting board
  • Long serrated knife
  • Small offset spatula
  • Cake plate or 12-inch round cardboard base, for serving
  • Small spoon
  • Skewer
  • 2 yellow curly birthday candles, for antennae


  1. Preheat the oven to 350'F. Lightly grease the bottom of the cake pan, then line it with waxed paper or parchment paper and grease and lightly flour the bottom and sides. Fill the prepared pan two-thirds full with batter. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. If you wish, you can bake the surplus batter in another pan or as cupcakes. Cool the cake completely in the pan on a cooling rack and then turn it out onto the rack.
  2. While the cake is cooling, make a paper pattern based on the cutting diagram. Cut the pattern apart. Arrange the pattern pieces on your table as shown in the layout diagram. Draw the wing designs on each section as shown in the photo.
  3. Place the cooled cake on a cutting board. Lay the pattern pieces on top as shown in the cutting diagram and use a toothpick to prick the outline of each section onto to the cake top. Using the serrated knife, cut the cake into 4 pieces along the pricked outlines.
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