Back in July, my husband’s grandma turned 80. She’s a pretty awesome lady, and we were a little stumped with to what gift to buy her. My Mother in Law was busy preparing a butterfly themed party for her so I offered to make a cascading butterfly cake. Gift and cake in one. Ripper.
I’m not really a butterfly person. Is anyone? Anyway, this wasn’t about me so I did some research on pinterest (board here) and came up with a colour scheme and plan of attack. I also called MIL and let her know that I was using white, orange, purple and pink. They agreed to decorate the party accordingly*.
*These guys are lovely hearted folk, but not budding stylists, a purple tablecloth and some helium balloons made them happy, I concentrated on the cake!).
I’ve never made a tiered cake before, and this was also my fist go at making sugar paste decorations and placing rolled fondant on a cake. 3 firsts – Lots of room for error. I visited a local cake decorating store to get some materials and advice. The key things I learned were:
- If using packet cakes, Greens is the best. They were right. Woot.
- For a tiered cake where you want to separate or save a layer, each cake needs a board.
- Use a proper, well lined bakers tin. Those cheapo non-stick tins don’t work well.
- Use skewers to support the tiers
- If you want the sugar paste decorations to be hard, you need to air dry them for at least a week in non-humid conditions.
- Do a crumb-coat before placing the rolled fondant on the cake.
- Assemble the cake after your 5 hour drive. GOOD ADVICE.
Here is the final result. I’ll list some details after the photos.
Cake Flavour: Greens packet mix, Caramel, Chocolate, Caramel. I cooked it slower and cooler than recommended so it was moist and dense.
Sugarpaste: I bought the sugar paste and moulds from my local stockist, Nandas Cake Decorations, but they are available online if you google butterfly plunge cutters
Fondant: I used the supermarket brand, I get good results from this and it’s easy work with and colour. I’ve tried to make marshmallow fondant but it was a sticky disaster.
Have you attempted something epic in the kitchen recently?