I really enjoyed making the butterflies for Miss S's birthday cake this year, and shortly after I had this idea for a baby shower cake for a friend of mine.
I had seen a few images around of the "butterflies swirling around the cake" genre, and I really liked the idea. Most attractive though was the knowledge that this cake would be fairly simple, and it was - taking about four hours all up, including the baking of the cake, making the butterflies and assembling it all together.
I baked two 16cm chocolate cakes, trimmed the domes and sandwiched them together with a good dollop of chocolate buttercream. I then crumb-coated the cakes, chilled them down and then iced them with a top coat of the buttercream.
I tinted the fondant a dusky pink, covered the cake in it and then used a little royal icing to stick the butterflies on.
The little butterflies were made with gumpaste and an embossing cutter and were left to dry in a "v" shape using this little device I made from cardboard and tin-foil for Miss S's butterflies. I dusted them with a little white shimmer dust once they were dry.
It was a fun, stress-free cake to make, and it went down a treat at the shower.