Homemade Butterfly Cake

Homemade Butterfly Cake

I promised you this cake recipe last week, when I showed it to you on Facebook. I made the cake for Sofia to share with her classmates on her birthday. Such a cake is a very good idea when you want to make your child happy on their birthday, but you don't have time to complicate things with too many decorations and details. This recipe is actually an idea of assembling a cake. I will provide the links for the sponge cake and the chocolate ganache in the steps. They are very simple and I don't want to focus on them.

I chose the simplest way to assemble the butterfly cake and I didn't fail. I was very nervous and I worried thinking it wouldn't turn out as I had expected. After I finished it, I had a great feeling of relief :) The children liked it, I had time to cook and do other things as well, so it was the ideal, simple and beautiful, homemade cake!


Sponge cake
1 piece
prepared in advance, 26-28 cm diameter
White chocolate ganache
1 piece
find the link to the recipe in Step 2
Whipping Cream(32-35%)
1 l
well cooled in the refrigerator
Powdered sugar
200 g
for the whipped cream

Step by step

Step 1

Prepare the sponge cake the day before and let cool well. Cut into 3 uniform layers. You can keep in the freezer for an hour in advance, to cut the layers easier.

You can find my sponge cake recipe HERE.

Homemade Butterfly Cake - Step 1
Step 2

We also prepare white chocolate ganache cream - find the recipe in steps 10-13 of the Raffaello Cake.

Homemade Butterfly Cake - Step 2
Step 3

Line a tray or plate with two sheets of cling. Notice they are about 4 cm apart, the exact middle of the tray remains uncovered.

This is to make it easier to move around the cake halves and to shape the butterfly later.

It can be moved without the cling, with the help of a larger knife.

Homemade Butterfly Cake - Step 3
Step 4

We start assembling the cake. You can sprinkle with water and honey syrup on each layer. Spread with 3-4 tablespoons of filling on the first layer and, optionally, some raspberry or sour cherry jam.

Homemade Butterfly Cake - Step 4
Step 5

And so on until you mount all the layers.

I wouldn't recommend covering the top and the sides with filling just now. I forgot and I got dirty on my hands while moving it.

Leave in the fridge for a few hours, so that the layers will soften.

Homemade Butterfly Cake - Step 5
Step 6

After this time, we start making the butterfly.

Cut the cake in half with a large knife.

Homemade Butterfly Cake - Step 6
Step 7

Pull the cling film by the edges to easily transfer the cake halves to the serving tray.

If this doesn't work, slide the blade of a larger knife under the cake and lift carefully onto the tray.

Homemade Butterfly Cake - Step 7
Step 8

After placing the first half on the plate, carefully remove the cling from under it.

Homemade Butterfly Cake - Step 8
Step 9

In the same way, transfer the second half of the cake. Bring them closer to each other.

Homemade Butterfly Cake - Step 9
Step 10

Notice their position. Compare this picture with the one from above.

The butterfly looks better if you join the halves lower, not right in the middle. Adjust them and move around carefully with the knife blade.

Homemade Butterfly Cake - Step 10
Step 11

Make sure to save some filling to decorate the sides and the joint places of the butterfly.

With a knife, smooth out the middle and the place where the wings are joined together. You can even use some more filling.

Homemade Butterfly Cake - Step 11
Step 12

Beat the whipped cream well, you have all the details and steps here.

Some recommendations when decorating the cake with whipped cream:

- First of all, I made some bigger rosettes in the middle of the cake, to make the butterfly body more visible.

- Then I decorated the contour / edges of the wings with some big globs

- I placed smaller globs on the inside of the wings - here you can put some fruits, if you like

- Finally, I put small globs all over the sides.

Exactly one liter of whipped cream was enough to decorate the whole cake.

Homemade Butterfly Cake - Step 12
Step 13

You can also decorate with some small figurines. I found some sugar butterflies, small and colourful, at the supermarket. Now it's ready. Allow the cream to harden for another 1-2 hours, then you can serve the cake.


Homemade Butterfly Cake - Step 13
Quantity: 3 kg (15-20 servings)
Prep time: 300 min
Difficulty: easy
Ready in: 240 min
Publish date:
Collections: Cakes, Desserts

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