How To Make Delicious Butterfly Decorations For Cakes

How To Make Delicious Butterfly Decorations For Cakes

Making butterfly decorations for cakes is an easy and tasty baking project! Butterfly cakes have always been my favorite buns since I was a child and made them in my home economic cooking class.

They were so simple to make and the perfect treat when you wanted to pig out. I’ve always made the original basic ones but I recently came across chocolate butterfly buns.

They’re still so easy to make it is simply just adding one extra ingredient during the preparation. I can honestly day that these cakes are fabulous, tongue-tastic treats for your taste buds. They can be enjoyed by everyone, so why not have a go at making some for yourself.

Butterfly Cakes

Butterfly cakes originate from China where they are called “hudie dangao” or “butterfly dumplings”. The name comes from their shape which resembles a butterfly wing. These delicious little cakes are usually filled with sweetened condensed milk, red bean paste, lotus seed paste, sesame seeds, coconut cream, etc.

The most common filling used today is white frosting mixed with vanilla extract. But there are also other fillings such as strawberry jam, peanut butter, custard, mochi ice cream, jelly, etc.

Butterfly Cake Topper

The cake topper is very similar to the classic buttercream frosting which makes this cake look like a real masterpiece. The only difference between the two is that instead of using icing sugar or powdered sugar as its main ingredients, we use cocoa powder. This gives us a darker color and also adds more flavor to our cake decorating projects.

Cake Topper

You will need:

• A cake with icing or frosting on top of it

• Butterflies cut from paper or card stock

• Small amount of food coloring – red, yellow, green, blue etc.

• Food safe glue such as Elmer’s white craft glue

How To Make It:

Start off by cutting out butterflies using scissors. You may want to use different sizes depending on how big you would like your finished product to look.

Once all the pieces are ready place them onto a piece of parchment paper. Using a small brush apply a thin layer of glue over each butterfly. This should only take about 1 minute per butterfly. Allow this time to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Next up we add our colorings. Use whatever colors you prefer. The more vibrant they are the better. If you don’t feel confident enough then try mixing two colors together until you get the desired effect.

After applying the colorings let everything sit overnight. In the morning remove any excess glue from around the edges of the wings.

Now comes the fun part where you decorate your cake. Simply start placing the butterflies onto the cake. Try to keep them evenly spaced apart. Don’t worry if there isn’t much space between them because once baked they won’t spread too far.

When done enjoy eating your delicious creation.

What You’ll Need

  • 12-16 Bun cases
  • Baking tray
  • Whisk
  • 2 x Bowl
  • Metal spoon
  • Cooling rack
  • Knife

Ingredients Needed to Make the Buns

  • 110g/4oz butter or margarine
  • 110g/4oz caster sugar
  • 2 medium sized eggs
  • 75g/3oz sieved self-raising flour
  • 25g/1oz sieved cocoa powder
  • Vegetable oil

Ingredients Needed to Make the Icing

  • 75g/3oz unsalted butter
  • 175g/6oz icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Milk or warm water

Ingredients Needed to Decorate:

  • Sieved icing sugar


To make the buns, follow these steps:

  • Pre-heat oven to 180º/ 350ºF/ Gas mark 4
  • Using a bowl add the butter and sugar and mix together well using a whisk until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and whisk together. (If the mixture curdles then add a little bit of flour.)
  • Add the cocoa powder and the flour and mix into the rest of the mixture using a metal spoon.
  • Put the bun cases on a baking tray.
  • Spoon the mixture into the baking cases.
  • Place the baking tray into the oven for 15-18 minutes or until firm and well risen.
  • Take out of the oven and leave on a cooling tray.
  • When cool, take a knife and cut a circle out of the top of each bun. Cut at an angle approximately half an inch away from the edge.
  • Cut the circles you cut away from the bun in half and set aside.


  • Take a bowl and add the butter and whisk until soft.
  • Sift and mix in the icing sugar gradually.
  • Gradually add milk or water into the bowl, whilst mixing, until the icing becomes fluffy and spread able.
  • Sift the cocoa powder into the mixture and mix well.


Place a small amount of icing into the wholes made in the buns.

Place each half of the circle that was cut from the bun and place into icing on top of the bun at an angle, (so it looks like butterfly wings.)

Sift icing sugar onto the tops of the buns. For an extra treat, try adding a few sweeties between the butterfly wings. Check this video out for other butterfly cupcake ideas.