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Thursday, June 18, 2009

My Girl's Birthday Cake - Butterfly Garden Cake & Cookies

When Sarah and I first began talking about her birthday cake this year, she mentioned a Cinderella cake. I have to admit I wasn't excited. We've done the princess party and castle cake... twice. My first thought, honestly, was, "Not again."

Then, out of nowhere she piped up with, "OH wait. I want it to have butterflies. Flowers and butterflies."

This was a theme I could get with.

I immediately began to design it in my head and I have to admit, I'm a little amazed that it came out so close to how I imagined it.



I iced the cake with blue buttercream and used blue marshmallow fondant to cover it. The flowers are a combination of free-hand, cookie cutter, and templates made by my Cricut and are cut out of Wilton fondant (neon colors). The grass and stems/leaves are piped buttercream & royal icing.



The cake is chocolate and she decided that she wanted a chocolate filling between the layers.

I already had some chocolate ganache leftover in my fridge from a while back that I had been looking for a reason to use up. I used some of it to mix with the royal icing to do the bodies of the butterflies.
Then, I mixed what was left of that together with some butter cream and did a base for my filling, then added the rest of the ganache on top of that before adding my second layer. Oh my... it was heaven.


The butterfly cookies on top led us to decide that making coordinating cookies to send home as party favors would be a good idea.






Who needs goody bags when there are cookies to be had, right?

And I'll toot my horn and say that it all tasted good. The chocolate cake was all gone except for one little slice that we took home and shared. But that's the way I like it.

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Edited on 7/16/09:
I have added this cake to the Birthday Cake Roudup over at Life as Mom.

12 Comments:

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Turned out fabulous!! It's all so cute - you really did a great job! And I like the idea of giving the cookies - yum.

elizabeth said...

That turned out darling! Love the idea of the cookies on top and then giving cookies as party favors. I'm going to send this link to my daughter-in-law - my granddaughter is turning 2 mid-July and she's looking for ideas.

Erika said...

such a sweet cake. I really love the tulip cookies. such a great idea.
baygirl69

Antique Mommy said...

Adorable! You are a regular Ace of Cakes! I love the cookie goody bags. Way better than plastic goody bag crud that gets thrown away within 24 hours.

Melinda said...

My compliments to the chef! Darling and it looks OH-SO-TASTY!

onlinepastrychef said...

How cute! It turned out great, and the filling sounds wonderful!

5 Star Foodie said...

What a gorgeous cake! And it sounds just delicious!

Kay said...

Wow, girl! That is one cool cake! And even better since it tasted good. I totally agree on the goodie bags.. who needs another sheet of stickers or kazoo! :-D

Monica@DailyDwelling said...

Wow!!! That cake is super cute! It is so creative.

I still need to learn to work with fondant...I need to take a class.

knit1kids4 said...

what an amazing cake!

A Frugal Friend said...

Soooooo perfect and girly! I love it.......I'd be totally afraid of working with fondant though. Very impressive.

Rebecca said...

Very pretty cake. And cookies along with it - a dessert that can't go wrong!