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How to make a butterfly cake to help your birthday party fly

Your kids will love this butterfly cake for their birthday cake, or any other time of year. Really simple to make but incredibly effective..

This Butterfly Cake looks and tastes absolutely beautiful. In fact, it looks so beautiful, you won’t want to cut into it!

This recipe is just one of a series of recipes we will be featuring from Stork in their Bake with Stork series of recipes; watch out for the other on the blog in our Cook section, won’t you?

How to make a butterfly cake to help your birthday party fly

Vanilla cake:

  • 250 g Stork with butter
  • 250 g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 250 g self raising flower
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 150 g Stork with Butter
  • 300 g icing sugar (sifted)
  • Food colourings

To decorate:

  • Green sugarpaste
  • Dried spaghetti
  • Coloured sprinkles (optional)
  • A large cake board or serving plate.
  1. Place butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and cream together until light and fluffy. (you could also use an electric hand mixer).
  2. Add a teaspoon of vanilla and the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift in the self-raising flour and fold in until the mixture is well blended.
  3. Place the dough in a 20m (8 inch) greased and lined round cake tin. Bake on middle shelf of oven 180°C, 160°C fan, Gas 4 for about 70 minutes.
  4. Make up the icing beating together the Stork with the icing sugar until the mixture has a soft spreadable consistency. Set to one side.
  5. Using the cutting guide (see template) cut the sponge cake into the four sections A B C D as indicated on the template.
  6. Coat the top and sides of each piece of cake with the icing using a palette knife.
  7. Position the pieces as indicated on the template on the cake board and serving plate. Take portions of the left over icing and colour in complimentary colours for the butterfly decoration. Place the coloured icing in disposable piping bags, snip a little from the end of the bags and pipe the decoration onto the wings of the butterfly. Decorate with sprinkles if desired.
  8. To create the butterfly’s body; snap a piece of dried spaghetti slightly shorter than you would like the body. Roll small balls of green sugar paste slightly tapering in size and slide the spaghetti through the middle of each to create the body of the butterfly. Roll a slightly larger ball for the head and add to the spaghetti last.
  9. Place the body into position down the middle of the butterfly. Serve.

We hope you like this, just as much as we do :-) Who knew that making a butterfly cake for your kids could be quite so easy, eh?

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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