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How to Make An Easy Butterfly Cake

How to Make An Easy Butterfly Cake

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Using just a box of cake mix, premade icing, and a few simple steps, you can transform an ordinary cake into a fluttering butterfly cake that will wow everyone at your table!

If you’re searching for a delightful baking project that’s as fun to make as it is delicious to eat, look no further than this easy butterfly cake! We used a similar trick to our bunny cake to make this cute cake from one cake mix! This whimsical creation is not only a treat for the taste buds, but also a perfect opportunity to get creative in the kitchen baking with kids. 

Easy Butterfly Cake

Easy Butterfly Cake

Easy Butterfly Cake

Easy Butterfly Cake Ingredients

– One 9 or 10-inch round cake (baked and cooled, we used a box of cake mix!)

– Pink icing

– White icing

– Assorted pink and white candies (e.g., sprinkles, candy pearls)

– Offset spatula or butter knife

– Piping bag (or a sandwich bag for icing)

How to make a butterfly cake

Step 1: Prepare Your Cake

Begin by baking your favorite box cake mix according to package instructions in a 9 or 10 inch round pan, and allowing it to cool completely. Choose a flavor that you love, whether it’s vanilla, chocolate, or even strawberry!

Step 2: Shape Your Butterfly

Once your cake has cooled, place it on a clean, flat surface. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the cake round in half to create two semicircles.

Step 3: Carve Out Wings

Take each semicircle and carve out a small triangle from the straight edge of the cake. This will create the distinctive wing shape of your butterfly.

Step 4: Arrange Your Butterfly

Turn the carved semicircles around so that the curved edges face toward each other. Place them side by side on a serving platter or cake board to form the butterfly shape.

Step 5: Ice Your Cake

Using an offset spatula or butter knife, generously ice the entire cake with pink icing. Smooth the icing over the entire butterfly shaped cake, creating a uniform base for decoration.

Step 6: Outline and Decorate

Fill a piping bag with white icing (or use a sandwich bag with a small corner cut off). Carefully outline the wings and body of the butterfly with the white icing to define its shape. This step adds a beautiful finishing touch and helps the butterfly details pop.

Step 7: Add Final Touches

Now comes the fun part—decorating! Use assorted pink and white candies to add spots, stripes, or patterns to the butterfly wings. Get creative with candy pearls, sprinkles, or even small chocolate pieces to bring your butterfly cake to life.

Easy Butterfly Cake

Easy Butterfly Cake

Final Thoughts

This butterfly cake isn’t just a dessert—it’s a delightful creation that combines baking with artistic flair. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party, a tea party, or simply looking to brighten someone’s day, this cake is sure to be a hit. Encourage your little ones to join in the decorating fun and watch as their imaginations take flight.


Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.

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