Butterfly Cake

READY IN: 2hrs 35mins
SERVES: 16-20




  • In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Beat in vanilla.
  • Pour into a waxed paper-lined 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until cake tests done.
  • Cool completely.
  • For frosting, cream shortening and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually beat in 2 cups confectioners' sugar; add salt,extracts and 3 tablespoons milk.
  • Beat in remaining sugar.
  • If necessary,add additional milk, a tablespoon at a time, until frosting reaches desired consistency.
  • Remove 2 cups; set aside.
  • Tint remaining frosting with desired color of food coloring.
  • To make butterfly, cut a 1-in. wide strip of cake from the 9-in. side.
  • Place a toothpick in the center of remaining cake.
  • Using string, divide cake into four triangles, holding string at opposite corners.
  • Depress string slightly into cake to mark cutting line; repeat for remaining corners.
  • Cut cake along cutting lines.
  • Place the 1-in. strip of cake in the center of a 20-in. x 15-in. serving board to be the butterfly body.
  • Frost top and sides of body with desired color of frosting. (I frosted the whole cake white and used coconut that I tinted black for the body and colored glittery sprinkles for the wings.).
  • Place two small triangles next to the body for bottom wings.
  • Place two larger triangles for top wings. Frost sides and tops of wings with desired color of frosting.
  • Smooth frosting with a warm spatula.
  • Decorate edges of cake with white frosting, using a pastry bag and shell tip.
  • Mark circles on wings with the top of a 2-in. plastic cup. (I drew mine -free form - in frosting with a toothpick).
  • Sprinkle jimmies or sprinkles in circles; outline with frosting, using round tip.
  • Cut licorice into four small pieces; push ends into top of body for antennae. (We can't stand black licorice - I used pipe cleaners.).
  • Place candles on the body.
  • Yield: 16-20 servings.