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Hi Bold Bakers!
What I love about baking is that you can always build upon your skills. Cake decorating is something I never spent time on or learned in college. However when you have Bold Bakers asking for easy decorating tips and skills then I have to learn myself and then impart my wisdom on to you.
These Chocolate Butterflies are something that I used to make in my first job in the U.S. as a baker for a Casino in Lake Tahoe, California. All you need is chocolate, food coloring, a toothpick and my FREE printable butterfly stencil.
Download the Butterfly Stencil here or Click Below.
Lay some parchment paper over a flat board or baking tray. Melt your chocolate, white or milk, or both. Melt gently until there are no lumps and it is nice and smooth.
Once melted stir in a small amount of a flavorless oil like vegetable, canola or coconut oil. I don’t recommend olive oil as it has has too strong of a flavor. The oil thins and smooths out the chocolate. You can use white or milk chocolate depending upon what desserts you are making.
Place the melted chocolate into a piping bag then cut a small hole. We want the hole to be small so we can pipe a thin line.
Now, just go for it. Don’t worry about your piping skills, it will look great regardless. Don’t think about it, just do it. Trust me, when they are dried and assembled they will look amazing.
Color them any which way you like. Only add a tiny tint of color. There is no recipe for these butterflies, just melt yourself some chocolate and draw.
Draw one at a time so they don’t dry by the time you get to them because they need to be melted to swirl the colors. Swirl the two colors together gently with a tooth pick to create a beautiful design on the butterfly wing.
To assemble the wings, lay the wings down the center of a magazine. Pipe some chocolate between the wings to create the body of the butterfly and also to hold the wings together. I added some sparkle with some luster pearl for decoration but that part is optional.
Store in an airtight container lined with kitchen paper for up to a month in the fridge. These little guys are delicate so take care of them.
Please note that these beautiful butterflies can wilt when in warm climates. Remove them from the fridge just before you need to serve them. They are happiest when cold.
There is nothing that won’t look better with a chocolate butterfly on top.
Add them to cupcakes, cake and even to dessert bars.
Color them depending on the occasion. These 3D Chocolate Butterflies would be incredible for baby showers, weddings or any special event.
SO, incase you are wondering this gorgeous cake is coming Thursday, July 21. It’s a White Velvet Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting.