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How to Make Chocolate Butterflies for Easy Cake Decorating

Learn how to easily make Chocolate Butterflies for easy and impressive cake decorating for all of your baking needs.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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There is nothing that won’t look better with a chocolate butterfly on top.

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Add them to cupcakes, cake and even to dessert bars.

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Color them depending on the occasion. These 3D Chocolate Butterflies would be incredible for baby showers, weddings or any special event.

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SO, incase you are wondering this gorgeous cake is coming Thursday, July 21. It’s a White Velvet Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting.

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Glenda
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7 months ago

I can not find the ingredients for the chocolate butterflies.I have skrolled all the way

Margaret S Haynes
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Margaret S Haynes
7 months ago

Hi Gemma! Love these sweet butterfly’s and also just wanted to compliment you on having many different videos. The gals I follow, a lot of the time, will repeat the same recipes constantly. I am very grateful you have many excellent teachings to choose from. Thank you so much! 🙂

Deepak Chand Ramola
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What type of food colour should I use to mix with the chocolate,the liquid one or the powder one???

Qurratulain
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Qurratulain
1 year ago

You explain amazingly. Love your recipes❤

smilesalltheway
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smilesalltheway
1 year ago

This is amazing!please, keep the good work going. Many love,Mary.

hafsaharifkundi
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hafsaharifkundi
1 year ago

Hi Gemma! I just wanted to know that for melting chocolates, do you use a double boiler or just directly over the heat?
Thank you!
P.s you are absolutely wonderful!!! I’m in love with this site!! ❤❤

krupa1205
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krupa1205
1 year ago

Hi! Gemma my name is Krupa (u may think my name is weird)
when I added food colouring to the white chocolate (I added red colouring) the chocolate started to stiff and thicken.
why did this happen?????
I don’t understand.
I tried with a different chocolate and the same thing happen.
And I also want to tell u I love your recipes they are so easy.
(I am able to make any recipe u make and i am only 10)

Saadia Khan
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Saadia Khan
2 years ago

Gemma which chocolate should i use?Compound (without cocoa butter) or couverture (with cocoa butter)?

shaziyah
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shaziyah
2 years ago

please make a Mango cake ?? It will Super Amazing… love your recipe ??

love From India ☺

cookonly
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cookonly
2 years ago

Hi, thank you for those lovely decorations!! I think it would be a good idea to show us how to make chocolate cakes and cupcakes decorations. Do your best!!

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