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Royal Icing butterflies

Royal icing butterflies, royal icing transfers

I am not sure if I have told you before this, but  I love Nature and I am always fascinating about how God created everything so perfect.  We are very fortunate to have a great Science Museum close by and they have the most beautiful butterfly center I have ever seen, I encourage you to come and see it when you are in the Houston Texas area. 

Have  you ever get the chance to look closely how beautiful the butterflies are? I think that nothing can imitate the beauty of nature, but in this case I am going to try to imitate it just a little bit by making royal icing butterflies. 

One of my favorite books is  "Pretty party cakes" from Peggy Porschen, it has a very detail explanation on how to make royal icing butterflies. I am going put on practice her technique using my royal icing recipe. 

For this project you will need:

*  Royal Icing (medium and flooding consistency) 
*  Food coloring
*  Pastry bag, coupler and decorating tip #1
*  Sprinkles
*  Parchment paper
* Drawing of butterflies
*  A piece of cardboard
*  Scissors 


1.-  Make the template of your butterfly. 

2.-  Cut pieces of parchment paper the same size as your template and fold them in half. 

3.-  Fold the piece of cardboard in 5 pieces, as it shown in the picture below. 

4.- Prepare a medium consistency royal icing to outline the border of the butterfly. 

5.-  Prepare flooding royal icing in the colors of your choice.

6.-  Start filling the outlined butterfly with flooding royal icing, using the colors you may like.

You can add tiny sprinkles  and if you want that the butterflies have a 3D dimension, you can place them over the cardboard and let them dry.

You can use this butterflies to decorate cakes and cookies. 

My favorite butterfly is in the picture below, It was part Cinderella's magic slipper.

I hope you like this technique and make a lot of butterflies!

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  1. I love butterflies! All of your are lovely and the magic slipper one is gorgeous.

  2. That one is my favorite too!!! Thanks Paula !!!


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