Thanks for all the kind words on these butterflies! To hear that you guys are excited about making them makes me even more excited to share how easy it is with you! Let’s get to it! I was browsing butterfly-type cake-decorating paraphernalia when I came across silicone molds on sugarcraft.com.
I thought they might be the perfect tool to create the cake I’m envisioning for Olivia’s upcoming “Butterfly Tea Party.” I also purchased some pre-made gumpaste and lustre dust. Thinking I’d benefit from lots of practice, I tried out the mold a few days ago. It worked like magic; I highly recommend you go get a mold and see for yourself. Today, I’m going to show you the easy steps to make the gumpaste butterflies and then next time, we’ll talk about decorating them.
Roll a small piece of gumpaste into a ball and then roll it out like a thin pancake; use cornstarch to prevent sticking. As I mentioned, I purchased Satin Ice pre-made gumpaste. There are also many recipes out there to make your own.
Place the gumpaste over the mold.
Set the other piece of the mold over the top. Press firmly.
Remove from mold. Use included cookie cutter to perfectly remove excess gumpaste.
Repeat to create full butterfly. Admire your work. I love that this mold creates a beautiful three-dimensional object. Both the front and back of the butterfly have perfect detail.
Allow the butterflies to dry overnight before decorating. They will become hard, but handle easily without breaking.
Butterfly mold is made by and can be purchased at: First Impressions
Mold, gumpaste, coloring dusts available at: Sugar Craft
Next time, we’ll talk about taking your dried butterflies and turning them into colorful little works of sugar art…