Ombre cake and butterflies :: A Red Brolly Tutorial
Remember, in my last posting I was talking about Ombre cakes? If you don't know what they are, mine is a very poor example of one, but they are cakes which graduate in shades of colour, each layer slighty lighter than the last. They are hugely popular at the moment and if you google "Ombre cake" you get some fantastic examples of them. I made mine for my son's birthday BBQ on the weekend and I must admit, it was a great moment when we sliced the cake open.
I found it very time consuming to make, mainly because I only had one cake tin to use. I had to cook a layer, take it out and then cook another. There were six layers in all, with mascapone cream and strawberries in between the layers and then a buttercream frosting on the outside. If you would like to attempt to make one of these cakes, a great tutorial can be found here.
But this is not really a tutorial on how to make Ombre cakes...I thought I would give one on how to make the fabric butterfly cake toppers you also see in the photos. They're really very easy and very similar to my tipsy butterflies.
Here's all the materials you'll need, plus a hot iron and pen/pencil. When choosing florist wire, try and get the lightest one available and wire that isn't covered (mine was green and it doesn't look as great). These are great to make as you can just use your fabric scraps. I'm just loving the navy blue fabric which is right on trend at the moment. I used fabric from the Dear Stella "Heirloom" range. I've also used it for another project which I'll share with you at a later date.
Here's the PDF butterfly templates you'll need... Download Red brolly pdf butterfly cake topper template
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and if you haven't yet been to the Stitches and Craft show in Canberra, come and say "hello," I'll be on the Australian Homespun stand everyday until Sunday. See you there :-)