Butterfly Garden Cake


Wheat-free  .  Dairy-free  .  Nut-free  .  Soy-free

Recently I made this cake for my daughter's 3rd Birthday and all the kids loved it! The cupcakes I made were chocolate mudcake, but you could use any other recipe or cake mixture you like.




  • 'Deliciously Good' Chocolate Mudcake Mix (yes, sometimes I cheat, but this packet mix is goooood!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 500g Gluten-free Icing Sugar
  • 3 tbs Nuttelex Margarine
  • 2tsp water for the icing mix
  • 1pkt Sugar Roses
  • 1 cup Moist Desiccated Coconut
  • Green & Pink food colouring
  • Butterfly print-outs for decorating



1. Prepare cake mix as per packet instructions, then place mixture into cupcake pans, and bake for the required time. Allow to completely cool.


2. Prepare your cake board/plate with the 'grass' for your garden:

 - Using the icing sugar, margarine & 1tsp of water, make some green coloured icing to spread all over the cake board.

 - Colour the coconut with some more of the green colouring, then sprinkle it over the board already covered with the green icing. I found the best way to make sure that all of the coconut is coloured evenly is to get your hands into the bowl and rub the coconut together.



3. Ice and decorate your cupcakes:

 - Using the icing sugar, margarine & 1tsp of water, make some green coloured icing to spread over half of your cupcakes. Just be careful how much green colouring you put in, because if you want to achieve this light pastel green colour you will only need to use a tiny bit. Then place your sugar flower on the top.

 - Repeat this process again with the other half of the cupcakes using light pink coloured icing (or whatever other colours you like).



4. Assemble your cupcakes around the board to make a number 3:



5. You've nearly finished! Time to add the finishing touches:

 - Cut out some pictures of butterflies, fold their bodies in half towards the middle so that their wings are pointing upwards, and then using a dab of wet icing, place them onto the cake board wherever you like.

 - You could use any type of insect for this cake. Whether you cut them out of a book, or you could buy a pack of the little plastic ones. Kmart sells little  plastic insects for about $2.