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    Debbie's Beaded Butterfly Cupcakes

                                       Debbie's  beaded butterfly cupcakes 

    Typing one handed today as I'm sporting a "butterfly injury" after dipping my hand in hot isomalt... not something I'd recommend!!! Luckily I do listen to Martha Stewart and had a bowl of cold water nearby to dip my hand in, phew judging by all the blistering it's lucky I did! 

    But bravery is my middle name (not really I cried like a baby) and I piped with one hand to finish off my cakes for today. 

    Purple butterfly cupcakes for Debbie, who is my step son Daniel's Mum :)

    Beaded Butterfly toppers

    You will need...

    rice paper butterfly printed sheet (available from cake decorating stores)

    silicone bead or drop pearl moulds (mine 'pearl drops' by First Impressions)

    isomalt sticks or pearls

    clear cake piping gel

    cake glue

    edible glitter

    food colour of choice 

    chef's gas torch

    small sharp scissors or craft knife

    paint brush used for food purposes only


    I made two batches of cakes yesterday, both used isomalt in the toppers. I was burnt with the cooked stove top isomalt (that cake later in the week) and I also used for the first time isomalt sticks. 

    Isomalt sticks are pre cooked isomalt, if it's first time you're using isomalt or you rarely do sugar work they are good option. However if you are frequent user I recommend cooking your isomalt from either powder or crystals.

    Quick and easy to prepare the stick isomalt;

    Break desired amount of sticks into pieces and place them in a microwave safe cup with a handle (I used pyrex) Melt in 15 second increments until clear and bubbles have formed. That's it, done!!

    Remove from the microwave and add colour if desired, stir the colour in with a back and forwards waving motion to prevent bubbles forming. Once all bubbles have subsided, pour carefully (it's hot!!) into moulds. 

    Allow to set and then unmould.

    If you used a silicone mould you will have small bubbles on the surface of your pieces.

    A quick pass over with a gas chef's torch will remove the bubbles and leave you with shiny pieces. If your moulded pieces are too long for the butterflies body, snap a piece off to shorten and neaten the end with the gas torch.

    Butterfly Wings;

    Lightly paint over selected butterflies with cake gel, sprinkle with edible glitter if desired. Leave overnight to dry.

    Next morning with small sharp scissors or a craft knife on a craft mat, cut out the butterflies. I cut the body ends away too.

    Gently fold butterfly and attach isomalt body with a little cake glue. Leave to dry for a few hours, support the wings by putting folded paper etc under them to create a "flying position". 

    Use finished butterflies to top you cupcakes. 

    Happy Baking or Butterfly making :) 

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    Reader Comments (13)

    So pretty! You are so creative!

    September 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfaithy

    These are so beautiful! I've used isomalt in powder/grain/crystal form or however it is, but I've never seen sticks before.

    September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

    Thank you Faithy :)

    Thank you Liz.... the sticks are made by CakePlay and come clear, red, green etc

    September 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

    Looks really fab! You are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing this.xx

    September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIvy

    Your welcome Ivy :) Thank you for stopping by.

    September 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

    Oh the things we do for food! I hope your hand heals soon. Your cupcakes look amazing though :) I made your Earl Grey Cupcakes from 'Little Treats'!

    They were delicious! Thank you!

    September 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterParis Pastry

    Thank you Paris Pastry... I went and read your blog post... it made me so happy, the cakes look wonderful and I love your frosting :) Your blog is just gorgeous too!!

    September 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

    Your work is truly stunning - I hope your burns get better soon - it really does act as a warning for all of us. Could I please ask what is 'cake glue'? In the UK I am not familiar with this, is it the same as Edible glue - a clear liquid that you use to stick flowers etc. to cake tops? Thank you x

    September 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Creative Cake Academy

    Thank you The Creative Cake Academy .... I was just looking at your Christmas in September cakes.... beautiful and they brought a smile to my face.

    Yes, cake glue is the same as edible glue... also sometimes labelled "flower glue" here.

    Jeniffer :)

    September 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

    What a detailed tutorial. I have been looking at this stuff, now I want to try it too.

    September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda V @ Bubble and Sweet

    Hi Linda, Thank you. Oh my goodness I saw the fondant paper doll cookies on your blog... fabulous idea!!!

    September 19, 2011 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

    Gorgeous!!!! Not sure it was worth your burning yourself but my gosh these are amazing.

    July 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

    Thank you Vicki, Dans mum loved them. Those sugar burns are the worst, haven't had one in ages… ha ha my nan would say "knock wood" for good luck now I've said that. :)

    July 9, 2016 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

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