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Thursday, March 24, 2011

How to make SugarPaste Butterflies

These little gumpaste butterflies make a lovely addition to a floral cake topper.
They are made on wire to easily insert into your topper.


Fondant Roller And Board

Patchwork Cutters
#20 Covered Wire
Wire Cutters
Gum Glue
Edible Markers
Non Toxic Pastels


Using wirecutters, cut wire into 6-8 inch lengths.
Roll out a small ball of firm gumpaste on a board, heavily dusted with cornstarch.

Roll thin, but not paper thin. Dust the Butterfly cutter with cornstarch. Press the patchwork cutter into the gumpaste, placing pressure on the edges of the cutter.

Pressing firmly on the cutter, move on board in a circular motion. Holding cutter in place, pull remaining gumpaste away.

Using a pin, loosen gumpaste from cutter. If butterfly should break in half at thorax, don’t worry, it will work just fine.

Roll a small amount of gumpaste into a 3/8” size ball. Moisten one end of wire with
gumglue, and insert into the ball. Press the gumpaste into wire, creating a ½” sausage on the end of the wire and brush with gum glue.

Place the gumpaste covered end of wire vertically over the center of the back side of gumpaste butterfly.


Fold the butterfly over the wire, gently folding the ends of wings to
create movement.

If thorax breaks off during process, make another by forming a thorax from a small sausage of gumpaste. Attach to the butterflies with gumglue

Place on a Styrofoam base to dry.
Once your butterfly has dried, use a colored marker
and paint a few sections of your butterfly.

With a black edible marker, outline the detail of the butterfly,

Repeat on back sides of wings.

Then finish by softening the shades, by coloring
the remainder butterfly using pastels. Gently rub
the pastel color in with a soft paper towel.

Insert wire into your cake topper. 

The butterfly can also be made without the wire
and attached to cake with gum glue.

Just have fun and use your creativity!

Photography and tutorial by Jacque Benson
All rights reserved 2009

Contents of this tutorial cannot be reproduced for
Commercial purposes without permission from author.


  1. So very pretty, Thank you for sharing that with me

  2. You are welcome. Thank you for your comments!

  3. Wow - so pretty! The painting details are amazing.

  4. Wow, I just love this blog!

    Greatings from Norway!

  5. Thank you SweetThings and Kakebakedamen!
    I so appreciate your comments and glad you stopped by.

    Kakebakedamen, I have always wanted to visit beautiul Norway. Maybe someday!!

  6. thank you for post,beautiful blog

  7. hi jacque ,im from kenya .when i saw this tutorial i ordered for the cutters in order to try it.I have one problem though my butterfly bends after adding the wire and is not upright like yours .My paste is thin what cold i be doing wrong?

  8. Hi Mary,
    If I am understanding your question correctly,
    It sounds like your wire is not strong enough. What size wire are you using? Size 18 or 20 generally will be strong enough to support the butterfly.

  9. These butterflies are so nice you made me want to buy those cutters! Thanks for joining me, Tina

  10. precioso tutorial,acabo de descubrir tu blog y me encanta,no tienes nada para que me llegue las entradas a mi bandeja de correo?Un saludo desde España.

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  12. Beautiful and so helpful


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