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Butterfly Dome Cake (& Learning about Pantone Colors)

Updated: Aug 28, 2020

For "Learn About Butterflies" Day, I decided to make a dome-shaped sculptural cake with lots of edible 3-D butterflies on it.

I made the edible 3-D butterflies using a book! Check out that post. :)

Info about "Learn about Butterflies" Day is at the bottom of the post.

I made the dome-shaped cake by just using a steel mixing bowl I have.

The melting point of steel is much higher than the cooking temps in the oven, so it works well.

"Steel often melts at around 1370 degrees C (2500°F)."


I have used steel bowls to make epic bacon-wrapped meatloaf and giant meatballs in the oven as well. :) Check out those posts.

Left to Right:

Keto/Low-Carb Giant Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball


Bacon-Wrapped Mashed Potato-Stuffed Meatloaf (Tasty / YouTube)


Giant Spaghetti-Stuffed Meatball (Twisted / YouTube)



Tip for to making a cake in a steel bowl: Spray the inside with cooking spray. It will help the cake pop out of the bowl after baking.

When I use baking pans, I often will use parchment paper to help me get the cake out of the pan, but I don't do it when I use a bowl because I can't get the sphere-shape without having a lot of creases from the folded paper.

Putting It Together:

I made a bunch of orange and yellow edible 3-D butterflies. My plan was to use buttercream frosting and then place my butterflies all over. I have recently learned how to make 1 buttercream frosting recipe (haha! - Stay tuned for that post), so I did that.

But what color should I make the buttercream?

I looked on Pinterest for different color scheme ideas. It turns out that the orange and yellow candy melt butterflies were similar to some of the Pantone Spring 2020 colors (orange peel and saffron). I decided to choose another one of the Pantone Spring 2020 colors for the frosting: faded denim.



What is Pantone & what are the Pantone Colors of the Year?

Pantone colors of the year impact your life more than you realize! In part, the colors chosen seek to capture the zeitgeist of what is going on in the world. They impact the colors of the clothes you wear and things you buy. There is also an epic scene in "The Devil Wears Prada" that is about it. Check out the clip below. Haha! :)

Pantone LLC is a limited liability company headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey.[1] The company is best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), a proprietary color space used in a variety of industries notably graphic design, fashion design, product design, printing and manufacturing and supporting the management of color from design to production, in physical and digital formats, among coated and uncoated materials, cotton, polyester, nylon and plastics.

X-Rite, a supplier of color measurement instruments and software, purchased Pantone for $180 million in October 2007,[2] and was itself acquired by Danaher Corporation in 2012.[3]

Pantone, the company that calls itself “the global authority on color,”

What started off as an “afterthought” that was discussed between a few individuals in the fourth quarter of the year has transformed into a 20-person team – the Pantone Color Institute – that begins global research early in the spring, looking for recurring patterns or colors in daily life situations. The process now takes nearly nine months.

Pantone states that the Color of the Year is actually “…a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”




Back to the cake:

I used gel food coloring (violet and blue and a tiny bit of teal) to color the frosting. It might be more periwinkle than faded denim, but I tried. :)

Here is the dome cake with "faded denim" / periwinkle frosting.

Here it is covered with butterflies! :)

You can use a steel bowl to bake a cake or a meatball. Or you can use that principle and look at what you have in your kitchen and use what you have in different ways. :) You can also make edible 3-D butterflies or 3-D candy melt / chocolate structures any day, not just Butterfly Day. :)


What is "Learn about Butterflies" Day?

"In keeping with the spirit of Learn About Butterflies Day, celebrate by learning a little more about the wide range of butterflies. With over 20,000 types of butterflies worldwide today is the perfect day to learn about butterflies.

Their wing spans can range from 1/2 inch to 11 inches. Did you know that in their adult stage butterflies can live from a week up to a year, depending on the species? Many butterflies migrate over long distances the most famous migrations are those of the Monarch butterfly from Mexico to the northern USA and southern Canada, a distance of about 2500 to 3000 miles. That’s a lot of air miles!"


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