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Edible 3-D Butterflies Using a Book!

Updated: Aug 28, 2020

This is a fun easy dessert decoration that I've seen on a few different YouTube videos. I forget where. It's a pretty fun one because you use a book, which makes it look 3-D -- like the wings are flying!

While this describes making 3-D butterflies, you can use the steps to make 3-D sculptural elements of any shape. :)

I decided to make a Butterfly Dome cake for "Learn About Butterflies" Day. Check out that post! :)

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!"


What I used:

- Orange and yellow candy melts

** You can also use chocolate.

- Parchment paper

- Cooking spray

- Ziploc bag

- Scissors

- Book (the bigger the book; the better)

I had a lot of different candy melts and chocolate out when I took this photo, but I decided to only go with orange and yellow candy melts.

It's pretty similar to the "Chocolate Christmas Trees" that I learned from Shereka's World YouTube video.


1.) Open your book

-- If you open the book about half-way through the # of pages, your butterfly will have a more symmetrical shape. You can play around with where you open the book and have different butterflies with different shape wings.

2.) Put your parchment paper on top of the open book and spray it with cooking spray.

3.) Put your chocolate or candy melts in a plastic bag and melt them in the microwave -- on defrost setting/50% power setting at 30-second or 15-second intervals.

4.) Use the scissors to snip the corner of the Ziploc bag. Make a small hole; you will use this to draw your butterflies.

5.) Pipe/draw your butterflies on the parchment paper with the center of the butterfly (head, thorax, and abdomen) in the crease of the book and the wings on either side (the open pages).

6.) Allow to set and harden. I put mine in the fridge & freezer. :)

That's it! Give it a try! We are good at this!

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