Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chocolate Butterflies Using Wax Paper and Books! {Pattern Included}



Welcome to the first post in my five week series.  I have the most amazing pinterest inspired party ideas to share with you all.
5 Weeks Worth!!!! That's right, for the next 5 weeks I will be posting amazing tutorials, every day.

 

Here's why:

My lovely sister, Jordan, and I have been planning a surprise birthday party for our gorgeous sister Laurel's 19th birthday. It took about 2 months of prep (with many helping hands) & many more weeks of planning (Laurel being jealous for me always calling Jordan and not her- HA!) BUT WE DID IT WITHOUT HER FINDING OUT!


This project all started when I saw these beautiful chocolate butterflies on Pioneer Woman about a year ago & I finally had a opportunity to try them out for myself. With a little construction twist of my own, of course. :)


Trace out the pattern by placing the wax paper over a printed version (my pattern is found at the bottom of the post.)


Next, melt your chocolate almond bark.

Don't use chocolate chips. They won't be strong enough to hold it up.

 

I didn't want to risk my butterfly sticking so I LIGHTLY buttered my wax paper.

Turn your wax paper over (with the marker pattern you drew facing the counter) and fold your paper with the crease in the middle of the butterflies body. You want the crease to make the form of the butterfly. 

Now, for the moment you've been waiting for! 

Now you can pipe your chocolate butterfly. Pipe onto a flat surface (it makes it easier)

 Make sure to use a pretty thick piping attachment (if using a frosting bag) or if you are using a ziplock, just make you make all your lines thick enough. If you don't, they will fall apart when hard.
 

Once your masterpiece is finished, transfer onto a thick, open book & into the fridge.


Only Refrigerate until Hardened! 
( I had 7 butterflies in my fridge hardening when my husband got home... you should have seen his face when he opened the door only to find books with butterflies in the fridge! :P)



 The book will give it the realistic wing span.





By the way, these hold up best when you use the as soon as they are hard! :)


Just so you can see, we had a few butterfly "fails" along the way. :P

Be creative & do different sizes and even be creative with maybe using other designs in the wings!


Below is the pattern we used. 
Just print and trace!



Hope you LOVE it & give it a try yourself! They make great cake toppers! (just make sure the weather isn't too hot!)



54 comments :

  1. these are adorable.

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  2. Your goodie ideas are AWESOME! Thanks for sharing I will be coming back to this blog for more deliciousness. lol

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  3. When I saw "chocolate butterflies wirh... and BOOKS" I was like: Wait, what??? I have to ser this. Now i get it why u used a book, its so perfect! Great idea!!
    Thank u for the tutorial, def gonna try it!
    Kisses from Brazil =**
    Cya
    Ka

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    1. Glad you found it helpful! It works great! <3

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  4. What a fabulous idea to use the book! Glad I saw you on Craft Gossip!

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    1. Thanks! Glad you stopped by, come again! :)

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  5. Would have liked to have seen the finished product once off the wax paper =(

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    1. I was in such a rush running my sister's surprise party that I didn't even get a chance to take a picture of them off the wax paper! But I am going to make them again, and will post a picture then! <3

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  6. I've made butterflies and other shapes using this technique, but never thought of using an open book to add a little 3-D effect -- brilliant!!! I love it! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. The book works great! And it looks really pretty while drying on them too! <3

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  7. Love this idea! I definitely need to try this!
    My best friend loves butterflies so.. Now I know how to decorate her birthday cake :)
    Thank you!
    Greetings from Monterrey, México

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    1. It looks stunning on cakes! So glad you can use it! Love, Hannah

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  8. Love this! You could use lots of colors of candy melts, too! (I have a 12 year old daughter, so color is a BIG thing!)

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  9. Very nice! My recommendation would be to not use chocolate chips, because there is no way they will hold their shape. If you can, temper chocolate and use that, if not, use candy melts.

    And also: storing chocolate in a fridge is a pretty large no-no in the pastry world. It is okay to put something in there to cool for 5-10 minutes, but for storage, it wreaks havoc with the chocolate's structure and can cause sugar bloom on the chocolate!

    That said, I love the book technique! :)

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    1. Very true! As I mentioned in my post, we found that chocolate candy melts work best, and as you said, storing them in the fridge should not be a long term thing.

      You really need to make these the day you are using them for optimal results! (found this out through experience! :)

      Thanks for those points!

      <3 Hannah

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  10. This is amazing, Hannah! I am so excited to see all the other exciting things ahead! If this is just the beginning... I can't imagine what awesome things there are to come! :D

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  11. this is so creative and amazing, love it!

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  12. this is so professional! genius!
    thanks for sharing!

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  13. I love this and will definately have do try this for the next time our friends visit for supper. Thanks!

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  14. I just loved your blog. Beijos. Ana Paula - BRASIL.

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  15. wow.. This is a great idea.. Love it!

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  16. Your tutorial inspired me to make topers for the cupcakes I was doing this weekend. They turned out great. I didn't do butterflies as it was for a guy's party. I saw the "fail" that you had and was trying to figure out how to avoid having mine melt or spread befor they harden. I decided to put my cookie sheets in the freezer for an hour befor starting. I worked great. Especially when the chocolate was a little warmer and more runny. It helped to harden it quickly and keep my lines nice and crisp. You could also do this with your books. Just put them in the freezer befor you start. Thanx for the great idea! Their sure to be a hit.

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  17. I found this post through pinterest, and these are so cute! I am making a lemon cake for dessert on Easter, and I think these will look great in white chocolate on top of the cake! I am so glad I found this!

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    1. Sounds adorable! Let me know how they turn out!!! <3

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  18. This gave me a great idea for my bedroom oddly enough, but instead of chocolate I used hot glue piped in that shape and then painted. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. These are sooooo cute. I just made them using Wilton candy melts. I used parchment paper and they did not stick. Thanks for the instructions and inspiration!

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  20. Thanks a lot for this tutorial! I made the butterflies using candy melts, which hold up really well. You can see my butterflies here: http://tmblr.co/ZthPqxi8clgT

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    1. Nadine, they look AMAZING! Thank you for sharing. I'm going to share with my facebook followers! Great job! <3

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    2. Hannah, you're too kind! I came across your tutorial a while ago and I really wanted to give it a try. I'm glad I did. Thank you for sharing my picture :)

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  21. I just tried these this weekend! LOVED them! It was a little more tricky than I thought it would be. I've linked back to you in this post http://www.homemaidsimple.com/2013/04/weekend-baking-menu-plan.html

    And I'll be posting another one on Friday :) Just thought you'd like to know.

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  22. Okay to use chocolate without nuts? baking chocolate, for instance?

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  23. fantastic idea. just last weekend i did not get the time to decorate a cake for a couple except the white layer. the last minute fix: just sprinkle chocolate shavings over the cake. had i seen this before i could have made these small butterflies before hand and they'd look SO pretty on a towering white cake!

    going to remember for the next time. thanks for sharing this idea!

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  24. This is such a great idea..Instead of the brown chocolate,you can use the colored wafers also,and fill in the whole butterfly with the color..They are really pretty as well...:0)

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  25. Very pretty. Thank you for posting this. It gave me an idea of using the white/chocolate almond bark and colored sugars for sparkle.

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  26. i did these for my birthday cake. i think that its gonna look awesome! thanks so much!

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  27. Hannah you are so gifted, I like this. :)

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  28. Hello Hannah, thank you for this nice butterfly! I'm going to try doing chocolate butterflies for my X mas cakes

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  29. This is bloody brillant, thanks for the idea.

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  30. merci beaucoup de poster ces images ;) magnifique!!! et moi qui me prend la tête pour mes déco la je vais essayer de suite merci et encore un grand BRAVO <3

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