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Rainbow Butterfly Cake with Cloud Buttercream Frosting

Today we are celebrating my daughter Hannah’s 7th birthday with none other than a gorgeous, moist, and delicious Rainbow Butterfly Cake with Cloud Buttercream Frosting — made especially for her!!!  Oh, happy day…

Happy Birthday, Hannah!!!

It seems like only yesterday when I first saw her chubby little face and vivid eyes at the hospital where she was born.  Imagine my eyes brimming with tears of joy when I held my miracle, my little bundle of joy…  Yes, she’s my miracle, whom God sent to me after being diagnosed with infertility. God is great at all times.  He defies science and delivers miracles!!!  And oh what a miracle…

Hannah's pictures

My husband and I have been blessed with a healthy, happy, and very sweet girl who has filled our world with pride and joy.  To celebrate such an important day, I knew I had to make something beautiful– something reminiscent of her in many ways… something that represents her colorful, happy world.  Rainbows (for both the cake and decoration) and butterflies seemed to be the most fitting themes.  As for flavors, this rainbow butterfly cake combines both vanilla and pink lemonade flavorings, which are two of her three favorites (chocolate is the third, which I made as a separate, smaller cake).

I have to say that I really enjoyed this rainbow butterfly cake– both the adult ‘me’ and the inner child that still lives within… But my real prize was in seeing my baby’s happy face!  She ate the rainbow butterfly cake and asked for more… and more.

Rainbow Butterfly Cake with Cloud Buttercream Frosting

Happy Birthday, Hannah!!!  May your life be nothing less than beautiful and happy.  We love you ” bigger than the sky!!!”


Rainbow Butterfly Cake with Cloud Buttercream Frosting

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Rainbow Butterfly Cake with Cloud Buttercream Frosting
A gorgeous, girly, and delicious birthday cake that will make many happy!
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350º F (180º C). Grease both the bottom and sides of 3 (9-inch) round pans. Cut 3 (9-inch) circles out of parchment paper and cover bottom of each pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, milk, yogurt, oil, and eggs. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds and then on medium for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
  3. Divide batter into 6 small bowls (about 1-1/2 cups into each small bowl). Mix 1 tablespoon of lemonade powder and 1 teaspoon of lemon extract into one of these divided batter batches and add a bit of pink icing gel until obtaining a bright pink. Set aside.
  4. Pour 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract into each of the other 5 small bowls and stir to combine. Mix in the following icing gel colors to color each batter individually: Bright blue, yellow, violet, orange, and green.
  5. Using an ice cream scooper or small cups, divide each of the six colored batters into the 3 prepared baking pans, first pouring one color into the center of the pan, and then sequentially pouring the next color into the center of the pan on top of the first, and so on, in a concentric bullseye pattern. Bake for about 36 - 42 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cover each pan loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil after half of the baking time has elapsed, in order to avoid browning of the top of the cake layer.
  6. Remove pans from the oven and place on a rack to cool completely. Remove each of the 3 cake layers carefully from their pans, as well as from the parchment paper on the bottom. Assemble the layers of the rainbow butterfly cake, frosting between each layer with the buttercream and then frosting the top and sides of the cake (For the second layer of frosting, spread the frosting in swirls to make a cloud effect). Decorate as desired, and serve with a scoop of ice cream.

Rainbow Butterfly Cake with Cloud Buttercream Frosting

45 Responses to Rainbow Butterfly Cake with Cloud Buttercream Frosting

  1. Ash-foodfashionparty August 14, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Happy Birthday to your little dearie!!! I know how you got while writing this post and it shoes. GOD is great and you are blessed, so happy for you.
    The cake is so stunning, love how you’ve tied it with your feelings for her and the way the cake represents Hannah.

    • Denise Browning August 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

      Ash: Thanks so much! I have no words to thank you enough on this special day for my daughter and us.

  2. The Café Sucré Farine August 14, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Oh Denise, what a beautiful post for a beautiful girl! I know she LOVED this cake, I surely would. Love her story too, yes God is truly good!

  3. Juliana August 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Happy BIrthday Hannah…such a cute little girl…and the cake is absolutely gorgeous…looks very moist and so colorful…and so beautifully decorated with butterflies. I wish I could have a slice fo this cake.
    Lovely post Denise…Feliz Aniversario Hannah 😀

    • Denise Browning August 14, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

      Juliana: Muito obrigada! Sim, ela adorou esse bolo. Ver a carinha de felicidade dela foi tudo pra mim.

  4. Deb August 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    What a sparkling cake for a delightful daughter! Happy Birthday Hannah!

  5. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) August 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    Awwww happy birthday to your daughter! This cake is SO pretty!

  6. Liz August 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Such a gorgeous birthday cake for Hannah! Beautiful on the inside and out! And I love seeing all her photos through the years 🙂

  7. Sugar et al August 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    Happy Birthday Hannah! What a beautiful and fitting cake for a precious occasion like this one. Touched by your post Denise and the pictures are so lovely. I love everything about this cake…your love shines through:-)

  8. Georgia August 14, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Happy Birthday Hannah and wish you many more! You’ve a wonderful mother to bake this beautiful cake for you!

    • Denise Browning August 14, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

      Georgia: Thanks so much for both stopping by and your nice words.

  9. [email protected] August 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Okay. One. I have goosebumps all over. God blessed you with a miracle, indeed. Two. Hannah is just as beautiful as I imagined… you Brazilians are such hotties! Three. That cake. OH.MY.G! Gorgeous!!! I want one!!!!! 😀

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HANNAH! (My daughter’s name is Ana, which is actually the same as Hannah. 🙂 )

    • Denise Browning August 15, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      Oh, Kate my friend…Thanks so much! You are always so kind. Yes, Hannah and Ana means the same… In Brazil, the name Ana is a very popular one. I named mine Hannah because of an ancestor.

  10. [email protected] is How I Cook August 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    Happy Birthday Hannah! Eat one of those gorgeous butterflies for me. And have many more. Your mom made you a lovely cake!

    • Denise Browning August 15, 2013 at 8:48 am #

      Thanks, Abbe! I’ll pass your birthdays wishes on to her.

  11. Nami | Just One Cookbook August 15, 2013 at 1:35 am #

    Happy Birthday to Hannah! She’s so lucky! I want you to be my mom to make this gorgeous cake! My poor kids continue to wish homemade birthday cakes… (well they don’t probably think I can pull it off!) I love teh butterfly on the cake. Very, very beautiful!

    • Denise Browning August 15, 2013 at 8:34 am #

      Thanks, Nami! I am sure that you’re able to make a cake like this and much more…You do great things.

  12. Julia | August 15, 2013 at 2:50 am #

    Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter! And what a gorgeous cake – a true delight for a kid. Pinned!

  13. Shashi @ August 15, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    Wow – what a gorgeous cake! Your little gal must have been THRILLED!
    Happy birthday to your little blessing – I have a daughter who is a teen now – they grow up TOO TOO fast!
    What a beautiful post!

    • Denise Browning August 17, 2013 at 11:05 am #

      Thanks, Shashi! I agree with you: They grow too fast… I so miss when they were babies.

  14. Mi Vida en un Dulce August 16, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Hannah looks so happy with her birthday cake…!!! You are a very nice mother, look at the cake you prepared, so beautiful and colorfull.

    • Denise Browning August 16, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      Thanks, Nydia! I was happy because Hannah loved her cake.

  15. Rachel Cotterill August 17, 2013 at 5:14 am #

    Gorgeous butterflies – and such a colourful cake! 🙂

  16. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 17, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    Hannah is a very lucky girl to get a gorgeous cake like that AND you for a mum!

    • Denise Browning August 17, 2013 at 10:58 am #

      Thanks so much, Maureen! My children are the apple of my eyes…

  17. Coffee and Crumpets August 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    How did I miss such an important post??! Happy Birthday to lovely Hannah!! Hope she had a fabulous day and with such a beautiful cake, I am sure it was quite awesome! I loved seeing her baby photos…she’s adorable. Give her my love xx


  18. Raymund August 18, 2013 at 3:00 am #

    Wow thats the most perfect cake someone her age can get, looks so cute, cool and amazing

  19. Kumar's Kitchen August 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    Very very Happy Birthday to Hannah!!! oh this cake looks even more beautiful than a rainbow :-)…
    it is deliciously edible and made with so many good wishes,it is just the perfect show stopper for the occasion…awesome 🙂

  20. cquek August 19, 2013 at 5:25 am #

    gosh i want that cake for my Birthday please.

  21. Asmita August 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Happy Birthday to Hannah. The cake is absolutely gorgeous! Love the little butterflies. I am sure my little girl too will fall in love with this.

    • Denise Browning August 20, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      Thanks, Asmita! Hannah loved her cake. I hope yours like it as well.

  22. Kiran @ August 21, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    Happy Birthday Hannah!!! Best birthday cake for a very cute girl 🙂

    • Denise Browning August 21, 2013 at 8:15 am #

      Thanks, Kiran! My baby loved her cake and was quite happy to blow her candles.

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