Sugar Lace Butterflies

Learn to make these elegant sugar butterflies with an intricate lace design on the wings.

In this tutorial you will learn to create sugar butterflies with a beautiful lace design. Serdar will show you how to combine a couple of different techniques to achieve a fragile looking butterfly that maintains it’s strength so that it is still easy to work with when decorating a cake.

Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
Sugar Lace Butterflies Course Material
This PDF document contains 2 templates to create the sugar lace butterflies.

Tools, Materials, Recipes & Ingredients
Making the Templates
Preparing the Butterfly Holders
Pastillage Work
Piping the Lace
Making the Bodies
Assembling and Final Touches
Final Thoughts
Total Duration

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you've discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Basic Stationary
Pencil, eraser, ruler, sharpener etc.
Set of Scissors Shop Online
Only one needed
Round Nozzle Set Shop Online
4mm, 3mm and 2mm
Rolling Pins Shop Online
Only one needed
Preferably with no scratches or dents.
Hand Towels
Ensure fibers are not loose.
Powder Shaker Shop Online
Filled with starch
Preferably with small holes.
Needle or Pin
A couple
Serdar often uses a needle or a pin to remove air bubbles from underneath the fondant when coating a cake. They can also be used to pick up very small objects when decorating.
Sticky Tape Shop Online
Long Tweezers Shop Online
Only one needed
Long tweezers are recommended to use when joining small sugar parts.
Corrugated Cardboard
35cm x 18cm sheets
Great for placing sugar items to dry. Easy to move around.
A4 Plastic Sleeves Shop Online
Also known as sheet protectors. Very useful for piping.
Cellophane Shop Online
A4 Paper
Lollipop Sticks Shop Online
Recipes & Ingredients


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