Filigree Butterflies - royal icing

Recently I have posted a couple of cake showing filigree butterflies (in cake album) .. I have often been asked how to make these butterflies and all that is required is patience and practise. they do not take long and always remember to make more than you need as they are fragile and do break easily… in these informed photos, you will see variations on a theme… its only a mini tutorial, so hope you enjoy and give it a try :) … fee free to ask questions and I will do my best to answer as best as I can :)

Royal Icing Recipe: using albumen powder

The most important thing to remember is to keep everything totally grease-free and dust/fluff free)

Albumen powder (you should be able to purchase in supermarket)
• 15g (1/2 oz) fortified albumen or pure (sieved)
• 85ml (3 fl oz.) previously boiled water
• 455 g (3lb) icing sugar (superfine sugar)

Mix the albumen and water together and let it stand for about 20 min
Sieve the icing sugar (some icing sugars do not need sieving, and I do not know the icing sugar in Oz)
Put into a mixer with the albumen mix and beat for 7-8 minutes, starting slow whilst it mixes in, then going onto high speed for the duration.
Place in a clean, grease free bowl; cover in cling film and place a wet (wrung out) tea towel on top and keep in a cool place. Leave overnight or for 6-8 hours before using
This must be used up in 3 days.

so there we are… hope you enjoy and have fun creating these fragile creatures.

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Nice tutorial! I’ve only made lace butterflies using the Celcakes former. I will definitely give this a try. Thank you for sharing.

These are so gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful tutorial!

Toni, Pennsylvania,

Brilliant tutorial, these butterflies are beautiful, would love to be able to make these, maybe with a lot of practice! thank you for sharing :-)

glad you found it useful, thank you for feedback :)

You must never limit your challenges, instead you must challenge your limits

Thanks for sharing this great tutorial >>


Thanks for sharing! Your butterflies are gorgeous! I probably will need to make a huge number of butterflies to make sure tat I will get some without breaking!

Gulnaz Mitchell, New Zealand,

Exquisite. I’m dying for some free time to try them . Thanks so much for sharing Calli :)