I have come to the conclusion of late that my favourite medium to work with is royal icing. Yes, it is annoying trying to get the consistency right but once you do it is such a rewarding experience!
I made this chocolate tart recently and decided I would jazz it up with a royal icing butterfly. I chopped and changed the recipe so much that I can’t even remember what I did but there are plenty of chocolate tart recipes out on the internet to choose from.
For the royal icing butterfly, I piped the right and left wing separately on waxed paper and left it to completely dry. Template for the butterfly wings available here. Once they were dry I carefully peeled them off and attached them together with royal icing and left them to rest propped up between books at the desired angle.
I would have taken progress shots but I forgot to do so. Maybe next time. I have since made a video tutorial on how to make these butterflies:
22 thoughts on “Butterfly Chocolate Tart”
Your butterfly is beautiful!
Thank you! It’s actually not very difficult you should try it out some time if you have the time. 🙂
Incredible! This is so cool.
Thanks – you should try it out if you have the time – it is very rewarding. 🙂
Your tart looks amazing! The details of the butterfly are so intricate and beautiful! 🙂
Thanks – I had a lot of fun making it! 🙂
Evelyn that butterfly is beautiful. I’ve seen other people do the royal icing transfers and it’s something I definitely plan on trying -don’t know if I could make such an intricate butterfly though. I just love it.
Yes you definitely can! Pick a template from Google images and go nuts 🙂 Let me know if you attempt it I would love to see it. 🙂
What a pretty butterfly. I am just completing a course in piping wi royal icing and chocolate and we also made similar butterflies. Such beautful and delicate work. Well done !
Thank you! I hope you enjoyed your course – I will be attending one in November soon and I’m really excited!
Thank you 🙂
I love royal icing too! That tart looks amazing
Thank you! 🙂 Isn’t royal icing the best? Very versatile and after a few trial and errors it’s actually not too hard to use.
it is totally. Any yummy too!
Your photographs are so beautiful and inspiring!
Thanks for the kind words – I’ve been working on it over the last few months so it’s great to see that there are people out there who appreciate them 🙂
That looks stunning! I’m a portrait photographer in my other hobby but you wouldn’t believe it from my photos as I just do a quick snap on my camera phone. Mind, with a 9 month old baby I guess I’m lucky to find any time. Lol.
What camera do you use?
Thank you – I use my camera phone all the time as well for all my prep work then a proper one for the final shot – it’s too much effort to do it for every single photograph I’d go insane!
I use a Canon 1000D with a 60mm 2.8f lens.
I’m a Canon user to, yay. I have a 50d, I can’t remember the lens as its my dads! I think it’s something like an 28-128mm.
Thank you – glad you like it 🙂