Hungry Happenings: Butterfly Fruit Pizza is colorful and sweet.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Butterfly Fruit Pizza is colorful and sweet.


A large cookie makes a wonderful canvas for frosted art or a bright arrangement of fruit. I've really enjoyed creating festive fruit pizzas for special occasions including a Beach Ball and Swirly Lollipops.  To celebrate Earth Day and the warm weather of spring which brings nature to life, I created this vibrantly colored butterfly fruit pizza.

Butterflies come in so many beautiful colors and have countless types of patterns on their wings, which means you can use any fruit you like making lovely patterns of your own creation, or you can do what I did and use a cute butterfly coloring page (here) as a guide. 

If you are a regular reader, you know I've been trying out different fruit pizza recipes. To make my Beach Ball Fruit Pizza, I used Pillsbury Sugar Cookie ready made dough, baked it, and topped it with a lemon cheesecake filling. It is quite sweet and tasty and still my favorite recipe. I decided to try a crust recipe from scratch when I made the Swirly Lollipop Fruit Pizzas and hated it, but really liked the cheesecake topping made with cream cheese, sugar, and whipped topping. This time, I used the sugar cookie recipe from Meaghan of the Decorated Cookie for the crust and topped it with Philadelphia Strawberry Cream Cheese. This combination is a nice option if you prefer a fruit pizza that isn't very sweet. It works nicely for breakfast. This crust would be really nice frosted with either of the previously made cheesecake toppings. Any way you make the pizza, it is sure to be a visually pleasing dessert.

Butterfly Fruit Pizza (serves 8-12)

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour, plus more to dust cutting board
1/2 teaspoon salt
cream cheese filling*
diced fruit
black food gel

*Use 6 fruit flavored cream cheese for a less sweet flavor, add 1/4 cup sugar to 5 ounces of the flavored cream cheese for a bit sweeter flavor, or mix 4 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 cup whipped topping, and 1 teaspoon vanilla together for a nicely sweet flavor. If you'd like a lemon flavored topping, then use the recipe from the Beach Ball fruit pizza.

Supplies:

parchment paper
cutting board
rolling pin
knife or pizza wheel
butterfly coloring page - use this one, or any one you like

Instructions:


In a mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix until well combined. Add the vanilla and almond extract and mix until combined. Mix flour and salt together and add it to the mixing bowl. Mix just until combined.


Increase the size of your coloring page so that it is 8" tall and about 16" wide. You'll need to print it out on two pieces of paper, then cut it out and past the two pieces together. 

Place a piece of parchment paper on top of your cutting board. Roll your dough out to 3/8" thickness. Lay the butterfly template over the dough and cut out around it. 


Remove excess dough and save for another use. Refrigerate butterfly cookie for at least 30 minutes. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 16-22 minutes until golden brown around the edges and baked all the way through in the center. Cool completely.


Spread you choice of cheesecake or cream cheese filling over cookie.


Top with fruit to create a beautiful butterfly wing pattern. I used green grapes to create it's body, bananas for it's eyes, pineapple, strawberries, peaches, for the wings. 


I added two kiwi slices to create large spots on my butterfly wings, then I piped some black food gel to make pupils and a smile. Refrigerate up to 8 hours for the best flavor. This pizza can be kept for two days in the refrigerator. 

If you like this idea, please share it with others by using the share buttons below. I really appreciate being Stumbled Upon and Pinned, and am always grateful to those of you that share my ideas on your website. I do request that you don't post my entire tutorial, but rather share a picture with a link. If you make this recipe, I'd love for you to send me a photo to beth@hungryhappenings.com so that I can share it in my Reader's Gallery. I link my recipes up to lots of websites that are listed hereThank you for visiting Hungry Happenings - Beth

33 comments:

  1. Wow how lovely!! Looks really cute, fruity and delicious!
    Greetings

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  2. This butterfly fruit pizza is so cute! My grandkids will love it! One granddaughter especially loves butterflies:) Time to pin!

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  3. How do people eat it? Do they carve a piece away? I'm worrying that the cookie will crumble.

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    1. Hi Patricia,

      I was able to slice it with a knife. I think the cream cheese and fruit help to soften the cookie enough that it doesn't crumble when cut.

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    2. Perfect thanks. I just came from an office staff meeting about a retirement party and this will go over huge.

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  4. what a PERFECT idea for my co-worker's baby shower coming up!

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  5. My gosh, I can't believe how creative you are. Your concoctions are gorgeous!

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  6. Beth this is REALLY cute. Leave it to you to come up with this fun idea. I too make a killer strawberry pizza but I've never put it into a shape but its always oblong or round. It is many of my grandchildrens' (I have 34) favorite. I too make a crust etc. etc. But I do LOVE your idea for the butterfly and I know the Grands would all love it too. I'm going to show it to two of the 12 yr old grand girls and I bet you they will want to make it this weekend. Just too too cute!! Thanks for sharing your adorable idea.

    Nann

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    1. Hi Nann, Wow, 34 grandchildren! You must have some really crazy holiday celebrations. Oh, when I was 12, I would have really loved making this butterfly. I actually made a butterfly cake for a contest at my junior high school. It lost to a carrot cake, but I had a great time making it anyway. I'd love to know what recipe you use for your strawberry pizza crust. I've been trying some different crusts and haven't come up with just the perfect one yet and am sure I'll try more in the future.

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  7. love this! so fresh and beautiful. you are amazing with your creativity!

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  8. That looks absolutely wonderful. A resfreshing change.

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  9. i definitely love this!

    will surely make something like this together with my kids for our weekend pass time. thanks :)

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  10. This is soooo cute! Nice work! Visiting from TGIF.

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  11. This is amazing! My daughter would love this. She's two and adores butterflies. I'm a new follower. I host a weekly link party on Wednesday's and I'd love for you to join in.

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  12. This is such a beautiful idea, I love all your creations!! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I LOVE this... I will be making this or a version. I am going to share on FB too just love it.

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    1. Thanks for sharing and have fun making your own decorated fruit pizza.

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  14. Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time!

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  15. This is wonderful. I made my son a butterfly shaped fruit snack this week but it was no way and beautiful as this.

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  16. You & your site is amazing! Going to attempt this for my baby shower... wish me luck <3

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  17. You & your site are amazing!!! Going to attempt this for my baby shower. Your tutorial is awesome...I hope I make you proud when I send the photo ;)

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    1. Thanks, Maria. I hope you have fun making your butterfly fruit pizza. I look forward to seeing your pictures =)

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  18. Hi, I'm Lucy Entwistle- I am doing GCSE ICT and would really like to use the image of you're fruit butterfly on a website that I have to design. Neither the website or my coursework will go live, thanks!

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  19. This is awesome! I shared it at Holiday and Party Crafts Cafemom and will also share it on my blog as well Craftee Crafters with a link back here for the tutorial. Thanks so much I Love this! I'll be doing this craft with my grandson with some other butterfly crafts where we'll discuss being reborn and resurrection. Also the beauty of the butterfly after it spends time in a cocoon. I'd like to make the Blue Morpho butterfly cause that's what he watches on Go Diego Go :) Sorry for the long winded comment :)

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    1. I love long winded comments!! Thanks for sharing this idea with your readers. I hope you and your grandson have a great time creating your own butterfly fruit pizza. I'd love to see pictures of your finished project.

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  20. I love this! I'm trying to make it for my daughters 3rd birthday tomorrow. How do I get it to print correctly for me? I increased the size of the coloring page, but it's not printing on two separate pages. It just stops printing. Help! : )

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  21. I love this! I'm trying to make it for my daughters 3rd birthday tomorrow. I'm having trouble printing, of course! I'm increasing the size of the photo, but it is not printing on a 2nd page. Help! : )

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    1. Hi Lacey,

      Are you trying to print the butterfly coloring page? I think what I did was copied and pasted it into a program (I used Printshop) and printed it twice. I increased the size of the butterfly to the size I wanted, then scooted it to the left which cut off some of the right side of the butterfly. I printed that page, then I scooted it over to the right and printed that page. I cut it out and taped it together. I hope that helps.

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