Introduction: How to Decorate a Butterfly Cupcake

About: In a valiant attempt to keep myself from dying of boredom, I create.
I love cupcakes, the main reason is that one serving of your average cake is 1/12 of a cake and you can make 24 cupcakes out of one cake recipe.  So if you eat one cup cake, you eat ½ of a serving of cake.  You enjoy your cake, yet get half the cake calories. That’s a win-win situation. I also like to decorate them as long as I don’t need a pastry bag to make it happen.  I was looking for something to please my Mother who collects butterflies.  I found a butterfly cupcake here:, but I’m not Martha Stewart, so I will make it my way.  So here we go.

Step 1:

Cupcake (whatever kind you want)
Frosting (again whatever kind you want)
Pretzels (one for each wing, two wings for each butterfly)
Hard candy (I use Life Savers, although I have make sucker candy and used it before)
Plastic bags
Small candies:  Jellybeans, M & M’s, licorice nibs, etc., etc., etc.
Cooking spray
Cookie Sheet

Step 2:

Preheat oven to 225°.  Line the cookie sheet with foil and spray the foil with cooking spray.  Put the pretzels baked side down on the foil, making sets like wings.

Step 3:

Put Life Savers, one per one empty space in the pretzel, all of one color, in a double lined plastic bag. 

Step 4:

Take you hammer and smash them to smithereens. 

Step 5:

Use a spoon and fill the empty hole on one wing with the smashed hard candy.   Fill the mirror hole on the other wing with the same color.

Step 6:

Repeat with a second color and a different set of holes, and then a third color, and the final set of holes.

Step 7:

Put the pan with the butterfly wings into the 225° oven for 15-18 minutes, or until all the smashed candy pieces have melted together into a solid sheet.  Remove from the oven and let cool.

Step 8:

Frost you cupcake.  Put the set of wings at an angle (forming a V) in the center of the cupcake.  You may put a piece candy under each wing to help prop it into place.

Step 9:

For the body parts of the butterfly, I cut off of the rounded tops of 3 black Jelly beans and placed them between the two wings.  I cut some very small strips of a black licorice nibs to make the antenna of the butterfly (you could use black shoe lace licorice).   I stuck them in the end I had decided was the head. 

Step 10:

Well your butterfly cupcake is done.  Isn’t it lovely?  Enjoy.
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