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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Butterfly Cupcakes

A couple of weeks ago, our babysitter’s youngest daughter Kendall had her sixth birthday.  As with both of her sisters, I just had to celebrate with a batch of fun cupcakes.  The other two girls are huge Twilight fans, which was reflected in their cupcakes, but since Kendall is a kindergartener, I wanted something more fun and whimsical.  It didn’t take me too long to think of these butterfly cupcakes, which are the sole reason I wanted the book Hello, Cupcake! in the first place.  The version in the book is made with orange butterfly wings, but I immediately knew I wanted a bright, colorful array of butterflies.  

I was pretty shocked with how well these turned out.  I was sure I would meet some sort of disaster in the making of these cupcakes, but they really came out just as I had hoped.  The butterfly wings can be made up to a few days in advance and stored until the cupcakes are ready to be assembled.  I will definitely make these again in the future when I’m looking for a fun, girly, visually impressive cupcake.   They would be perfect for a birthday party, bridal or baby shower, girls’ night – whatever!  I just LOVE them.

Butterfly Cupcakes
Supplies Needed:
Wax paper
Plastic baggies
Dark cocoa candy melts
Colored candy melts (whatever color you would like the wings to be)
Toothpicks
White nonpareils
1 batch vanilla cupcakes (or any flavor you like)
1 batch vanilla buttercream (or other flavor frosting, colored if desired)
Chocolate chips
Canned chocolate frosting

Draw your butterfly wing template on a piece of paper.  Place on a metal baking sheet.  Cut out squares of wax paper large enough to fit pairs of wings, and some smaller ones for antennae. 

Place about 1/2 cup of dark cocoa candy melts in a plastic bag, and 1/2 cup of colored candy melts in another plastic bag.  Microwave in 10 second intervals, unsealed, massaging the candy melts in between, until the candy is completely melted and no lumps remain.  Press out the excess air in the bag and seal.  Push the mixture down to one corner of the bag and snip off a very small corner.  Trace the outline of the wing template with the dark cocoa melted candy.  (Do one wing at a time, outline and colored filling, otherwise it will be too set to swirl by the time you have outlined two wings.)

*Note – tracing the outline was definitely the thing I found most challenging initially, but eventually I got the hang of it.  Keeping the tip of the baggie very close to the wax paper and going slowly helps keep things neat.

Use the bag of colored candy melts to fill in the outline.  Be generous, so that it will spread all the way to the sides.  

Rap the baking sheet against your work surface a few times until the filling and outline spread together. 

Use a toothpick to swirl the edges and the filling together slightly.

Sprinkle the top and bottom of each wing with a few white nonpareils.  

The melted candy will begin to cool and harden as you work.  If it becomes to stiff to work with, microwave for 10 more seconds until melted again.  (This step is very important – if you think you might need to reheat the candy, definitely do it.  You will save yourself a lot of messed up wings by keeping the candy melted.)

Repeat this process with more candy melts until you have enough sets of wings for all your cupcakes.  (I made about 16).  Let set completely.  

I completely forgot to take a picture of this part, but you also need to make pairs of antennae for your butterflies.  Basically, just draw a template with a very narrow “V” shape, long stem and curved ends (see close up picture near the end of the post with antennae).  Trace chocolate onto wax paper in the shape of the antennae as you did with the wings.  Allow to set completely.

Frost your cupcakes as desired.  (I think the frosting colored to match the butterfly wings looks great!)

Place two chocolate chips on top of each frosted cupcake, about half and inch apart.  These will help support the butterfly wings.

Place the wings on top of the chocolate chips.  (I wiped a small amount of frosting out from in between the wings to make room for the body.)

Place the chocolate frosting in a plastic bag with a tip cut off.  Pipe it on in a line of small blobs to look like a body between the wings.  Stick the chocolate antennae into the frosting at the head of the butterfly.

And voila!  A beautiful bunch of colorful butterflies.  My new love!

Source: adapted from Hello, Cupcake!

  • http://ovenhaven.wordpress.com/ ovenhaven

    These are absolutely stunning! Thanks for the step-by-step guide on how to make the butterflies. I’ve been wanting to make these for a long time!

  • rere

    your blog is amazing! love to see your recipes and the butterfly cupcakes are sooooooooooo pretty!

  • http://jessicasfoodspot.blogspot.com Jessica

    Wow, Annie! Those are just awesome. I am racking my brain trying to come up with a good reason to make them :) Fantastic job!

  • http://carascravings.blogspot.com Cara

    Beautiful work, Annie!

  • http://macaroniandcheesecake.blogspot.com Stephanie

    Those are absolutely gorgeous! I love all the bright colors!

  • http://smellslikehome.wordpress.com Tara

    I am once again totally floored by your talent!! These are absolutely amazing Annie!!

  • http://cooklikeachampion.blogspot.com Courtney

    Annie, these are stunning! I love all the beautfiul, bright colors. I’ve wanted to make these ever since getting Hello, Cupcake! for Christmas, and this post was definitely what I needed to encourage me to do so!

  • http://aboutabitofeverything.blogspot.com/ Kristina R

    These are just amazing. Perfect for a shower (wedding or baby) as well.

  • Jade

    Wow!! Those are beautiful! Thanks for the how to photos. That will definetly make it easier when I try them.

  • http://kathyandryan.blogspot.com Kathy

    Impressed as always! Beautiful!!!

  • http://thegreatpantryraid.wordpress.com Chris

    Gorgeous! I do not know how you have the time to do everything you do!!

  • http://www.cooking4carnivores.com jerri

    impressive! these are little works of art!

  • Becky

    I’m in awe!!!!

  • http://baseballbakingandbooks.com ingrid

    Annie! I L-O-V-E these! The look amazing! Out of all the ones you’re made these are handdown my favorite! Really they’re gorgeous!
    ~ingrid

  • http://thingsthatmakeyougommmmmm.blogspot.com Nikki

    These are freakin’ AWESOME! They turned out beautiful! Great job! (btw, I make your apple pie cupcakes this weekend and they were a big hit!)

  • http://karaskitchencreations.blogspot.com/ Kara

    I saw these cupcakes in the same cookbook and thought they were amazing. I need to throw a girly party because I don’t think my hubbie and four boys would really appreciate these. ;)

    Yours turned out just stunning, I love them with the pretty bright colors!

  • http://oneprettything.com Rachel

    Oh WOW! They’re stunning! I’ll be linking. Wow, wow, wow!

  • http://www.busyornot.blogspot.com April

    Those are amazing!

  • http://oneshotbeyond.wordpress.com/ oneshotbeyond

    You have so much patience!!!

  • sarameyer926

    How do you frost your cupcakes like that?

    They look amazing!

  • http://vanillakitchen.blogspot.com dawn

    what an amazing job.
    I know how hard that must have been. They came out perfect.

  • http://sweetsavorysouthern.wordpress.com Renea(MrsSchoon)

    How pretty! You’ve got some serious patience!

  • Annie

    Hi Sara,
    I use a large star tip for frosting most of my cupcakes – it is my favorite! I don’t have an exact name or number because it came with my mechanical pastry bag from Williams Sonoma. Hope that helps!
    :) Annie

  • http://www.thepickyapple.com/blog/ Cara

    Beautiful butterflies, and I love the step-by-step breakdown of how you made them. I don’t have Hello Cupcake yet, but I’m going to have to get it now!!

  • http://togetherbetter.wordpress.com/ Alissa

    Amazing!!!!! To say the least! Great job!

  • http://traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com Tracey

    So gorgeous! I love all of the colors. You have amazing patience.

  • http://cookingwithanne.com Anne

    Once again – these are GORGEOUS! We had a butterfly cake for Katie’s birthday – but we bought it – I cheated this time!

  • Katie

    Those are amazing…..You are so talented!

  • Katerina

    They look amazing!!! Thank you so much for the tutorial!!!

  • Stephanie

    Annie, these are the CUTEST cupcakes EVER. So springy & beautiful. Thank you for sharing! Love your blog & photos!

  • Avi

    Gorgeous work! Thank you for breaking down the process step-by-step. What kind of dye/coloring did you use for the icing?

  • http://lifes-surprises-steph.blogspot.com/ Steph

    Wow! How pretty!!!! Thanks for the step-by-step on making the butterflies.

  • http://www.inthekitchenwithme.blogspot.com Ashley

    What an amazingly gorgeous outcome you had! Those are so beautiful!

  • http://dinnerdelish.blogspot.com Ashley

    GORGEOUS! You are so talented! And a mom and doctor to boot :-)

  • Amanda

    These are SO beautiful!!!!

  • dana

    those are the prettiest cupcakes i have EVER seen!!!! you are quite the artist!!! :)

  • Lena

    Gorgeous! Too beautiful to eat.

  • http://www.jasonandshawnda.com/foodiebride Shawnda

    I *love* how you color-coordinated the butterflies and frosting. Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Nic

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for deciding to make these! My daughter is having a butterfly themed birthday party and we had decided on butterfly cupcakes but with the orange Monarch butterflies. I had read how to do the wings on a few other sites, but to actually see it (I am so much more of a visual person) and to see you do it in different colors is just awesome. They are beautiful and I hope mine turn out as well!!

  • http://www.cakebatterandbowl.com Kerstin

    You so need to open a bakery – your cupcakes always look so perfect! SO cute!

  • http://www.thecookingphotographer.com Laura Flowers

    You are the coolest mom ever!

  • http://gagainthekitchen.blogspot.com gaga

    Wow! Those are lovely and it looks easy enough that I might actually be able to pull it off! Great job! I’m really impressed.

  • Jenny

    WOW!! These cupcakes look amazing!

  • http://www.lesliewebber.com Leslie W.

    These are stunning! “Adorable” comes to mind, but it doesn’t cut it!

  • http://adorkable-me.blogspot.com/ Melanie

    Annie, these are just stunning! I appreciate all the recipes you post as they are gorgeous and a bit involved but yet you make them seem so “do-able.” Most of the new recipes I’ve been trying have come from your blog. Thanks!

  • http://mybutteryfingers.blogspot.com Wendy

    Wow these look so stunning – cute, yet elegant! I can’t wait for an excuse to bake them – it’d be great as a birthday present for someone :D

  • http://www.recessionipes.com Recessionipes

    Those are gorgeous! Well done!!

  • http://www.wheresmydamnanswer.com Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer

    DAMN are these incredible – So impressive!!

  • http://www.dandysugar.com lisa (dandysugar)

    These are absolutely breathtaking! Beautiful job!

  • http://www.joythebaker.com joythebaker

    holy heck! those look amazing! so super impressive!

  • http://edible-moments.blogspot.com Zahra

    WOW they look sooo pretty yet very easy too!:) I Love the different frosting colours too! (I would be waayyyy to lazy to do that!) lol but I think I will definitely make the butterflies!

  • bakergirlcreations

    You do those incredible justice – kudos! (as usual!)

  • http://pooponastickdotcom.blogspot.com/ jennifer

    Beautiful! I would like to try these for my daughters 12th birthday..

  • berrybox

    Absolutely beautiful! Do the butterflies store well in the fridge if I made them a day or so ahead of time?

  • Annie

    Hello Berrybox,
    Yes, I made the butterflies a day in advance. I just stored mine at room temperature but if your house is warm, you could refrigerate them as well.
    :) Annie

  • http://www.myfavouritefoods.com cin

    amazing, amazing, amazing!! thanks for the step-by-step pictures. I’m loooking forward to making these one day soon.

  • Joanna

    so so beautiful! I can’t wait to try this

  • tiff

    Those are so pretty!

  • http://skinnyfoodbyamy.wordpress.com Amy A

    Wow Annie! These are so gorgeous! I’m jealous of your cupcake skills. :) (Sorry for the late comment…I’m catching up from the honeymoon on the Google reader!)

  • mandymortimer

    Wow… those are absolutely stunning! I’m definitely going to be using that idea, now to find an excuse to make them ;)

  • http://meganscookin.blogspot.com megan

    OMG!!! I have to make some butterflys. These are just adorable. Your talent never ceases to amaze me. :)

  • Emma

    wow! i put these on a cake with buttercream flowers and it was amazing! Although mine did not have the same color as yours :)

  • tre

    beautiful work! did you use food coloring or the chocolate melts to get the frosting to match the wings?

  • Annie

    Hi Tre,
    I used Wilton icing colors for the frosting. You do not want to use candy melts to color frosting as they will drastically change the consistency.
    :) Annie

  • http://smittensugar.blogspot.com Krystle

    These are adorable!

  • Michelle

    Hi Annie,
    LOVE the butterfly cupcakes!!!! SO beautiful. How many batches of the buttercream did you have to make to frost the cupcakes? Did you make separate batches of buttercream for each different colour or would you half a buttercream batch and then make 2 colours? I guess my question is if i want to make 4 colours of buttercream..am I making 4 batches of buttercream?

  • Annie

    Hi Michelle,
    Glad you like the cupcakes! I *think* I made just one batch of the buttercream, split it into four bowls evenly, and tinted each portion. It is possible that I did 1.5 batches – I can’t remember now. But you definitely do not need 4 full batches of the buttercream.
    :) Annie

  • Michelle

    thankyou ,Annie..I will try 2 batches and freeze the leftover if there is any. I was hoping to make these for some students who are graduating from gradeschool and am trying to work ahead and get organized.
    I love your pictures of all your desserts too. Yoo make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://myspace.com/vanessahataway Vanessa

    I just ran across your site last night and I just want to say I LOVE your stuff! I will be attempting to make the strawberry lemonade, strawberry lemonade cupcakes, and butterfly cupcakes for my daughters first birthday party on saturday. I was wondering what tip you used to decorate the top of these cupcakes with. Thanks for any info! Keep up the great work, i’m addicted to your site already!
    Vanessa

  • Annie

    Hi Vanessa,
    Thanks for the comment! So glad you enjoy my blog. I hope you have fun and enjoy all the recipes you try. I use a mechanical pastry bag from Williams Sonoma to frost most of my cupcakes, with a large star tip attached. I do not know what the equivalent would be in Wilton or other brands, but any large star tip would have a similar look. Enjoy!
    :) Annie

  • Vijitha

    WOW these cupcakes simply look stunning…there are literally no words to describe your amazing talent. I enjoyed every part of your blog and hoping more would be added soon!!! :)

  • Kim

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I have never seen anything more creative and beautiful for something as simple as a cupcake! I am in awe and fully inspired. I just made a set for practice (Not nearly as good as yours). These absolutely perfect for my daughter party this weekend (75 cupcakes so I am enlisting some reinforcements)

    Thank you so much for your gift and talent.
    May God continue to bless you and prosper you in your gift!

  • Rhiannon

    I love these. Once I saw them I knew they were perfect for my daughters first birthday! She even smiles every time she looks at the picture :) I am wondering though, how far in advance can I make the wings and where should I store them? Her party is on July 5th..but we have company coming on the first..would love to have everything done before then and ready to just assemble that day. Any tips for me?
    Thanks….they are adorable..all of your cupcakes are inspiring!
    Rhiannon :)

  • Annie

    Hi Rhiannon,
    So glad you like the cupcakes! They are so fun to make. You can make the wings well in advance…making them before your company arrives would be perfectly fine. Normally storing them at room temperature should not be a problem, but given the warm temperatures of summer, I would definitely store them in the refrigerator just to be on the safe side. (When I dropped them off at our babysitter’s house, she did not have the AC on. It was nearly 80 degrees in there, and the antennae drooped within the hour.) I hope that helps!
    :) Annie

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  • Diane

    Thank you for the beautiful butterfly idea. I made these yesterday as a surprise for a first birthday party. I modified slightly by coloring white chocolate chips instead of the melting bars. All seemed to work fine. We’re in warm California, so yes, I kept refrigerated until display time. Our guests were very surprised and impressed.

  • http://www.writing4612.blogspot.com/ Madison

    Those are simply gorgeous!

  • jessica

    i love these so cool i want to try it but i have no clue where to get the candy melts i was wondering if there was something else i could use and also would they be good if i make them a day before cause you said they can last a long time
    thanks for your time ,jessica =)

  • Annie

    Hi Jessica,
    You can find candy melts wherever Wilton products are sold (typically at Joann’s or Michael’s craft stores). The butterflies can easily be made in advance – just make sure you store them in a cool place. I kept mine at room temp (in air conditioning) but if your home is warm at all, I would recommend refrigerating them. Hope that helps.
    :) Annie

  • Anna

    I love these. I just made my first batch of wings over the weekend and they seemed very heavy. They didn’t stand up like I hoped with the chocolate chips. I didn’t do the icing like yours, so I will try that next. I was wondering if you cut off the tops of the cupcakes to make them flatter so the wings would sit better (since cupcakes are usually rounded), or did the big blob of icing really hold them up? Also, does Wilton make chocolate melts and did you use those? I only found a different brand and don’t know how I will match the icing to the wings if they are not the same brand. Thanks.

  • Annie

    Hi Anna,
    I definitely think the icing is key in helping the wings stand up. I did not level my cupcakes at all, so that didn’t have anything to do with how the wings sat on the top. Wilton does make chocolate candy melts, and that is what I used (though I’m sure regular chocolate would be fine). You should be able to match the icing to the wings with no trouble at all, no matter what brand of candy melts you have – the Wilton colors aren’t made to match the candy melts (or vice versa) – it really just depends on which colors you add, how much of each, etc.
    :) Annie

  • Ruby

    Hi there — these are beautiful, and I plan to give this a try for my daughter’s first birthday at the end of the month. What tool/method did you use to apply your frosting so beautifully on top of the cupcake? Also, where did you find colored candy melts? Is there a brand that you would recommend? Thanks so much!

  • Annie

    Hi Ruby,
    I use my mechanical pastry bag from Williams Sonoma to frost most of my cupcakes, as I did here. However, you really can just use any pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. I bought my candy melts at Michael’s, and they are Wilton brand. Those are the only kind I have ever tried, and you can find them wherever Wilton products are sold (Joann’s has them as well).
    I hope that helps. Good luck!
    :) Annie

  • Ruby

    I made the butterflies today, and they came out beautiful. Thank you so much for this great idea! I plan to try your cupcake and icing recipe as a trial batch this weekend. You are very creative!

  • Marie

    These are amazing! I am going to try them out for my daughter’s second birthday, which is a butterfly/garden party theme. Could you give me a ballpark on how large the wings are? Is a two inch wing span (from top to bottom) too large? Just wasn’t completely sure on how to sketch the wings! Also, how long did it take to make the wings? I have a four month old, too, so, I’m a little time pressed…but these are SO ADORABLE…so I must try to make them! I can’t wait to explore your website more!

  • Annie

    Hi Marie,
    I think the wings I made were probably closer to 3 inches long. Just imagine the size of a full size cupcake top – you don’t want them too much larger than that. Good luck, they are my favorite cupcakes ever!
    :) Annie

  • janice

    I’m planning on making these for a baby shower for a friend. I want all my butterflies to be lavendar. What colored candies did you use and can you recommend some in lavendar, or pale green?

    You did a great job, so cute!! :)

  • janice

    just found your earlier reply about the colored candy melts…thanks!

  • janice

    do you have any ideas on “presentation” of the cupcakes?

  • Annie

    Hi Janice,
    I’m not sure what you mean exactly – could you be more specific? These cupcakes are so gorgeous, I’m not sure much else needs to be done for them to present well.
    :) Annie

  • janice

    did you leave them flat on the table, or a cupcake stand/tree?

  • Annie

    Hi Janice,
    I gave mine away, so I delivered them in a bakery box to my friends. I’m sure they will look fine any way you choose to display them.
    :) Annie

  • http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com Alejandra

    These are absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful idea. I love your site too. Found you through Stumble.

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  • molly

    these are beautfuill!! xx

  • Judy

    Annie…..Where did you buy the chocolate and colored melts?
    My granddaughter requested butterflies for her 5th birthday so I hope I can pull this off as beautiful as yours
    Thanks for the complete instructions

  • Annie

    Hi Judy,
    You can buy candy melts wherever Wilton products are sold (Michael’s, Joann’s, etc.) I recently saw them at Factory Card Outlet as well, though they didn’t have as many colors. They have chocolate melts also, so that’s what I used. Good luck!
    :) Annie

  • Taher

    You are great with everything (f).

  • Jasmine

    Oh my goodness, they are absolutely gorgeous – so so cute! What a great idea – thank you for blogging about it!

  • Heather

    I did these cupcakes for my daughter’s 9th birthday, we of course had pink butterfly cupcakes. I used the vanilla cupcake recipe and the buttercream frosting. They turned out too cute. I had some trouble with the antennas breaking but other than that it all went quite smoothly. I had never tried anything like that before so if you are nervous about this project, don’t be. It is time consuming to make the butterflies but well worth the expression on my daughter’s face :)

  • http://annieseats Sara G

    Hi Annie,
    I tried to make my candy melts colorful almost as the ones show here, which by the way are SO CUTE, but it seems the more food coloring I tried to add the harder the chocolate was to spread. Do you recommend using the colored candy melts verses adding food coloring?

  • Annie

    Hi Sara,
    I think I mentioned it in the post, but you need to use colored candy melts. You can’t use plain ones and just add food coloring. Adding any liquid to melted chocolate/candy causes it to seize up. Colored candy melts can be found at stores where Wilton products are sold (Michael’s, Joann’s). I’ve also seen them at Factory Card Outlet before. Hope that helps!
    :) Annie

  • Sam

    I made these will royal icing and they turned out great. They didn’t swirl like the chocolate but they were still adorable.

  • amber

    hi there,
    lovely work annie.we dont have candy melts available as we dont have wilton or micheal in our country.is there any other way.or can we make our own candy melts.i just saw the last comment made by sam who made them with royal icing .can we store butterflies made out of royal icing?
    would appreciate your help :O)

  • Annie

    Hi Amber,
    Yes, you could certainly make the butterflies out of royal icing. They will harden nicely and keep well at room temperature for quite some time.
    :) Annie

  • Samantha DiPaolo

    Hi!
    I love, love, love the butterfly cupcakes and plan to make them this weekend for my four year old’s birthday treat. I tried to read all the posts (I know where to find the melting chocolate!) but I’m looking for the tip numbers to the decorating tips you used. I’ve been looking for that star tip but am not sure what number it is? Thanks!!

  • Annie

    Hi Samantha,
    I thought I mentioned it in the post but maybe it wasn’t clear. You definitely don’t need a star tip (or any tip) for this project. I just used a plastic bag with a tiny corner snipped off. That’s the easiest way – just melt them directly in the plastic baggie and then cut off the corner and go to work. It’s easy! Good luck, they are so fun to make!
    :) Annie

  • Shannon

    I also have my daughter requesting these for her 5th birthday. I can’t wait to make these. I know you said the butterflies can be made in advance but omce they are made can you store them at room temp or do they need to be put in the fridge? Thanks

  • Annie

    Hi Shannon,
    You can store the butterflies at room temp as long as your house isn’t too warm. If it is over 75 degrees, I’d probably keep them refrigerated just to be safe but I stored mine at room temp with no problems.
    :) Annie

  • Yasmin El-Minyawi

    Stunning, these beauties took my breathe away….. if you wanted to add a little sparkle I’ve discovered that you can buy edible glitter…!

    Keep up the good work. Love from the UK

  • Beth

    Hi Annie –
    These are the most beautiful cupcakes I have ever ever seen!!
    I’m going to make these as a part of my friends’ stocking fillers, and I tried to make some experimental ones last night. In England, we don’t have candy melts, so for the outside of the wing, I used melted chocolate icing & piped it and that worked fine, but for the inside, I used normal icing sugar, with food colouring and a tiny drop of water, and it still hasn’t set after 14 hours.
    Would it work if, for the inside, I melted white chocolate & then added food colouring for the inside of the wing? Will the consistency be right?
    Beth =D

  • Annie

    Hi Beth,
    Just a solution of powdered sugar and water is unlikely to dry correctly. The white chocolate idea is not the best because chocolate tends to seize up when any liquid is added to it (like food coloring), and white chocolate can be difficult to work with in general. Several readers have told me they had success using royal icing. I have a recipe for royal icing featured in the top of my left sidebar right now (with sugar cookies), so that should work just fine. Hope that helps!

  • Yasmin El-Minyawi

    To everyone in the UK, you can by candy melts online and in many shops in the UK, just check on Google

    http://www.cakescookiesandcraftsshop.co.uk/acatalog/Candy-Melts.html

    http://www.sugarshack.co.uk/product/31247/Candy_Melts

    I’m waiting for mine to come in the post so I can make these beauties

  • Christie

    I was searching for butterfly cakes to make for my daughters birthday when I came across this posting. They are so beautiful and I cannot wait to try and make them for her! I will be a frequent guest on your site searching for more wonderful ideas.
    Thank you!

  • Joan

    These cupcakes are fabulous! Martha Stewart look out! I just saw them on a Facebook entry by my daughter. My youngest granddaughter’s first birthday is coming up. They would be perfect, thanks.

  • http://www.thatssoyummy.com ThatsSoYummy

    These are FABULOUS, I am in love completely! I am so excited to make these for my daughter’s birthday in May, perfect for a fairy birthday party…. Thank you for sharing. :-)

    -Natasha

  • Amanda Anderson

    I made your butterfly cupcakes for my daughter’s second birthday, in pink and blue, and they were a huge hit! Thanks for the inspiration. I’d love to send you a photo. Any way to do that?

  • Annie

    Amanda,
    Glad they turned out well! My email can be found in the “About Annie” section.

  • http://thecreativepot.blogspot.com Marisa

    My mouth is hanging open at how awesome these look!

  • Christine

    I just finished making these for my friend’s bridal shower — thank you for the step by step pictures and instructions — they were easy (and a pleasure to make!) I love your blog — thank you for all the amazing recipes and instructions!! You are amazing!

  • Donna

    I’m going to attempt to make these for my niece’s baby shower. Have you tried using melted almond bark for the outline of the butterfly? These are just gorgeous.
    Donna

  • Annie

    Hi Donna,
    I haven’t tried that myself but I think it would be fine. I know some people have also used royal icing. Have fun!

  • Mary

    These are amazing! Is there any chance you have a template for the wings? I love to bake, but I can’t draw worth beans.
    Also, if I am transporting these to a bday party at a park, do you recommend that I put the wings on when we arrive? Or will they hold up okay in transport?
    Thanks so very much – you are an inspiration!

  • Annie

    Hi Mary,
    You can get a template for the wings in the book Hello, Cupcake which is available in most bookstores. I highly recommend it, it’s a wonderful book! I think assembling everything ahead of time with these is definitely the way to go. It’s not as impressive if everyone watches you put them together, and they hold up just fine in transport. My one word of caution is that they don’t hold up well in warm temperatures (you mentioned that the party is in a park). I took mine to a friend’s house who wasn’t running the air conditioning so it was about 80˚ in the house, and they ended up wilting significantly.

  • http://annieseats.com Sandy

    Dear Annie, Thank you for such a wonderful blog site. I am 70 years old and am new to the computer world and this blog thingy! Some how I found you and I love your recipes and the pictures of your beautiful family. I have years of cooking experience and am starting to pass it on to my granddaughter and three of her girl friends. They will love your blog also.
    Thanks from Grandma Sandy

  • Ellen

    Wow, these look amazing! Great job!

  • Elizarose

    These are soooo beautiful…. I soo have to try this now… Wow!

  • Stephanie

    Thank you SO much for your step by step directions! My niece wanted butterfly cupcakes for her birthday, and ever recipe I found just seemed so ordinary, and then I stumbled across your blog! She was SO happy, and I was very proud of myself for being able to pull it off! I used neon food coloring because she wanted bright colors, and I used my own buttercream recipe for the first batch, but when that wouldn’t pipe right I used yours, and I must say it is the BEST for piping! I saw this recipe in hello cupcake, but I think yours are way cuter! Haha thank you again!

  • Michelle

    I made these cupcakes for my daughters 1st birthday party and they were a hug hit. Since finding the recipe for the butterfly cupcakes on your blog, I have been following your blog and enjoying trying all your recipes. They are wonderful and my husband has been very happy. Thank you again.

  • May

    I am planning to make these beautiful cupcakes for my daughter 5th brithday and would it be possible to make the wings a month ahead and keep it in fridge until it is require. Thank you.

  • Annie

    May,
    In theory that could work, though 1 month seems pretty far ahead of time. You could try it but I can’t guarantee how they will keep.

  • awesomeele

    Oh my goodness these are awesome!

    Would you mind if I posted a picture of these in my blog and linked them back to you?

    Ele ~X~

  • Annie

    Ele,
    That is fine, as long as you give appropriate credit and link back to my blog.

  • http://lesslauren.com Lauren

    Can you color the white Wilton’s wafers with gel coloring or is it advisable to buy the colors you need already mixed?

  • Annie

    Lauren,
    No, unfortunately that won’t work. It causes the melted candy to seize up. You have to use the colors they have available.

  • Maria

    Hi! I love these cupcakes! I’ve seen a few other blogs where they made them following the “Hello Cupcake” template. However, yours are by far the most beautiful!
    I just finished making mine and did the multiple colors as you did. I’m so thrilled with how they turned out. I’ve never made candy using a template before and got the hang of it fairly quickly. These are going to be on our Easter table tomorrow and I can’t wait to see everyone’s faces.
    Since I’m traveling in hot Florida weather for almost 2 hours, I am assembling them once I arrive. However, I did pipe on the body and put the candy support in. I got a good laugh out if it because they are quite ugly without the wings. They look like strange alien elephants. I think I will let everyone think that’s what they are supposed to look like and see how polite everyone is :)
    Thanks so much for your wonderful photos and instructions!

  • http://www.5ft2view.com Missy5ft2

    I just bought this book & spied the butterfly cupcakes for my daughter’s birthday – I love yours even more! Thanks for the extra tips & courage!

  • Michelle

    I made the butterflies today. Once I finished the first one it became a lot easier to create the rest. Easy but time consuming for sure– I can’t wait to see the reaction for the baby shower I made them for.

    Thanks for the step by step pictures- really helpful!

  • Kara

    Hi! These are so cute! I am just wondering how you matched the icing color so perfectly to the wing color. Did make your own buttercream frosting and die it with food coloring?
    Thanks!
    Kara

  • Annie

    Hi Kara,
    Yep, just made frosting and tinted it with icing color. No special tricks and I actually wasn’t even trying for a super close match, it just worked out that way.

  • Laura

    Hey Annie, you did an AWSOME job on these cupcakes…
    Yet i was wondering (and be as honest as u can) i am not a kitchen exper, yet i have fun while cooking, and for about a week now, ive been tempted on starting to try to do cupcakes… Ur’s seem simple professional… How should i train myself? With what should i stars? And when will i be ready to create ones like these?
    Love,
    Laura

  • Annie

    Hi Laura,
    Just go for it. There’s no right place to start. You just have to give it a shot and the more you practice, the better you’ll be. Have fun!

  • Kelly

    Oh my gosh! These are georgeous! I haven’t made candy since I was in girl Scouts! I’ve been looking for something that I can do at home to keep the cost of my wedding down. I’m putting a red butterfly in my bouquet so these in red would really pull the theme together. The only problem is I’d need to make like 300!! Do you think it’s worth it? I’m afraid that after time and supplies (and my inexpertise) it will be cheaper to have something made. :( Do you think it’s do-able?

  • Annie

    Hi Kelly,
    To be perfectly honest, no, I don’t think it would be worth it to make 300. Cupcakes are gorgeous even without candy butterflies on top, and can definitely stand on their own as a wedding dessert. Plus, not many guests would actually notice the coordination of the butterfly in your bouquet and those on the cupcakes. You could do some red velvet and some vanilla, to at least incorporate the color red, use pretty red sprinkles or quins, etc. You have lots of options, and if you need more suggestions or advice I’d be happy to give you some!

  • Cheryl

    I just made these last weekend for my step-daughter’s baby shower. They were a hit-everyone loved them! We had some issues when we first started, but after we got the hang of it, it wasn’t so hard. We did the cupcake stand/tower and they looked gorgeous all grouped together. I have people asking me how to make them now.

  • Valerie

    Annie,
    I plan on making the cupcakes a week in advance. Do you think this will be ok? I’m a little uneasy about the wings considering they may crack in the refrigerator over time. What are your thoughts. Thank you.

  • Annie

    Valerie,
    Just make the wings in advance and then assemble the cupcakes before you serve them.

  • Katelyn

    These are so cute! I love these and you’re lady bug cupcakes. I am making these for my birthday this summer. i made frog ones last year. :D

  • Sandra G

    Stunning is the word that comes to mind! almost too pretty to eat!

  • Cheryl

    Wow, beautiful cupcakes!!! I’m a leader at my daughters daisy scouts and the theme right now is butterflies. I’m definately going to make these for her meeting on Wednesday. Thank you for posting the pictures also. Have a great day!!!!

  • http://tumtumyummies.blogspot.com/ Heidi

    Those are absolutely beautiful! I definitely want to try these!!!

  • Jessica

    Annie, you are a cupcake genius!

  • http://mpuanani.blogspot.com Maopa Lutui

    These are just stunning!! yes to cupcake genius:)

  • Emily

    Hi Annie,
    What do you mean by “seize up”, or how would I know if it seized up? I read the comments after I made my butterfly wings and I did use white candy melts and used the Wilton coloring designed to color the white melts. I followed the directions on the coloring (which said to use the white melts) and I think my wings came out well. The color was a thick, deeply pigmented gel so there wansn’t much liquid added to the melts. Just wondering if I have a problem looming. Thanks! Emily

  • Annie

    Hi Emily,
    “Seize up” means the melted candy solidifies from its melted state. Believe me, you would know. You correctly used the colors meant for coloring candy melts. The question by the previous poster was asking if they could use the icing gel colors (which you can’t).

  • Dani

    Annie,

    Thank you for showing these gorgeous cupcakes step-by-step. I made them for my daughter’s 1st Birthday Butterfly Party and they turned out amazing. I used Baker’s Dark and White Chocolate for the wings and several varieties of colorful sprinkles to decorate. I’m still getting compliments on them, even though they were no where near as beautiful as yours. They were a lot of fun to make, even my husband couldn’t resist helping me with them! You are very talented!!!!
    Love your work!
    Dani

  • http://cookiesxo.blogspot.com danielle

    just beautiful!!! what size tip did u use to pipe the frosting? and did u start from the outside? Thanks!

  • Annie

    A large star tip (not labeled). Yes, I start from the outside.

  • Leda

    These are beautiful! I am so excited to have found them for my daughters birthday on friday I just hope they turn out half as cute as these! Thank you for the detailed instructions. Now to figure out what to do for the cake (she wants both cupcakes and a cake)!

  • Patty

    Hi..just made the wings for my daughter’s 5th birthday. Should I store them right on the wax paper or can I peel them off and place them in baggies? I am afraid of breaking them!

  • Annie

    Either way is fine, just be gentle with them.

  • http://bakingismyzen.blogspot.com Baking is my Zen

    Stunning!

    Carmen

  • Jennifer

    Hello! These look fantastic! I have the book and haven’t yet tried anything but I have time coming up to practice. Looking at your butterflies, the internal color looks opalescent almost. Did you add luster dust, or do the candies just melt harden that way (or did you possibly buy candy melts that were luster-y)?
    Thank you!

  • Annie

    Hi Jennifer,
    I just used regular candy melts and they hardened that way. Have fun!

  • http://none.none Melissa

    Hi! I’m a new fan! Your blog is amazing! Thanks for sharing your hobby with the world~
    I’m trying to make these for my dd’s 1st bday and I have a problem… The hot, melted chocolate is burning my fingers! Any tips on that?

  • melissa

    hi! where did you get the cute cupcake papers? and any tips on how to not burn your fingers with the hot chocolate?

  • Annie

    The cupcake papers are Martha Stewart brand from Michael’s, but I don’t think they sell them anymore. The chocolate should not be so hot it burns your fingers, just melted enough to be useful.

  • Aimée

    These look so wonderful and really pull at my artistic heart! Just a huge shame the candy melts are not sold in the U. K You have a lot more room for creativity in the U.S.A. Very lucky!

    You must be a very creative person to achieve such a wide variety of cupcake recipes. Very inspired.

    Thankyou.

  • http://pediatricpatrick.blogspot.com Lesley

    Thank you for this great tutorial! I made these for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party and they turned out wonderfully (not as good as yours but I was still very pleased!) Everyone thought they were really inpressive, and I had fun doing them, your instructions were very easy to follow. Many thanks again!

  • Nadine

    Hi, I´m from Germany and I must say I LOVE your Cupcakes.
    Unfortunately I didn´t found an internet shop with Wilton stuff shipping to Germany.
    What Wilton Tip did you use for the swirl?
    Best Wishes

  • Annie

    It’s not a Wilton tip. In fact, it’s not labeled. Just a large star tip.

  • http://www.angelasimagesandmore.blogspot.com Angela

    Everyone has been asking about the tip you use to ice your cupcakes, and since you use a Williams-Sonoma Bag you don’t have a number for it… the wilton tip I use is 1M. I am attempting these cupcakes for my husband’s Grandma’s 80th Birthday (she loves butterflies). I think she is going to be super excited! :)

  • Annie

    Believe me, this pastry tip has been discussed ad nauseum on practically every cupcake post I have. Some think the Wilton 1M is a good substitute, some don’t. Just the other day I was accused by a reader of withholding the tip information because she didn’t like the 1M at all!

  • Marcia

    Annie, your blog is amazing. And these cupcakes are so special. I am going to try and make them for my friend daughter’s birthday party in 2 weeks, but I had one question. How big should the wings? 2 inchs?

  • Annie

    Marcia,
    I don’t have an exact measurement. Just think of the size of a cupcake, and how big you want them in comparison.

  • Jaime

    I started making the butterflies last night and I was having such a hard time making the chocolate look smooth. I cant seem to get the outline perfect enough. Do you trace it just once with the chocolate? I was tracing it over a cake board and taping the cake board down against the table to flatten it out but its still not looking as smooth as I want it. Your butterflies look almost all identical, they look perfect. Its a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. :(

  • Annie

    I just traced them once with chocolate. I think it just takes a steady hand, and maybe you get better with practice. I’ve had a lot of readers have great success and send me their pics, so I know it can be done!

  • nikislosingit

    Stunning! Can’t wait to make these for my daughter’s 3rd birthday! She’s been requesting butterflies! :)

  • Chloe

    Hi Annie

    These look fabulous. I live in Australia and I dont think I can buy Candy Melts or Bark, would I be able to use normal chocolate for these? And perhaps colour white chocolate?

    Thanks for the help

  • Annie

    You can certainly try, though I’m not sure it will work quite as well. White chocolate can be temperamental to work with in the first place, and you have to have special kinds of colorings otherwise the chocolate will seize (regular food coloring or icing gels won’t work). Good luck!

  • Harriet

    Hi Annie,

    Firstly, you’re website is now my new love! I am completely in awe at your food, and the photography- I love cooking/baking and photographing each step- although I have far to go to reach your standards! I am from the UK and having the same problem as Chloe- We don’t have candy melts. If I was to use chocolate for the outline but fill with royal icing, do you think it would work? Also I am not able to find merigue powder over here at the moment- do you have a royal icing recipe which uses the whites of eggs?

    Once again you-re website is amazing and your talent is absolutely amazing. Thank you for the inspiration and lifting the bar a lot higher!!!

    Thanks,

    Harriet

  • Annie

    I would probably use royal icing for the entire wing so the taste and appearance would be consistent. I only use meringue powder but you can Google for a recipe using egg whites. There are tons out there.

  • anna maria

    hi annie!

    do you think it would be ok to make the wings a day ahead and just store them in the fridge then assemble everything the next day?

    thanks for the great step-by-step instructions!

  • Annie

    Yes, that’s fine. They can be stored at room temp.

  • RG

    Hi. Love your cupcakes. I’m attempting to make these for my daughter’s birthday. I did a test run today. I defnitely need to practice some more. One question I have that I hope you can answer is why did the melts set too fast? I didn’t have enough time to swirl. Did I not get them hot enough? Also, yours look shiny. How’d you do that? What brand of melts did you use? Thanks.

  • Annie

    Sounds like they weren’t warm enough. I didn’t do anything special to mine, and I don’t really think they were shiny. I used Wilton candy melts.

  • LAUREN CARBONE

    HI ANNIE….I MADE THESE CUPCAKES FOR MY DAUGHTERS FIRST BIRTHDAY!!! THEY WERE SUPER CUTE, YUMMY, AND SUCH A BIG HIT.. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS THEY WERE REALLY HELPFUL… I CAME ACCROSS UR WEBSITE JUST GOOGLING BUTTERFLY CUPCAKES… AND I HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE… WHAT A WONDERFUL SITE U HAVE.. I ALSO MADE THAT JALAPENO POPPER DIP AND IT WAS A BIG HIT… THEY ATE THE WHOLE THING AND BEGGED ME TO MAKE MORE THE NEXT DAY… THE NEXT RECEIPE IM GOING TO TRY IS THE EGGPLANT FLATBREADS…. KEEP THEM COMING… THANKS

  • RG

    Thanks for answering my post. I finally had a chance tonight to try again and making the melts hotter really helped! The wings turned out supercute. Thanks for the help! Can’t wait to serve this next weekend at my daughter’s party.

  • Tanya

    I have made the wings they turned out WAY better than I thought they would! So now I just need to make the icing… I am looking for a good recipe what do you use? Thanks so much for this post I am sure the birthday girl will love them :)

  • Annie

    There are tons of frosting recipes on the blog. Search to find one you like :)

  • Shirley`

    Love your butterfly cupcakes. I made 12 for our bakesale at our church and I could have sold more, will know better next time. I told everyone who asked about your cupcake site so I am sure there will be lots more butterfly cupcakes making the rounds.
    Thanks for the great idea.

  • RG

    The cupcakes were a big hit at the party several months ago. I just remembered that I never posted again. I noticed several people asking about the wings having an iridescent quality. I think that comes from how cold the fridge is and how long the wings sit in there. My wings took on different shininess depending on if it was in a cold spot in fridge and how long I had them in there. Hope people will find that helpful. Thanks for everything, Annie!

  • HB

    Hi Annie — I am making these cupcakes for this weekend. What are your thought about making them with the vanilla bean cupcake and the cream cheese frosting (the stiffer carrot cupcake one).
    My main question is about how well the frosting will hold up with the wings.

  • Annie

    That frosting is the same cream cheese frosting I have in pretty much all of my posts. I think it would be fine and you can always make it more firm by adding additional powdered sugar or chilling it a bit. Also, one weird thing I have found is that it is stiffer (and just looks a lot nicer) if you use clear vanilla extract rather than pure vanilla extract. I don’t know why that is, but I pretty much only make it that way now.

  • HB

    Thanks for the quick reply!
    So far so good with the butterflies – all done & look great!

  • http://www.chefbabait.com/ שף בבית

    This things areas cute as bunnies. Very beautiful work.

  • lindsay

    We are celebrating our daughters 1st birthday and would like to know if I could freeze the wings or do I have to do it all on the same day? Thank you!

  • Annie

    Please read the previous comments, this question has been addressed.

  • Maggie

    I am thinking about making these cupcakes for my sister’s birthday party. She is turning 5 & will be having a butterfly theme party. These cupcakes are adorable! My sister’s name is also annie…thought it would be funny/cute to make your cupcakes.

  • Ashley

    Hello! My name is Ashley and im 14 years old… Ive been making cakes as a hobby for friends and family. Im going to attempt making these butterfly cupcakes for my little cousins birthday! Thank you for showing the steps, they will be helpful!!!! They are really beautiful

  • http://www.isthisreallymylife.com/ Emily

    I absolutely LOVE these! Unfortunately I don’t have enough time this go round to make them for my daughter’s birthday (poor planning on my part) but I’m definitely making them in the future!

  • Kate Gibowicz

    Absolutely gorgeous. I just made these in yellow for my daughter’s birthday. I got the idea from Hello Cupcake! but wish I saw yours first. The different colors are just stunning. I will do that next time..although I’m sure it will make the prep longer..very stunning.

  • Guest

    I love these butterflies! Definintly gonna give them a try! :D

  • Guest

    I love these butterflies! Definintly gonna give them a try! :D

  • Laura

    omg great job. I am going to copy this for a shower I am throwing too. Thanks for showing how easy they can be to make. :)

  • bakerboii

    my aunt is in love with butterflies, im so making this for her birthday, thanks for the idea!!!!

  • Erica

    i love these cupcakes they are so beautiful. i’ve tried to make these butterflies about 10 times but they never comeout this pretty. do you have any suggestions? what can you use if you don’t have wax or parchment paper?

  • Anonymous

    You need either wax or parchment paper.

  • Annford49

    I love Butterflies – I absolutely LOVE these!

  • Lucy g

    what kind of candy melts did you use to make the wings? i’ve made these before with white chocolate and added food coloring, but that is a lot of work…these seem a lot easier…thanks

  • Anonymous

    If you add coloring to chocolate, it has to be candy coloring (oil-based) otherwise the chocolate will seize. I used Wilton brand, mainly because they are the only type readily available in my area.

  • Cecile Coulon

    MAGNIFIQUE !

  • Krista

    These were so much fun to make. I made 22 of them and did happy dance after each set of wings were completed. I did pink/purple/orange/yellow wings. I think I’ll make my antenea a little bit bigger next time as they seemed a little short. I was glad I made extra too because I had a couple break when I pulled them off. Everyone kept pulling the wings off to just to eat them at the party. Thank you Annie! I am in love with your website and very thankful it is here. =) Happy Valentines DAY!

  • Ashley

    Wow… *wipes up the drool*… I’m way too impressed for words. I love this blog!

  • Janey30dirtcar

    these are the most beautiful cupcakes I have even seen. I may have to try this next year for a wedding reception for renewed wedding vows….thans you for sharing the instructions and pictures

  • Wahidain Tiger

    The butterfly cup cake looks so beautiful!! (amazed) =D

  • Tina92530

    Can i make the butterfies one week in advance?

  • annieseats

    Yes.

  • t.thao

    My daughter’s first birthday is in two months and I have been planning on making these for her birthday for about 4 months now. I’m so excited, I can’t wait. I absolutely love your blog and all your delicious recipes. Amazing! Please keep them coming(:

  • Meaad55

    u the best wow

  • Rodimaria

    I have seen several different versions and these are gorgeous!!!! Im having a girls bug party for my daughters 2nd birthday. love them!!

  • http://justbakedbyme.wordpress.com/ Kim @ Just Baked

    My daughter saw these cupcakes and fell in love. She wants me to make them for her 5th birthday party this weekend. I practiced for an hour and finally got them perfect…as you said, not so easy at first :D But, your tutorial was very helpful. In the book, they have two sizes of wing templates- a small and a large. I don’t know if you remember but do you know what size wing you used? The large wing just looks really big for a standard size cupcake, but maybe the small is too small? Thanks!

  • annieseats

    I actually just drew my own based on the size of the top of a cupcake. Have fun!

  • http://justbakedbyme.wordpress.com/ Kim @ Just Baked

    Thanks Annie. I think I will do that and make it a size in between the large and small. That should be perfect!

  • Kimbrz

    These are soooo cute! Beautifully done!

  • Mini031

    I made these today! They turned out great Thank u

  • Amy

    Just made these for my daughters 7th Birthday. They came out way better than I thought. I used the inexpensive squeeze bottles instead of the bags to squeeze the melted candy- it worked really well. Thank you so much for the idea- I was at a loss of what to make until I saw these. I love your recipes.

  • Lisa Richards

    They look fantastic, I’m looking for ideas for nature cupcakes our local park in Morriston- Wales is celebrating 100 years in June of opening Iwill try your butterfly cupcakes thanks.

  • wendy

    Oh my gosh, they’re gorgeous! Great job ;)

  • Vanessa F.

    I just made these for my 10yo’s class for her birthday, and since this is the second time I’ve done them, I thought I’d mention a couple tips I discovered. A friend of mine recommended fusing the wings together, instead of perching them on choc chips. I set the pairs of wings in a muffin tin, leaning them together in the center, and used a squeeze bottle to pipe the candy down the center.

    I also set up my work station on the stove. I preheated the oven to 300 degrees and then turned it off. I used a small metal tray (from my toaster oven) as the surface to make the butterflies, and lay the baggies with the candy melts on the warm stove to keep it warm. I used a squeeze bottle for the cocoa color, which I lay on its side on the stove when not using it. After completing each one, I moved it to a baking sheet on the counter, where it’s much cooler. Worked like a charm!

  • Sarahcwynne

    These are absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to make these for my daughter’s 6th birthday party!

  • Liz

    can’t wait to make these for my daughters 5th birthday. they are absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  • leanne.avila

    I made these cupcakes the other day — awesome. My daughter loved the butterflies. And to all those out there who are nervous or wondering whether or not you can actually make the butterflies (I know I was), you can do it! Just follow Annie’s tips and I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results! I know I’ll be making these cupcakes again.

  • Kelly

    Wings are made, messed up antennas, and still need make frosting. Should have found this a few days ago. Locally I could only find chocolate, white and red candy melts. Easy to do. Juliette should be thrilled:) Birthday number 11. It has been a great way to ignore the non-stop rain of Seattle.

  • RikiTikiTembo

    I just made these this past weeked and put them in individual cupcake boxes. On Sunday morning the children passed them around to the mothers during the morning Church service and they were SUCH a hit! Soo pretty I couldnt stop staring at them! I also used my flooding bottles to pipe the butterflies and it was soo fast. Completley assembled the whole lot the night before and refridgerated overnight. Perfect. Thanks Annie, I never would have bothered attempting if you hadnt have done such an informative post.

  • Helen

    Thanks for this tutorial! I made these today, but I put the wings closer together, piped the body and antennae after the wings were done to make it one piece, and let them harden in flower formers to keep the wings up. That made assembly easier and the butterflies much sturdier. They look beautiful and taste better than I expected them to! My daughter is taking them to school tomorrow for her birthday and she is so excited.

  • Mellicubed

    I made these today for some friends and everyone loved them! I also loved making them!! They are beautiful : ) Thanks!!

  • Helen

    Update: they were a big hit and several people wanted to know how I made them. I gave you all the credit. Another trick that may help: the candy melts need to stay warm in order for them to spread easily, so as I was melting them in the microwave I also put water in a boiler and heated it to boiling, then turned it down to a low simmer and put a bowl on top like I would if I were melting chocolate that way. Whenever I was not using the bag, I would put the bag in the bowl to keep it warm. If it started to harden before I could swirl it, I would leave them in the bowl for a minute or so to heat up. You could also just pop them back in the microwave if they seize up, but I found that the bowl method helped me continue working with fewer interruptions.

  • Karen D.

    Thank you so much for posting these! I made them (in lavendar) for my daughter’s 6th birthday. They were gorgeous!

  • Bonnie

    Unbelievably beautiful!!! Might try these for my daughter’s 7th b-day next week. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Esther

    Thanks so much for this excellent tutorial! I made these for a party, although instead of laying the butterflies on regular swirls of frosting, I piped the frosting so as to resemble a hydrangea (a really simple but beautiful effect I saw on another blog) which gave it a neat butterfly-alighting-on-a-flower look. Everyone loved them!

  • Danakcampbell

    Help…..I love my wings they turned out great but i made them a little to big and they are heavy. what other ideas do you have to keep them up, the chips aren’t enough. I thought of pretzel stick put into the cupcake before i ice them.

    What are your thoughts?

  • annieseats

    Pretzel sticks sound like a good idea to me. You’ll just have to experiment and see what works. Good luck!

  • Katrina

    Made these for a birthday party, they turned out so good! Thank you for the great tutorial :) Of all the ones I found on the web I loved the multi-colors and having them match the frosting!

  • Mimireal

    These cupcakes are beautiful. I’m going to try and make them for my daughters 1st birthday in a few weeks. I was also thinking of making a 2 tiered cake and placing the butterflies on it some how. I can’t wait to try them !! They look like they would be so hard to make but you make it sounds easy. Fingers crossed I dont screw it up

  • Ourplaceintime2

    Someone is claiming that one of the pictures on here is theirs.
    Just so you know

    http://mustachezrule.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4utbgc

    I love this btw

  • annieseats

    Thanks for letting me know. I filed a formal complaint so hopefully they will remove it.

  • Erica

    I tried again with the wax and parchment but again my wings don’t come out nice. The candy melts don’t ever flow smoothly. Any suggestions?

  • annieseats

    That sounds like an issue with the candy melts themselves, maybe not being melted enough.

  • Megan@WhimsicallyHomemade

    Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We used one of your pictures and linked back to you. If that’s a problem let us know and we’ll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

  • malart

    Hello,
    I came across your website and the butterfly cupcakes are so adorable. I can’t wait to make them. I have a question regarding the frosting. Can I use the store sold frosting? Like the ones in the plastic containers. I wasn’t sure if they had a thick enough consistency.
    Thanks

  • annieseats

    It’s been years since I’ve used store-bought frosting so I don’t have much advice in that regard. You’ll have to experiment and see what works. Good luck!

  • Mara

    The frosting color and the butterfly color is perfect. did you use the same candy melts to color the frosting?

  • annieseats

    No, just icing color.

  • http://imcountingufoz.com/ Steph (Love All Blogs)

    WOW, these are properly beautiful.

  • Becky

    Just made these for a friend’s birthday… Turned out so cute! After turning off the oven from making the cupcakes, I popped a cookie sheet in for a few minutes to warm it up. I used this as a workspace to keep the candy melts runny while tracing the wings and then I moved each finished wing to the cold countertop to set completely. So happy with how they turned out!

  • annieseats

    Great idea!

  • Flo

    Where I live, ‘candy melts’ are not available. Is there a difference between ‘candy melts’ and ‘M&Ms’, so can I just use M&M’s instead?

  • annieseats

    Candy melts are a totally different thing than M&Ms, and you could not sub one for the other. You could order them online if you are in need of candy melts.

  • Erin K.

    I just made these for my daughter’s second birthday, and they came out so beautifully! Thanks for your clear directions and beautiful pictures – so helpful! I even traced your third picture right off my computer screen as my template, and it worked like a charm. The squeeze bottle/preheated oven tips from Vanessa F. also helped tremendously. Thanks again – my daughters were ecstatic over them! :)

  • a2h3

    i made this butterfly cupcake and it was beautiful. My friends were so amazed and they like it so much

  • TicTac

    I’m making about 48 these for my daughter’s first birthday this weekend. I’m doing blue, pink, orange and yellow. One tip I have is that I use a heating pad to keep the chocolate warm and flowable while I work. I actually have 2 old pads from my parents that I snagged as the old ones seem to get hotter than the newer ones.

  • Erin

    Hi Annie, I’m hosting a baby shower in September and want to make these beautiful cupcakes! My question is…can I make the butterflies ahead of time and freeze them? Thanks for sharing!
    Erin

  • annieseats

    They are stable at room temperature so there is no need to freeze. Just store in an airtight container to help keep them fresh. Enjoy!

  • Rosanna

    Hi Annie,
    I made these beautiful butterfly cupcakes for my friend’s baby shower and everyone loved them. I posted them on my blog and linked to you. Thanks again for the inspiration!!
    Rosanna

  • Darlene Luckett Curbow

    Annie,
    These are beautiful! I’m going to try them for my friend who adores butterflies! One question, would white candy melts and a bit of food coloring work? She loves purple! I’m hoping my artsy crafty side will work in the kitchen!
    Darlene

  • annieseats

    You can definitely color white candy melts but you have to buy candy colors. Regular food coloring and gel coloring is water based and will cause the candy melts to seize up. Hope that helps!

  • Darlene Luckett Curbow

    Thank you so very much!