Easy to Make Butterfly Cupcakes

This is a republished post from Maternal Spark.  She is a super nice gal and these easy to make butterfly cupcakes are soooo so cute!  With the school season is session, this would be a fun treat to bring to your child’s class and how fun would it be to show them off in front of other parents!  HA!!  Thanks so much for letting me republish your original post!



  • * Cupcakes
  • * Semi-Sweet Chocolates
  • * Wax Paper
  • * Coffee Cup
  • * Ziploc Baggie  or something similar like a pastry bag
  • * Cookie Sheet
  • *Icing in colors of your choice & anything extra for decoration 


Make a batch of cupcakes. Whatever kind you like will work, these just happen to be carrot cake. While they are cooling, break up a box of semi sweet bakers chocolate. Melt it in a double boiler. (put water in a big pot and heat on low, float a little pot full of chocolate in the water. This heats it but it isn’t on direct heat.) Don’t be afraid of this step and don’t attempt to melt the chocolate in the microwave – it burns easy in the microwave and if you burn it you’re out of luck and will have to start from new!

While the chocolate is melting, get some stuff prepared. Line a cookie sheet with plastic wrap – stretch it out as flat as you can but it doesn’t have to be perfect. Then, set a Ziploc Bag  into a coffee cup.  Example below:

Once your chocolate has melted, stir it really well and pour it into the ziploc bag. You now have a simple piping device. If you’re the kind who has a real Pastry Bag then of course, use it. I’m not that kind. Snip one corner off the bag so the chocolate can be squeezed through. You don’t want a big hole though, just a small one so you have some control over where you place the chocolate.

Position your piping bag over the prepared Cookie Sheet and draw a shape like this. This is what makes the butterfly wings. Again, it doesn’t have to be perfect but it is important to connect at points 1 and 2 for structure and the solid bit under point 3 should be a bit thick for strength. You don’t want your wing to crack when you shove it into the icing.

Once you’ve piped out enough pairs of wings to do your whole batch of cupcakes, put them into the freezer to set. While they are setting, your cupcakes should be cool enough to ice. I used white icing and purple (the kind that comes in the tube) for the butterfly body. Use your creativity here. You can get all funky with sprinkles or use licorice for antenna etc. I went for a simple look here.

By the time you’ve iced all your cupcakes, the wings will have set. Pull them out of the freezer and stick them into the icing. Ta Da! Butterfly cupcakes! Do note that it was really hot in out house and the wings wilted a little. If it’s hot weather, serve them right away once the wings go on or put them into the fridge until it’s time to serve.

Here is the finished product!  Cute as a bug ain’t they:)

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  1. 1

    That looks so cool and so yummy!!

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    I love when simple and easy things have a great effect, and this is one of those ‘recipies’.

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    Jennifer says

    Wow my daughter would flip for these. And since its so easy she can help too :-) Thanks!!!

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    Those are soooooooo adorable!!!! Now I know what I’ll be making for my daughter’s 1st b-day! :) Thanks for the how-to!

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    Doris says

    Those are just too cute….and definitely something I will have to try in the future. Thanks for always coming up with something exciting…and so tempting. A spooky tree for Halloween would look neat.

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    chrystal says

    Okay….now that looks so easy even I could do it! Now I just need to con one of my neices into helping me create these, I don’t think my boys would be very impressed…LOL

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    farmnwife says

    That is so neat. I could think of so many other shapes to make the same way.

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    Tuesday says

    My daughter would love these! Thanks for the tips.

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    Laura says

    I was looking for a butterfly cupcake recipe. We are going to dedicate a perennial garden for a coworker who recently passed away. We will be releasing butterflies in her memory and I thought little butterfly cupcakes would be nice for the reception. These look beautiful and easy. I think I’ll buy the small cupcakes already frosted and just make the butterfly.

  10. 10

    These are adorable! I love the chocolate butterfly wing idea.

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    Megan says

    These were great for my daughter’s first birthday! All the kids loved them. Thank you!

  12. 12

    Karen says

    Wow I love those cakes – I love making cupcakes and I am always looking for ideas for toppings – I am definately going to have a go at making them!!!

  13. 13

    Suzanne says

    These are great! I am planning a bridal shower for my sister and making a cupcake tree. These will be perfect, so cute!!

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    Jamie says

    these cupcakes look sooooooooo good

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    Caet says

    I tried these chocolate butterfly wings and they started getting soft and melty within minutes of coming out of the freezer. I’m assuming I used the wrong type fo chocolate. What works best for this? I love these cupcakes – they’re so pretty!

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    zulpha says

    This look so easy and nice.Itry it and mine came out really good thanks.

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    Courtney says

    I’m definitely going to try this :) thanks for sharing!

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    Jen says

    You know if you made the frosting on the cupcake look like a flower or added little flowers around under where you want to put the butterfly it would look like little gardens. I’m going to have to do these for my girls next parties. They will get such a kick out of these. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!!!!!!!!!!