If you are looking for an adorable and super easy treat to have at your next party, then I have the perfect food for you! Butterfly Cupcakes! These sweet treats are the perfect addition to a spring garden party, a little girl’s birthday, a baby shower, or just for fun. I made these with the help of my little girl and she had so much fun creating the cupcakes and licking the frosting off her fingers. A win-win for all!
Now if you have the time, talent, and desire then by all means you can make the cupcakes and frosting from scratch. If you want to, I say go for it! But what I really loved about these cupcakes is the ability to be semi-homemade. So I started with some cupcakes from our local bakery.
With the cupcakes already taken care of it is time to move onto the decorations. To make the wings I used these yummy white chocolate melting wafers, with a few drops of food coloring for color. After melting the chocolate dip the pretzels in the chocolate with a fork and allow the extra chocolate to drip off.
Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay the dipped pretzels on the cookie sheet. I made two colors, blue and yellow and drizzled a little extra frosting on top of the yellow pretzels. Once you have dipped all your pretzels, place them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes just to let the chocolate completely harden. (PSA: the chocolate dipped pretzels are super tasty just on their own so make a couple of extra to munch on while you are putting together the cupcakes. You’re welcome.)
Next it is time to decorate! I made the butterfly bodies in two different ways. For the first option I used some green frosting to make a little body and then covered it with M&M’s. For the second I skipped the green frosting and just used M&M’s to make the body. (There is a picture below showing the two differences.)
The antennas are made with twizzlers licorice! I grabbed a bag with mini twizzlers in rainbow colors and then pulled the purple pieces off to make the antenna.
These Butterfly Cupcakes sat on a container on my counter for about 24 hours and they held up great! The wings and antennae stayed up and they tasted delicious. And aren’t they adorable! How fun are they for springtime!? This is a great recipe to hold onto when you want to add just a little something extra to your dessert but don’t want to add any extra stress or hassle. They are easy, quick, and very sweet!