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DIY Chocolate Butterfly Cupcakes


It's Summer cupcake time! And nothing says "Summer!" like frolicking in the flower fields with glistening chocolate butterflies. And dragonflies, apparently.* (*I must admit that in my wee, addled brain, dragonflies fall very clearly into the "nasty, horrifying winged bug" category, and were a generous concession to the man in my life who simply could not bring himself to eat pink chocolate butterfly cupcakes. Were I to spot a dragonfly in any other context, say, in nature, I am quite sure I would run weeping for the house.)

I've been meaning to make these charming cupcakes for some time now because (1) they look like something Martha Stewart would serve at a summertime, starched-white-linen tea party, (2) they involve chocolate (nay, melted chocolate), and (3) they're ridiculously easy to make. No, really! Ridiculously easy instructions below:

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1. Whip up a simple chocolate cupcake batter: mix 1 1/2 c flour, 1 c sugar, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1/3 c cocoa powder, 1/2 c vegetable oil, 1 c water, 1 tsp vinegar, and 1 TB dry instant chocolate pudding.
2. Pour into cute cupcake molds, bake at 350 until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.
3. While the cupcakes are baking, grab a ziploc bag, fill 1/3 full with your favorite melting chocolate (I used Wilton's baking chips. Regular chocolate chips also work. Choose your poison.) and microwave on medium for 1-2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to knead the bag. Don't overheat the chocolate! Snip a tiny corner off the edge of the bag.
4. Fold a piece of wax paper down the middle and tape over a butterfly or dragonfly picture, with the wax paper fold sitting directly on top of the butterfly/dragonfly body. You can find good outlines at Gently trace the butterfly or dragonfly with your chocolate bag, starting by tracing the body so that it sits directly on the folded wax paper line.
5. Quickly pop your wet butterfly/dragonfly in the fridge onto a folded piece of cardstock. The folded line in the wax paper should sit directly in the center of the folded cardstock so the butterfly/dragonfly wings are pointed upwards in a "V" shape.
6. While the butterflies/dragonflies are cooling, frost your cupcakes. Gently peel butterfly/dragonfly from wax paper and set on cupcake.

Voila! Gorgeous butterfly cupcakes and "so cute they almost aren't horrifying" dragonfly cupcakes.


Jalula said...

I love these! I can't wait to try them:)

Deb said...

I am loving this...found you on Craft Gossip! What a clever idea..thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

I just made a set of these for my daughter's butterfly-themed birthday party (to top a cake). This was seriously fun and easy to do. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Sisteroos said...

Thanks so much Jalula and Deb!
Susan, what a great idea to use the butterflies as cake toppers! That butterfly-themed party sounds just adorable. :)

Chiemi said...

These are totally amazing. I found you on pinterest, but I just had to comment. Thank you for the simple tutorial!

رضا رمضان said...

شركتنا من المتميزون في اعمال الاصلاح بدون هدم او تكسير من خلال شركة ركن البيت التي تقدم الكثير والكثير في عمل اللازم وتصحيح الاخطاء التي تسببها تسريبات المياه فنحن مثلا

شركة كشف تسربات المياه بجدة تقدم خدمة لعمل الاصلاح بدون اي خراب ونقدم النصيحة للعملاء بالابتعاد عن الاعمال التي تؤدي الي هذا الخراب فتعاملك مع شركة كشف تسربات بجدة لديها الخبرة الكافية تساعدك في الحفاظ علي منزلك كما اننا نتمكن في اننا سوف نرتقي بخدمة لاننا نقوم بالعمل السليم لها كما يوجد لدينا خدمات العوازل التي تمنع التسريبات من الاسقف لكم والحوائط والخزانات من خلال شركة تسمي الاولي في مجالها لذلك نحن نقدم شركة عزل خزانات بالرياض التي تعتبر في عل الخزانات الارضية من الداخل بواسطة مواد متميزة كما نقدم لكم شركة عزل اسطح بالرياض لعمل العوازل التي تمنع جميع التسريبات في الاسقف

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