Butterfly Fondant Cupcakes for Easter and Spring

by Marie

Butterfly Fondant Cupcakes. A buttercream frosted treat for Easter, Spring, birthdays, weddings, baby showers and handmade gifts. Learn how to make beautiful fondant butterflies.

Enjoy baking or even just decorating some vanilla cupcakes with a melt in the mouth buttercream frosting and little fluttering fondant butterflies on top made with a Mini Butterfly Cutter that you can get from many baking stores.

Discover how to decorate some beautiful cupcakes with a spring butterfly theme that looks as though this wonderful creature is flying over a flower filled garden. The little butterfly cakes actually easy to create and even easier to eat! Great delicacy for Easter and Spring time too.

Birthday, Easter & Spring Cupcake Treats

Spring is a wonderful time of year and, in the run up to Easter, I enjoy baking gifts for family and friends. These butterfly cupcakes were made as a gift for my sister who loves spending time in her garden. She loves her cakes too - so I'm hoping these will go down a treat!

These cupcakes are topped with a thick, pastel green buttercream frosting and have a butterfly decoration cut from ready-to-roll fondant icing. You don't need to bake your cupcakes - just buy some and enjoy decorating them if baking's not really your thing or also if you're short on time. Perfect for parties, birthdays, baby showers, Easter, weddings and many other occasions.

Fondant Butterfly Cupcakes

Fondant Butterfly Cupcakes

Prep time 40 min  -  Total time 60 min
Ingredients for 15 servings
For the cupcake mix:  • 175g softened butter  • 175g caster sugar  • 3 beaten eggs  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence  • 175g plain flour  • 3 teaspoons baking powder  • 3 tablespoons milk  • For the topping:  • 175g softened butter  • 350g confectioner's or icing sugar  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk  • Fondant icing - ready to roll

Step 1: Prepare (or Buy) Some Vanilla Cupcakes

Step 1: Prepare (or Buy) Some Vanilla Cupcakes

If you're not keen on making your own cupcakes, simply purchase some plain vanilla cupcakes and move on to Step 3 where you can decorate them yourself.

Mix the softened butter and sugar together in a large bowl. You can use an electric whisk or mix with a large spoon. Mix in the beaten eggs and then add the vanilla. When that's all well combined, fold in the flour, baking powder and lastly the milk. Combine all the ingredients until you have a nice, smooth cupcake mix.

Step 2: Baking the Vanilla Cupcakes

Step 2: Baking the Vanilla Cupcakes

I really recommend using the reusable silicone baking cups or cupcake cases which last and last. I've had mine for several years now and they're still like new and wash out well too.

Fill your baking cups or cases about 2/3rds full - not quite to the top because they will rise in your oven. Pop them on a baking tray and bake on Gas 4 (350°F / 177°C) for around 15-20 mins. When done, they should be a lovely golden brown color. Don't worry if the cupcakes have uneven tops and are not all uniform in size - these are gorgeous homemade (with love) cupcakes :)

Step 3: Making the Buttercream Frosting

Step 3: Making the Buttercream Frosting

This is my daughter's favorite part (and mine too if I'm honest) because buttercream frosting is just so good to eat.

Whisk the softened butter in a large bowl until it looks like extra thick whipped cream and then gradually beat in the confectioner's or icing sugar. Add in the vanilla essence, a small amount of coloring if you're adding this (I used green) and 2-3 tablespoons of milk. You're aiming for a very thick but spreadable consistency - it's not meant to be runny.

No fancy icing needed - just take a blunt knife or small palette knife and spread a generous amount of buttercream frosting to the top of each cupcake. Add some sprinkles or hundreds and thousands on top of the frosting. Then enjoy savoring what's left over in the bowl when you're done.

Step 4: Making the Mini Fondant Butterflies

Step 4: Making the Mini Fondant Butterflies

For these butterflies, I've roughly mixed equal portions of pale pink and baby blue ready to roll fondant icing which gives a dreamy, pink fluffy cloud look to the butterflies. You can stick to one color fondant or experiment with 2 or 3 colors.

Ready to roll fondant icing might feel sticky when you remove it from the packet. Put a light dusting of confectioner's or icing sugar on your worksurface, your rolling pin and your hands to remove the stickyness. You only need a small amount of fondant to make enough small butterflies to decorate your cupcakes - unless you want to go mad and put several butterflies on each cake.

Roll the fondant until it's around 5mm thick and use a small butterfly cutter to cut out as many butterflies as you have cupcakes. Place them onto a baking tray or baking paper.

Step 5: Adding Detail to the Fondant Butterflies

Step 5: Adding Detail to the Fondant Butterflies

This step is optional but I like to add a little extra detail by adding in a body to the middle of the butterfly. There are two easy ways to get this look. Either pipe some icing or melted baking chocolate down the middle OR do what I've done here and roll out some very thin black or brown fondant icing. Just roll it out as if you're making a sausage shape with Play Doh but as thin as a shoe lace.

You stick these on by cutting the rolled pieces to the length of the butterfly's body, wet this part on the butterfly with water (a clean or unused thin paintbrush is handy) and press the body detail on. The water sticks the two pieces of fondant together.

Step 6: Finish off Your Butterfly Cupcakes

Step 6: Finish off Your Butterfly Cupcakes

Pick up a finished fondant butterfly and gently press the wings from behind as if you're closing a book. Not too far, but try and shape the wings a little with this movement so the butterfly looks less static. Then pop it on top of an iced cupcake. So long as your frosting hasn't gone hard, the butterfly will stick to the top of your cupcake. I hope you've enjoyed reading my wizzles page today, thanks for your visit. Enjoy your cupcakes!

Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (1 Votes)
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Do Butterfly Cupcakes make pretty Spring Treats?

Marie on 04/22/2012

Thank you, Dustytoes. That's such a lovely comment and I really appreciate it. Of course I think my daughter's cute too :)

dustytoes on 04/22/2012

I'm back to congratulate you on winning the recipe contest...whoohoo... I enjoy all your recipe and food pages and your daughter is super cute....!!!!!

Marie on 04/09/2012

It's never a good idea to look at food or recipe pages @Flora when you're getting hungry - especially if there's a reason why you shouldn't eat the food mentioned. I have heard that about milk based products how they can affect the vocal chords. Good luck with your rehearsal :)

Marie on 04/09/2012

Thank you @Brenda. Yes ready to roll icing is fab. It comes in little foil packets or plastic tubs and can be bought white or in a huge range of colors. It is very similar to the feel of Play Doh except a little stickier and tastes nice and sweet.

FloraBreenRobison on 04/09/2012

Okay, this was the wrong article to come and say hello just before noon. I've not had lunch, I have a rehearsal at 1pm so I can't have milk products before singing classical music. Jazz music-not a problem! Classical music-froggy throat!

BrendaReeves on 04/09/2012

I loved baking with my kids when they were little. These cupcakes are so clever. I never heard of ready to roll icing.

Marie on 04/08/2012

Ha ha, they make me hungry too :)

Guest on 04/07/2012

Your baking pages always make me hungry! :)

Marie on 04/07/2012

That's a great idea, Katie, for kids to help make some butterfly cupcakes for their own party or maybe if they're having friends round to tea. Little tea parties with small kids is always fun.

katiem2 on 04/06/2012

I love these butterfly cupcakes, a fun treat for any child to help make, possibly for their own party. Very nice. Your daughter is adorable, oh my all the wonderful memories your creating, great childhood memories.

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