Spring has sprung which means my kids are all about getting outside. Carrigan is currently obsessed with all things animals and insects. When I taught first grade we used to get caterpillars each year and watch them turn into butterflies. It’s an activity we’re thinking of doing as a family this year but first we had a blast making these fun buttery cupcakes!
How to Make Butterfly Cupcakes
I’ve always loved butterflies and on our last family vacation before Carrigan was born we had the chance to visit an amazing butterfly pavilion in Georgia that blew Weston’s mind. He still remembers that visit so butterflies are definitely something we all love to explore together.
Check out how easy it is to make your own butterfly cupcakes and then enjoy them while you read one of our favorite books together! I’ve included some links at the bottom of the post with affiliate links.
What You Need:
- 1 box of vanilla cake mix (or you can prepare from scratch)
- 3 large eggs
- Water and vegetable oil (check your box cake mix for amounts)
- Green frosting or white frosting colored green with food coloring
- Mike and Ike candies (any colors you desire)
- Twizzler pull ‘n peel licorice (I used the purple strand in the fruit punch bag)
- White-chocolate covered pretzels
- Multi-Colored candies like M&M’s or Skittles
What You Do:
- Prepare your cupcakes according to the directions on the cake mix box.
- Allow to cool completely before frosting.
- Fill 3/4 decorating bag with green icing and attach a Wilton #233 tip.
- Hold the decorating bag straight up and squeeze to create a glass blade.
- Immediately after squeezing pull up and away when the icing strand is about 1/2 inch. Stop squeezing and pull tip away.
- Be sure to keep the strands together so none of the cupcake shows through. NOTE: for a more natural grass look, you can pull the tip slightly to the left or right. You can also visit Wilton’s website HERE for a video tutorial, if needed.
- Lay 2 pieces of Mike and Ike candies down the middle of each cupcake.
- Cut off 2 (1/4 inch) pieces of Twizzlers pull ‘n peel licorice and insert at the top to resemble butterfly antennas.
- Lay 2 white chocolate covered pretzels on each side of the Mike and Ike candies to resemble butterfly wings.
- Place multi-colored candies in the holes of the each pretzel. You can use M&M’s or Skittles. (We used Skittles this time.)
The butterfly cupcake toppers are so easy to make that the kids can help you and make their own! It’s best if an adult does the frosting and if you don’t want to do the grass look, you can just do a smooth layer of green frosting on top of each cupcake. It will still looking adorable!
And while you’re enjoying your butterfly cupcakes together, why not grab a book about butterflies? Reading a book together is one of the best things you can do to bond with your child! Here are some of our favorites!
- A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston (Buy it here!)
- Butterfly Colors and Counting by Jerry Pallotta (Available here.)
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Buy your copy now!)