An Easy Butterfly Cupcake

This easy-to-make butterfly cupcake is the perfect way to welcome spring. Colorful and full of flavor. Make them for your spring, summer, fairy, or insect party. 

butterfly cupcakes

Butterfly Cupcakes

Fun food crafts are a great way to add excitement to any celebration. These colorful spring treats are a great way to elevate any spring, summer, or fairy party, just like these Brownie Bird Nests, Pastel Marshmallow Pops, or Pastel Strawberries.

Now that the snow has all melted, I can’t wait to see signs of spring everywhere. I want to see flowers, budding and butterflies. Until then, I’ll have to settle for these easy-to-make butterfly cupcakes.

These are fun for the kids to help with or for you to get your creative juices flowing without the kids.

What I love about this Butterfly Cupcake

  • easy to assemble
  • kids can help make them
  • you can use your favorite cupcake recipe or a boxed cake mix
  • perfect for birthday parties
  • can be made ahead
butterfly cupcakes

Are you ready to make these cute insect cupcakes? Let’s make sure you have everything you’ll need: 


makes one dozen

  • 12 baked and frosted cupcakes – I used pre-made pink vanilla frosting
  • White Fudge covered pretzels – I bought these pre-made, as well
  • Colorful candies – I used pastel Sixlets. Round chocolate candies for the body
  • 24 Coconut flakes for the antenna – 2 for each cupcake

How do you make butterfly cupcakes?

Grab the full instructions in the printable recipe card below:

  • Whisk your cupcake ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  • Using a muffin tin lined with paper liners, pour the mixture about 2/3 of the way full into each liner
  • Bake cupcakes in the oven using the time stated according to your cupcake recipe
  • Once cooled on a wire rack, completely frost cupcakes – you do not need to do anything fancy. Spread the frosting onto the cupcakes.
  • Add sixlets for the butterfly body, fudge pretzels at an angle for butterfly wings, and sweetened coconut flakes for the antenna.

What are some great ideas for spring party treats?

Also, great ideas for a Fairy Party

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Make-Ahead and Storage:

These cupcakes can easily be made a few days in advance. If left uncovered on the counter, they can set out for 1 day.

Covered at room temperature will increase their shelf life to up to three days.

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Tips and Tricks for making cupcakes

fill your cupcake liners placed in a muffin pan about 2/3 of the way full. Spoon cupcake batter in until you have reached the level that looks about 2/3 of the way up the cupcake liner. If you overfill the liner they will not bake properly and will overflow

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An Easy Butterfly Cupcake

Colorful spring cupcakes decorated with a butterfly
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
decorating: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 618cal
Author: Melissa
Cost: $10


  • 12 baked cupcakes
  • 16 oz. Pink frosting
  • 24 White Chocolate covered pretzels You should be able to find these at the grocery store pre-made
  • 16 oz. Sixlets (spring mix) I used pastel Sixlets. Round chocolate candies for the body
  • 7 oz. Coconut flakes for the antenna 2 for each cupcake


  • Bake cupcakes according to your cupcake recipe in the oven
  • Once cooled completely frost cupcakes – you do not need to do anything fancy. Simply spread the frosting onto the cupcakes
  • Right down the middle of the cupcake – Add sixlets for the butterfly body – I added 4 0r 5
  • Place the fudge pretzels for wings at an angle on either side of the body
  • Place sweetened coconut flakes for the antenna – just under the first Sixlet (I experimented with placement and this was the best look)


*You can probably get 24 cupcakes out of one cake box. Adjust the number of decorations you’ll need for that amount
*Store cupcakes on the counter uncovered for up to one day or covered for up to 3
nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 618cal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 267mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 107IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 2mg



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