3d Butterfly Cupcakes 

Imagine making butterfly cupcakes with 3d butterflies made completely out of icing and without any cutters?

Here is a cool butterfly themed cupcake decorating idea you can try for your next cake decorating project.

These cupcakes are fairly easy to make - all you need is royal icing, a round tip and your design templates drawn on a piece of parchment paper!  There is absolutely no need for any cutters for the butterflies. And best of all, you can create your butterflies in any shape or size!

Read on and I will explain how I made these cupcakes. 

Butterfly cupcakes picture

How to make butterfly cupcakes with 3d sugar butterflies

A friend of mine ordered these cute cupcakes for her daughter’s class party. She specifically requested for butterflies cupcakes and wanted them colorful, so I thought a floral themed butterfly cupcakes will suit her.

I used my butter pound cake recipe for the cupcakes, and baked them in shiny silver paper cupcake casings. The cupcakes turned out slightly domed which was how I wanted them to be. 

I iced the cupcakes with royal icing, half of the cupcakes in green-tinted royal icing, and the other half in white. I left the royal icing with a not so smooth finish on the cakes, I wanted a slightly rustic casual look for the cupcakes.

And here is how I decorate the cupcakes:

  • Firstly, I drew the picture of the butterfly wings I wanted to use. I drew this freehand but you can always trace the butterfly wings from a book, etc. I traced my butterfly design on to a parchment paper. I made number of these so that I have enough for the cupcakes and some extras for contingency. I then turned the paper over and using stiff white royal icing, I piped the outline of the butterfly wings. I used Wilton round tip #2 for the outline.
  • Next, I used pink and yellow royal icing to fill the wings area inside the outlines. At this point the icing should be slightly runny so that it can fill up the outlined areas well and smooth. To achieve the runny consistency, simply dilute the royal icing with a little warm water. Do this very carefully as you do not want the royal icing to be to watery. It should still be thick and only slightly runny to fill the outlines.
  • Once done, I left the wings aside to set. I left them overnight to make sure they dry and set properly. This is very important because if the icing does not dry well, you risk breaking the wings when peeling them off the parchment paper. In fact, you can make this butterfly wings much in advance. Peel of the parchment paper and store them in a cool and dry place.
  • To assemble the butterflies onto the cupcakes, I piped a thick line of stiff black royal icing onto each cupcake for the butterflies’ bodies and attached one pair of wings on each cupcake. It can take a while for the wings to stay in position so you can support the wings with a piece of sponge until the black royal icing hardens and is able to hold the wings in place. And finally I piped the stamens with the same black royal icing.

And for each of the cupcakes, I also added 2 small fondant flowers which I cut out using small petal cutters.

Here is how the cupcakes turned out. I alternated them with gum paste roses (these were made without any wires attached to them as I did not want to risk any of the children biting into wires!!) to complete the floral theme I intended for the cupcakes. 

Butterfly cupcakes pictures

Hope you enjoyed this cupcakes decorating idea as much I enjoyed making them. Happy cupcake decorating :)

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