Cute Fluttering Cupcakes

Every Easter my mom would make some kind of Easter cupcake that would make us so excited for the holiday to come. These butterfly cupcakes are so fun to make and everyone will love them! They are a new tradition for our family!

Serves: 24

Cute Fluttering Cupcakes

1 hrPrep Time

21 minCook Time

1 hr, 21 Total Time

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  • 1 (18.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 3 cups prepared vanilla frosting
  • 48 pieces thin pretzels twists
  • ¼ cup pink decorating sugar
  • 1 ½ cups M&M'S® Brand Chocolate Candies
  • ¼ cup M&M'S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies
  • 3 small strands of licorice laces
  • Green food coloring
  • 24 paper cupcake liners
  • Cupcake tins
  • 2 sheet pans
  • Wax paper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line the cupcake pans with the paper cupcake liners.
  3. Prepare the cake mix according to the package instructions. Pour the cake mix into the lined cupcake pans, and bake for approximately 18-21 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely.
  4. While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the butterfly wings. Line the two sheet pans with wax paper. Transfer 1 cup of vanilla frosting to a microwave-safe bowl; heat in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, stirring occasionally, until the texture of slightly whipped cream. Dip the pretzels in the warmed vanilla frosting until they're almost covered. Dab off any excess frosting, and then sprinkle with the decorating sugar before the icing sets. Transfer to the lined sheet pans; set aside and let cool completely.
  5. Add green food coloring into 1 can of vanilla frosting; spread it on top of the cooled cupcake
  6. Refrigerate until the frosting is set.
  7. Cover the top with green M&M'S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies Bunny Mix on the outside edge of each cupcake.
  8. Place one of your M&M'S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies for the head.
  9. Arrange a line of same-color M&M'S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies for the body.
  10. Press the small tips of the pretzels on top of the cupcakes for wings.
  11. Cut the licorice laces and place them as antennae.



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3 Responses to “Cute Fluttering Cupcakes”

  1. HeatherHH
    I wanted to pin this, but for some reason, none of the cupcake pictures are available for pinning on Pinterest, just the header and sidebar pictures. Also, none of them showed up in my RSS feeder either. So something seems to be wrong with the pictures in this post....

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