Who is ready for summer and cute butterfly cupcakes? First, we prepare an easy, one-bowl orange-flavored batter, and then show two ways to create adorable butterfly cupcakes. These lovely cakes are perfect for Mother’s Day, birthdays or bridal showers. You can download the printable cupcake wrappers we used at the end of this post. The cupcake wrappers feature our Belton Butterfly design and will make your bakes look extra adorable!

Make a delicious easy, one-bowl cupcake batter, and learn 2 ways to create adorable butterfly cupcakes. #baking #cupcakes #recipe | countryhillcottage.com

Tools

  • kitchen scale or measuring cups and spoons
  • lemon juicer
  • lemon grinder
  • sieve
  • large metal spoon
  • large and small mixing bowls
  • whisk (Alternatively, use an electric mixer.)
  • 12-hole cupcake or muffin tin (pan)
  • 12 paper cupcake cases (liners)
  • oven mitts or kitchen towel
  • cooling rack
  • small paring knife
  • cutting board
  • palette knife or butter knife
Our butterfly cupcakes are perfect treats for Mother’s Day, birthdays or bridal showers. They look extra cute served in our printable cupcake wrappers. #recipe #cupcake #butterflycupcakes | countryhillcottage.com
Our butterfly cupcakes are perfect treats for Mother’s Day, birthdays or bridal showers. They look extra cute served in our printable cupcake wrappers. #recipe #cupcake #butterflycupcakes | countryhillcottage.com
Yield: 12 cupcakes

Butterfly Cupcakes Recipe

Our butterfly cupcakes are perfect treats for Mother’s Day, birthdays or bridal showers. They look extra cute served in our printable cupcake wrappers. #recipe #cupcake #butterflycupcakes | countryhillcottage.com

First, we prepare an easy, one-bowl orange-flavored batter, and then show two ways to create adorable butterfly cupcakes. These lovely cakes are perfect for Mother’s Day, birthdays or bridal showers. If you want to make these cupcakes even more scrumptious, use a small spoon or a melon baller to scoop out a small hole in each cupcake and fill it with strawberry jam or raspberry jam!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

For the batter

  • 160 g (1 1/3 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 115 g (1/2 cup / 1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 115 g (1/2 cup) castor (granulated) sugar
  • 2 eggs (UK & Europe: M / US, Ca, AUS & NZ: L)
  • the finely ground zest of 1 organic orange
  • 2 – 3 tbsp orange juice

For the buttercream

  • 115 g (1/2 cup / 1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • powdered sugar
  • 1 – 2 tbsp milk

For decorating

  • fresh strawberries, cleaned and pulped
  • powered (icing/confectioners’) sugar

Instructions

  1. Prep work. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F / gas mark 4), and line a twelve-hole cupcake tin with cupcake cases.
  2. Mix the batter. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter sugar, eggs, orange zest and orange juice. Mix until a combined, then distribute the batter equally into the prepared tin. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the cupcakes have risen and look golden-brown. Place on a wire rack to cool for 1 hour.
    Tip: We prefer mixing cupcake batter by hand to avoid overmixing, which makes the texture of the cupcakes denser and chewier. Of course, you can also use an electric mixer to prepare this step. Just be careful to stop the mixing process once all ingredients are just combined.
  3. Make the buttercream. To make the buttercream, add powdered sugar and milk into a mixing bowl and combine on low speed. Add the softened butter and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Decorate the cupcakes. For our first design, using a serrated knife to cut off the top of the cupcakes and cut each top in half. Spread a little icing on the cupcake and arrange the two cake halves to form wings. For the second design, cut two slices of a strawberry for the wings and use the offcuts to form the butterfly’s body. Place the cupcakes in our cupcake wrappers and optionally sprinkle the cupcakes with icing sugar.

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Make a delicious easy, one-bowl cupcake batter, and learn 2 ways to create adorable butterfly cupcakes. #baking #cupcakes #recipe | countryhillcottage.com

Storage and shelf life of the butterfly cupcakes

The cupcakes keep fresh for 3 days in the fridge. Allow coming to room temperature before enjoying them.

You can download the printable cupcake wrappers we used to decorate our butterfly cupcakes at our website! #printable #cupcake #wrapper | countryhillcottage.com
You can download the printable cupcake wrappers we used to decorate our butterfly cupcakes at our website! #printable #cupcake #wrapper | countryhillcottage.com
Our butterfly cupcakes are perfect treats for Mother’s Day, birthdays or bridal showers. They look extra cute served in our printable cupcake wrappers. #recipe #cupcake #butterflycupcakes | countryhillcottage.com

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