Butterfly cupcakes

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These pretty cupcakes are perfect for a exceptional occasion. The flavoured syrup attention the cakes remain moist, thus you lot tin brand them a twenty-four hours ahead as well as decorate the adjacent day

These pretty cupcakes are perfect for a exceptional occasion Butterfly cupcakes


  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 300g butter
  • , melted as well as cooled
  • 300g self-raising flour

For the flavoured syrup

  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp dried lavander flowers (see tip)

For the buttercream icing

  • 400g butter
  • , softened
  • 550g icing sugar
  • 3 nutrient colourings gels (we used purple, yellowish as well as pink)

For the butterfly wings

  • 400g white chocolate
  • 3 nutrient colourings gels (we used purple, yellowish as well as pink)
  • 2 chocolate biscuits, crushed (we used Oreos simply removed the white filling)

Butterfly cupcakes

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 as well as business 2 12-hole cupcake tins amongst newspaper muffin cases. Put all the cake ingredients inwards a large bowl as well as whisk amongst an electrical whisk for 3-4 mins or until pale as well as light. Divide the mixture evenly amid the 24 cases as well as bake for 20 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre of a cake comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  2. While the cupcakes bake, brand the syrup. Put the sugar, lavander as well as 300ml H2O inwards a medium pan over a depression heat. Bring gradually to the boil, prepare for 2 mins, thus plough off the oestrus as well as exit to infuse. When cold, strain through a sieve into a small-scale jug.
  3. To brand the icing, position the butter, icing saccharide as well as 100ml of the syrup inwards a large bowl. Mix amongst a wooden spoon, thus switch to an electrical whisk as well as whisk until smoothen as well as fluffy. Divide the mixture betwixt iii bowls. Add a tiny point of nutrient colouring gel to each bowl to brand iii dissimilar colours of buttercream – stir to mix, thus transfer one-half of each color to disposable piping bags.
  4. Use a cocktail stick to poke a few piffling holes inwards the hap of the cupcakes, thus drizzle each amongst i tsp of the syrup. Put i heaped tsp of icing onto each cake (do 8 of each colour) as well as swirl it circular amongst the dorsum of the spoon to completely comprehend the top. Next, role the matching piping handbag to pipage a similar a shot business most 2-3 cm long across the middle of each cake.
  5. To brand the wings, melt the white chocolate inwards a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Divide into iii smaller bowls as well as add together the same gel colours every bit before. Cut 8cm squares of baking parchment and, using a pen, depict a couplet of butterfly wings on each foursquare thus that the blueprint shows through on the other side or, if you lot prefer, describe the blueprint below. Turn the newspaper over and, using the business every bit a guide, pigment on the melted chocolate. Sprinkle crushed biscuits on the edges to practice patterns, thus exit to set. Once set, gently force the wings into the cupcakes at a 45-degree angle.