Butterfly Cupcakes

With today being the summer solstice, Sunday Funday is celebrating with foods inspired by A Midsummers Night Dream.

Full of fancy and magic and faeries, this is a very fun theme.

After much hemming and hawing, I decided that Butterfly cupcakes were fanciful enough to match this theme, plus they’re fun and easy to put together!

For this recipe, a vanilla cupcake is hollowed and filled with a bit of lemon curd then decorated to look like butterfly wings!  The result is both delicate and tasty!

Sunday Funday

A Midsummer Night's Dream:

Faerie Recipes as a Tribute to Oberon & Titania

Butterfly Cupcakes 

Inspired by Christina's Cucina

Vanilla Cupcakes

1 (15 oz) box white cake mix

1 (3.9 oz) vanilla instant pudding

4 egg whites

8 oz sour cream

3/4 cup canola oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup water

To decorate

Lemon Curd (recipe here)

Buttercream (recipe here)

Powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line muffin tins with paper liners.

Mix all of the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth.  Divide the batter evenly between the liners and bake for 25-28 minutes.  Cool completely before frosting.

To decorate as Butterfly Cupcakes, use a paring knife to carefully cut a cone shape out of the top of the cupcake.  Add a teaspoon of lemon curd.

Fit a piping bag with a large closed star tip (I used a Wilton 2D), and pipe a dollop of buttercream frosting to cover the lemon curd.

Cut the piece of cake removed earlier and cut in half. Add the halves to the top of the cupcakes to resemble butterfly wings.  Finally, add a dusting of powdered sugar before serving.

Makes 24-28 cupcakes


  1. How fun is this recipe Amy?!! Perfect for this event.

  2. I learned to make these from a Scottish friend who said they were quite common when she was growing up. Glad to see they've made it across the pond! So cute!

  3. These are just beautiful and I love the lemon curd filling - yumm!

  4. Amy your butterfly cupcakes reminds me of the time I use to make them when my kids were younger. At that time I think these cupcakes were a fad. Yours look so pretty and love that you've also used lemon curd.. wish I could take one from the screen.