Butterflies & Blue Skies Cupcakes!

Today the Supreme Court found a constitutional right to gay marriage, striking down bans in 14 states and making it legal across the entire nation. If this makes you upset, unhappy and rumbly-grumbly, guess what? I DON’T CARE. Haha. Go sit in your nasty little hate corner and cry.

This seems like a perfect day to make my Butterflies & Blue Skies Cupcakes, since I want to wrap you all up in a fluttery rainbow hug.


For these I highly recommend using silicone cupcake-tin liners. These have become a staple in my kitchen, and they make both baking and clean-up a total breeze.



  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • Edible paper butterflies, small. I found these on Amazon.
  • One can each blue and white icing- I used the Pillsbury kind that comes in a ready-to-use can with interchangeable decorating tips.
  • Blue, white and green sprinkles. I used the Wilton three pack of stars, sprinkles and balls. I found both the icing and sprinkles at WalMart.


  • Muffin pan
  • Silicone or paper liners
  • Mixing bowls
  • Sifter
  • Mixing spoons
  • Toothpicks

Yield: Recipe makes approx. 15 cupcakes.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line muffin pan with paper or silicone liners. Sift together the dry ingredients- flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Muffin cups should be filled about 3/4 full.
  3. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  4. Let cool completely. If you’ve used the silicone liners, remove the cupcakes from them. Frost the cupcakes, alternating between blue and white. For some, I started with white and then added blue dots or a blue top for contrast. Add your sprinkles and then top each one off with one or two butterflies, folding them open so the wings are displayed and dabbing them into the icing to hold in place.100_0160 100_0165 100_0174 100_0179 100_0186

One thought on “Butterflies & Blue Skies Cupcakes!

  1. Your photos are always so amazing. I love how the colors just pop. These cupcakes look GREAT. They are almost too pretty to eat.

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