It's Summer cupcake time! And nothing says "Summer!" like frolicking in the flower fields with glistening chocolate butterflies. And dragonflies, apparently.* (*I must admit that in my wee, addled brain, dragonflies fall very clearly into the "nasty, horrifying winged bug" category, and were a generous concession to the man in my life who simply could not bring himself to eat pink chocolate butterfly cupcakes. Were I to spot a dragonfly in any other context, say, in nature, I am quite sure I would run weeping for the house.)
I've been meaning to make these charming cupcakes for some time now because (1) they look like something Martha Stewart would serve at a summertime, starched-white-linen tea party, (2) they involve chocolate (nay, melted chocolate), and (3) they're ridiculously easy to make. No, really! Ridiculously easy instructions below:
1. Whip up a simple chocolate cupcake batter: mix 1 1/2 c flour, 1 c sugar, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1/3 c cocoa powder, 1/2 c vegetable oil, 1 c water, 1 tsp vinegar, and 1 TB dry instant chocolate pudding.
2. Pour into cute cupcake molds, bake at 350 until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.
3. While the cupcakes are baking, grab a ziploc bag, fill 1/3 full with your favorite melting chocolate (I used Wilton's baking chips. Regular chocolate chips also work. Choose your poison.) and microwave on medium for 1-2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to knead the bag. Don't overheat the chocolate! Snip a tiny corner off the edge of the bag.
4. Fold a piece of wax paper down the middle and tape over a butterfly or dragonfly picture, with the wax paper fold sitting directly on top of the butterfly/dragonfly body. You can find good outlines at http://www.free-printable-coloring-pages.net/butterfly-coloring-pages.html
. Gently trace the butterfly or dragonfly with your chocolate bag, starting by tracing the body so that it sits directly on the folded wax paper line.
5. Quickly pop your wet butterfly/dragonfly in the fridge onto a folded piece of cardstock. The folded line in the wax paper should sit directly in the center of the folded cardstock so the butterfly/dragonfly wings are pointed upwards in a "V" shape.
6. While the butterflies/dragonflies are cooling, frost your cupcakes. Gently peel butterfly/dragonfly from wax paper and set on cupcake.
Voila! Gorgeous butterfly cupcakes and "so cute they almost aren't horrifying" dragonfly cupcakes.
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