Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Butterfly Effect

For tomorrow's Wednesday Review, I am going to talk about one of my favorite baking books - Hello, Cupcake! I thought as a little preview I'd share the one cupcake I've actually made from the book: Butterflies!!

I made these for a friend's housewarming party. It was in the spring and I wanted something fun so I poured through Hello, Cupcake! until I found these.  The butterflies are made with melted down chocolate wafers. I traced a pattern on wax paper with the milk chocolate, and then filled it in with the orange-colored white chocolate, using a toothpick to make the swirls. Once the chocolate hardened, I peeled them off the wax paper, set them on the cupcake (using a mini chocolate chip under each wing to prop them up) and then piped on some more melted chocolate in the middle for the body. To finish it off, I attached the antennas and wala! I present to you - the Monarch Butterfly.  


  1. I really want to make fancy cupcakes :) Is that book related to the cupcake shop? Also, am confused by the wax paper process ... how to keep the melted chocolate in the right position til it hardens?

  2. You will have to come over sometime to help me make some! As for the wax paper process - you just pipe melted chocolate on and it is thick enough that it doesn't run all over the paper - just stays in place until it hardens.

  3. Sounds good to me! I have never piped ... only slathered onto my Oreo truffles with a half-spatula :)