We all love fancy homemade cupcake, but sometimes it's nice to have something easy that you can make for school parties at the last minute or just an everyday cupcake with a little decoration on the top with very little work or time involved. These cupcakes were inspired from the "Butterflies in Flight" Cupcakes in the Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book.
I made the cupcakes even more fun and simple by using a funfetti box mix mixed with 12 ounces of Diet Mountain Dew (regular soda may also be used) and I also added some pink coloring to the batter. The soda is used in place of the eggs and oil called for on the box. Experiment with different flavored sodas to add some fun and interesting flavors to your cupcakes! I got this idea a few years back from one of the Hungry Girl books and use this method quite often for cupcakes. This recipe will make about 18 cupcakes filled 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 18 minutes.
To keep these easy, I used pink ready made canned frosting for less mess and less work! I colored about 1-1/2 tablespoons of the pink frosting lavender and put it into a piping bag with tip 18 to make the stars between the pretzels that I pressed in. The heads of the butterflies are White Chocolate Easter M&M'S. In the book, black shoestring licorice is used for antennas, but after trying one with licorice, I decided to keep the cupcakes a softer color and not add the black, besides, I really do not like licorice!
Whether you are in a rush for a last minute dessert or just looking for an easy project to make with the kids, these cupcakes will do the job!
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