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Lemon Butterfly Cupcakes Recipe
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Lemon Butterfly Cupcakes Recipe

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These cute cupcakes start with a homemade white cake and are topped with lemon pudding. Licorice antennae add a nice touch.—Bonnie Hagerman, Frederick, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1-3/4 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 28 pieces shoestring licorice (2 inches), optional
  • 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, for filling, in a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.
  4. Using a sharp knife, cut a 1-in. cone-shaped piece 1 in. deep from the center of each cupcake. Carefully remove and set aside. Fill cavity with pudding mixture.
  5. For wings, cut reserved cone pieces in half vertically; arrange on top of filling with points touching. Insert licorice for antennae if desired. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 14 cupcakes.
Originally published as Butterfly Cupcakes in Taste of Home Recipe Card Collection Winter 2010 Winter 2010, p93

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Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"These weren't necessarily the tastiest cupcakes I've ever eaten, but they had the great virtue of holding together when you take them out of the pan! I didn't do the butterfly thing."

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