Valentine?s Day greetings are arriving by air! These creative cupcakes are topped by a fondant butterfly you make ahead of time. On the day of your party, it?s quick and easy to ice cupcakes and assemble the butterfly on top.
Make butterfly in advance. Tint fondant red (combine Red-Red and Christmas Red to produce shade shown), rose and reserve white. Attach fondant pieces together using a damp brush.
Make wings using rose fondant. Cut out 2 hearts using smallest cutter. Trim 1/2 in. off pointed ends. Using white fondant, shape 12 bead shapes 3/8 in. long. Attach two beads together to form heart and attach to wings. Let dry on cornstarch-dusted surface.
Make body using red fondant: Roll a log 1 1/2 in. long x 1/2 in. diameter. Roll a 5/8 in. diameter head, attach. Cut two 1/2 in. long pieces of licorice and insert into head; roll two 1/8 in. balls and attach to ends of licorice. Let dry overnight.
Bake and cool cupcakes; ice smooth in white buttercream.
Position wings; draw facial features on butterfly with black FoodWriter and position between wings.