En­chanted But­ter­fly Cup­cakes

Makes 24, Prep and Cook: 1 hour, 30 mins

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250g un­salted but­ter, chopped,

at room tem­per­a­ture 1¹⁄³ cups caster sugar 2 tsps vanilla ex­tract 4 eggs, at room tem­per­a­ture ²⁄³ cup milk 2²⁄³ cups self-rais­ing flour White pearl ca­c­hous and pink

sprin­kles, to dec­o­rate

BUT­TER­FLIES 250g box white mod­el­ling paste Pink liq­uid food colour­ing, to tint

FROST­ING 500g un­salted but­ter, chopped,

at room tem­per­a­ture 5 cups ic­ing sugar mix­ture 2 tblsps milk

1 To make but­ter­flies, knead paste on a clean bench un­til smooth. Tint light pink. Roll out be­tween two sheets of bak­ing pa­per un­til 4mm thick. Us­ing a 2cm x 4½cm but­ter­fly plunger cut­ter, cut out 24 shapes. Knead scraps un­til smooth. Re­peat process, us­ing a 1cm x 3cm but­ter­fly plunger cut­ter to cut out 24 shapes. 2 Make four M-shaped stands out of thin sheets of card­board (21cm x 30cm). With long side fac­ing you, fold in half. Fold one half in half again, back towards you. Turn card­board over and re­peat on the other side. Open card­board out slightly. Sit but­ter­flies in the cen­tre so wings are an­gled up­wards. Stand overnight to dry. 3 Line two 12-hole muf­fin pans (¹⁄³-cup ca­pac­ity) with pa­per cases. 4 Beat but­ter, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl of an elec­tric mixer un­til fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, un­til com­bined. Trans­fer to a large bowl. 5 In two batches, stir in milk and flour un­til com­bined. Di­vide among pa­per cases (¼ cup in each). 6 Cook in a moder­ately slow oven (160C) for about 20 min­utes, or un­til cooked when tested. Stand in pans for 5 min­utes. Trans­fer to wire racks to cool. 7 To make frost­ing, beat but­ter in a large bowl of an elec­tric mixer un­til pale and creamy. Beat in ½ cup sugar at a time un­til smooth. Beat in milk. Tint dark pink with colour­ing. 8 In two batches, pipe frost­ing onto cup­cakes in a spi­ral pat­tern, start­ing from the edge, us­ing a pip­ing bag fit­ted with an 11mm star noz­zle (8-point). 9 Dec­o­rate with but­ter­flies, pearls and sprin­kles.

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