Playful desserts never fail, whether it is a family gathering, friends’ night-in, or kids’ birthday party. To channel the joyful spirit, rely on these cute coconut cupcakes topped with creamy buttercream frosting, confetti sprinkles, and candy melt butterflies. Even better, this easy-to-make cupcake recipe was developed in Dolly Parton’s kitchen! So try out the ‘Butterfly Coconut Cupcakes’ for your next party!
Ingredients (for 24 Cupcakes)
● Duncan Hines Dolly Parton’s Southern Style Coconut Cake Mix, 1 package (15.25 ounce)
● Duncan Hines Dolly Parton’s Creamy Buttercream Frosting, 2 containers (16 ounces)
● Eggs, 4
● Milk, 1 cup
● Melted butter, ½ cup
● White chocolate chips, ½ cup
● Confetti sprinkles, 2/3 cup
● Bright teal, purple, and pink decorating sugars
● Line 24 muffin cups with cupcake liners and heat the oven to 350oF.
● Beat the cake mix on low speed with eggs, milk, and melted butter for about 30 seconds. Then increase the speed to medium and continue beating for 2 minutes, until the mixture gets fluffy.
● Divide the batter among liners. Bake for 16-19 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check doneness.
● Let the cupcakes cool in the oven for 10 minutes. Then transfer them from the pan to a rack.
● Draw or print 24 small butterflies on white paper, around 1½ inches wide each. Place it on a baking sheet and cover with wax paper.
● Take the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 15-20 seconds intervals, stirring in between, until melted.
● Pour it into a freezer bag and snip a small hole in a corner. Trace and fill in the butterfly drawings. Sprinkle each butterfly with colorful decorating sugars and chill for 15 minutes.
● Reserve ½ cup of frosting. Transfer it to a freezer bag and snip a small hole from the corner.
● Spread the remaining frosting over the baked and cooled cupcakes.
● Spread rainbow sprinkles on a plate. Dip the tops of the cupcakes in sprinkles.
● Pipe a dollop of reserved frosting over each cupcake.
● Insert the chilled chocolate butterflies into the top frosting of the cupcakes.
Ted Danson, who played the lead character in Cheers, recently talked about how grateful he is that he got the opportunity to play Sam Malone. The actor still enjoys the show and watches it to bring back the sweet memories that he made with his co-stars and other team members.
The Cheers Nostalgia
Recently, Cheers celebrated its 40th anniversary, and looking back at those good old days, Ted Danson couldn’t help but get a little emotional. After all, it’s because of him serving up drinks and one-liners as Sam Malone that he became the household name he is today. The actor still can’t believe how far along he has come in life since he joined the cast of Cheers at 35. Even today, the sitcom holds the power to make Ted Danson laugh. According to Danson, he got into the business because of Jimmy Burrows, Les Charles, and Glen Charles—the makers of Cheers. The Good Place actor states that it’s because of the 1982 sitcom that he can sit with legends today at the same table.
Ted Danson played the role of Sam Malone in the show, and has mentioned how difficult it was for him to step into the character’s shoes because he was nothing like him in real life. It took Ted a good year and a half to get comfortable with his character and to understand his role’s personality. In an interview with The Late Show With Seth Meyers in 2018, the actor stated that he was never the one to go to bars or pick women up. He wasn’t that confident, and Sam’s personality was completely opposite to his. The sitcom aired on NBC for 11 seasons, and received much love from fans. The show was such a hit that it spawned a spinoff series Frasier, which premiered in 1983 with Kelsey Grammer reprising his role of Dr. Frasier Crane from Cheers.