First you need to draw your stencil on a sheet of baking parchment. The butterfly body and wings must be separated.
Then turn your baking parchment over, making sure you can see your stencil clearly.
Melt your brown candy melts in a zip lock bag for 30 seconds at a time on half power in the microwave. Once all melted, snip the very tip of the bag and follow the outline of the butterfly. Allow them to set and harden, about 5 minutes.
Choose the first color you wish to work with, I used pink, red and orange but the choice is yours.
Again place the first of the colored candy melts in a zip lock bag and place in the microwave and melt as before.
Once melted fill in the wing outlines. You can be as creative as you like here; you could add several colors to one wing if you so wish. I just stuck to one color. While the chocolate is still not set sprinkle a few colored nonpareils on the top of each wing. And leave to fully set, about 10 minutes.
Once the wings and body are all set its time to “glue” them together. The best glue for chocolate is more chocolate. Grab the bag with the brown chocolate melts or pop some new ones in a bag and melt as before.
Lift one on the wings carefully and dab a little chocolate own its edge and stick it to the body at a chosen angle. I did my butterflies at different angles to give the cakes some variety.
Hold it there for about 3 minutes; you will feel it when the wing is stuck fully. Glue the other wing on in the same way.
There is your first butterfly chocolate decoration, ready to be placed on your cupcake, do just that by letting it sit in the bed of buttercream.
To finish I sprinkled a little edible gold glitter over the plate, just to give it a bit of sparkle.