This post isn’t going to be as long as my typical posts. My goal is to show you how my daughter made the adorable little white chocolate dragonflies she used to top the Gluten Free Pink Lemonade Cupcakes she made. These cake decorating ideas are perfect for spring!

My daughter saw a tutorial to make chocolate butterflies and knew she wanted to make a spring take on this idea. She was sitting in our backyard since it has been so warm this spring and noticed several dragonflies hanging out near our swimming pool and wanted to make candy in their shape for her spring cupcakes idea.

So many of you asked how she did it, and you won’t believe how EASY they were to make it!! These candy dragonflies would be fun on top of any of these Gluten Free Cupcake recipes.

These white chocolate candy dragonflies make beautiful cake toppers on these Gluten Free Pink Lemonade Cupcakes. These dragonflies would fall into the easy cake decorating for beginners category because they are so easy to make.

Dragonflies made out of white chocolate sitting on cupcake flowers.

Are you ready to see how easy these dragonflies are to make?

The first step is to melt white chocolate. It is important to ensure the white melting chocolate you choose is gluten-free and that it isn’t made on shared equipment with wheat. I love many Wilton products, and we have never had a reaction, but many of their sprinkles and candies are made on shared equipment.

Best chocolates for melting:

  1. Ghirardelli White Melting Chocolate
  2. Oasis White Melting Chocolates

Add your white melting chocolates to a  microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, remove and stir. Microwave for 20 seconds and stir; repeat until the candy is melted.

Take a book and open the book. Lay it on the kitchen counter. Place a large piece of wax paper over the open book.

Next, take a plastic sandwich bag. Fill the bag with the melted chocolate. You are going to want to snip the corner then very slightly. If you snip too much, you will have very thick candy lines. The smaller the snip, the finer the chocolate lines to make your candy insect.

Making an outline of dragonfly wings out of white chocolate.

Hold the bag of melted chocolate and make a line of white chocolate down the crease of the book. This will be the dragonfly body. Next, start the outline of the wings. The two front wings should be much larger than the back two wings.

Another photo of squeezing the bag of melted white chocolate.

This is definitely messy but so worth it!!

Three white chocolate dragonflies hardening.

Depending on the size of your book, you can make 3 white chocolate dragonflies at a time. I hope this cake decorating idea is as fun for you to make as it was for my daughter!

Another angle of making the wings out of white chocolate.

Here is another angle so you can see how she fills the wings with white chocolate to make a lattice pattern.

A chocolate dragonfly in tupperware.

These white chocolate insects are fragile, so store them carefully until you are ready to place them to decorate your cake or cupcakes.

Another shot of the white chocolate dragonfly on a pink floral cupcake.

Use These Candy Dragonflies to Decorate These Gluten Free Cakes:

How To Make White Chocolate Dragonflies

Sandi Gaertner
A tutorial on how to use chocolate to make dragonflies or butterflies to decorate your cakes and cupcakes.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Gluten Free Candy Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 164 kcal


  • 2 cups white chocolate melting wafers


  • Add the white chocolate to a microwave safe bowl.
  • Microwave for 30 seconds and stir.
  • Microwave for 20 seconds and mix.
  • Repeat until the white chocolate is melted.
  • Open a large book and lay it on the counter.
  • Cover the pages with wax paper.
  • Pour the white chocolate into a sandwich bag.
  • Make a very SMALL snip with scissors to cut a bit of one of the corners off.
  • Use the chocolate bag to add a stripe of white chocolate in the crease of the book. Next outline wings.
  • Fill in the wing area with a lattice pattern.
  • Allow to harden for 15-20 minutes.
  • Top on cakes or cupcakes.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 36mgSugar: 18g
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  1. Way to go Kaela! Those cupcakes look so beautiful and delicious! I need to show this to my daughter so she can decorate some cupcakes for me!

    1. You should see what she has planned for this weekend’s decorating project ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This is so beautiful and creative! I love that your daughter is decorating cupcakes, she’s doing a wonderful job ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. These are so cute! And now I want to figure out how to make a cake that looks like a pond and have little dragon flies flying around. Your daughter is so creative!