I wanted to make some ladybug cupcakes for a special summer treat. As you can see, the sunlight streaming in is making my ladybug glow! I set my tray, from Homegoods, with a red polka dot placemat and made a black polka dot napkin to coordinate with the black and white cupcake liner. I tied the napkin with some polka dot ribbon. The mug is from Homegoods, also. The tea cozy was a gift from my friend, Pat, from pattycakescooking.blogspot.com/.
These cupcakes are fun to make. I saw the idea for them on the internet and the site used Mallomar cookies for the ladybug. I couldn't find these cookies any where! I decided to use vanilla wafers, which I had, and sandwich two of them together with frosting, for the ladybugs body. This worked great. Here's how to make them:
Cupcakes from mix or from scratch
white frosting of your choice, either canned or homemade
(you can use this recipe, found here)
food coloring in red, green (or blue and yellow to make green)
red and green colored sugars
brown long sprinkles for the antenna
Bake the cupcakes and let cool.
Tint some frosting red for the body of the ladybug. Tint some frosting green for frosting the cupcake top. (I mixed blue and yellow together and used the AmeriColor gels that can be found at Hobby Lobby).
Frost the top of the cupcake with green frosting. Sprinkle with some green colored sugar.
Sandwich together two vanilla wafers with some of the red frosting. Coat the outside with red frosting for the ladybug's body. Sprinkle with the red colored sugar.
Put some chocolate frosting in a small zip lock bag. Snip a tiny opening at one of the corners. Pipe a stripe down the back of the ladybug and pipe a face on one end. Add some ladybug spots. Attach two chocolate long sprinkles for the antenna.
Place your ladybug on top of the cupcake. If you want, you can pipe some leaves. You could also flatten some green gumdrops and cut them out for the leaves.
Sit back and admire your work. Share with someone special!
|How about sharing some tea with me on the patio?|