Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ladybug Cupcakes

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

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
vanilla wafers
white frosting of your choice, either canned or homemade
  (you can use this recipe, found here)
chocolate frosting
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?

Isn't this sweet?

I am sharing with: 

Mix It Up Monday!
On the Menu Monday
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Your Cozy Home Party
Crazy Sweet Tuesday
Table Top Tuesday
Cowgirl Up!
The Bunny Hop
Let's Dish!
Tablescape Thursday
Full Plate Thursday
Foodie Friday
Weekend Potluck
Sweets for a Saturday
Seasonal Sundays


  1. I love it! I have to show this to my daughter. The ladybug is one of her whimsical sorority symbols, and this would be so cute for a parent's weekend treat or alumni tea or something. That's seriously adorable.

  2. This is so cute! I love your tea cozy and pretty tray too! I have a friend who is a lady bug collector, so I have been saving ladybug ideas for her next birthday party, I'll be keeping this one!

  3. This is too daughter would love them!

  4. These are so cute. My daughter and grand child just love cupcakes these look like they would be a perfect combination, of tasty, and cute.

  5. (((LOVE))) this. I'm such a BIG FAN of ladybugs, I would love to make these...I think Mallomars are only available in the winter months! I like your version better anyway...Would the SPOTS on the ladybug be OK to use CHOCO CHIPS???
    I REALLY REALLY LOVE that tea cozy!!! Thank you for all the FUN FUN FUN Info!
    Big Squishy Hugs,

  6. These really are very sweet to the eye as well as the stomach. You did a wonderful job with them. I have a grandson who loves lady bugs. He'll really get a kick out of these. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  7. Kitty your tea cozy is adorable~ I'm a fan of ladybugs! Adorable cupcake and perfect set on your polka dotted tray :)

  8. Cute cupcake and fun tea cozy! And polka dots make everything fun:@)

  9. I just LOVE anything with ladybugs and your vignette is just wonderful. You did a fabulous job on the cupcakes and your tea cozy is so pretty! Love all the polka-dots too!

    Have a wonderful night!
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  10. Those are darling!! I've never seen anything like them before.. I must make them!

  11. They are adorable, and so is the place setting. What a great cozy! Love the little lady bug! I need this to go with the lady bug table I did!
    Mallomars are only available certain months. Once it gets too hot, they don't make them.
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  12. I'd love to have tea with you on your patio. The polka dots are so pretty.. and the cupcake is the cat's pajamas.. fabulous.. My granddaughters will love these! have a beautiful week.. xo marlis

  13. Cute! I'm a fan of polka dots. Your place setting is adorable.

  14. What a lovely presentation! I love the polka dots on the cups and pretty!My daughters would love to try that's too cute!The tea cozy is so pretty and goes so well in your tray setting...wonderful job! Thanks for sharing the recipe, perfect for a summer birthday party. I appreciate your visit and for leaving me such sweet and encouraging words. Enjoy the rest of the week!Hugs,Poppy

  15. Hi darling, this is just the cutest post. Ladybugs are my favorite bug in the whole world.. what fun these would be to make. Thanks so much for sharing.. hugs ~lynne~

  16. So very cute! I love ladybugs and you did a great job on this one.
    Everything is perfectly coordinated. Love the polka dots.

  17. Ladybugs are so cute. Isn't it funny that we don't mind picking them up and holding them whereas there are no other bugs I let crawl on me! I love how you captured the light glowing off your lady's wings.

  18. What a cute post. All your ladybugs are adorable!

  19. Kitty these cupcakes are just the cutest. And your tablesetting is just perfect. So fresh looking. I just love those colors together and what can be better than polka dots and lady bugs. Love it absolutley love it.

    I am now home and had a great trip but I'm 'recuperating' from my trip. Came home stuffed with food, exhausted, but happy :D Hope to get a post up soon. Hugs.

  20. Kitty, these are so cute! Love your outside setting too! I know they must have taken some time to create but I'm sure they're worth it because they look so delicious.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia :)

  21. Hi Kitty,
    What darling cupcakes! I will be making these for my grandkids this summer. So perfect for a outdoor picnic! Thank you for sharing this recipe. Happy weekend to you!

  22. There is something so cheerful about ladybugs AND polka dots! Very cute cupcakes! Now I'm going to be looking for mallomars!

  23. Oh how adorable your lady bug cupcake is! I just love how creative it is.

  24. These are good enough to eat! How adorable... as cute as a bug in a rug!

  25. So cute! Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  26. Very cute!!! Love your setting too.

  27. Kitty,
    They are so cute. They would be a happy addition to
    any occasion.

  28. I love your tea cozy and those ladybug cupcakes would be perfect for any summer occassion. They look really cute and so easy to make. I have some I do but use store bought ladybugs. I think it's wonderful that you've figured out how to make the ladybugs yourself. How creative! Thanks for joining me at the Grill, BBQ, and Picnic Party!

  29. Too cute! Perfect for summer when I see the lady bugs arrive in the garden! Love the cozy, too.

  30. Kitty, your ladybug is just too cute! Oh, would my grandson ever love it! Easy to make too. Thank you for sharing and coming to my party. Have a delightful day.


  31. A ladybug tea party how wonderful! I like it.

  32. Hi Kitty,
    Very cute and delicious looking cupcakes!

  33. Hello Kitty
    Very sweet cupcake right down to the paper liner. I really like your ladybug tea cozy too and tea on the patio sounds just fine with me.

  34. Super creative and super beautiful!

  35. I adore lady bugs! Your setting is so cute with the cupcake and dotted tray & cup...and darling tea cozy! Perfect for tea in the garden.

  36. A fun way to have tea, indeed! Love the cupcakes :)

  37. Hi Kitty,
    I would just love to share a cup of tea and one of those adorable cupcakes with you on your patio, what a special treat that would be. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  38. I know two little girls who would absolutely love to have one of these ladybugs.

  39. I adore ladybugs and these cupcakes are awesome Kitty!

  40. so cute...and I love the paper liners you used, too!


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