Ladybug Cupcakes …

I am sorry for not posting anything for a while.  I was out-of-town … no internet access!  Now I am home and back in the swing of things.

Several weeks ago I was asked to make some cupcakes for a gathering of family and close friends.  I chose to make a very easy flower with a little ladybug on it.  Let me tell you why ladybugs …

Our sons grew up with a neighboring family’s sons … they are extended family, not  just friends … the neighbors’ oldest son married and had two daughters.  The younger daughter was named Kaitlynn … which became Katie … which became Katie Bugs … and ladybugs are Katie Bugs.  In honor of Katie … these are really “Katie Bug Cupcakes”.  Katie has been gone a year now … but whenever we see ladybugs … we think of Katie Bugs.

There are several new things that I learned while making these cupcakes … I had bought some cupcake papers that were a very different size … a small diameter and rather tall … so I “helped” them fit my cupcake pans by flattening out the bottom … I used a glass … now bake your favorite cupcakes …

The ladybugs can be made in advance … I used Peanut Butter M&Ms because they are bigger than plain M&Ms and flatter than peanut M&Ms … using a marker for food (Americolor Gourmet  Writer) just draw ladybug markings … and let dry for a few minutes before handling them … but I decided that these little ladies needed to see … so I gave them eyes using melted white chocolate and a toothpick …

  

Now for the cupcakes … make your favorite icing … color about 1/2 cup of the icing green (for 24 cupcakes) … place a star decorating tip (I used #199) in a bag and fill it with white icing … place a leaf tip (I used #352) in a bag and fill it with the green icing … have candy flower centers ready for use …

Make a swirl flower , or I like to call these “fried egg flowers” … start at the outside edge and work your way toward the center … add a candy for the flower center … I used very large edible confetti … yellow M&Ms could be used if the Peanut Butter Addict that you are married to did not eat all of the leftover M&Ms! … OK, I admit that I helped him … I will plan better next time …

 

Add leaves by holding the tip so that it looks like a bird’s beak … squeeze the bag … then release pressure as you pull away from the cupcake …

So that is how to make a Katie Bug cupcake …

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Ladybug Cupcakes …

  1. Your little ladybugs are my favorite part! And it’s hard to get me to choose anything over a yummy cupcake!

    Thank you for linking up to my Not “Baaad” Sundays blog hop. The linky is up now, but my main reason for stopping by tonight is to tell you there’s a SURPRISE awaiting you on my blog 🙂

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