This is how to make a cute ladybug cupcake! They are so fun to make for birthdays or a baby shower. With just a few ingredients and treats you can transform a normal cupcake into an adorable ladybug complete with edible eyes and dots. Great idea when baking with kids.
I have 3 girls and yes there is something about girls and their love for ladybugs that goes hand in hand. It’s also a cute theme for a first Birthday party, and if you’re looking for an easy ladybug cupcake recipe I have one for you! I’m all about easy recipes, but having fun in the kitchen at the same time, I hope you like this fun cupcake idea and bake them with your kids too. (originally published 6/18)
Didn’t these turn out adorable?? No it’s not every day that my creations come out looking great but my girls loved this one. It’s so easy too, let me show you how to make this ladybug cupcake.
This is what you will need and how you make a cute Ladybug cupcake
- Cake mix colored red or red velvet cake mix – or homemade cake mix
- Ingredients to make batter
- Cupcake liners
- Cupcake pan
- Fine red sprinkles – I used this red sanding sugar
- small candy eyes
- M&Ms – I just picked out the brown ones
- Mini Oreos
- Frosting – you can dye it red using this if you want
- Stick pretzels
Now I started by baking red velvet cupcakes using this cake mix . You can make some from scratch, but remember when I said I like EASY…..so we will go from there. 😉 Now you will need red icing (I just mixed red food coloring with white icing) red sprinkles or red colored sugar like you see here, 1 mini Oreo, 1 stick pretzel broken in half, 8 brown M&Ms, and 2 candy eyes.
After you frost the cupcake turn it over and press gently into the bowl of red sprinkles to coat. Then just use a dab of white icing to stick the candy eyeballs to the front of the mini Oreo, stick the brown chocolates on, break your pretzel in half and stick them in for antennae.
Here’s a video showing how easy these ladybug cupcakes are to make!
If you’re throwing a party this is a great and cheap activity to have the kids do too!
Just have all the necessary items laid out on a table with the cupcakes already made.
Have plastic spoons for them to spread the icing on easier (show them how to scoop some frosting on to the BACK of the spoon and smooth it on to the top of the cupcake. If you don’t want to color the frosting it is okay, a thick layer of red sprinkles should make it red enough. Though I did color mine so the color was quite brilliant.
Just have them use the tip of the handle of their spoon to get a little bit of frosting to put on the back of the head to attach it and also the back of each candy eye so it sticks to the Oreo head.
Attach the eyes before attaching the head, it will work better that way.
If you love these cute cupcakes check out my sheep cupcakes too, perfect for a baby shower, first birthday or Easter time! If you’re throwing a ladybug birthday party these will be perfect, let me know how they turn out!
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