Lovely Ladybugs

Ladybug Cupcakes@The Seven Year Cottage

Sitting pretty atop miniature cupcakes…

These lovely ladies are not your garden-variety bugs!

Ladybug Cupcakes

  • Miniature cupcakes (undecorated)
  • 16oz. can vanilla frosting
  • 16oz. can chocolate frosting
  • Red, yellow, and purple gel food coloring
  • Red, yellow, and purple sugar crystals
  • Quart-sized resealable freezer bags
  • Chocolate jimmies-sprinkles
  • Junior Mints
  • M&M’s Minis

Divide vanilla frosting among three mixing bowls.  Using gel food coloring, tint a bowl of frosting red, another yellow, and the last purple.  Transfer each color of frosting to its own zipper bag.  Seal and snip one corner with clean kitchen shears.

Pour colored sugar crystals into three separate shallow bowls.  To form the bodies of ladybugs, pipe a mound of frosting onto miniature cupcakes, then gently roll wet icing in matching sanding sugar until completely covered and sparkly.

Spoon chocolate frosting into a zipper bag.  Seal and remove a tiny amount from one corner with shears.  Pipe a thin, straight line down the center of each ladybug’s back.

For ladybug heads, use a dab of chocolate frosting to secure mint candies to the fronts of cupcakes.

Ladybug spots are mini brown chocolate-coated candies, attached with tiny drops of frosting.

For antennae, insert two chocolate jimmies just above each ladybug head… tweezers work great for precise placement.

Arrange lovely ladybug cupcakes on a platter.

Serve and enjoy!

*Fun projects like this, are a great way to get kids in the kitchen.  They will love mixing frosting colors and creating with candy!


37 responses to Lovely Ladybugs

  1. Nicole says:

    These cupcakes are adorable! Great job. Visiting From Craft Soiree :)

  2. Angie says:

    These are wonderful! We would love to feature these on our site

  3. Ladybugs are so cute! Great idea!

  4. Winnie says:

    These are very cute
    Thanks for the explanations :)

  5. Cute! I’m so very inspired! Will be pinning this…

  6. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Hollie,
    These are just adorable little Lady Bugs! Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. How super adorable are those??? My daughter would love to help decorate these. Thanks for linking up at Pin It Thursday!

  8. Wow! The images bring so much joy … and I bet they’re tasty as well!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers … visiting from Show & Tell Friday!

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  10. Anita says:

    These cupcakes are adorable, love them in the mini size!

  11. epears says:

    These are way too cute! Perfect for a birthday party and summertime events. THanks so much for sharing!
    I’m stopping over from a blog hop, feel free to stop on by when you get a chance:

  12. Dayna Clark says:

    This Looks Amazing, I would love for you to share it at our link party

  13. Erin says:

    SOund delicious!! love it

  14. Pinned it to pinterest! It looks yummy! :)

  15. Thank you so much for sharing this cute and delicious cupcake recipe with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi Bolocofsky

  16. Printabelle says:

    I just made a set of ladybug printables and these cute cupcakes would be so perfect to serve at a ladybug party! Thanks for sharing at my link party!

  17. ADORABLE!! Thank you so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays last week. Hope to see you again this week!! The party is live at

    Nichi – The Mandatory Mooch

  18. Jill says:

    Such cute ladybugs Hollie! I love that you did them in different colours too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  19. Becky says:

    These are adorable!! I love the colors too!! Very bold. Thanks for linking to Foodtastic Friday!

  20. Britni says:

    These are adorable! And the tiny size makes them even cuter, if that’s possible! ;) Thank you so much for sharing at my Throwback Thursday party and I hope to see you again this week!

  21. Heidi says:

    My kids would absolutely love these! I’m so glad you linked this idea up at One Creative Weekend! I love it! I hope to see you back at the party tomorrow.

  22. Thanks for sharing over at Craft Junkie Too Hollie….this project is part of our featured favorites this week. :) Stop by and check it out and link up more goodness. Also, you can grab the featured me button for your blog if you’d like.

  23. Congrats Hollie! Your lovely ladybugs was our #1 most clicked link in the Crafty Showcase. Here is your feature and we will give you a Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest shout outs.

    Stop over tomorrow and share more of your goodies in our new Crafty Showcase.


  24. Really sweet looking and I love how you did several colors. A blue lady bug is gorgeous! Pinning this. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

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  26. These are fabulous!! The junior mint is genius! LOVE it! Thanks for sharing at The Sunday Showcase.

  27. Ali says:

    How adorable!! I love how vibrant the colors are, wonderful job!

    I wanted to thank you for submitting this to Recipe Sharing Monday last week. The new party is up this morning and I’d love it if you joined us again. Have a great week!

  28. These are absolutely adorable! I would love to have you share these at Mom’s Test Meal Mondays! This week is all about the kiddos & after-school snacks! I think any little one would love to come home and find these on the table!! :)

    Have a great Monday!

  29. Sorry this is late, but better late then never. Thanks so much for sharing with last weeks with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above. The link party is open now for this week.
    Debi Bolocofsky

  30. It looks so cute. I love it. Ladybug Cupcakes is awesome & waiting for the next surprise……

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