A ladybug's bright colors work well on cakes.
Little ladybug cupcakes make a cute addition to any child's party -- and they appeal to both boys and girls. Your young guests will find it hard to resist picking off and nibbling on the candy spots from your creations, before taking a bite, only to find the cupcakes surprisingly pink and spotty inside. You can even display your edible bugs on a big, green, card-stock leaf for added effect.
1Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until they are light and fluffy -- this is less of a workout if you leave your butter out of the fridge for 30 minutes before you start. Beat in four eggs, one at a time, adding a little of your measured flour if the mixture starts to separate. Once you're done adding the eggs, fold in the rest of your flour. Add a few drops of red food coloring to your mixture to make your cakes pink and 1/2 cup of chocolate drops to make the spots inside your ladybugs.
2Place your cupcake cases on a cupcake baking tray. Put roughly one heaping tablespoon of the mixture into each case. You might have to cook in two batches if you only have one tray.
3Bake your cakes in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 10 to 12 minutes. You'll know they're ready when they start to brown on top and are spongy to touch. Let them cool before decorating.
4Put your icing sugar in a bowl and add two or three drops of red food coloring. Add 1 teaspoon of water at a time until you have a thick but spreadable water icing. Spread this onto each cupcake, covering the top.
5Cut candy laces about half an inch shorter than your cakes and place one down the middle of each cake, leaving space at the top for the head. Put three or four chocolate drops on each side of the lace for the ladybug's spots.
6Place a chocolate button on your cake where the candy lace ends to create a head and drip two small blobs of your red water icing onto this for eyes. Your little party guests will enjoy picking the decorations off these treats gobbling down the rest of the cake.
Things You'll Need
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup margarine or butter
- 4 eggs
- Few drops of red food coloring
- 1 cup baking chocolate drops
- Pack of candy laces (black, red or pink)
- 1 cup powered sugar
- Mixing bowl
- Mixing spoon
- 24 cup cake casescupcake baking trayflat knife
- 24 small chocolate buttons
- Make the Cakes