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Ladybug Painted Cupcakes

Glaze cupcakes with warmed canned white frosting then use our flavor paint, a mixture of vanilla extract and food color, to paint cute-as-can-be ladybugs.

Serves: 24
Serving Size: 1 cupcake
30 mins Prep time
30 mins Prep time
  • Spoon frosting into medium microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 20 to 30 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds. (Frosting should be a pourable consistency.)

  • Dip tops of cupcakes into frosting. Let stand 10 minutes or until frosting is dried.

  • Mix 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla and red food color in small bowl. Mix remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and black food color in another small bowl.

  • For the ladybug body, paint cupcake with red food color mixture using a small clean paint brush. Paint black dots with black food color mixture. For the ladybug head, press a cookie half, creme-side down, on each cupcake. Attach 2 pieces of licorice near the top of the head for the antennae. Use leftover frosting to attach 2 marshmallows, cut-side down, to the cookie for the eyes. Paint a dot on each marshmallow with black food color mixture to complete the eyes.

Cooking tip

For easier painting, refrigerate cupcakes for 15 minutes.

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Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • Calories: 213Cholesterol: 23mg
  • Sodium: 236mgProtein: 1g
  • Total Fat: 9gFiber: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 32g

Ratings & Reviews: 2

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  • Sue on 10/17/2014

    It is much easier to make red frosting, then microwave to pourable consistency, then dip cupcakes. The vanilla/food color mixture is too thin and does not cover the white frosting well. Skipped the white frosting step.

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  • Kim on 10/07/2014

    super cute

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