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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.
1 container (16 ounces) white frosting
24 prepared cupcakes
1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract , divided
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Red Food Color
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Black Food Color
12 chocolate sandwich cookies, split
Black string licorice, cut into 48 (2-inch) lengths
24 miniature marshmallows, halved
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.
For easier painting, refrigerate cupcakes for 15 minutes.
(Amount per serving)
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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