Lil’ Bug Cupcakes

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I first saw these cupcakes on Martha Stewart and knew they would make the sweetest treats for a bug-themed baby shower. The candy butterfly is the star of this cupcake, so you can make any kind of cake that you like. My favorite is lemon buttermilk, but you could even use a box of Betty Crocker cake mix if you want to save time.

What You Need:
• Cupcakes- use your favorite scratch recipe or follow box instructions for baking
• Frosting- make your own or buy it at the store
• Red food coloring
• Pretzels
• M&M’s
• Licorice Rope
Cupcake Wrapper Template
• Pink construction paper or scrapbook paper
Personalized Lil’ Bug Labels

Step One: Bake your favorite cupcakes.
Step Two: Add a few drops of red food coloring to a small bowl of white frosting and stir until you get your desired pink color. Spoon about half the dyed frosting into a pastry bag and set aside. Frost the top of each cupcake.
Step Three: Place 2 pretzels on each cupcake for the butterfly wings and use the pastry bag of frosting to pipe them into place.
Step Four: Add an M&M for the head and licorice antennae.
Step Five: Print and cut out the Cupcake Wrapper Template. Trace it onto your chosen pink paper and cut out with scissors. Carefully wrap around each cupcake, using a small circle label to seal each one. Add another oval shape label in Lil’ Bug style to the front of each wrapper for added decoration.

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Rachel Beyer is an artist, designer and creative maker based in Portland, OR. She loves crafting, party planning and illustration. Rachel runs her own creative blog, Adventures In Making and also has a line of greeting cards, art prints and handmade goodies called Camp Smartypants.


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