Garden Party Cupcakes- Bugs & Butterflies

With spring in full bloom and summer around the bend, thought it would be a great time to share how to make these adorable ladybug and butterfly cupcakes (inspired by Martha Stewart), for an upcoming celebration, be it a garden, kid’s birthday party, or even a sweet outdoor baby shower. Honestly, you don’t even need a reason other than ‘tis the season and because they’re so super cute! 

The how to:


Your favorite cupcakes (from scratch -my fave recipe coming soon- or from the box- Duncan Hines is my go to boxed when in a pinch).

Vanilla (and chocolate frosting if you like)– again, you can make from scratch which is easier than you might think (see my delicious, easy peasy vanilla frosting below) or go with store bought.

White chocolate or yogurt covered small pretzels

Mini m&m’s


Black string licorice

Food coloring

Pastry bags and tips (or can use plastic ziploc type bags ans can snip a small hole in them if you don’t have).


Separate vanilla frosting into bowls and tint them different colors. Here I made light green, yellow, pale pink, light blue, and left some white. I also used the chocolate for some bugs as well.

For ladybugs-

Slice the cupcake tops off of the cupcakes with a serrated knife. Slice in half.

Frost the flat top of cupcakes.

Place the sliced halves back on the cupcake a little part with their top point touching (to look like wings above).

Frost the halves/ wings with desired color and then pipe the outline of the wings and then some dots on the wings or any decoration you desire. Add a gumdrop head and little antennae by making little holes in the gumdrop and pushing the strings of licorice into them.

For butterflies-

Frost the non-sliced cupcakes and affix two white pretzels to the top with frosting, to resemble wings (like above). Pipe small dots of frosting between the pretzels for the body ( or just use m&m’s id easier). Add a mini m&m for the head and stick small pieces of licorice into the frosting for the antennae.

*I’m all about substitutions if you don’t have certain items, so don’t let fancy things like pastry bags and tips stop or scare you from making these cute treats or any others for that matter. Where there’s a will, there’s a way and you can always modify to make it work for you.

I like to serve them on fake grass because it ups the cute factor.

Please let me know if you do try them and share how they came out with me! Would love to know.

Frosting Recipe

Easy Peasy Vanilla Frosting-

Two sticks softened butter

4 -4 1/2 cups of confectioner’s sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Beat butter in mixing bowl until smooth and creamy, about two minutes. Add a cup or two cups of sugar at a time, with a pinch of salt, add some milk, alternating until the frosting is creamy, smooth and thick enough to frost with. I beat oh medium for about two minutes to really whip it up and make it creamy delicious! Nothing quite like homemade frosting. Yum!

Dairy free version coming soon!




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