Kat’s Ladybird Cupcakes

To satisfy her latest favourite thing, I decided to make ladybird cupcakes for daughter’s 2nd birthday cake (cup cakes rather than one big cake to allow for mistakes!). Red velvet cupcakes seemed fitting and I’m afraid I used a box mix as I can only concentrate on one thing at a time, decorating or baking.

To make the ladybirds I used pre-made coloured fondant icing and rolled out with lots of icing sugar – that stuff is sticky! I used a circular pastry cutter roughly the same size as the top of the patty pans to cut red circles and the black shapes for the ladybird heads.

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After sticking the heads on the bodies using some water, I cleaned the off the icing sugar with a slightly damp soft cloth. I drew the line down the middle of body with and knife and made the black spots by rolling small balls of icing, flattening them and sticking them on with a little water.

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I used white and dark chocolate squeezy icing to make the eyes and the mouths.

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Once the cupcakes were baked, I cut off the top with a knife to make a flat surface and covered to edge of the patty pans with cream cheese icing and placed the ladybirds on top.

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Et voilà,

Kat

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