Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ladybug birthday cupcakes

Our dear friends moved on Saturday and were brave enough to host a birthday party for their 4 year old on Sunday at their new home.  Impressive!  So I volunteered to make cupcakes for the birthday girl.  She requested ladybugs and I was happy to oblige.  I made perfectly chocolate cupcakes with my favorite vanilla buttercream grass and fondant ladybugs, funfetti cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and another fondant ladybug and fresh strawberry cupcakes with strawberry buttercream and m&m ladybugs.  I only sampled the strawberry which was good but perhaps a little dry.  Since I have said the same thing about other recipes, I should probably adjust my baking times.  The hubby tried the funfetti and gave his usual "it was fine" response.  Not much to go on there.  Oh well, just an excuse to try both the chocolate and funfetti recipes again!  Overall I was very happy with the decorations.  And I even made an extra batch of grass and roses for my sister's family to celebrate their move to the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  Win-win! 


Megan August 31, 2011 at 9:30 AM  

Lori, you are so talented! I'm so impressed! Seriously, you have a side career on your hands if you ever, you know, get bored with working full time and having two children and husband to care for at home!

Christie August 31, 2011 at 3:56 PM  

I agree with Megan, these are adorable! Do you have one of those fondant cutting machines or is that by hand? (Side note, I get the same noncommittal answers about my cooking from my husband. Drives me batty!)

Lori August 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM  

Thanks for the compliments. It's really not as difficult as it may appear. It's pretty much just edible playdough after all.

@Christie - I don't have any special equipment other than regular ole cookie cutters. For the big 2" ladybugs, I just used a round cookie cutter to cut a black and a red circle. Then I used the pointy end of a heart cookie cutter to cut out the wing portion and the edge of a smaller round cookie cutter to cut out the face. Ideally I would have used a small circle like a piping tip to cut out the ladybug dots from the red circle as it was time consuming to roll and "glue" all of those black dots on.

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