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Ladybug Cupcakes

Cheery marzipan ladybugs nestled in a piped buttercream lawn make adorable cupcakes. Buy "Martha Stewart's Cupcakes"

  • yield: Makes 24

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Tint buttercream green with gel-paste food color. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a small multi-opening tip (#233). Starting at the center and moving outward, pipe rows of grass on top of cupcakes: With tip on surface of cupcake, squeeze bag, then release while quickly pulling up to form 1/4-inch-long blades, making some slightly longer than others.

  2. Step 2

    Form ladybugs: Divide marzipan in half. Working on a surface lightly dusted with cornstarch, tint one portion red and the other black with gel-paste food colors. Form a 1/2-inch ball of red marzipan for each ladybug body, and a 1/4-inch ball of black marzipan for each head. Flatten the red ball slightly into an oval shape, and press the head onto the body. Pinch off black marzipan to make tiny balls for the spots, and press onto the body. Repeat to make additional ladybugs with remaining marzipan. Place one or two ladybugs on top of each frosted cupcake, gently pressing them into the buttercream grass. Refrigerate 30 minutes to allow frosting to set. Cupcakes are best served the same day they are decorated; keep at room temperature.

Source
Martha Stewart Cupcakes, June 2009

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Reviews (15)

  • 11 Jun, 2012

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  • 7 Jun, 2012

    love this cupcake...

  • 10 Feb, 2012

    I'm baking these cupcakes for my daughter’s birthday party this year. We did a test run and she loved them so much that she wants me to make extras so her friends to take one home with them. I checked online and found that Box and Wrap was a great place to get cupcake boxes. I have stickers, markers, and crayons so the kids decorate their own cupcake box. At least the extra baking will keep me from buying party favors to give the kids.

  • 4 Feb, 2012

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  • 2 May, 2011

    I totally adore, every single recipe of the marta stewart cupcake book, is just delicius.
    I´m from Costa Rica and i bought the book in amazon, is just amazing... thank you for your great ideas and amazing recipes!

  • 9 Oct, 2010

    I made these last week for a colleague and they were a HUGE success! Delicious recipe! The frosting is the perfect compliment to the buttermilk cupcake. For the grass, I used the multi opening tip as suggested and it works wonderfully; you just need a little practice and the frosting needs to have the right consistency. :) The Martha Stewart cupcake book is fantastic!

  • 31 Jul, 2010

    Tip 233 Grass Tip

  • 30 Jul, 2010

    Awwww.... so cute!!!!

  • 30 Jul, 2010

    If I know Martha, she is not using a multi opening tip, just one skinny opening making single blades of grass!

  • 29 Jul, 2010

    cute

  • 29 Jul, 2010

    These are so gorgeous...perfect for your little one's Ladybug Party!

  • 9 Jul, 2010

    i think these are absoloutly adorable, but i cant find a multi-opening tip for the grass.

  • 16 Jun, 2009

    Can't wait to try these, for my daughter's 2nd birthday!

  • 5 Jun, 2009

    Adorable!