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Lion and Lamb Cupcakes

  • Yield: Makes 24
Lion and Lamb Cupcakes


  • Swiss Meringue Buttercream for March Cupcakes
  • Pink food coloring
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chocolate chips, melted
  • Vanilla Cupcakes
  • 2 ounces mini marshmallows, halved crosswise
  • 6 full-sized marshmallows, halved lengthwise, then diagonally to create lamb ears
  • 24 brown mini candy-coated chocolates
  • 3 pieces pink bubblegum, cut into 12 small triangles
  • Toasted Coconut
  • 12 white gumdrops, halved
  • 1 bag licorice laces, cut into 1-to 1/2-inch lengths


  1. Measure 1/2 cup buttercream, and tint with pink food coloring to desired shade; transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip; set aside. Divide remaining buttercream equally between two bowls. Into one bowl, stir melted chocolate; set aside.

  2. Frost half of the cupcakes with the plain buttercream for the lambs, and half with the chocolate buttercream for the lions: set aside.

  3. For the lamb cupcakes: Arrange the halved mini marshmallows around the perimeter of each plain-buttercream cupcake, in two concentric circles. Leave room for ears on the edges, and an empty circle in the center for the face. Place halved full-sized marshmallows in reserved spots for the ears. Place two mini chocolate candies in upper half of each empty circle to make the eyes, and a bubble gum triangle for the nose.

  4. For the lion cupcakes: Press coconut into the edge of the chocolate-buttercream on the cupcake to create a mane. On each cupcake, pipe a small dot of pink buttercream in the center to form a nose, then arrange two gumdrop halves on either side of the nose for cheeks. Stick three licorice pieces into buttercream on either side of cheeks for whiskers. Place two mini chocolate candies over gumdrops for eyes.

Reviews (9)

  • lcoop 14 Feb, 2012

    I made these a few years ago with my kids for March Break... what a great day!! These cute cupcakes have stuck in my mind for so long... now I plan on making them for two special little girls and their mom this spring. Great memories will hopefully be made for them too!! :)

  • gruvinak 16 Jul, 2009

    I made these cupcakes for my daughters 3rd birthday and took them to her school for all the kids in her class. They were a real hit, they are cute and taste great. The frosting is delicious! I highly recommend them! Thanks Martha for your great recipes and ideas!

  • WinterAngel 15 Apr, 2009

    WHAT A WASTE OF EGGS AND BUTTER!!! I'm discouraged from trying any of the recipes from THIS site!

  • WinterAngel 15 Apr, 2009

    The frosting was too buttery

  • WinterAngel 15 Apr, 2009

    I made these lamb cupcakes for Easter. I did EXACTLY what the recipe asked for. It came out horribly! I was so disappointed! The cupcake was too plain

  • SunflowerRae 12 Mar, 2009

    I made these years ago for my son's birthday party at school - lambs for girls and lions for boys :)

  • jchatch 8 Mar, 2008

    So cute for easter, just adorable! I will make these this week, probably put a "healthy" twist to them but they will look just as cute.

  • teddypupsgma 8 Mar, 2008

    Very cute! i would make these

  • karlametcalfe 6 Feb, 2008

    These cupcakes were a little time consuming but well worth it. They were sooo cute and delicious! I used my own recipe for the icing that didn't use raw eggs and I took one short cut in that I used brownie mix for the lion cupcakes. A tasty option.

    I also made the cupcakes a few days in advance and froze them. That way I spent one day baking and another day decorating.

    Very enjoyable to make and serve!

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