Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ladybug Cupcakes

A few months ago my daughter and her friend set up a successful and oh-so-fabulous cupcake boutique at our community yard sale.  As soon as the last cupcake was savored, friends and neighbors started to inquire about custom cupcake orders.  Being smart and entrepreneurial 14 year olds, they began to dream big!  They plotted new flavor possibilities and designs, created hip business cards, and continued to faithfully watch all of the new episodes of DC Cupcakes.  After a bit of market research they changed their name to "Girlie Girl Cupcakes" and their new small business was born.  Today they baked, decorated, and delivered their first order of one dozen Ladybug Cupcakes.

For the last few weeks, in between Spanish projects, formal dances, and sleepovers, they contemplated their first order which will be served to a sweet class of preschoolers.   Today, fueled only by a few small photos on the screen of their i-phone and a desire to succeed, they baked, mixed, and piped until their product was complete.  They realized that cupcakes can be time consuming and back breaking, but they decided that they always want to deliver the best product to their customers.  Hovering in the next room I got the privilege of hearing them solve problems, make decisions, laugh, and encourage one another as they created.  I also got to bask in their joy as they delivered their completed product to a satisfied customer and raced back to the van with their first official payment and a tip.

Here are the steps that they used to make adorable Ladybug Cupcakes:  

Bake one batch of vanilla cupcakes.  Make one batch of butter cream frosting.  
Tint 2/3's of the frosting light pink and 1/3 a darker shade of pink.
Using a sharp knife draw a line in the cupcake to outline the ladybug head.

Using the Wilton #233 tip pipe the ladybug body with light pink frosting.

Continue piping with light pink until the ladybug body area is complete.

Using a sharp knife lightly slice through the light pink icing to create ladybug wings.
Using the Wilton #233 tip pipe dark pink frosting dots onto the ladybug body.
Using the Wilton #233 tip fill in the ladybug head with dark pink frosting. 
Melt white chocolate chips.  Place in a zip-lock baggie.
Snip off the tip of one corner of the baggie.
Pipe on the ladybug eyes and mouth with melted white chocolate.

Serve and enjoy your ladybug cupcakes!

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  1. I saw your cute ladybug cupcakes on Cupcake Tuesday and had to come by and check them out! They are so cute! I love the colors!
    (I sure hope this doesnt post multiple times. I apologise if it does. It wouldn't let me post under Google sign in)

  2. these are darling! How fun! I loved taking a look around your blog and I am your newest follower. I would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too!

  3. They were so adorable and the kids LOVED them. Okay...the teachers did too! Thanks so much for making them for our Ladybug Class! GREAT job girls!
    -Ms. Jenna

  4. These are so so cute! I just love it!
    New follower from http://willcookforsmiles.blogspot.com/

  5. These are so adorable! Please share with our readers by linking up at Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday. Thanks! http://www.talkingdollarsandcents.net/opera-cream-muffins

  6. Adorable! My daughter would LOVE these! Would love for you to share them on my Memorial Day dessert linky at CajunSugarPie.com!

  7. cute!!! they came out so perfect :) i'm sure everyone loved them! found you over at fun with food link up, stop by for a visit sometime


  8. These are so cute! I don't think I have the patience or the talent to come up with such beauties :-) Found you via the Foodlink Up.

    Agy @ Green Issues

  9. These are so cute! Great job on the tutorial.

    I'd like to invite you to link-up with Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/05/26/lemon-chocolate-cupcakes/

  10. Who doesn't love ladybugs?? Yours are adorable!!

  11. These are super cute cupcakes! Your daughter really got her business cap on, way to go! :) I can see why customers are happy! Thanks for sharing.

    By the way, I'm hosting 2 Giveaways on my blog. Please stop by to enter when you have a chance. One for $50 Thrive products and another one for baking molds and more. Hope to see you there. Have a wonderful weekend.


  12. Awesome This post for recipes . really yummy food and beautiful all pics .interesting this post so thanks

  13. Found you on This Chick Cooks...these cupcakes are adorable!!!

  14. Those are cute as a bug. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  15. Hey I host a blog hop and I'd LOVE if you came over and shared a recipe! Here's the link :) http://thesweetdetail.blogspot.com/search/label/Savory%20Sunday

  16. So cute! At 1st I thought they were happy little people wearing big hats :)

  17. Thanks so much for linking up your darling cupcakes at Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday!

  18. turned out sooooo cute!!! I LOVE THEM:)

  19. Hey Heidi! Those cupcakes are just as cute as they can be. What girl wouldn't love those? Sounds like your daughter is very talented. Thanks for sharing your adorable cupcakes at These Chicks Cooked, Wednesday. Hope to see you again soon :)

  20. They are so cute....Thanks for the step by step pictures...
    Thanks a lot for sharing with Decorating Challenge-Buttercream Icing

  21. Found this blog as I was searching for ladybug cupcake ideas and I love this one! I think these kind of look like the Mario Brothers mushroom, too. :)