Ladybug Cupcakes

Ladybug Cupcakes

The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming, and the bees are buzzing! Spring is here! Let’s celebrate spring with these adorable Ladybug Cupcakes!

I am a big kid when it comes to baking and I absolutely love baking and decorating with with M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies. In fact, I am on a quest to make the perfect M&M’S® cookie because they are so festive when coordinated holiday colors!

These cupcakes are almost too cute to eat. My kids went wild for the M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies eyes and of course devoured them first.

The were super easy to make and a blast to decorate! They would be perfect for your spring fling party or just a fun treat for your kids!

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Ladybug Cupcakes


    Ladybug cupcakes
  • Prep Time: 15 min.
  • Bake Time: 25 min.
  • Decoration Time: 20 min.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Yield: Makes 24 ladybugs
  • ¼ Cup M&M'S® Brand Chocolate Candies
  • 45 Pieces chocolate malted milk balls, cut in half
  • 1 Box favorite cake mix
  • ? Cup dark chocolate frosting
  • 1 Container vanilla frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • 12 Black licorice laces, cut into 48 pieces
  • 2 Cupcake pans
  • Paper cupcake liners


    Ladybug cupcakes
  1. Prep Time: 15 min.
  2. Bake Time: 25 min.
  3. Decoration Time: 20 min.
  4. Difficulty: Easy
  5. Yield: Makes 24 ladybugs
  6. Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the package.
  7. Line the cupcake pans with the paper liners. Fill each cup with 2/3 cup of batter.
  8. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 25 minutes, according to the directions on the package. Remove from oven.
  9. While waiting for the cupcakes to completely cool, tint the vanilla frosting with the red food coloring.
  10. Once cooled, frost the tops of the cupcakes as follows:
  11. Spread the tops of the cupcakes with the red frosting. Spoon the dark chocolate frosting into a resealable bag. Snip a small corner from the bag. Pipe a line of dark chocolate frosting down the center of each cupcake. Pipe an oval of the dark chocolate frosting at one end of the line, and decorate with the red M&M'S® Brand Chocolate Candies for eyes and the licorice for antennae. Dot the red portion with chocolate malted milk balls for the ladybugs' spots.

Calories per serving 310

Total Fat 16 g

Saturated Fat 4 g

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 29 mg

Sodium 256 mg

Carbohydrates 42 g

Dietary Fiber 1 g

Sugars 30 g

Protein 3 g

Vitamin A 0%DV

Vitamin C 0%DV

Calcium 0%DV

Iron 0%DV

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MARS. The opinions and text are all mine.

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5 Responses to Ladybug Cupcakes

  1. Elizabeth @ April 3, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    These are so darling! OF COURSE your kids loved them, because they’re the cutest! What a great way to welcome in spring. 🙂

  2. Heide M. April 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    Your cupcakes are so cute, what a clever idea.

  3. atasteofmadess April 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    These cupcakes are so cute! They are pretty much screaming spring 🙂

  4. kimberly.ann | April 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    SO. CUTE. That is all I have to say about that!

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