I love 2nd grade Bug Day because it offers me yet another opportunity to make - CUPCAKES! These bug and butterfly cupcakes look impressive, yet are fairly easy to make.
These two ideas, from the book Hello, Cupcakes! by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, start with a standard frosted cupcake and are topped with creatures made from candy melts and M&M's.
Simply melt the candy melts in a gallon sized freezer ziploc bag, snip a quarter inch hole in one corner and pipe the chocolate on to parchment paper with a copy of the book's template underneath.
For the monarch butterflies, fill in the outline with orange candy melts.
Drag a toothpick through the still wet chocolate to create veins and swirls.
Top with white non-pareils.
To assemble, tuck the wings into a frosted cupcake and prop them up underneath with a chocolate candy melt. Insert piped antennas.
Follow similar piping and tracing instructions for the bugs, and add M&M's for body parts.
HAPPY BUG DAY!
|The Second Grade class in costume.|
|My cute little firefly!|