Ahhh! Bugs Everywhere!! Don't worry, these are just insects made out of chocolate, no matter how creepy they look. These bug cupcakes are one's I made for an 8 year old's birthday party and I found the instructions from the Hello Cupcake book.
When I get requests to make cupcakes, I typically have clients wanting me to be creative and make something fun. I tried to think of what an 8 year old boy would like and came to the conclusion bugs would be a hit with only 3 days notice.
I wouldn't say it takes me 3 whole days to bake and decorate cupcakes, but it typically means I order takeout so I do not have to use the kitchen for anything other than baking. I bake after work one day, and depending on the type of decorations, I make them and frost the cupcakes and top them the next day.
I admit I made these cupcakes twice. The turnaround was so quick, I needed to deliver them Thursday night, so there was no time to take photos. It was a lot easier to make them the second time since I had leftover cupcakes and M&M's. My second attempt went a lot faster, and the secret to keeping your chocolate stencil from falling apart is by drawing it fairly thick.
To make any shapes out of chocolate all you need is a ziplock bag, wax paper, and chocolate chips. I realized after awhile that it was progressively easier to transfer the insects from the wax paper onto the cupcake if the bugs stencil was drawn on thick. The rest of the ingredients include M&M's (peanut and regular) and chocolate covered sunflower seeds (mine were from Trader Joe's). The yellow Spider was actually meant to have a Mega M&M body, but I had no idea those existed or where I could find them. Now that made them, I notice them in a lot of grocery stores now, but using plain M&M's worked out for me. Once the bugs were drawn, just add M&M's and place in the fridge to harden. Use a spatula or butter knife to help remove the bugs from the wax paper and place on frosted cupcakes.
What do you think? Are these cupcakes just bugging you out, or do they look tempting? If these bug cupcakes aren't your thing, take a look at my fashion picks inspired by these cupcakes below.
Until next time,