How to Make Lovebug Cupcakes

These cute little bugs won't need to bite to capture your beloved's heart. Before creating your bugs, pipe a generous buttercream swirl onto each cupcake for an indulgent treat.

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These cute little bugs won't need to bite to capture your beloved's heart. Before creating your bugs, pipe a generous buttercream swirl onto each cupcake for an indulgent treat. For Sarah Sibley's dairy free cupcake and frosting recipe, click here.

You will need:

Edibles:

Equipment:

  • 15g (1/2oz) red sugarpaste
  • 30g (1oz) pink sugarpaste
  • 5g (1/8oz) white sugarpaste
  • black food colour or a black food colour pen
  • 1 sheet edible wafer paper
  • water for sticking the sugarpaste bits together
  • small rolling pin
  • small heart cutter
  • paintbrush
  • scallop tool or drinking straw
  • scissors

1

Thickly roll out about 15g (1/2oz) red sugarpaste and cut out a small thick heart. Place to one side to harden.

2

Roll about 10g (1/3oz) pink sugarpaste into a thick oval for the base of the body. Break about a third off another 10g (1/3oz) pink sugarpaste and create another two ovals and stick them on top of the first.

3

Stick a small flat pink oval on top of the body for the neck and make a 5g (1/8oz) pink oval for the head and bend it into a curve.

4

Stick two white sugarpaste ovals for the eyes onto the head. Press a curved smile into the face with a scallop tool or the edge of a drinking straw and add two dots for the eyes.

5

Place the bug onto the cake and stand the heart in front of the bug. Add two tiny pink sugarpaste strings for the arms.

6

Cut a heart out of wafer paper and stick to the back of the bug with a small dot of buttercream.

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