These cupcakes are the most popular design for the cake decorating parties and workshops I do. The techniques are all simple, and even young kids can make these look cute and fun. The hardest part is coloring all of that icing! (You could always use the tubes of colored icing, though, if you want.)
Cupcakes, baked & cooled
Filling & Tip #230
Green icing - Tip #233
Yellow icing - Tip #12
Black icing - Tip #3 (or 2) & 5
White icing - Tips #3 & 81
Red icing - Tips #5 & 12
Insert tip #230 about halfway into the cupcake, squeeze. The best way to know if anything's getting in there is to hold it in your hand while you do it. You can feel it "puff" a little on the bottom while you do it.
(Here's a link to the complete description of how to use a filling/bismarck tip.)
* If you don't have a tip #81, you can use a small petal tip like tip #101, or you could use a tip #5. The wings will look different, but they'd still work.
Add the dots by holding the bag straight up over the ladybug's body. Squeeze. Stop squeezing before you pull away.
Add the head last. You may want to use a tip #5 for this. Add the ladybug's head as you did the bee's. Hold the bag so that the back of the bag points at your chest. The tip will be just off the surface of the ladybug's body. Squeeze. Let it get as big as you want, holding the bag steady. Stop squeezing before you pull away.
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