When it comes to Valentine's day, literally everything has been said or done before. Roses? Next. Chocolate? Big surprise. Gigantic teddy bear that can barely fit in your dorm? So last year. But we FINALLY have something a little different, a little cute, and a lot tasty. These love bug cupcakes are perfect for your special someone — even if that special someone is yourself.

Love Bug Cupcakes

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:20 mins
  • Total Time:30 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Hard


  • 1 box cake mix prepared as directed into cupcakes
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 lb bag powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pink and blue food coloring
  • Red white and black fondant
cupcake, sweet, cake
Lauren Magenta
  • Step 1

    For the frosting, cream together the butter, shortening, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Divide and color the frosting as desired.

  • Step 2

    Fit a pastry bag with a grass tip. Fill it with frosting.

  • Step 3

    Roll red fondant 1/8 inch thick. For each cupcake, use heart cutters to cut out one big heart and four small hearts.

  • Step 4

    Roll out white and black fondant 1/8 inch thick.

  • Step 5

    Cut out about 1 inch circles from the white fondant and 1/4 inch circles from the black.

  • Step 6

    Stick the black dots on the white by just pressing them together or first dampening the back of a black dot.

  • Step 7

    Squirt a little frosting in the middle of the big heart and press a cupcake on top.

  • Step 8

    Pipe frosting around the sides and top of each cupcake until completely covered. The longer the fur, the better.

  • Step 9

    For the antennas, place one end of a lollipop stick in the middle of a small heart. Use water to glue another heart on top.

  • Step 10

    Push two antennas about halfway into each cupcake, and press on two eyes.

  • Step 11