27 Jul

Ants on a Cupcake + Busy Bees

Summer Party Ant Cupcakes

Waiter, there’s an ant on my cupcake!” That was one of the comments I got on twitter last night after posting these “Ants on a Picnic” cupcakes from What’s New, Cupcake?. =)

But wait… these are the kind of bugs that you actually WANT at your party! You know… the kind that are made from chocolate covered almonds and dark chocolate frosting and that aren’t really bugs at all! Added bonus… they come bearing CANDY FRUIT.

Summer Party Ant Cupcakes

I love the idea of serving these up as a sweet, creative ending to your family picnic, summer BBQ, or a fun “bug themed” birthday party!

And if the picnic ants are feeling a little lonely as the only bug at the party, you can give them some company with this adorable Busy Bee Hive, which is also perfect for Bee or Garden-themed baby showers:   

Bee Themed Party Cupcakes

These little “Bees” are made up of black jelly beans, sliced almonds, and yellow & black frosting.

The “Hive” is constructed of vanilla cupcakes topped with hexagon-shaped sugar cookies covered in yellow decorating sugar. To create the “honeycomb” effect, the center portion of the dough was removed from each sugar cookie before baking. This step also creates the perfect space for drizzling a little honey before topping with an adorable jelly bean bee. GENIUS!

Bee Themed Party Cupcakes

For detailed DIY info on these treats and lots of other fun cupcakes, check out What’s New, Cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. (Only about $9 at Amazon!)

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Sandra SAYS:


July 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Courtney @ Pizzazzerie SAYS:

Oh.MY.WORD! I about just died when I opened this article. These cupcakes are to DIE for! I LOVE THEM!!!!

July 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Jennifer Coons SAYS:

Planning a “bee” party for my daughter! This came at PERFECT timing!! Love the jellybean bees!

July 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Melissa SAYS:

Absolutely adorable!!

July 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Lorena Cagnotti SAYS:

Love these cupcakes, they are awesome!

July 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Adriana SAYS:

So cute, those cupcakes are incredible! I love the little ants.

July 27, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Heather @ PeachPizzazz SAYS:

Amazing! I love the honeycombs with real honey!

July 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Susan SAYS:

Busy Bee Lifestyle will have to serve these bee hive cupcakes at our next gathering! How adorable and doable!

July 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Carrie Regan SAYS:

LOVE these! I just ordered red and white plaid cupcake liners from Bake It Pretty so the ants will look like they are on the picnic blanket!

July 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Kellie SAYS:


July 27, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Gina Van Hyfte SAYS:

Super cute! The only way I like my bugs.

July 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Beth SAYS:

These are so cute!

July 28, 2010 at 7:17 am

Ijeoma SAYS:

Ants have never looked so yummy before!

July 28, 2010 at 9:15 am


a little too gross for me…

July 28, 2010 at 9:29 am

Nancy SAYS:

These are so adorable. Ohhhhh makes me want to bake cupcakes right now and use these clever ideas. Love ’em!

July 28, 2010 at 10:22 am

Betty Islas Velazquez SAYS:


July 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm

HeatherRene SAYS:

OMG!! I just threw an “Ants at a picnic” themed birthday party for my bestie & these woulda been PERFECT!! Maybe next time…

July 29, 2010 at 1:32 am

alicepub SAYS:

I have to say that it is full of creation and imagination. How meticulous the art!! The cake seems like very delicious. The sugar cookies, honey and cupcakes are perfect union.

July 29, 2010 at 7:12 pm
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