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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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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

40 responses to “Ants on a Cupcake + Busy Bees”

  1. Sandra says:


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

  3. Jennifer Coons says:

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

  4. Melissa says:

    Absolutely adorable!!

  5. Lorena Cagnotti says:

    Love these cupcakes, they are awesome!

  6. Adriana says:

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

  7. Amazing! I love the honeycombs with real honey!

  8. Susan says:

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

  9. love the ant cupcakes!

  10. 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!

  11. Kellie says:

    TOO CUTE…..

  12. Gina Van Hyfte says:

    Super cute! The only way I like my bugs.

  13. Beth says:

    These are so cute!

  14. Ijeoma says:

    Ants have never looked so yummy before!

  15. Amy says:

    a little too gross for me…

  16. Nancy says:

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

  17. Betty Islas Velazquez says:


  18. HeatherRene says:

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

  19. 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.

  20. Janet says:

    Now, if only they would make black jelly beans in another flavor! These are fabulous.

  21. fabikka says:

    Just wonderfull!!!!!!!!

  22. Cathy Crawley says:

    That is seriously amazing! I never cease to be amazed by other peoples creativity!

  23. Lise says:

    That is just amazing! My boyfriend just finished his masters thesis about.. right, ants! I am going to make these superduper ant cakes! I am definitely asking this book for by birthday, but with only a few days to go I fear it won’t arrive in time. Does anyone have an idea how those little legs are made?

  24. Jenn says:

    Lise –
    The little legs are just piped dark chocolate frosting :)

  25. Tracey says:

    These are so cute!
    I am going to try the ants with the fruit next weekend.

  26. StoneMaven says:

    I posted a link over at Halloween_Food on yahoo groups. These are just the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Those ants could be converted to spiders so easily, and all three would do great at an Autumn bake sale!

  27. Juliane says:

    I really love the honeycomb effect! Very graphical, well done!

  28. MiCHELLE says:

    How freaking adorable… very creative. :]

  29. Lori says:

    Love!!! I wish I would have seen this earlier. Just had my daughter’s Garden Themed Birthday party…they would have been perfect.

  30. Elvira says:

    Por favor me puedes compartir tu deliciosa receta de los cucakes almond bees: Plissss con sugar cokiers y honey.

  31. Nejla says:

    Loved the bee cupcakes.. I made them for my one year olds bırthday..

  32. Stephanie Szenay-Martin says:

    tracy szenay take a look.

  33. Johnie Sue Decker says:

    I'm making these for mads 1st bday<3.

    • Nicole Smith says:

      i cant believe she is going to be one already…it seems like i just worked your shower last week..

    • Nicole Smith says:

      i cant believe she is going to be one already…it seems like i just worked your shower last week..

    • Stephanie Nop Valkema says:

      Super cute!!!! We r going to try and make her party, even if it's just a chance to catch up with you guys!!!

  34. Johnie Sue Decker says:

    I'm making these for mads 1st bday<3.

  35. Danielle Ackerson Elkins says:

    These recipes came from my one of my favorite books What's new Karen Tack and alan Richardson page 113 and 115. actually have the other two. great books if you love to make cute uniquie cupcakes.Iget compliments on them everywhere I take them…..

  36. Pella says:

    Those are adorbs