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Ants on a Cupcake + Busy Bees

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

  4. Melissa says:

    Absolutely adorable!!

  5. 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. 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!

  10. Kellie says:

    TOO CUTE…..

  11. Gina Van Hyfte says:

    Super cute! The only way I like my bugs.

  12. Beth says:

    These are so cute!

  13. Ijeoma says:

    Ants have never looked so yummy before!

  14. Amy says:

    a little too gross for me…

  15. Nancy says:

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

  16. Betty Islas Velazquez says:


  17. HeatherRene says:

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

  18. 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.