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Ugly Bug Cupcakes

Get the kids making these Ugly Bug Cupcakes and they can design their very own bugs to sit on top!

12 cupcakes

Easy to make 85 Minutes



for the recipe Ugly Bug Cupcakes

For the Cupcakes:

12 cupcake cases
125 g butter
125 g caster sugar
eggs , large
125 g plain flour
25 g cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
100 g milk chocolate chips

To Decorate:

125 g unsalted butter
225 g icing sugar
½ tsp Queen Natural Peppermint Flavouring Extract
Dr. Oetker Gel Food Colour Lime Green
Dr. Oetker Ready to Roll Icing Coloured
Dr. Oetker Designer Icing White
Dr. Oetker Writing Icing Brights
Dr. Oetker Ready to Roll Icing Blue
Dr. Oetker Ready to Roll Icing Green




For the Cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 180˚C (160˚C fan- forced). Put the Muffin Cases in 12 muffin tins. Put the butter in a mixing bowl, add the caster sugar and eggs. Sift the flour, cocoa and Baking Powder on top and using an electric whisk on a low speed, gently blend the ingredients together. Increase the mixer speed and whisk for a few more seconds until well mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips.


Divide the mixture equally between the cases and smooth over the tops. Bake for about 25 minutes until risen and just firm to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To Decorate:

Put the butter in a bowl and beat until smooth and glossy. Gradually sift and beat in all the icing sugar until creamy and soft and add the Peppermint Extract. Mix in the whole tube of Green Colour Gel. Thickly spread the icing on top of each cupcake.


Soften each colour of Ready to Roll Icing by kneading gently to make pliable and easier to use. Use the different colours to make blue caterpillars, green grubs, ladybirds and bees. Roll different size balls of Icing to make segmented body shapes, keeping them rounded or squeeze together for a more compact body shape. Use chunkier pieces of Icing to make the bodies for the ladybirds and bees. Use the Black Icing for ladybird heads and spots, bee stripes and grub legs. Make 3 of each bug.


Roll out the remaining Green, Blue, Red and Yellow Icing thinly and cut out 3 leaves from the Green and then flower shapes from the rest. Lay the leaves and flowers on top of the cupcakes and then arrange the bugs on top. Use Designer Icing to pipe eyes and wings, and use the Writing Icing Colours to add detail to the faces. Your cupcakes are now ready to serve and enjoy!