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Lady Bug Chocolate Cupcakes

Who wouldn't smile when they see these fun little treats sitting on the kitchen table? They're as much fun to make as they are to eat! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    14 cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • Chocolate wafer cookies
  • 1 can (16 ounces) dark chocolate fudge frosting
  • Red jimmies
  • Black jelly beans, shoestring licorice and nonpareils; white hard candies


  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and coffee, beating well after each addition.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For lady bug wings, microwave chocolate wafers for a few seconds to slightly soften. Use a serrated knife to cut each in half. Cut off the tips to allow room for the lady bug face; save remaining wafer pieces to prop up wings. Frost both wings, and dip in red jimmies. Cut black jelly beans in half; add as spots to the wings. Set aside.
  • For antennae, cut licorice into 1-in. pieces. Dip one end into frosting and roll in black nonpareils; set aside to dry.
  • To assemble cupcake, frost with chocolate icing. Position decorated wings on cupcakes; if desired, add reserved wafer piece under wing tip to prop up. Add antennae and white hard candy eyes. Pipe a small frosting dot for eyeballs. Add a large curved red jimmie and two small ones for the mouth.

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  • snker0521
    Sep 2, 2013

    I may do this one but never with the coffee. I hate the smell let alone the taste of the stuff and it ruins anything. I might use the wings and face on a chocolate cupcake but no coffee.

  • Annette51
    Aug 13, 2013

    I see the directions for decorating the face but what exactly do you use for the face. I don't see that mentioned at all.

  • kitzer
    Aug 12, 2013

    Annette51 - The 'face' is in the fifth directions. Above 'YIELD:"' 14 cupcakes!!!

  • Duana
    Aug 12, 2013

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  • rjhjr12
    Aug 12, 2013

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  • Annette51
    Aug 12, 2013

    Sorry can't type today - should read what do you use for the ladybug's face.

  • Annette51
    Aug 12, 2013

    I may have missed it - but what do you use for the ladybug fact?

  • leannmi
    Aug 12, 2013

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  • maryannt
    Aug 12, 2013

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  • latashalynch
    Mar 26, 2013

    My kids loved it my friend s could not believe how they look and tastes.