Mini Bug Buns – makes 24
125g butter, at room temperature
125g light golden brown sugar
2 medium free range eggs
150g self-raising flour
3 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Required: 24 hole mini muffin tin + 24 mini muffin paper cases
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees / 160 degrees fan.
- Line the mini muffin tin with 24 paper cases.
- Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs one at a time.
- Mix in the flour, milk and vanilla extract.
- Divide the mixture equally between the 24 cases.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Cool on a wire rack before piping on the buttercream.
Buttercream – enough for 24 small mini buns
225g butter, at room temperature
450g icing sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
Green food colouring
Required: piping bag and small star nozzle
- Beat the butter and sugar together. Add the vanilla extract and beat again. It takes a few minutes to turn into buttercream.
- Add the green food colouring gradually until you have the desired colour.
- Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle.
- Pipe onto each cupcake starting wide at the bottom and getting narrower as you go up. Try to do this in one movement.
- Place a mini bug on top.
To make the Mini Bugs:
Roll out fondant icing – green, black, white, yellow, red
Edible Glue (optional)
Black Edible Pen (optional – black roll out can be used instead)
Make the bugs:
Caterpillars: roll 6 balls of green into circles. The head is the biggest ball and the final two balls are a little smaller than the middle ones. Stick on little balls of white for the eyes and a little black for the pupils.
Bees: roll a piece of yellow into a small ball and then roll it into an oval shape making one end a bit skinnier than the other. This will be the tail. Cut or roll thin strips of black icing for the stripes. For the wings roll two small amounts of white into circle shapes and bend them up slightly. Stick on little balls of white for the eyes and a little black for the pupils.
Ladybirds: roll some red into an oval shape and some black into a small ball for the ladybirds head. Place a thin strip of black down the centre and some black dots on the red. Stick on little balls of white for the eyes and a little black for the pupils.