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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!)


  1. Sandra July 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm


  2. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie July 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm

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

  3. Jennifer Coons July 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm

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

  4. Melissa July 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Absolutely adorable!!

  5. Lorena Cagnotti July 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Love these cupcakes, they are awesome!

  6. Adriana July 27, 2010 at 3:22 pm

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

  7. Heather @ PeachPizzazz July 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Amazing! I love the honeycombs with real honey!

  8. Susan July 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm

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

  9. susan@pocacosas July 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    love the ant cupcakes!

  10. Carrie Regan July 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    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 July 27, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    TOO CUTE…..

  12. Gina Van Hyfte July 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Super cute! The only way I like my bugs.

  13. Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts July 28, 2010 at 5:09 am

    These are so much fun!!!

  14. Beth July 28, 2010 at 7:17 am

    These are so cute!

  15. Ijeoma July 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Ants have never looked so yummy before!

  16. Amy July 28, 2010 at 9:29 am

    a little too gross for me…

  17. Nancy July 28, 2010 at 10:22 am

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

  18. Betty Islas Velazquez July 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm


  19. HeatherRene July 29, 2010 at 1:32 am

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

  20. alicepub July 29, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    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.

  21. Janet July 31, 2010 at 3:24 pm

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

  22. fabikka July 31, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Just wonderfull!!!!!!!!

  23. Cathy Crawley July 31, 2010 at 9:04 pm

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

  24. Lise August 3, 2010 at 12:41 am

    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?

  25. Jenn August 3, 2010 at 8:01 am

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

  26. Tracey August 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm

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

  27. StoneMaven August 24, 2010 at 5:47 am

    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!

  28. Juliane September 23, 2010 at 3:39 am

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

  29. MiCHELLE October 20, 2010 at 8:15 am

    How freaking adorable… very creative. :]

  30. Lori October 20, 2010 at 8:18 pm

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

  31. Elvira August 23, 2011 at 8:51 am

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

  32. Nejla March 21, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Loved the bee cupcakes.. I made them for my one year olds bırthday.. http://www.devri-alem.com/arim-balim-petegim-pasta-elifimiz-bir-yasinda/

  33. Stephanie Szenay-Martin June 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    tracy szenay take a look.

  34. Johnie Sue Decker July 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

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

    • Nicole Smith July 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

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

    • Nicole Smith July 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

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

    • Stephanie Nop Valkema July 15, 2012 at 12:23 am

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

  35. Johnie Sue Decker July 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

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

  36. Danielle Ackerson Elkins July 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    These recipes came from my one of my favorite books What's new cupcake.by 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…..

  37. Pella August 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Those are adorbs

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