Animal Cupcakes

Whether you're hosting a safari-themed party, baby shower, or birthday party, animal cupcakes will lend a festive, nature-inspired flair to any celebration.

Take a walk on the wild side and unleash your creativity with these fun animal cupcake creations:

Butterfly Cupcakes - These tasty treats take flight with miniature pretzel wings, a body of brightly colored candies, and licorice rope antennae. For a sweeter version, create lacey chocolate wings by placing melted chocolate in a baggie with a snipped corner. Use the bag to draw wings on a sheet of wax paper, and then slip into the freezer to set. When hardened, gently lift the wings from the wax paper and press into an iced cupcake.

Frog Cupcakes - This hopping dessert is created using marshmallows, green sprinkling sugar, and a black icing pen. Snip marshmallows in half and trim the bottoms flat. Draw a pupil on the center of each marshmallow, then slightly dampen the outer surface and roll in green sugar. Use a dollop of icing to affix each eye to the top of a frosted cupcake, dust the entire surface with green sugar, and draw on a mouth.

Ladybug Cupcakes - These are a piece of cake to make - just dust an iced cupcake with red sprinkling sugar and make spots by pressing upside-down chocolate chips into the icing. Then, use black gel icing to draw a line down the center, and for the ladybug's face.

Caterpillar Cupcakes - These unique sweets are sure to scuttle off the platter in no time! To make, use brightly tinted icing to frost the top of each cupcake and arrange in a caterpillar shape on a serving platter. Use gel icing to draw on a face, and affix gumdrop legs to each cake.

Monkey Cupcakes - For a zoo-licious dessert that's sure to make the crowd go wild, begin by icing the tops of each cupcake with chocolate frosting. For the monkey's face, nip the top off a vanilla wafer cookie and add a mouth and nostrils using gel-icing pens. Next, cut a vanilla wafer in half and press into the icing on either side to form ears. For eyes, add mini chocolates or drops of gel icing.

Animal cupcakes are as much fun to make as they are to eat. Enjoy serving this sweet menagerie at your next celebration!

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