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Luv Bug

Contest Photo by: PartyStarr
San Anselmo, CA
Category: Cupcakes

Description

These adorable Luv Bugs are two treats in one! A crunchy sandwich cookie and a scrumptious cupcake.

It's hard to get a true red color with homemade frosting, so these cuties are sprinkled with red sugar crystals.

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes - use your favorite recipe or mix
Vanilla Frosting - use your favorite recipe or canned
Red Sugar Crystals
Chocolate Chips
Mini Marshmallow
1 red Mini M&M
2 brown Mini M&Ms

How to Make

  • Frost the cupcakes with a good slather of vanilla frosting - right to the edge of the cupcake. For a smooth finish - dip your spatula or knife in hot water, wipe clean, then smooth out the frosting with the warm utensil.

  • Sprinkle the entire surface of the frosting with red sugar crystals.

  • Melt some of the chocolate chips in the microwave. Melt 30 seconds at a time - stirring after each "zap." Transfer the melted chocolate to a pastry bag or parchment cone.

  • Pipe a thin line of chocolate across the length of the cupcake. Then press several chocolate chips upside down into the surface of the cupcake to create the Luv Bug's "spots."

  • Cut the mini-marshmallow in half cross-wise. Place a small dot of melted chocolate in the middle of each piece of marshmallow, then press a brown Mini M&M into the melted chocolate to form the Luv Bug's eyes.

    "Glue" the eyes to the chocolate sandwich cookie with dots of melted chocolate. Add a small dot of melted chocolate just under the eyes and attach the red Mini M&M

  • On a piece of waxed paper, pipe two antenna's from the melted chocolate. Chill until firm.

  • Attach the chocolate sandwich cookie face to the cupcake with a dollop of frosting or melted chocolate. Stick the antenna's into the frosting behind the cookie.

  • Tips for Taking a Great Photo:
    • Avoid clutter. Keep the background simple -- your cupcake or sweet treat is the star!
    • Daytime, natural light is best. If your area is bright enough, try taking the photo without the flash.
    • Upload a horizontal photo. If you crop the image on your computer, make sure you keep a landscape 4:3 aspect ratio.
    • For best results, make your image 1200x900 (or "save for web").
    • With a digital camera, you can take as many photos as possible and choose the best one. Have fun!