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Vegan Ladybug Cupcakes

Published on July 20, 2011 by   ·   4 Comments Pin It

Good luck comes in many forms, in this case two… ladybugs and cupcakes. Has there ever been a sweeter combo?

Vegan Ladybug Cupcakes

Serves 12

One of our favorite things to do is veganize non-vegan recipes.  And these cutie cuppies are not different.  It goes without saying that we use the most all-natural, clean, vegan versions of any items noted below.  We have made it easy for you by hyperlinking to clean (vegan) recipes needed for certain pieces of the cupcake and to online shops where you can buy the ingredients listed wherever you may dwell.


*Green paper liners can be purchased at Or use eco-friendly ones or skip the liners and just add food coloring to your cupcakes to turn them green.

What you’ll need:

  • A rolling pin or a heavy bottle
  • Kitchen shears or scissors
  • 1 resealable sandwich-size plastic bag (Ziploc)

For the leaf cupcakes:

  1. Tint 1 cup of the vanilla frosting green with the green food coloring.
  2. Spread the green frosting evenly on top of the cupcakes.
  3. Place the green decorating sugar into a small bowl. Roll the edge of each cupcake in the green sugar to coat.
  4. Using a rolling pin or a clean, heavy bottle, roll out the green gumdrops in the granulated white sugar to flatten. Using kitchen shears or clean scissors, cut each flattened gumdrop into 2 leaves OR simply set aside washed mint leaves to dry. Arrange the leaves on one edge of a cupcake. Repeat with the remaining gumdrops and cupcakes.

For the ladybugs:

  1. Tint 1 cup of the vanilla frosting with the red food coloring.
  2. Spoon the red sugar into a small bowl.
  3. Cover each Mallomar or ‘Smore with red frosting. Roll each frosted Mallomar or ‘Smore in red sugar to coat completely.
  4. Place one sugar-coated Mallomar or ‘Smore on each leaf cupcake.

For the decoration:

  1. Spoon the chocolate frosting into a resealable plastic bag and snip a small corner of the bag. Pipe a line of chocolate frosting down the center of the red cookie; pipe an oval onto the front of the red cookie for the ladybug’s head.
  2. Place 2 brown chocolate chips on either side of the chocolate line; stick 2 chocolate sprinkles upright into the ladybug’s frosting head.
  3. Continue with the remaining cupcakes.
Non-vegan version of this recipe originally by Karen Tack originally printed on
Photo via Kenneth Chen

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Readers Comments (4)

  1. Brittany says:

    My brain just broke at how insanely cute these are!!!

  2. sweet & sara says:

    Sweet & Sara sells mini smores that are like mallomars! vegan mallomars y’all! <3

  3. Very cute. I’ve been making raw vegan cupcakes on my site ( for years. My toddler and I even did a couple of video demos for fun. She spends most of the video sampling all the ingredients for quality control :-)

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