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Creepy crawly cupcakes

It’s so cold today, I can’t really believe it’s the middle of May. This morning we went to the annual May Fair at the toddlers new Nursery (he starts in September and I can’t wait!). When we got back he really wanted to have a picnic lunch in the garden but the chilly weather meant we enjoyed lunch looking at the garden rather than sitting in it.  To cheer ourselves up we thought we’d take part in the latest Centre Parcs challenge.

We wanted to make something special for our picnic which meant making sure we had unpacked all our baking equipment. We turned to Pinterest for inspiration and decided to make Ant cupcakes. The toddler has been showing an increasing interest in the garden. In the last week he has learnt the difference between ants, spiders, flies and snails. He doesn’t like them, unlike his younger sister who has no qualms picking up creepy crawlies and taking a closer look, but at least he can identify them.

Anyway, we followed a basic vanilla cupcake recipe and after the cakes had cooled, cut the tops off to make them even. They were then covered in a thin layer of marzipan dyed red with food colouring, and ‘ants’ made with maltesers with black icing legs. The children loved them. What do you think?

Creepy crawly cupcakes

Someone wanted to take a closer look

Creepy crawly cupcakes

But I persuaded her to leave them until I had finished taking my photographs!

ant cupcakes

We also enjoyed gingerbread men, mini sausage rolls and sandwiches, and shared a bag of crisps but our Creepy crawly cupcakes were the biggest hit of lunch!

14 Comments

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    Leila - Mud Mud Marvellous Mud
    May 18, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    These cupcakes are so cute and they look soo yummy. My hubby loves marzipan so he would love these. I’m so gonna have to give them a go

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      jenny
      May 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks! They were fun to make and eat 🙂

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    Kerry
    May 20, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Aaah they are SO clever!! And I LOVE marzipan, just rushed to the fridge to cut a chunk off the block I’ve got stashed in there – nom nom!! Kerry xx

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    Susan Mann
    June 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    These are so cute. x

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    Clareybear
    June 4, 2013 at 10:27 am

    LOVE these! They are sooo cute 🙂 I would need to substitute the marzipan though because even the smell of it turns my stomach but that’s not the end of the world!

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    Orlena
    June 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Those are fabulous! I so want to try them out (although I fear mine might turn out more like splodges.)

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    Coombemill
    June 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Gorgeous photo, she looks like she is worrying those ants are going to crawl off the cakes before she can eat them! Popping over from the pinterest party and pinning these on food for kids board

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    Coombemill
    June 4, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Gorgeous photo, she looks like she is worrying those ants are going to crawl off the cakes before she can eat them! Popping over from the pinterest party and pinning these on food for kids board.

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    Cat (Yellow Days)
    June 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    These are so cute! Thanks for linking up to the Parenting Pin-in Party.

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