Today was the last day of our playgroup, and I was sad to see it close. But we went out on a high with a teddy bears picnic (indoors due to this damp 'British Summer').
We've barely unpacked from the wedding, but somehow I found an hour yesterday to make this appropriately themed cupcakes.
The base is my basic sponge recipe, with strawberry icing (adapted from Claire Ptak's perfect strawberry cupcake recipe) and these cute sugar paste ladybirds.
There are several ways to model ladybirds, for those in a hurry these are super easy. It took less than 10 minutes to make 18. All you need is a small amount of red sugar paste/regal icing and an edible ink black marker.
Roll the sugar paste into balls using your palms (the size of the ball will determined the size of the ladybird). Gently pat down the ball to make an oval. Use the edge a pallet knife or modelling tool to make a grove down the centre and then use the end to flatten a 'head' area. Use the 'felt tip' end of your edible ink pen to colour the head and make dots on the 'wings'. For the best results leave the sugar paste to dry out for 24 hours, before applying to your project.
The cakes went down really well, and the picnic was lovely everyone brought something and myself and the kids were thoroughly stuffed by the time we came home.
Miss L even wore her ladybug outfit for the occasion :D