Frog Cupcakes

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How fun are these cupcakes from Parenting?  I decided to leave the birthday designation out because sometimes you just need a fun cupcake for kids (or adults!).  Feel free to use any cake recipe that you like as long as you use green wrappers.  Or why not use a white cake mix with green food coloring for a totally green experience!

Frog Cupcakes


  • 12 cupcakes baked in green paper liners
  • 1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • 3 strands red licorice laces
  • 1 roll Fruit by the Foot red fruit leather
  • 48 brown M&M’s
  • 24 spearmint leaves
  • 1 tube (4.25 oz) black decorating icing
  • ½ cup green decorating sugar
  • 24 green gummy apple rings

What you’ll need:

  • A resealable sandwich-size plastic bag

To prepare the candy:

  1. Cut the red licorice laces into 24 (3-inch) pieces.
  2. Cut the red Fruit by the Foot into 24 (1 ½-inch) ovals.
  3. Cut the green gummy apple rings in half.
  4. Place a spearmint leaf, flat side down on work surface. Cut the spearmint leaf in half horizontally to make the frog feet. Repeat with the remaining candies.

Frosting the cupcakes:

  1. Spoon ¼ cup of the vanilla frosting into a resealable plastic bag.
  2. Tint the remaining vanilla frosting green with the food coloring.
  3. Spread the top of each cupcake with some of the green frosting.
  4. Roll the edge of each frosted cupcake in the green sugar to coat.

To complete the decoration:

  1. Arrange 2 cut gummy rings in the center of the cupcake, cut side down, as pictured.
  2. Snip a small corner from the bag with the vanilla frosting and pipe a dot of vanilla frosting in the center of each ring.
  3. Press a brown candy into the vanilla frosting as the pupils. Pipe white dots on the brown candies to add sparkle to the frog’s eye.
  4. Press a length of red licorice lace onto the cupcake for the frog’s mouth.  Add the red fruit leather oval as the tongue.
  5. Arrange the cut spearmint leaves at the base of the cupcakes for the frog’s feet. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.



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