Love Bug Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

These cute love bug cupcakes are perfect for Valentine’s Day! Use just a few supplies to really make a special treat. Let’s get started.

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Love Bug Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day 

Easy cupcake decorating ideas are a staple in this house. Adorable little treats are only really cute when everyone is happy with them, including the person making them!

These love bug cupcakes are an easy cupcake idea that will please everyone. Can’t you just the look on their faces already? Let’s get started, but first a few tips for this adorable fun and easy Valentine’s Day cupcake recipes.

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Easy Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

If you don’t have a go-to vanilla cupcake recipe, I recommend our easy vanilla cupcake recipe. ;) It only uses ingredients you’ll have on hand and you’ll be done in no time.

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Tips for Making This Fun Cupcake Decorating Idea

As I mentioned, I like easy. Here are a few ways to make these love bug cupcakes even easier to whip up.

  • Make-Ahead Preparation Ideas:
    • Bake the cupcakes the day before and store them on the counter in a sealed container.
    • Cut the licorice ahead of time.
    • Make the faces and let them dry so the kids can just add them easily.
  • If you use store-bought frosting, buy 2 cans for 12 cupcakes.
  • Give the kids a blank candy melt and a few food-writer pens to let them make their own love bug faces!
Love Bug Cupcakes for Valentine's Day
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Love Bug Cupcake Recipe and Tutorial for Valentine's Day Treat

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this fun cupcake decorating idea. Use the comments section below if you have any questions.

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Love Bug Cupcakes

Love Bug Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

These adorable love bug cupcakes are so much fun to make and would be perfect for a sweet Valentine's Day treat.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes


Vanilla Cupcakes

Love Bug Decorating


  1. Prepare vanilla cupcakes and set aside to cool. Our easy vanilla cupcake recipe yields 12.
  2. While the cupcakes are baking, move 1/2 the cupcake frosting into a bowl and color it to your desired pink (we used just 3 or 4 drops). Mix until incorporated.
  3. Frost cupcakes with white frosting (you can do the entire thing or just the back half). Then, frost the love bug cupcakes with the pink frosting on about 3/4 of the cake. Leave a "V" in the back to denote open wings.
  4. Cut licorice antennae to your desired length.
  5. Place a dab of leftover frosting on the back of each candy eye and affix two onto each pink candy melt. Draw a smile with the edible marker.
  6. To assemble the love bug cupcakes, add the licorice antennae to the front of the cupcake (opposite side of the "V)." Use frosting to add the candy face on top. Finally, add three heart sprinkles to each of the pink wings. And you're done!


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 681Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 370mgCarbohydrates: 107gFiber: 0gSugar: 89gProtein: 2g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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