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Little Lamb Cupcakes

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 24

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This time last year, I had just launched the blog and was still figuring things out. My mind was on trying to figure out WordPress and draft a few posts, and it wasn’t on green things or rainbows or Peeps.

So I wanted to make you at least a couple cute springy thing, and I saw these cupcakes in The Cupcake Bible that my brother-in-law gave me for Christmas. They looked super easy and I am all about easy.

And my daughter is all about animals of all kinds.

cupcakes decorated with white frosting mini marshmallows and jelly beans to look like a lamb

Except ladybugs. For some reason she is terribly afraid of ladybugs. Go figure.

So today I’m bringing you these adorable little lamb cupcakes! They are so easy and you don’t even have to be good at piping. Just a schmear (yes, schmear) of frosting over the cupcake, plunk on some mini marshmallows, and make the face.

Honestly, the hardest part is cutting the jellybeans.

My husband has been doing the grocery shopping quite a bit since the baby was born, and he often gets some strange things on his list. This time, pink jellybeans.

cupcake decorated to look like a lamb on colorful napkins

When he got back he told me he looked all over for a bag of pink jellybeans but could only find the little multicolored gourmet ones.

Which is totally fine, and what I expected he’d come home with. The only problem is if you open the bag and start munching away on them, thinking there’s got to be a good amount of pink ones in there. Then you dig them out and count and you’ve got about 5.

So if you’re making these, I recommend counting out your pink jellybeans before you dig into the rest of the bag!

I’m actually not even a fan of jellybeans. But sometimes I just need a little something sweet… and a few jellybeans are much friendlier to my post-baby-booty than a piece of cheesecake cake.

close up of cupcake with vanilla frosting and mini marshmallows to look like a lamb

ANYWAY.

Be careful when you’re cutting the jellybeans because you don’t want them to shmoosh too much. I thought that I’d have to use frosting to stick the jellybean to the large marshmallow for the ears, but the cut marshmallows and cut jellybeans are both super sticky, and it worked perfectly!

In the book they use skinny black licorice to make the mouth, but I couldn’t find any so I just colored a wee bit of frosting brown, put it in a Ziploc bag and cut a small hole. Worked just as well!

So if you’re looking for an easy, cute, Easter treat, these would be perfect!

Use your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe, or a cake mix if you’re in a rush, or here is one of my favorites!

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Little Lamb Cupcakes

Little Lamb Cupcakes: a super easy cupcake or cookie decorating technique that even the kids can help with! Perfect for Easter or spring birthdays. www.thereciperebel.com
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 24
Calories 272cal

Ingredients

Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered icing sugar
  • 4 tbsp milk

Assembly:

  • 24 vanilla cupcakes
  • Brown food coloring
  • Pink jellybeans about 3 dozen
  • 16 large marshmallows
  • 10.5 oz package mini marshmallows
  • 48 mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • For the frosting, add butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until smooth. Add the vanilla and 1 cup of the sugar and beat until smooth. Continue adding sugar, one cup at a time, beating after each addition.
  • Gradually add 3-4 tbsp milk, until you reach desired consistency. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Set aside about ¼ cup frosting for the mouths and color it brown. Spoon into a small Ziploc bag and cut a small piece off of the corner. Set aside.
  • Spread frosting over the tops of the cupcakes – you want the frosting right to the edge so the marshmallows will stick.
  • Cut each large marshmallow in 3 pieces crosswise and stretch into oval shapes (they kind of do this naturally as you’re cutting them).
  • Cut 24 jellybeans lengthwise and attach to the large marshmallows to make the ear. Stick into the frosting on the edge of the cupcake, 2 per cupcake.
  • Place mini marshmallows around the outside of the face, as they appear in the photos, leaving a space open in the middle for the face.
  • Place 2 mini chocolate chips in each cupcake as the eyes.
  • Pipe a small smile on each cupcake using the brown frosting.
  • Cut 12 jellybeans in half crosswise, and place in the middle of the cupcake to form the nose.
  • And you’re done! Show them off ?

Nutrition Information

Calories: 272cal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 18mg | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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Cupcake decorating idea from The Cupcake Bible.

Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel says

    Oh my gosh, these are SO totally adorable! I couldn’t even eat them, they’re just too cute! 😉 I understand about the ladybugs, by the way. Though I don’t personally hate ladybugs, they ARE bugs, not animals… and bugs are generally NOT cool. LOL!

  2. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze says

    These are the cutest cupcakes ever! Love them!! They turned out great and I like the mouth with the frosting. I detest black licorice soo. 😉 How sweet is your hubby doing the grocery shopping. I couldn’t send mine. He would come home with cookies, cereal and chips. Nothing that I could cook with. Love your blog Ashley!! So happy we met! 😉

  3. Izzy says

    These Little Lamb Cupcakes are adorable!!! And I love the schmere of frosting on top, haha! I going to pretend I’m making them for some kids and eat them all myself 🙂

  4. Michelle { A Latte Food } says

    Ashley, these are too stinkin’ cute! I seriously can’t get over them. And, true story, if jellybeans (especially jelly bellys) are ever bought at the store, they hardly ever make it out of the car. I have no self-control when it comes to them.

    • Ashley says

      Haha, really?! Chocolate, yes. But the weird flavoured jelly beans? No thanks. Lol. Especially coffee and cinnamon and…. Yeah most of them!

  5. Kelley says

    So stinkin cute! And I totally believe a bag of jelly beans only has a few pink ones. Its like they know what the best ones are and intentionally dont put that many in the bag. Grrr jelly bean people!

    • Ashley says

      Right?! I’m not a big jelly belly fan but the pink ones are the normal fruity flavors — the ones I would actually eat!

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