Bug Cupcake Cones for Earth Day

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Well we are back from our little cupcake break, thanks to all who bought a copy of Cupcakes! 12 Months of Happiness…I really appreciate your support!

Earth Day is on April 22nd! This is one of those days that we celebrate, that I feel should be celebrated every single day. As a family we try our best to help the environment by recycling, growing our own food and by using products that are earth-friendly.

These Bug Cupcake Cones are a perfect little treat to make with your kiddos for Earth Day! Or maybe even for a Bug Birthday Party.

Bug Cupcake Cones for Earth Day :: Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

Another way to help our environment is to cut down on paper, so the cupcakes are baked in Ice Cream Cones. For the Cupcake Cones, I used a Duncan Hines Devil’s Food Cake Mix and added the ingredients to make it taste more like homemade, and then baked them in Ice Cream Cones using the easy method of baking them upside down.

Earth Day Bug Cupcake Cones :: Recipe & Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

I frosted them using a Decorator Bag fitted with a #10 Tip. Then the Bug making started…

Earth Day Bug Cupcake Cones :: Recipe & Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

Any candy or cookies you have will work, here’s what I used…


  • Body – Necco Wafers and Gum Drops
  • Eyes – Snowcaps
  • Antennae – Colored licorice

Using your hand, press gum drops until flat. Attach to the Neccos with a little frosting. Add the licorice and Snowcaps on with a little frosting.


Place M&M’s on frosting, add sprinkles with a little frosting. For the wings, press a gum drop out flat and cut it with a small cookie cutter, any shape will work, I used a tiny leaf.

Earth Day Bug Cupcake Cones :: Recipe & Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com


  • Body – Mike & Ike Candy
  • Wings – Necco Wafer
  • Eyes – Jumbo Sprinkles

Place body on frosting, add sprinkles for eyes with a little frosting. Arrange wings next to body.


  • Oreo Cookies – crushed
  • Gummi Worms

Place Oreos in a resealable bag and crush with a rolling pin. Add frosting to cupcake and sprinkle on crushed cookies. Push a worm into the frosting, lay another worm next to it.

Earth Day Bug Cupcake Cones :: Recipe & Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com


  • Body – Mini Oreo Cookie
  • Legs – Black licorice
  • Eyes – Mini M&M’s

Remove 1 side of the Oreo and place cut legs into the filling, replace top. Add eyes with a little frosting.

Lady Bug

Place rocks into frosting. Using a Food Writer, draw dots on the M&M, add eyes with a little frosting


  • Body – candy necklace cut apart
  • Head – M&M
  • Antennae – licorice

Place candy on top of frosting, add the M&M for the head and the licorice

Earth Day Bug Cupcake Cones :: Recipe & Instructions on HoosierHomemade.com

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  1. Christina says:

    Thanks for hosting! I love all the bug cupcakes! Have a great week :)
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  2. Sheryl says:

    So happy I finally have a cupcake to share today! Your bug cupcakes are the cutest! Thanks for hosting!

  3. Jenn says:

    These are super cute! Love them.
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  4. Seriously adorable!
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  5. Those cupcakes are so super-duper cute!! Love ‘em!!
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  6. I can’t believe how cute these cupcakes are! These would be perfect for little kids parties. I wish I had a recipe like this when I was teaching – I could almost guarantee the toys I taught would love these!
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  7. Debra Kapellakis says:

    Almost too cute to eat!

  8. suchhhh a cute idea! i’m going to have to try this out and expand my cupcake horizons. this post is like a dream to me haha.

    From Cupcakes, With Love x

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