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This recipe is from Taste of Home, a perfect little springtime treat for the young or young-at-heart cupcake lovers in your home!


  • 1 package (14 ounces) banana quick bread and muffin mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • 5 drops yellow food coloring
  • 12 large yellow gumdrops
  • 1/2 cup chocolate frosting
  • 12 semisweet chocolate chips
  • 24 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 12 large white gumdrops
  • Black shoestring licorice, cut into 1-inch pieces


  • In a large bowl, combine the muffin mix, milk, oil and eggs.
  • Fill 12 greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  • Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine vanilla frosting and food coloring.
  • Frost cupcakes.
  • Cut yellow gumdrops in half widthwise.
  • Use the rounded tops for heads.
  • Flatten remaining portions into ovals for bodies.
  • Place one head and one body on each cupcake.
  • Place chocolate frosting in a resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of the bag. Pipe stripes on gumdrop bodies to resemble a bumblebee.
  • For the stinger, place one chocolate chip at the end of body with pointed end facing out. Position two mini chocolate chips in front of head for eyes.
  • Cut white gumdrops in half lengthwise; position next to bodies for wings.
  • Insert two licorice pieces for antennae.

Categories: Cupcakes  Dessert  Snack 

Author Credit: Taste of Home

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