It’s Valentine’s Day around the corner and love certainly is in the air for our adorable little love bug! This fun and wonderfully cute tutorial is surprisingly pain-free so why not follow our step by step guide and create a heart-warming collection of Valentine cupcakes for your sweetheart?
Fondant love bug tutorial to fall head over heels for!
- Hot pink coloured fondant / sugar paste
- Soft pink coloured fondant / sugar paste
- White fondant / sugar paste
- Black fondant / sugar paste
- White floral wire (20 guage)
- Uncooked stick of spaghetti
- Edible glue
- Heart sprinkles
- Small heart plunger cutter
- Pink petal or lustre dust
- Medium round piping tip
- Small sharp knife
- Medium heart cookie cutter
- Small ball tool
- Tylo powder
Make a medium size ball of soft pink fondant / sugar paste with a small amount of tylo powder added… 1 teaspoon per 250g of paste).
Roll two tiny balls of black fondant. Indent where you want to place the eyes with the small ball tool and with a little edible glue attach the black fondant balls in place.
For the nose shape a tiny piece of white fondant into an oval shape and attach with edible glue.
For the mouth take a round piping tip and carefully press half of it into the face. Accentuate the smile with a little pink petal dust.
To add some rosy cheeks dust a little pink petal dust at a time underneath and opposite the nose.
To create the body take some hot pink fondant mixed with some tylo powder and form into a teardrop shape.
Take a stick of uncooked spaghetti and push into it’s centre leaving some protruding to hold the head of the bug on. Attach with some edible glue and by carefully pressing the head onto the body through the spaghetti.
Now it’s time to make your little love bug’s antennae! Roll out some hot pink fondant to a thickness of around 5mm and with a small heart shaped plunger cutter cut out two hearts.
Cut two pieces of floral wire around 2 inches long and curl around a thin paintbrush before sliding off and snipping down to around 1 inch in length.
Carefully straighten out a little bit at the end and with each tip dipped in some edible glue insert into the plunger cut hearts half way.
Carefully insert each antenna into the top of your bug’s head.
For the wings roll out some white fondant and cut out a medium sized heart using a cookie or pastry cutter.
With a small sharp knife slice the heart into half lengthwise and attach to the back of your bug with edible glue.
To add legs create two small rounded teardrop shapes from some hot pink fondant. Pinch and flatten the tapered ends together slightly. Attach and place your bug on top of the legs with a little edible glue.
Add some lovely heart details to your love bug with some heart shaped sprinkles!
We like to think that a cutie like this would indeed look rather fetching perched on top of cakes as well as cupcakes so have fun making a little fondant love bug for large or small treats! For gorgeous baby shower cakes a sweet little heart themed bug like this would be positively show stealing. We love the idea of a pastel hued love bug sat atop of fondant ABC building blooks as part of a fun cake design!