Spend some quality time with your little ones this Valentine's Day and have a go at these adorable little Love Bugs! From the cupcake cases to the modeling icing, edible eyes and the icing bags, head to your local Morrisons to kit yourselves out. The only thing you'll need to hunt down elsewhere is the icing nozzle but you'll use it time and time again, we promise.  

Cupcake Ingredients and Recipe

Ingredients (cupcake):

  • 250g self raising flour
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 250g soft salted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 45ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Filling of your choice - we chose jam but Nutella or Caramel would be great. 


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C and line a cupcake tray with 12 cases.
  2. Add flour, caster sugar and bicarbonate of soda to a mixing bowl. Then add the soft butter and eggs and start mixing with a whisk. Mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Add milk and vanilla extract and beat for 30 seconds, scrape down the bowl to make sure everything is mixed well.
  4. Fill all 12 cupcake cases 3/4 full with the mixture.
  5. Bake for around 22-25 minutes. Leave in the baking tray for 5 minutes then transfer them to a cooling rack.
  6. When cool, core out the centre of your cupcakes, pipe in a blob of your filling. Replace the top of the cupcake.

Frosting Ingredients and Recipe

Ingredients (frosting):

  • 650g icing sugar
  • 500g softened salted butter
  • 30ml milk
  • Red and pink gel icing


  1. Add all the ingredients in a bowl, starting whisking slowly but then whisk on high to achieve a smooth frosting. If you are making two separate colours, split your mix into two bowls and then mix the colour thoroughly into each. 

To make the antennae:

  • 1/3 pack modeling icing - about 80g
  • Red gel food colouring
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Heart shaped cutter or a small craft knife 


  1. Add a small amount of red gel colouring to the modeling icing. Kneed in till you achieve a smooth colour.
  2. Roll out your icing to the thickness of a 50p. To stop from sticking to your work counter. sprinkle icing sugar underneath it.
  3. Use a knife/ cutter to cut out heart shapes from the modeling icing. Pop a cocktail stick into the bottom of the heart to create your antennae and set them aside to firm. You will need to make 24 in total. 


  • Piping bags 
  • Grass icing tip 
  • Edible eyes 


  1. Fill your piping bag(s) with your chosen colours and pipe a grass/fur texture on the top of your cupcakes using short sharp squeezes on the piping bag; working in circles around the top of the cupcake. Start around the edge and work inwards. You want to overlap each circle to create a layered fluffy look.
  2. Pop your edible eyes and antennae on to complete your Love Bugs.