Sheep Cupcakes (and a Marshmallow Fluff Frosting recipe)

by Kristen on August 29, 2012

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When we were looking for animal cupcake ideas, we found these lamb cupcakes on the Land O’ Lakes site.  But the day we found them, we didn’t have gumdrops, so we had to wait to make them.

The recipe called for thin black licorice to make the ears and legs, but we couldn’t find any.  So, our sheep have no ears or legs.  We don’t really mind that they don’t have legs, but we do wish they had ears.  If we make them again, we’ll check more stores to see if we can find thin black licorice.

I had fun making them, but not quite as much fun as I had making the chocolate mint balls.

If you don’t like your cupcakes very sweet, you might want to take some of the candy off before you eat them.  Each cupcake has a lot of marshmallows!

We made our usual chocolate cupcakes:

But we did make a different frosting than our usual buttercream.  This one has marshmallow fluff in it, so it’s softer and fluffier than buttercream frosting.

Frost the cupcakes with the marshmallow fluff frosting.

Then you’ll need mini marshmallows, large black gumdrops, candy eyes (we got ours at Michael’s), and it would be good if you could find thin black licorice.

Flatten the gumdrop and use a toothpick to make nostrils. Then put a little bit of frosting on the gumdrop in the place where you want to put the eyes and gently press the eyes on.

Press the gumdrop onto the cupcake.  It should stay on by itself, but if yours fall off, you could use a toothpick to hold them on.

Then press marshmallows into the frosting all over the cupcake.

Since we couldn’t find licorice, we decided to try to use Tootsie Rolls for a tail and legs.  But we decided that a Tootsie roll doesn’t work at all for a tail.  ;)

But it was funny.

We had some pearl candies, so I made a pearl necklace on one of my sheep.

I hope you have a fun time making these!

Marshmallow Fluff Frosting

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
7 oz. marshmallow crème

In a mixing bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth.  Add marshmallow creme; beat until smooth.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

JB August 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Oh my goodness!!! Those tails were hilarious!!! Gave me a good laugh with my coffee. Cupcakes are adorable…gotta make them with my grandkids.


Kristen August 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm

We laughed a lot about those!


AFS August 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm

You make such cute cupcakes Lisey. Thanks for sharing with us.


Kathleen August 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Very cute cupcakes ! I bet they were tasty too :)


Karen August 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm

My kids somehow don’t like fluff so we have a LOT I’ve been hoping to find a use for!!! I’ll have to try this icing!


Debbie August 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm

cute, cute, cute…however, I agree about the Tootsie Roll tails lolol !


Maryams Pastry August 30, 2012 at 12:01 am



Barbara F. August 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Thin licorice, as well as lots of other fun decorating items (i.e. candy rocks of many colors), dried fruits of all kind can all be found at the Amish market where I live.


Stef September 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I love all your ideas! I always like to make something cute for birthdays for the kids, in the classroom. Well, only for my kids birthday’s, haha. I think it is really cute and to see the kids reactions. I love the sheep cupcakes! I should try those next! Since my 8 year old’s birthday is toward Easter and Spring!


Jo@simplybeingmum September 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Really sweet – on the to-bake list!


Melissa Schraiber September 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Just saw these! They are adorable!


Kaleb Clarke October 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm

cool shep!


Amira November 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Thanks alooooooooooote this frosting is amazing…..i love it :)


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