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Bumblebee Banana Cupcakes

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min.


1 dozen

Updated: Sep. 24, 2022
Make a beeline for these easy, cute-as-a-bug cupcakes that are simply irresistible. They're wonderful for school treats, kids' parties, or even outdoor summer events. —Beatrice Richard, Posen, Michigan
Bumblebee Banana Cupcakes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (14 ounces) banana quick bread and muffin mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola 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, optional
  • 12 large white gumdrops
  • Black shoestring licorice, cut into 1-inch pieces


  1. In a large bowl, combine the muffin mix, milk, oil and eggs. Fill 12 greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  2. Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a small 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.
  4. 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. Pipe two eyes with chocolate frosting or 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.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 449 calories, 21g fat (4g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 315mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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