Summer Picnic Party: Ant Attack Cupcakes (and a Giveaway!)

by Jennifer on July 20, 2013

in Cupcakes, Summer Desserts

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So, there you are, enjoying a nice picnic. The breeze is blowing, the heat has (thankfully!) abated, and you’re enjoying all of your summertime favorites – burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and watermelon. Life couldn’t get much better.


The ants attack!!

Those little buggers have no respect for your party – they will steal your food…and your pride. Look – they’re taking the watermelon! They bring your party to a premature end. No one got to eat the watermelon.

When I was invited to a Summer Picnic Party by Hani of Haniela’s and Beth of Hungry Happenings, I knew I wanted to stage an ant attack. I mean – it just screams picnic to me! The recipe is below, but please scroll down and enjoy all of the amazing recipes and creations from my fellow bloggers – everything from cookies to cakes, sandwiches to pasta salads (even a cordial recipe!). Scroll down even further for a fabulous giveaway with SIX, count ‘em, six winners!

5.0 from 4 reviews

Summer Picnic Party: Ant Attack Cupcakes
  • Cupcakes of your choice, in red gingham liners, if desired
  • Frosting
  • White fondant
  • Circle cutter (about the same size as the tops of your cupcakes)
  • Wilton red food color spray (or an airbrush, if you have one)
  • A sharp knife (like an exacto knife)
  • A stuff piece of paper (like cardstock or a file folder)
  • Chocolate covered almonds
  • Ant leg pieces (brown frosting, black licorice string – your choice!)
  • Watermelon candies, optional
  1. Bake your favorite cupcakes as directed. Cool.
  2. Roll out white fondant (I like to use vegetable oil). Using circle cutter, cut out as many circles as you have cupcakes.
  3. To create gingham effect on fondant circles: Using a very sharp knife, cut out “bars” of equal size of the paper, like this:
  4. Place each circle on a disposable surface, like parchment paper or paper towels.
  5. Place paper guide on top of fondant circle:
  6. Spray lightly with Wilton food coloring spray. Turn 90 degrees and spray again:
  7. Lightly frost cupcakes with frosting of your choice. Gently attach the fondant circles with frosting is still tacky. Use the same frosting as “glue” to attach three chocolate covered almonds in a line, creating the ant’s body. I used strips of dried prune for the legs, but it was messy and I don’t recommend it! Use frosting or black licorice string instead. Attach the legs of choice. Finish with a piece of watermelon candy, if desired.




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1 The Partiologist July 20, 2013 at 10:04 am

Seriously, I think we’ve experienced the same picnic! Your ant attack cupcakes are super cute!


2 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

Thank you, Kim! :)


3 Karyn - Pint Sized Baker July 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

Those little ants are adorable! I’d want them at my picnic any day!


4 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

Thank you so much, Karyn! :)


5 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen July 20, 2013 at 11:12 am

Oh, my stars! Jennifer, your Ant Attack Picnic Cupcakes are totally adorbs…right down to the red gingham “tablecloth”, chocolate covered almond ants and watermelon candies! Very clever and truly innovative. Sa-weet! xo


6 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

Thanks so much, Stacy! :)


7 Micky July 20, 2013 at 11:33 am

For my next picnic party, I want to attempt a watermelon cake!


8 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

I’ve seen those! They look really fun :)


9 Micky July 20, 2013 at 11:34 am

I would love to win the $50 credit to the Cookie Cutter Company and stock up on some fun supplies! I have no formal baking experience and just learn from other blogs, and trial and error. That what makes it fun!


10 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

Oh yes, for sure! :)


11 Mike @ Semi Sweet July 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Cute cupcakes, Jennifer! The watermelon candies were an awesome touch.


12 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Thanks, Mike! :)


13 Patricia @ ButterYum July 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Ant heart attack is more like it because that’s what would happen to me if I saw an ant that big – pretty cute though (since I know it isn’t alive). Can you tell I have a thing against bugs?


14 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Haha! I don’t blame you :) I was actually attacked by a hive of fire ants as a child but, thankfully, I don’t remember it!


15 Beth @ Hungry Happenings July 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Your fondant tablecloths look so realistic, just as real as ants invading a picnic. Thanks for joining us for our summer picnic party.


16 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Thank you, Beth, for your hard work on such an awesome party! :)


17 Diane {Created by Diane} July 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Oh these cupcakes are genius…so fun and would be enjoyed in minutes!


18 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Thanks so much, Diane! Your pasta salad looks delicious!


19 Aida@thecraftingfoodie July 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

With all of these amazing treats, I would have LOVED to attend your picnic, ants and all. Your cupcakes are adorable. The spray painted tablecloth and ant are so creative. Love ‘em!


20 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Thanks so much, Aida! :)


21 Jan W. July 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I gotta try these cupcakes!


22 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Thanks, Jan!


23 Jan W. July 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I’d like to win the $50 to Cooke Cutter Company so I can stock up on good supplies instead of “improvising” all the time! Thanks for the giveaway!


24 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Good supplies can make all the difference!


25 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me July 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I love that you use Wilton spray for those of us (most of us!) who don’t have an airbrush. Very cool and very cute!


26 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Thanks, Michelle! I’m sure an airbrush is nice though :)


27 Michele Furry July 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I love the ants on a picnic table cloth idea — and I’m a cookie baker — so that’s what I’m going with!


28 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm



29 Michele Furry July 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm

The gift certificate to the Cookie Cutter Company would be AWESOME!!


30 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Oh yes! :)


31 Sue{Munchkin Munchies} July 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Love the cupcakes, Jennifer, and your ants look so realistic! The watermelon candy is the perfect added touch, and adorable to boot!


32 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Thanks so much, Sue! Your cookies were so adorable :)


33 Janet T July 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I would make broccoli salad for my next picnic, with lots of extra bacon!


34 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm



35 michelle July 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm

love these, spray painted fondant looks great, and the ants, so fun. Where did you find the watermelon candy? is that taffy??


36 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Hi Michelle! It is a chewy candy, like taffy :) I found it at a little local candy shop, but I’ve seen the watermelon slice candies around – they would probably be easier to find! (like this:


37 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Would like to win the restaurant ware or cookie cutter store credit because I’m a beginning baker & need lots of supplies!


38 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm

For the next picnic I am making Dinosaur BBQ macaroni salad & cupcakes!


39 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Sounds like fun, Jennifer!


40 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel July 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

OH MY GOSH JENNIFERRRRR. These cupcakes are some of the cutest I’ve ever seen! I LOVE the addition of the watermelon taffy .. so cute and genius! And for once, I actually feel like I can handle an ant.. especially if he tastes like licorice!


41 Jennifer July 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Thanks, Hayley! I can handle ants (mostly…), but spiders? NO WAY. :)


42 Grace July 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I would for sure serve these really cool cupcakes, along with watermelon and pasta!


43 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Thanks, Grace!


44 Grace July 20, 2013 at 8:15 pm

The Restaurant Ware prize pack would be the one I would want to win! The products they have are really cool!


45 Paula July 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm

How cute are these! Love your checkered tablecloths and your chocolate covered almond ants would be welcome to any of my picnics.


46 Jennifer July 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Thank you, Paula! :)


47 jacquie July 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm

haven’t been on a picnic so don’t know.


48 jacquie July 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm

King Arthur flour


49 NikkiK July 20, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I love to bring fruit to picnics, especially at the beach. It’s refreshing and 99% of people like fruit.


50 Jennifer July 21, 2013 at 9:25 am

Very true!


51 NikkiK July 20, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win the $50 credit for The Cookie Cutter Company! My company was just acquired by a competitor so my job hangs in the balance for the next couple months. I’m trying not to buy anything that isn’t a necessity so this would be an awesome gift to contribute to my cookie cutter obsession!
Thank you foe giving us all a chance to win some great things!
Good luck everyone!


52 Rachel July 21, 2013 at 3:49 am

The restaurant ware


53 Rachel July 21, 2013 at 3:49 am

macaroni salad


54 hani@haniela's July 21, 2013 at 6:23 am

Love these Jennifer. Especially the ants, they are huge! I can see kids kidding around they ate the ant, well that kid being me, I guess.


55 Jennifer July 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Thank you, Hani! :)


56 Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig July 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

These are about the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen! Sharing!!


57 Jennifer July 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

Thanks so much, Cathy!


58 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts July 21, 2013 at 11:57 am

These are just too cute! I love the little table cloth you put on top too!


59 Jennifer July 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Thanks, Erin!


60 Jill O. July 21, 2013 at 4:06 pm

The way you did the fondant tablecloth is such a good idea! I’d definitely want to try that!


61 Jill O. July 21, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I would love to win the prize from Wilton because those push up pops are so cute!


62 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl July 21, 2013 at 6:19 pm

These cupcakes are too cute! I can’t handle it! :)


63 Jennifer July 21, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Thanks so much, Pamela! :)


64 Reeni July 21, 2013 at 9:28 pm

These are so stinkin’ cute Jennifer! Next week is our big family picnic and these would be perfect! I don’t know if mine would turn out nearly as good as yours – I could only hope.


65 Jennifer July 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

Trust me – I was just throwing pieces on these willy-nilly – I bet yours would be just as good! :)


66 DessertForTwo July 22, 2013 at 8:19 am

What a fun party! And what cute cupcakes!

I hope I win the restaurant ware credit! :)


67 Jennifer July 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

Good luck! :)


68 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings July 22, 2013 at 9:47 am

These cupcakes are ADORABLE!


69 Jennifer July 22, 2013 at 10:02 am

Thank you! :)


70 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings July 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

I would love to win the cookie cutters :)


71 Yvonne @ bitter baker July 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Oh these cupcakes are so cute!!


72 Jennifer July 23, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Thanks so much, Yvonne! :)


73 Georganne July 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I love the photo with the watermelon! SO pretty!


74 Jennifer July 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Thank you, Georganne! :)


75 Nessa July 23, 2013 at 8:50 pm

These are exploding with cuteness!


76 Jennifer July 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Thanks, Nessa! :)


77 Melissa July 24, 2013 at 7:44 am

Your ant attack cupcakes are soooo cute! I love what you did to create the ants.


78 Jennifer July 24, 2013 at 8:31 am

Thanks, Melissa! :)


79 Michelle | Creative Food July 24, 2013 at 10:26 am

I absolutely LOVE your cupcakes!! The ants and the blanket with the watermelon candy is genius and so creative!!!


80 Jennifer July 24, 2013 at 10:27 am

Thanks so much, Michelle!


81 Lora July 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

These are so dang cute. I love your creativity!


82 Jennifer July 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Thank you! :)


83 Terri Hughes July 25, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I would make fried chicken and macaroni salad. And I would like to win Wilton. Thanks!


84 ashley - baker by nature July 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm

You’re on a roll with cute cupcakes! I love these!


85 Jennifer July 27, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Thank you, Ashley! :)


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