Lamb Cupcakes
20 min
03 hrs 40 min



1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package white cake mix

1 cup milk

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest

1 (1.5-ounce) bottle flower-shaped cake sprinkles


1 1/2 cups Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 (7-ounce) jars marshmallow crème


1 (10.5-ounce) package miniature marshmallows

24 black gumdrops

Decorator candy eyes

Licorice pieces or licorice nibs

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine all cupcake ingredients exceptsprinkles in bowl; beat on low speed until combined. Beat at medium speed until well mixed. Stir in sprinkles.

  3. STEP 3

    Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups. Bake 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pan; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine 1 1/2 cups butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in bowl. Beat on medium speed until creamy. Add marshmallow crème; continue beating until well mixed. Set aside.

  5. STEP 5

    Create lamb faces by using palm of hand to flatten gumdrops to 1/4-inch thickness. Poke holes into gumdrops for nostrils. Attach candy eyes and licorice pieces for ears, using frosting to adhere. Set aside.

  6. STEP 6

    Frost cupcakes, creating mound of frosting in center. Attach 1 lamb face on front 1/3 of each cupcake. Place miniature marshmallows onto cupcakes, pressing into frosting to adhere. Attach licorice pieces or licorice nibs for tails.

Tip #1

Black gumdrops can be found in candy stores or in the bulk bins or in mixed packages at discount, grocery or drug stores. The recipe has also been tested using other colors of gum drops (white, pink) or a large marshmallow cut in half for the face. The “eyes” for the lambs can be purchased in discount chain stores, craft stores or cake decorating stores in the candy and cake decorating section. Dark cupcake liners and the candy flowers can also be purchased in this area. Other colors of cupcake liners could also be used.


18Fat (mg)
65Cholesterol (mg)
310Sodium (mg)
56Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
3Protein (g)


Explore reviews from
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  March 31, 2018

The cupcakes in the picture had the "feel" of a fluffy lamb, but ours did not, for whatever reason, I just could not achieve the look. Ours looked like googly eyes hiding in a pile of marshmallows! Could not find gumdrops so we used mini Reece's Cups for the face. I melted chocolate almond bark to use as glue for the googly eyes and that worked very well! Also used chocolate covered stick pretzels for the ears and that did not work for ears at all. So, we had earless, tailless lambs. :(

— says PJEdwards

Using mini Reeces Cups for the face and melted chocolate almond bark to fix the googly eyes did work very well! We dipped the larger surface of the Reece's cup in the melted almond bark and stuck the eyes on. When cooled, they stuck well!

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  August 14, 2016

These people that can't get this recipe to work must either live in a very humid climate or didn't let the cupcakes properly cool before frosting them. I had ZERO issues and the family absolutely loved them. I will say that I absolutely could not find gumdrops in my area. I ended up using mini York peppermint patties for their faces and actually like the finished product more than the gumdrops. I will definitely be using this recipe again!

— says Sam
  October 02, 2014

I love this frosting! I use it on cakes and everything I do now. It's pure white, so great for dying. Nothing needs refrigeration, so I'm comfortable leaving leftovers out on the counter. Plus, it tastes like marshmallows! I didn't have any trouble with it sliding around. Are you all using marshmallow creme, found by the marshmallows in your store, rather than a marshmallow ice cream topping or something like that? For the gumdrops, try a bulk candy bin. You can pick out the black ones. :) I couldn't find them the first time I made these, and we ended up using chocolate eggs instead. It worked well.

— says Becki
  May 14, 2012

What a waste of time and money! I too found that the frosting slid right off the cupcake. I added more and more powdered sugar in an attempt to thicken it but it didn't work. I ended up frosting the cupcakes as best I could and decorated with the gumdrops and some sprinkles.

— says caroljean
  April 24, 2012

I made these adorable cupcakes for Easter. My family enjoyed them tremendously and we sent pictures of the "flock" to all our friends and relatives.

— says Theresa
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