Recipe Box: Frog Cupcakes for Leap Day

🌱 A Yummy Dessert or Snack to Celebrate Leap Day, Spring, or Just for Fun!

By Glenda Ratcliff February 24, 2024

It's the time of year when you might spot a frog or two in area lakes, ponds, creeks, and other bodies of water. Here are a few fun facts about these interesting creatures, followed by a recipe for an even more fun snack!

Frog Fun Facts

  1. Frogs are amphibians, which means they live both on land and in water during their life cycle.
  2. Amphibians were around before the dinosaurs!
  3. There are over 5,000 species of frogs.
  4. Frogs don't drink water; they absorb it through their skin.
  5. A group of frogs is called an army.
  6. Frogs usually shed their skin about once a week. Once the old skin has been pulled off, it usually eats it! (Ewwww!)
  7. Croaking is how male frogs attract females.
  8. Many frogs can jump 20 times their own body length!
  9. In Scotland, frogs are considered lucky and stone frogs are often given as housewarming gifts.
  10. The world's biggest frog, the Goliath frog, can be a foot long and weigh more than 7 pounds. The smallest frogs in the world are less than half an inch.

Frog Cupcakes

  • Your favorite boxed cake mix
  • Your favorite white frosting
  • 24 marshmallows
  • Candy eyes (or small candies or chocolate chips)
  • Green cupcake liners
  • Green food coloring
  • Black or red writing gel
  • Fruit strip (optional)

Prepare your cake mix according to box directions, adding a few drops of green food coloring to get desired color. Bake and let cool completely.

While cupcakes are baking, prepare your frosting by mixing in desired amount of green food coloring. Once cupcakes are completely cooled, frost them using an offset spatula or butter knife.

Using a pair of kitchen shears, cut your marshmallows in half. The exposed marshmallow will be sticky, use this area to adhere the candy eyes. If they won't stick, you can add a tiny dab of frosting to the back of the candy eyes. 

Place two of the marshmallow eyes upright in the center of the cupcake, pushing them together. You may need to add a small amount or frosting between the marshmallows to make them stick together.

Draw a mouth beneath the eyes using writing gel. Use kitchen shears to cut the fruit strip into small pieces to use as tongues and stick the fruit strip to the mouth.