what they should look like
Having had bad experiences in the past with all things involving frosting and fancy tips, I dumbed down the directions quite a bit.
Basically I just frosted the cupcakes with green frosting and stuck an oreo in the middle. Then I put yellow and orange frosting into a ziploc bag, wrapped scotch tape around the corner and cut a little upside down V shape into the corner (If you have fancy frosting tools, use them instead!). Then I squeezed the little petals all around the oreo, starting with the bottom layer. You can also add a red m&m with black frosting for the lady bugs.
Here are my sad wannabes.
So I may not be a very good cupcake decorator but I am pretty good at making up cheesy object lessons, which I did so I could give these to our Sunday School class. It was on faith, so I held up a sunflower seed and said "what is this?"
kids: it's a sunflower seed, stupid.
me: yes. And what do you believe will grow from it?
kids: a sunflower...
me: yes, BUT is having faith that a sunflower will grow enough? Will it grow just because you believe it will?
kids: no.. you have to plant it and water it and crap
me: Exactly! Faith without works is DEAD!
Faith with works=sunflowers!
went down something like that. At least they thought the cupcakes were pretty cool.