Butterfly kisses & ladybug hugs delight almost every little girl and my 5yr old granddaughter is no exception — she was also very quick to tell me that is exactly what she wanted for her birthday cake. With one cake for her party with friends and another for her birthday dinner with family, these two cakes proved to be a hit!
The butterfly cake was adorned with some simple fondant flowers, wired butterflies (it’s amazing what you can find at the dollar store!) and a few icing butterflies (click here to learn how to make them — psst… they’re easier than they look)
The ladybug cake was also fun to do… To get the ball-like shape, bake the cake in a large, oven proof bowl such as Pyrex — my 30 yr old bowl still works great! Cooking in a bowl is also great to do soccer ball or Barbie doll cakes. Once baked, slice a portion of the cake off and carve to create the head.
TIP: When carving any cake, always freeze or at least chill the cake beforehand — makes life so much easier!
Cover the whole cake in black fondant then add a layer of red for the wings and some black dots and you are almost done.
TIP: Black and red fondant are both very difficult to get by colouring yourself. I strongly suggest buying some already coloured — you will save yourself a lot of time and frustration!
Create the antennae and collar by simply rolling a strip of fondant and shaping. The antennae need to harden and dry for a while so be sure to do these ahead of time. Use a toothpick in the straighter end of each antenna so that when dry, they are easily attached to the cake. The rest is pretty straight forward…