Lady bug cake


Beaux- tie ( kids recipe)


My daughter just loves bugs. All bugs. The craze started when she was about 2 yrs old. The phase has never ended. (6+ yrs later).

My husband and I attempted a bug cake. I’m not a recipe book lover in general, so I don’t own the famous Womens Weekly cake book. I prefer to just make stuff up and invent recipes most of the time. This is an adaption of a muffin recipe.

2 cups self raising flour
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
Vanilla essence
(Bake at 180 degrees for half an hour. )

Mix all ingredients together with electric beater and pour into a round glass bowl lined with baking paper.


This round shape will be the lady bugs body when cooked. I also baked a smaller round shaped cake at the same time. This was for the bugs head.


I mixed red butter icing in a bowl. It did look awful. That bright red. Eeek. !!! Yes the red coloring stains!!!


Next step was to ice the lady bug with red icing and cut strips of black liquorice for the dots on the back.
I simply bought a flat roll of liquorice and used scissors.


To keep butter icing spreading on smoothly it helps to have a cup of boiling water next to you as you ice the cake. Keep dipping knife into hot water.


I made a mud cake at the same time so I didn’t have to eat that awful red icing. See best mud cake previous blog.

I bought red pipe cleaners from the craft section at the shops. These I used for the lady bugs legs.


The lady bug eyes were chocolates and liquorice laid on wet icing as seen above.


Next was the black dots on lady bugs back and a thin strip of liquorice to indicate the wings. Then some fake green grass on the white platter and press in the pipe cleaner legs.


Eden and her school friends thoroughly enjoyed this cake. She took bug cup cakes to school on the day of her birthday as well.

Funny – as I’m typing this blog she came up to me with a new “pet” …. A moth. She said , “Mum, meet Rosie. I hid her under my desk all day at school so the teacher wouldn’t see and make me throw her in the school garden.”
Yes that’s my little bug – lover!!

This is another brown moth named Rosie too ( below).


Happy baking everyone.

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