Stephanie's Ladybug Cake
by Mae-Lan Mejia
(Santa Clarita, CA)
A 1st Birthday Cake For A Cute Little Bug!
As you can see, I made this cake for the first birthday of a darling little girl named Stephanie. Her mom created a great garden party atmosphere using ladybugs as her theme. She kind of waited until the last minute to get the cake done, but she still wanted a special cake for Stephie's 1st birthday. So, I went to work and came up with this little cake which was actually pretty quick to make thanks to the Rice Krispie treat recipe and the use of fondant.
If you would like to try your hand at making this little bug, here's the instructions that you will need.
To make the body you will need to make a rounded cake shape. Start by making your child's favorite cake and pour the batter into a round glass bowl; bake according to package instructions.
While the cake bakes, make up a batch of Rice Krispie treats. In a large sauce pan melt 3 tablespoons of butter on a low heat so it doesn't burn. Then add 1 10-ounce package of marshmallows; I like to use the miniature one because they melt really quick, but the large ones will also work just fine. Once the marshmallows melt, remove the pan from the burner. Then stir in 6 cups of Rice Krispies--you can either use the regular ones or the cocoa ones, whichever you prefer.
Now the fun begins, butter up your hands and scoop out a portion of the Rice Krispie mixture and form it into a ladybug head like you see in the picture. Then roll out a piece of white fondant and cover the head with it. Hand-paint the details of the red spots on the cheeks, the black mouth and eyes, along with painting a portion of the head black. Use either alcohol-based paint that is edible, food coloring that is alcohol-based, or opt for the powdered food colorings which will require that you mix them with a bit of vodka in order to give them the necessary painting consistency.
Once the round cake has cooled, either cover it with white fondant or make it faster by covering it with red fondant. Then paint on the black spots and the yellow and black striped section of the back.
Then place the body and head onto a cake pan, pipe out the little black bug feet and pipe out a bit of greenery and flowers using colored cake icing. Lastly, pipe out a birthday message and you're all done! Serve up your masterpiece and let everyone enjoy!