For the last few weeks, I have been checking out various websites for ideas for Katia's birthday cake. Of course, with a "ladybug" theme - it needed to represent. I was so excited to do this ... a little girl's cake was a far cry from the Mack Truck cake, CARS Race Track cake, CARS Broken Road cake etc that I've been making the last few years ...
Where did I start? With a whole bunch a baking. I did two 15x10x1 ... nice and thin, with the plan to fill with buttercream icing, a 9x9 and a couple of "ball" cakes too ...
... I added finely grated chocolate chips to the the buttercream frosting.
... and then started creating the shape of a leaf.
... and frosted the top with GREEEEEN frosting. Very happy. Very green. Very "leafy." *grin*
... Katia wanted to check it out too *smile* ...
... then I outlined with green candy shoelaces for the veining of the leaf ...
... and started adding details around the edge. I chose to use rock candies ... but I won't lie. They were super expensive.
... then came the ladybug. I baked a "ball" cake and used the extra half for the "face" of the ladybug. Then, I iced it BEFORE I put it on the leaf cake - to try and keep it less messy.
... I added black liquorice shoelaces to outline the wings, and little yellow dotted candies to to outline the leaf veins.
Then I sprinkled black sugar to fill in the black places. I put wax paper down to protect the leaf cake. Unfortunately, I came up with this idea AFTER I put the ladybug on the cake ... I should've done all this BEFORE putting in on the cake ... it was such a mess. Ah well.
... then more details. I used pipe cleaners for the antennae and mixed in the black sugar with the red icing to make a textured brown/purple icing for the face. The circles are chocolate coins, painted with frosting and dipped in the black sugar ... I loved the way they turned out.
... the final touch: writing her name and adding a candle. I didn't do "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" as there wasn't any room ... and hey, everyone knew it was her birthday, right? *grin*.
Oh, I LOVED this cake. Not because it was perfect - but because it was perfect for our little bean's birthday. I made it the morning of her birthday, so within a couple of hours it was cut up and eaten ... But that's what a birthday cake is for, right?
Happy birthday, sweet little Katia. You are so loved!!
Have a great one!