Lady Beetle Birthday Cake

Lady Beetle Birthday Cake

This is the lady beetle birthday cake I made for my daughter’s birthday party. I bought a book called Quick and Clever Party Cakes by Lindy Smith which had this lady beetle cake design inside and after seeing a few different designs I knew this was the one I wanted to make.

I used a new washing up scourer to impress a pattern on top of the green icing to give the resemblance of the lady beetle sitting on the grass.

The cake was my favourite white chocolate mud cake recipe from the Planet Cake book and also their white chocolate ganache recipe.  I bought ready to roll icing which was already coloured which saved a bit of time, mess and gave me that beautiful deep red and blackest of blacks.  Perfect for a lady beetle.

The girls loved the cake and so did all the kids at the party.  It really didn’t last long at all being a perfect size to be eaten on the day with nothing left over.

Here is a view of the back of the wings showing how they split to show the black lady beetle body underneath.  The happy birthday song was a bit overwhelming for my 2 year old but she was fine once everyone stopped singing!

cutting the lady beetle cake

Making a wish cutting the cake.  The kids were circling in already requesting what part of the cake they wanted.

I was really happy with the way it turned out.  My only regret is that I didn’t carry the cake into my sewing room and take some more pictures of it under my lights.  Oh well.

This week I’ve planned a daily dose of lady beetle party inspirations as so much went into this party.  There will be decorations, edible lady beetles, pom pom garlands and quite possibly the cutest lolly bags you’ve ever seen!

Lady beetle, lady bug or lady bird?  We decided we liked lady beetle best but what do you like to call them?

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