A few weeks ago my baby turned two! To celebrate, I made her a special cake – you know I love a bit of cake decorating!
I needed something pretty quick and easy, and not too big because I didn’t want leftovers. I used my trusty Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book (you know – the birthday cake bible for Australian families!) That link takes you to the new version just recently published, but I have the old book with the train cake on the cover. This cake is actually called ‘Lucy Ladybird’ in the book, so it was meant to be! I’ve mentioned this book on my blog before – I have fond memories of my Mum letting me choose from the book when I was a kid, so I will be continuing that tradition with my kids for sure!
I can’t believe my girl is two. We are well and truly past the baby stage now, and I am mourning for it a little bit.
She was pretty excited about her ladybird cake. I used a basic chocolate cake mixture and baked it in a pudding bowl. I also saved some mixture and made a couple of cupcakes to use as the head. (I made two in case one failed.)
I made the Vienna Buttercream recipe for the icing, which is in the book, but I wasn’t a big fan. I’ll be honest – it’s easier to cheat and buy the pre-made can of Vanilla Betty Crocker icing. I know it’s probably horrifically bad for you and full of crazy preservatives, but oh well. It’s not like as if we eat it every day. Plus from a decorating perspective, the Betty Crocker stuff is a crisp white colour so it tints very well when you add colours. Butter based icings don’t tint as well as they are pale yellow to begin with.
I tinted the icing with a red gel colour, but it had a slight orange tint due to the yellow of the butter. I used brown m&ms as the spots and some red licorice I had in the cupboard for the antennae.
It’s not my best ever cake decorating effort but I did it in about 30 minutes before we rushed off for a family lunch at a restaurant.
And the birthday girl liked it so I call it a success!
You can check out all my other decorated cakes here.