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.