My daughter’s summer birthday is usually spent at our summer cabin in the mountains. I was trying to think up an interesting idea and looked down and saw an ant! I got a few ideas on this site for birthday cake decorations and here’s how it turned out. It was a chocolate cake and I added black coloring to prepared fudge frosting. I had to add quite a bit to get it really black and everyone’s mouths were black, adding to our fun.
I did a bug party for my son’s 1st birthday party. I made a big ant for the middle of the table with grass and dirt surrounding it. I also made each of the kids a little bug cake, ladybugs, bees and spiders. I used a picnic tablecloth. I used the Wilton ball pan for the ant. It takes one and a half cake mixes.
This was very easy. Bake three round cakes, let it cool. For the birthday cake decorations cover it with black icing. I used black licorice for legs and antenna and marshmallow’s for eyes. I also surrounded the ant with grass (coconut with green food coloring) and dirt (crushed Oreo’s).
I decided to do a picnic theme for my husband’s birthday. I had the usual red/white and blue/white checkered tablecloths as well as sunflowers for extra decoration. I began thinking of ideas for birthday cake decorations and decided ants are usually where picnics are, so why not do an anthill.
I basically did a bunt cake, used icing to make it look like a hill, and then sprinkled crushed graham crackers on top for the dirt effect. For the grass, I dyed coconut and sprinkled that around.
I found some plastic ants at a local eclectic shop in Raleigh, so I used those coming out of the anthill, marching along to spell Happy Birthday. I did glue the Happy Birthday part onto green construction paper so my spacing would be right and so things would go faster for me when I actually put the cake together.
For the large ants, I simply found some Styrofoam balls, spray painted them, glued wiggly eyes on to pushpins so they would be easier to attach, and used black pipe cleaner for the legs and antennas, which I just pushed into place.
The background material (the red/white cloth with the ant print) I found at Walmart of all places! I even cut some up and sewed quick placemats. It was a great party!