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Coolest Bugs in Grass Cake 3

by Monica E
(Lexington, TX)

Homemade Bugs in Grass Cake

Homemade Bugs in Grass Cake

My 5 year-old daughter made this Bugs in Grass Cake for a cake contest and won 3rd place.

The cake was made in a meatloaf pan (the cake recipe called for a bundt pan, but we didn't want the doughnut shape. Wasn't sure if making it in a regular pan would taste the same??).

The grass is whipped cream frosting with dyed coconut sprinkled on top. We put the coconut in a Ziploc bag with a tablespoon or so of water and added the dye and shook it up (this was a good tip from someone else. Just trying to add dye to coconut in a bowl wasn't working well at all!).

The ant pile is crushed Oreo cookies (brown part only). The ants are cut up tootsie rolls. The spider is an upside down Hersey's Kiss with legs drawn on with gel frosting applicator. The worm is store-bought gummy worm. The centipede bodies are Kit-Kat candy bars. The legs on the centipede are slices of tootsie roll and candy bar. All the eyes are chocolate sprinkles "glued" on with frosting.

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Coolest Garden Bug Birthday Cupcakes and Cake 47

by Lita R.
(Johannesburg, South-Africa)

Homemade Garden Bug Birthday Cupcakes and Cake

Homemade Garden Bug Birthday Cupcakes and Cake

Homemade Garden Bug Birthday Cupcakes and Cake
Homemade Garden Bug Birthday Cupcakes and Cake
Homemade Garden Bug Birthday Cupcakes and Cake
Homemade Garden Bug Birthday Cupcakes and Cake

I made these garden bug birthday cupcakes and cake for my grand daughter's 3rd birthday. The theme was flowers and garden bugs. It was a white vanilla cake, lightly frosted in vanilla butter cream and covered with fondant (blue for the sky and green for the garden). I used a flower biscuit cutter to cut the clouds out of white fondant, then cut it in half - this gave the perfect cloud shape.

For the grass, I rolled small balls out of green fondant and then pressed it through a garlic press. The bumble bees, flowers, ladybugs, worms, butterflies and snails were all made out of fondant. I made a bigger bumble bee for the top cake (with pink shoes) and made it look like she is sleeping against the "3". For the antennae/feelers of the bugs, I used flower pollen sticks, bought from the store. I also made the cupcakes to go with the cake - all topped with flowers and bugs.

Needless to say, nobody wanted to eat it! They kept it as souvenirs.

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Coolest Garden Bug Birthday Cupcakes
by: Rika

Love the originality of the whole theme and the detail that went into the making of these cakes. As it was made for a little girl I find the pastel colors to be spot on! The cakes looks fresh and not overhandled and scream :'Eat me!'

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Coolest Ants Cake and Cupcakes 6


(Secunda, South Africa)

Homemade  Ants Cake and Cupcakes

Homemade Ants Cake and Cupcakes

This Ants Cake and Cupcakes was made by a family friend for my 4 children who share their birthdays in June. The triplets turned 1 and my oldest daughter turned 3.

My husband and I decided on the theme, because they are always under our feet, busy carrying something around, eating, and just moving about, they are our little ants.

The cake that we asked to make is a sugar bowl with little sugar cubes surrounded by little ants on little cupcakes and on the bowl.

The cupcakes are plain normal cupcakes with icing and liquorish ants. The bowl and sugar cubes are made out of a round cake normally baked with hardened icing and also liquorish ants.

The children were not dress to match the theme as I said that no two ants look the same when they are carrying something around. This was a very nice idea and gave me the confidence to do the next birthday cake myself.

Ants Cake



Ants Cake

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Coolest Bugs Cake 4

by Laura H.
(London UK)

Homemade Bugs Cake

Homemade Bugs Cake

I made this Bugs Cake for my youngest son's 3rd birthday. The cake is a plain white sponge in 2 layers, with strawberry jam and butter icing to sandwhich them. I then covered the whole cake in a layer of butter icing dyed green with food dye. Using royal icing in various colours to make the leaf, grass strands, the Ant, ladybug and Caterpillar. To give the bugs and leaf a slight shine I brushed just a little plain water on each and left to dry.

All my cakes are made off the top of my head, very rarely I plan and I use what I have to hand most of the time, hence they arent showstopping quality, but I very much enjoy baking and decorating cakes as do my children enjoy eating them.

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