Birthday bug cake

Birthday bug cake

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(21 ratings)

Prep: 50 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins

Easy

Serves 16
Children will love the butterfly and ladybird decorations on this colourful cake – and you'll love its simplicity

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal536
  • fat30g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars47g
  • fibre1g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.28g
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Ingredients

  • Easy vanilla cake and syrup mix (see recipe below)
  • 100g white chocolate (I used Milkybar)
  • Basic vanilla buttercream mix (see Easy vanilla cake recipe below)
    Vanilla

    Vanilla

    van-ill-ah

    The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

  • 12 giant chocolate buttons, 6 cut in half
  • treat-size pack chocolate buttons
  • 2 chocolate sticks (I used Matchmakers)
    Chocolate

    Chocolate

    chok-let

    Chocolate as we know it in pressed

  • hundreds and thousands
  • multicoloured candles
  • red (or whatever colour you like) writing icing tubes (I used Asda)
  • multicoloured candles

Method

  1. Bake the Easy vanilla cake in a greased, lined deep 20cm cake tin as in the basic recipe; drench with syrup and leave to cool. Leave the oven on.

  2. Break the white chocolate into cubes into a microwaveable bowl, and heat on High for 1 min (or melt over a pan of simmering water). Stir, then leave any remaining lumps to melt in the warm liquid chocolate. Once just-warm, beat the chocolate into the buttercream.

  3. Start the butterflies. Put the whole giant buttons on a flat baking tray on non-stick baking paper, then put into the oven for 20-30 secs or until the chocolate looks shiny. Take out, scatter with hundreds and thousands, then leave to set completely before cutting in half with a large non-serrated knife. For the ladybirds, pipe dots of icing all over the already cut giant button halves, then leave aside to dry.

  4. Spread the buttercream over the cake, then start to arrange the butterflies. Cut each Matchmaker into 3 – these will make the bodies. Press onto the cake, then stick four giant button halves around each body to make ‘wings’. For the ladybirds, place two spotty button halves together, then use a small button for the head. Scatter more hundreds and thousands all over the cake, then poke in the candles.

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Bellabella09
28th Apr, 2015
Where is recipe?!!
Frances1983
7th Oct, 2014
5.05
I made this cake for my daughter's 4th birthday, and she loved it! I will definitely make it again.
AngelaU
23rd May, 2014
This is really nice. Also very effective and east to decorate if you don't have much time.
thabieh
12th Jan, 2013
I am going to try this next weekend, I look forward to tasting it.
hetty74
2nd Sep, 2012
Ollyeyes , scroll down page , there's a link to the cake recipe on the right hand side
nats5184
29th Jun, 2013
I can't find any link?
issylou
27th Aug, 2012
What a fabulous recipe!! Made this for my husbands birthday and used Kit Kats all around the sides with ribbon to hold, it was very moist and tasty! I'm planning on making this birthday bug cake for my daughters 2nd birthday. Wondering does anyone know if ok to use cocoa to make a chocolate sponge - will it work with the greek yoghurt? Cheers :-)
ollyeyes
26th Aug, 2012
Am i losing the plot cant find the recipe for the cake help please
coco06
26th May, 2012
5.05
Very enjoyable to make this for my daughter's 1st birthday. Found it hard to get the matchstick chocolate as Tesco only stock them at Christmas but got after eight ones in another store. Icing was very rich but I made the cake a day in advance and the icing tasted better the 2nd day for some reason and the vanilla cake went down a treat.
latkins791
6th May, 2012
4.05
Really nice Icing recipe! Instead of Giant buttons I just used white buttons which already have sprinkles for the butterflies and normal ones for the ladybirds, still looked pretty. Yummy

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nats5184
29th Jun, 2013
I would like to make this cake for my sons 1st birthday. I can't find the recipe for the sponge or icing. I've looked for a link at the bottom of the page but still can't see one. What am I doing wrong?
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