Birthday bug cake

Birthday bug cake

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(22 ratings)

Prep: 50 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins


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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  • Easy vanilla cake and syrup mix (see recipe below)
  • 100g white chocolate (I used Milkybar)
    White chocolate squares, stacked

    White chocolate

    why-t chok-lit

    To purists, this is not chocolate because it is made only from the fat or butter of the cacao…

  • Basic vanilla buttercream mix (see Easy vanilla cake recipe below)



    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 ganache


    Chocolate ganache is a combination of chocolate and double cream. It's simple to…

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


  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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28th Apr, 2015
Where is recipe?!!
9th Jan, 2018
It is hidden! Scroll down to 'Goes well with...' on the right side column or search for Easy Vanilla Cake
7th Oct, 2014
I made this cake for my daughter's 4th birthday, and she loved it! I will definitely make it again.
23rd May, 2014
This is really nice. Also very effective and east to decorate if you don't have much time.
12th Jan, 2013
I am going to try this next weekend, I look forward to tasting it.
2nd Sep, 2012
Ollyeyes , scroll down page , there's a link to the cake recipe on the right hand side
29th Jun, 2013
I can't find any link?
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 :-)
26th Aug, 2012
Am i losing the plot cant find the recipe for the cake help please
26th May, 2012
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.


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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