Birthday bug cake

Birthday bug cake

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(22 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)
    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)
    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 ganache

    gan-ash

    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

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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naomigroves1
30th Aug, 2009
5.05
Made it in 2 sandwich tins and it cooked a lot quicker so didn't burn. Lovely cake went down really well!
jenni_barnes
22nd Aug, 2009
4.05
it looked wonderful but ended up burning it a bit!!!!
jb5370
10th Aug, 2009
5.05
What a fabulous looking cake! I made this for my daughter's 8th birthday and it went down a storm! I would recommend putting the chocolate buttons in the fridge or freezer to set as it took longer than I thought.
soraya01
12th Jul, 2009
5.05
I made this for my daughters 1st birthday and everyone absolutly loved it! I will be making it again for my son's birthday, but changing the ladybirds and butterflies for spiders. A delicious cake to make!
tinaduffy
8th Jul, 2009
5.05
Made this for my sister's birthday. Delicious and moist. The children loved the decoration. A cake to make again.
elaines
3rd Jul, 2009
5.05
Delicious cake, very easy. Fantastic homemade decorations, again really easy but look so clever and much nicer and cheaper than shop-bought ones.

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