Cakes and desserts are often decorated with flowers. However, cute icing ladybirds can add a touch of playfulness to any dessert. You can make stiff, edible bugs from fondant icing, which is readily available at any cooking or baking store. Fondant is popular with many bakers because it is pliable and delicious. A complement to the usual icing flowers, ladybirds can be made at home with a few tools and steps.
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Things you need
- Black fondant
- Cutting board
- Red fondant
- Black edible food pen
Roll a 1/4-inch ball of black fondant. Press it lightly on the cutting board to make one side flat. Pinch one side of the rounded area slightly to create an outward "V." Set it aside.
Roll a 3/4-inch ball of red fondant. Press it lightly on the cutting board to make one side flat; make sure the other side stays rounded.
Score a shallow line down the middle of the red fondant from one end to the other using the toothpick. At the top of the line, press in several times with the toothpick so the fondant dips in slightly, creating an inward "V."
Press the outward "V" shape of the small black ball into the inverted "V" shape of the red ball.
Press them firmly together so they attach while still retaining their rounded shapes.
Draw small black dots all over the red ball using the edible pen.
Allow the bug to set for two to three hours before using it to decorate desserts or serving.
Tips and warnings
- With the average package of fondant, you can make about 10 ladybirds.
- Do not refrigerate or freeze fondant for later use -- this ends up ruining the fondant, so it can't be spread smoothly.
- After six minutes, fondant will begin to harden, so work within this time limit when creating the bugs; otherwise, the surface of the icing will wrinkle.
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