Make a creepy crawler cake for an entomologist or a child who just loves to play in the dirt. Decorate the cake with homemade friendly looking bugs, such as ladybirds and butterflies, or use the creepiest bugs you can make. Even novice cake decorators can prepare an insect cake that will delight the party guests and the cake can even be made up to 48 hours in advance to have one less party detail to deal with when the day of the special event arrives.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Cake mix
- 2 round cake pans
- Cake tray
- Sugar cookie mix
- Insect-shaped cookie cutters
- Baking tray
- Buttercream icing (or royal icing)
- Double boiler
- Milk chocolate (or candy melts)
- Insect candy moulds
- Chocolate icing
- Chocolate cookie crumbs
Prepare a homemade or store-bought cake mix according to the recipe or the cake mix directions. Grease two round cake pans with butter, cover the butter with a little bit of flour and tap the pans to remove any excess.
Bake the cakes according to the cake's directions and allow the cakes to cool in the pans for an hour. Insert a knife against the sides of the cakes to make sure the cakes are separated from the side of the pans. Remove the cakes and place them on a flat working surface to cool for 2 more hours.
Make the cookie insects while the cakes cool. Prepare homemade or store-bought sugar cookie dough and roll it out on a floured surface. Use cookie cutters shaped like spiders, bumblebees, worms and caterpillars to cut out the cookie shapes. Bake the cookies on a baking tray and allow them to cool. Decorate the cookies with buttercream or royal icing.
Prepare the chocolate insects. Melt a package of milk chocolate over a double boiler and pour the melted chocolate into insect candy moulds. Place the moulds in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours to cool. Tap the moulds gently to loosen the chocolate insects and remove them from the moulds. Alternatively, use colourful candy melts in place of the milk chocolate for a more colourful cake display.
Place one of the round cakes onto the centre of a cake tray and cover the cake with a layer of chocolate icing. Place the other cake on top and cover the entire cake in chocolate icing. Spread a thin layer of chocolate icing on the exposed top of the cake tray. Sprinkle a thick layer of chocolate cookie crumbs over the top and sides of the cake and onto the cake tray.
Arrange the decorated cookie insects on top of the cake. If there are any cookies left over, press these firmly against the sides of the cake to hold them in place.
Decorate the cake tray with the milk chocolate or candy melt insects. Place a few of these insects on the top of the cake as well in between the cookie insects.
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