It's a Bug's Life Cake


The best kinds of bugs are the fake kind…and this Bug’s Life Cake is filled with them! Decorated using the piping gel transfer method, this cake is great for little boys who love everything creepy crawly or for kids celebrating an outdoor or wilderness-themed birthday party. Personalize this cake with a message on the top or use black icing to pipe little ants marching around the top or bottom edge of the cake. You could even add little birthday hats to these bugs to make them more festive for your occasion! A cake that’s sure to show off your piping skills, this Bug’s Life Cake will certainly find a way to crawl into your heart!
Skill Level: Beginner

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Step 1

Bake cake.

Prepare cake mix following recipe instructions. Bake and cool two cake layers. Level layers to 2½ in. high. Fill and stack for 5 in. high cake. Ice cake smooth.

Step 2

Tint icing.

Combine Lemon Yellow and Moss Green icing colors to get light moss green color shown. Combine Violet and Royal Blue icing colors to get dark blue color shown. Combine Kelly Green and Lemon Yellow icing colors to get bright green color shown. Combine Royal Blue and Teal icing colors to get medium blue color shown. Tint ¼ cup icing each light moss green, dark blue, bright green and medium blue using color combinations provided. Using Teal icing color, tint ¼ cup icing teal. Using Moss Green icing color, tint ¼ cup icing green.

Step 3

Prepare transfer.

Print out Bug Pattern. Cover with parchment paper. Prepare decorating bag with tip 1 and piping gel. Trace over lines using very light pressure. Place pattern gel side down onto cake, gently tracing over gel lines with finger. Carefully pull parchment paper away, leaving design on cake.

Step 4

Decorate cake.

Prepare six decorating bags with tip 1. Fill separately with moss green, dark blue, bright green, medium blue, teal, and green icing. Pipe over piping gel transfer, alternating colors. Fill in bugs with small lines, dots and dashes.

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