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Cute Little Critter Cake

Piped royal icing flowers and heart-shaped antennae turn a Lady Bug Pan cake into one very sweet beetle. Serve this pretty confection anytime gal pals (no matter their ages) gather.


Difficulty: Easy


Step 1

Prepare Icing
We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use.

Make 2 1/2 cups buttercream icing:
Tint 1 1/4 cups light rose (thin with 4 teaspoons light corn syrup)
Tint 1 cup rose (thin 3/4 cups with 2 teaspoons light corn syrup)
Tint 1/4 cup black
Reserve 1/4 cup white

Make 1 cup royal icing:
Tint 1/4 cup rose
Reserve 3/4 cup white

Step 2

Decorate in Order

In advance, use tip 224 and white royal icing to make 55 swirl drop flowers with tip 2 rose royal icing centers; let dry. Use tip 12 and rose royal icing to pipe 2 bead heart-shaped antennae top on waxed paper; let dry.

Step 3

Trim antennae area off baked cake before icing.

Step 4

Ice wings smooth with thinned light rose buttercream icing.

Step 5

Ice head and feet with thinned rose buttercream icing.

Step 6

Use tip 3 and white buttercream icing to pipe whites of eyes.

Step 7

Use tip 3 and black buttercream icing to pipe mouth and pupils (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch.) Use tip 3 and black buttercream icing to pipe eyelashes.

Step 8

Use tip 6 and black buttercream icing to pipe antennae stems.

Step 9

Use tip 6 and rose buttercream to pipe bead heart antennae tops.

Step 10

Use tip 3 and rose buttercream icing to pipe in cheeks.

Step 11

Position flowers on wings.

Step 12

Baking Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F or temperature per recipe directions. Your cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered. Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces.

Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain, touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or vegetable oil pan spray with flour, in place of solid shortening and flour or use Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!).

Make one 2-layer cake mix according to package or recipe directions. Pour the cake batter into pan, and if necessary, spread the batter around with a spatula to fill all areas of the pan evenly. Be careful not to touch sides or bottom of pan.

Bake cake on middle rack of 350°F oven for 30-40 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions.

Remove cake from oven and cool on cake rack for 10 minutes. While the cake is still in the pan, carefully slice off the raised center portion of the cake. This allows the cake to sit more level and helps prevent cracking.

To remove cake from pan, place cooling rack against cake and turn both cake rack and pan over. Lift pan off carefully. Cool cake at least one hour. Brush loose crumbs off cake.

To transfer cake to serving board, hold a cake board against cake and turn both cake and rack over. Lift off rack. Hold another board against bottom of cake and turn cake over. Be sure to hold cake, rack and board close together while turning to prevent cake from cracking.