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Seeing Spots (Lady Bug) Cake

Go a little buggy this summer! Turn a Lady Bug Pan cake into a quirky beetle using a perky color palette and candy accents. A playful addition for any party that kids attend.
Makes: Cake serves 12.
Skill Level: None

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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 cups buttercream icing:
Tint 1 1/4 cups Lemon Yellow/Golden Yellow combination (thin with 4 teaspoons light corn syrup)
Tint 3/4 cup Violet/Rose combination (thin with 2 teaspoons light corn syrup)

Step 2

Decorate in Order

Ice wings smooth with thinned Lemon Yellow/Golden Yellow combination icing.

Step 3

Ice head and feet smooth with thinned Violet/Rose combination icing.

Step 4

Position black shoestring dividing lines between wings.

Step 5

Cover wings with candy-coated chocolates.

Step 6

Position white round wafer candy whites of eyes.

Step 7

Attach candy-coated chocolates for pupils with buttercream icing.

Step 8

Position black shoestring licorice for mouth.

Step 9

Cut two black shoestring pieces for antennae, insert into spice drops and insert into cake.

Step 10

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.

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Seeing Spots (Lady Bug) Cake is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can also be turned into a bumble bee cake with yellow and black icing.
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was very simple. A beginner would be able to do with minimal instructions and time. Turned out very cute.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes a cute cake!
Date published: 2010-11-30
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