The Love Bug Cake

This year in one of my classes I was required to make a cake for a project. And this class was no baking or foods class. Oh no, this was my Entomology 105 class (aka: bugs class).

Awesome thing about this project = I get to make a cake, and it is going to be judged at a little cake competetion for Purdue’s Bug Bowl.

Bad part about this project = my cake has to look like, or relate to insects. (Just to clarify…It does not have to include insects in the recipe, just relate to them.)

I figured I was responsible for making an awesome cake. I had told some of the people in my group about my blog, and I think they too were expecting something amazing.

My cake is by no means amazing. But, I would say it was cute. It’s just a little lady bug cake that I made with a heart shaped pan to make “the love bug cake.”

with eyes The Love Bug Cake

It’s not completely finished in any of the pictures I have… But this is what it looked like before adding antenna

This was an easy to make cake. It took a long time, but the work was easy and relaxing. I did make the mistake of starting this at 8 PM…so I was up until about 2 or 3 AM putting on the finishing touches and realizing I had even forgot a few things.

Let me tell you, at 2 AM when you have to be somewhere at 8 AM the next morning, you will not be a happy camper to realize you forgot something.

red fondant 300x199 The Love Bug Cake fondant cut outs 300x199 The Love Bug Cake

The steps for this includes:

  1. Make the fondant. Clean up, I promise there will be a huge mess.
  2. Make the cake. And allow to cool fully.
  3. Make the buttercream (or use the store bought stuff like I did…)
  4. Roll out the fondant, and cover the cake. Decorate as desired.

I’ll post some of the other cakes submitted at the end of the post!

ant cake 682x1024 The Love Bug Cake

This was from the “adult” category. I thought this one of the best of the day! So life-like.

catepillar cake The Love Bug Cake

Sorry, I don’t have better pictures. It was a rainy day in one of the older buildings on campus.

lindas cake The Love Bug Cake

This was one of my friend’s cakes..I thought she did a wonderful job with the shape of the ladybug, and the scenery is very cute!

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  1. Love the love bug! You did a great job!

  2. You did a great job!! Love the other photos as well. I’m SO not a cake maker, and definitely not a cake maker than can create something like that. Well done!!!

  3. So cute! A lovely ladybug :D

  4. Your Love Bug cake is so adorable. My youngest daughter has always loved ladybugs so she would be all over this cake. I am glad that your class did not require you to actually cook with bugs. I have seen those challenges on the Food Network and they usually don’t work out so well.

  5. That is such an adorable cake! What fun…the others look pretty cute too :)

  6. This is very cute! Love it. : )

  7. So cute. You did a wonderful job. Such a fun excuse to make a cake.

  8. Your cake is amazing! What a talented baker and decorator you are. I luv ladybugs and your love bug cake makes me smile! =)

  9. These are incredible, but I must say – I LOVE THE BUG!

  10. You do fantastic work. I found your site by chance but I’ll definitely be back. I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  11. Such a great cake! And how fun you got to bake it for a science course :) I didn’t realize you were a Purdue student! My son is a graduate…and is actually up there (from Indy) for the weekend visiting his buddies who are still in grad school. So nice to find a connection~

  12. So what happened with your cake? Did they win prizes or just there for folks to look at? Did you get to eat the cakes at the end?

    • bigfatbaker says:

      They awarded prizes to each category, but my cake ended up second in my category to the green caterpillar. I was sad :(

  13. Just a thought, you know Purdue is right here in Indiana. You should check out The Chocolate Cult for events we do from time to time. We’re going on The Wayne County Chocolate Trail June 3 for example.

    • bigfatbaker says:

      I’ll definitely check out events! I’m out of Indiana for the summer, but I will be back mid-August so I’ll check out for fun fall things :) Thanks for the heads up!

  14. This is too cute! That could be a vday gift idea too!

  15. Wow… that is awesome! You did an amazing job on this cake… talk about talent!

  16. Love your cake! SO cute. Im glad you chose a pretty bug to create a cake around :) Good job!

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